Our PGCE with QTS programmes combine professional ‘on the job’ training in our network of schools, with your Masters level academic study taking place at Edge Hill University.
The PGCE programmes will provide you with high-quality initial teacher education experience. They will prepare you to teach across the 3-7 age range in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, or the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2. Spending a significant amount of time working across our network of schools, you will be supported in meeting the Teachers’ Standards, gaining the professional skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes necessary for a successful two-year induction as an early career teacher.
By enrolling with Forward First, you will be entering into an exciting, life-long partnership with the next generation of great, creative and passionate primary teachers. We will offer you guidance, support and training that is tailored to what you need in the ever-changing teaching landscape. Bespoke support will be provided by teams of professionals who are approachable, reliable and forward thinking in their approach to teaching and learning.
Our programme is centred around hands on experience of working in school. A First Aid qualification is an essential life skill. It helps people remain safer by appreciating risk. Therefore, as a part of the course Forward First Trainees will become fully qualified paediatric and mental health first aid practitioners. Also, all of our trainees will have the opportunity to work alongside a fully qualified Forest School Practitioner as well as gaining first-hand experience in our dedicated SEND unit.
As a Forward First Trainee, you will benefit from a diverse knowledge pool from nine local schools with excellent professional development opportunities and time to explore and expand your knowledge base, whilst developing other areas of the curriculum. With the job market being extremely competitive, the array of experiences and teaching time will boost your confidence, engender good leadership skills and help you stand out.
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.
When you apply, you need to demonstrate to us that you have:
A genuine commitment to, and an understanding of, primary education. You will need to demonstrate the personal attributes, values and motivation you feel are required to join the teaching profession
In addition, you must have suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.
If you accept a formal offer 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 students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.
To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships
About the training provider
Forward First is a forward-thinking network of Lancashire primary schools committed to developing, equipping and sustaining the next generation of inspirational teachers. We provide an innovative Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE with QTS), in partnership with the award winning Edge Hill University. Our vision is to provide all children with the very best educational foundation for a happy, fruitful and successful life. At Forward First, we aim to create rich and diverse ‘experiences’ for our trainees so that you can learn, use, refine and consolidate your pedagogic approach in highly supportive, highly effective settings. Training to teach in this small and supportive network of likeminded schools will mean you become part of a very special school family, the Forward First family, where trust and enjoyment underpins excellent educational opportunities for our children. If you have a passion for teaching, are organised and hard-working, please explore our programme further and contact us to find out more about studying with Forward First.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
Edge Hill’s 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
Disclosure and Confidentiality
Rights and Responsibilities
Some students decide to wait until they have started their studies before coming to see us, but contacting us before you start is the best way to make sure that support you may need is in place.
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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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).