Owls Primary (A447)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Edge Hill University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This course offers a PGCE with QTS. The academic part of the course is provided by Edge Hill University. The timetable is usually the first few weeks in University and then 6 weeks when you will spend 3 days at University and 2 days in your first placement school. From October half term through to February you will be full time in your first placement school. There will then be three weeks back at University and then you will be in your second placement school from March through to end of June/ first week in July. Over the course of the year we offer 10 enhancement days. These days are usually based within our schools and provide trainees the opportunity to spend time in each school. These days include Behaviour Management, Mindfulness, Early Years, English as an additional language, SEND, First Aid, Project Based Learning, Safeguarding, Church Schools, Gifted and Talented, Music and preparing for your first teacher appointment These enhancement days are led by schools within our partnership who have specialists within the school or we bring in specialist trainers. All of our schools are rated Outstanding or Good by OFSTED and have very experienced school mentors who have been involved in training and supporting trainees over many years. We also have an Edge Hill mentor who works within our schools who guides you through the year and is usually also your personal tutor. Our schools range from a very small rural school of 40 children to a large 4 class entry infant school and a 4 class junior school. Within Owls there are a range of Community and Church Schools. All of these will provide trainees with the guidance and experience to become the outstanding primary school teachers of the future with a passion for enthusing children to become lifelong learners.

School placements

Over the course of the year candidates will have 3 full time placements. During those placements you will start off observing, before being asked to teach small groups before teaching the whole class. You timetable will gradually build over the year so that at by the end of placement 2 candidates will be teaching 80% of the class timetable.

One placement will be in KS1 and the other will be in KS2.

During the course of your placements candidates will be given opportunities to spend time in other classes in the school to observe a range of teaching and different age groups.

Candidates will also be given opportunities to spend a day in a nursery school and a secondary school .

When deciding on placement schools we will look at where you are living and what method of transport you will be using and we endeavour to place you in a school that would be easiest to get to.

We have 11 schools in our partnership based in Liverpool, Aughton (Ormskirk), Birkdale (Sefton) Southport, Litherland (Sefton),Newburgh, Rufford and Hesketh Bank (all West Lancs)

We provide training for children from the age of 5 to 11 years.

Most of our schools have a nursery, morning club and after school clubs .

All of our schools offer a full range of after school activities.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

If you are applying and don’t have the GCSEs required for entry, one of Edge Hill University’s equivalency test programmes may be for you.

The equivalency tests offer you the opportunity to demonstrate that you satisfy our entry requirements for GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above.

Edge Hill offer tutor-led revision courses or standalone tests for applicants who feel they do not need tuition.

All tutor-led revision courses are delivered online, prior to sitting an exam on campus. You can choose to sit the standalone tests either on campus or at Holy Cross College & University Centre on selected dates throughout the year.

For more details visit Edge Hill’s website.

Personal qualities

When you apply, you are expected to have:

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher

  • Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.

  • We are looking for candidates who will become enthusiastic teachers with an ability to inspire our children with a love and lifelong interest in learning

Other requirements

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For more details visit Edge Hill’s website.

About the training provider

Training with OWLS We run a challenging but rewarding School Direct PGCE programme which will help you to secure deep and meaningful knowledge and understanding of teaching within primary education. The OWLS cluster is a dynamic group of schools offering a diverse range of contexts and training enhancements. Our staff have a long and successful history working closely in partnership with Edge Hill University. Edge Hill provides trainees with the academic bedrock of effective teaching and learning. In Edge Hill, your knowledge and understanding of research, both as a consumer and a leader, will be deepened. Within your tutor group, you will engage in preparation and reflection of your professional practices. The cohort is big enough to share ideas and experiences, but small enough to offer opportunities for tailored provision and personal support. You will work alongside and be trained by outstanding, highly skilled, experienced class teachers who will guide, support and challenge you on your journey to becoming an outstanding practitioner. Training with OWLS will ensure that you gain a richly diverse set of experiences in school which will prepare you for a successful career in teaching. You will complete placements in two of our schools and visit other schools for enhancement days. You will be supported by outstanding mentors as well as a visiting tutor from Edge Hill. More information on our Website www.owlsteach.co.uk Twitter Acount OWLSSTT. OWLS admin Barbara Stevens 07752810961 barbara@owlsteach.co.uk or b.stevens082@googlemail.com Course Codes Training Provider Code 2K3 Training Programme 3D5D

About the accredited body

Edge Hill University is based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester. The institution has been providing higher education since 1885, with a mission to create opportunity from knowledge.

The institution’s significant success in achieving its mission is recognised by a range of awards and high rankings for teaching, student experience, accommodation and more. Edge Hill is ranked as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s evaluation of excellence in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. The University has previously held the coveted UK University of the Year title.

Interview process

Candidates will be invited to one of our schools for interview. You will usually be interviewed by two of our headteachers and our Edge Hill University school based mentor. The interview will consist of a short teaching task (usually no more than 25 minutes) with a small group of no more than 10 mixed ability children. The school where the interview suggests the area of the curriculum to be taught and the age group of the children. The area of the curriculum is usually a Maths or English task. After the task there will be an interview where you will be asked to reflect on the task you have just taught. There will then asked some general questions about education. There will also be an opportunity for the candidate to ask questions. More details regarding the interview will be sent out in a booklet prior to interview. At present there is also a written task but this may be subject to change depending on the University requirements. The interviews generally last no longer than a half day. You will also be given the chance to have a visit around the school. As you will be aware the Skills tests will not be in place this year,

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

All our schools are inclusive. The Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University.

Learning Services provides support to students with a specific learning difficulty – SpLD, such as Dyslexia.

We encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise you about:

Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study

Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions

The benefits of a Student Support Plan

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility

Reasonable adjustments to support your study

Exam modifications and alternative assessments

Rights and Responsibilities

Support whilst on placement (e.g. access and transport)

Disclosure and Confidentiality

Rights and Responsibilities

PEEPs and Emergency Action Plans

One of our priorities is to ensure safe environment for all students. If you have Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or another serious health condition which may require First Aid, we strongly recommend that you complete one of our Emergency Action Plans. We can discuss this with you when you come to see us.

Contact this training provider

Farnborough Road Infant School

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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