Edge Hill University Primary (3-7) Early Years (X124)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgce

Contents

About the course

This programme will equip you with the skills, understanding and experience to become a leader of learning in a wide variety of Early Years settings, including primary schools, nursery settings and children’s centres.

You will be trained across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, combining on-campus study with high quality training in schools, ensuring you gain the experience to be an outstanding teacher of children aged 3-7.

On completion of the course you will have the confidence to take up your first teaching post with a clear appreciation of the latest approaches and strategies to teaching theory, combined with extensive practical experience, to enable you to educate and inspire Early Years children.

School placements

We work with a wide range of schools and early years providers delivering the EYFS and National curriculum across the North West, working with just under 700 settings in 2018/19. Additionally, this includes distance placements such as Luton, The Isle of man and the opportunity to be placed from an alternative address e.g. Northern Ireland.

Trainees will be placed with children from 3 to 7 years and undertake three discreet assessed placements in a nursery, a Reception and a Key Stage 1 class. Early Years PGCE trainees will also undertake a placement in a setting which specialises in, or has a significant number of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during an Inclusion week to gain specific experience in this field.

Placements vary in length from five days to fifty three days. The initial Nursery placement will provide trainees with the opportunity to undertake structured observations and reflect on the setting’s policies, practice and ethos. Trainees will familiarise themselves with routines and expectations alongside the Teachers’ Standards, in the context of the placement setting. This is a pass or fail assessment.

The two longer placements will be in Reception or Key Stage 1 and trainees will gradually increase their teaching and planning commitment up to 80% in the final placement, and this is a graded assessment against the Teachers’ Standards (DfE 2014).

Trainees are allocated to placements based on a range of criteria including their geographical location, but also in relation to their training needs and requirements.

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Holy Cross College
Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 9BB
Yes
Main Site
St Helens Rd, Ormskirk , L39 4QP
Yes

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 to Edge Hill University and don’t have the GCSEs required for entry onto one of our PGCE courses, one of our equivalency programmes may be for you.

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

We 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 our standalone tests either on campus or at Holy Cross College & University Centre on selected dates throughout the year.

For more details visit our website.

Personal qualities

When you apply, you are expected to have:

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

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

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 2022 to 2023 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 our website.

Financial support information for international students can be found here.

Financial support from the training provider

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 our website.

About the training provider

Edge Hill University is based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester.

By choosing us for your PGCE, you will be joining a university that has been training teachers for 130 years, offering:

  • Expert tuition – highly experienced tutors and researchers share their knowledge to enable you to become an excellent practitioner. Many of our staff are active in classroom-based research and in publishing national papers and texts for school and colleges, while others have high profile roles within examining boards and subject associations;

  • Working in partnership – we have developed strong relationships with over 3,000 partner schools, colleges and other settings, enabling you to gain extensive experience in a variety of settings, with professional practice placements matched to your training needs;

  • A stimulating learning environment – our Faculty of Education is located in a £9 million purpose-built facility which makes for a stimulating learning environment. This stunning lakeside building features a 300-seat lecture theatre, well-equipped ICT suites and teaching rooms complete with the very latest technology, plus a popular cafe;

  • Outstanding student support – we adopt a personalised approach to your development as a teacher. You will be supported by an Edge Hill tutor and up to two mentors in practice. Your mentors are enthusiastic classroom practitioners, with a real commitment to teacher education, who will spend a considerable amount of time training you. They will also provide specific support in your specialist subject area.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

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 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 recommend that you complete our Emergency Action Plan. We can discuss this with you when we see you.

Contact this training provider

Email
study@edgehill.ac.uk
Telephone
01695 657000
Website
http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgce
Address
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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