Edge Hill University Post-14 Education (X341)

PGDE full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGDE

A postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) is equivalent to a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

It’s recognised internationally, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

This course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

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

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About the course

The most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2014) judged Edge Hill University’s initial teacher education for further education to be Outstanding. The report commended “the exceptionally high-quality training in further education” which “develops deeply reflective trainees, guided by expert mentors who help them to attain outstanding outcomes.”

This programme carries eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Since April 2012, QLTS has been approved by the Department for Education as being equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for schools and therefore there is the possibility of teaching in a school if your specialist subject is part of the curriculum for the given age range.

A PGDE in Post-14 Education will provide you with an endorsed qualification that can be used to teach or train in the Further Education/Lifelong Learning sector. It is suitable for those who are looking to enter teaching in the sector for the first time, as well as those who are already working in further education, a work-based learning setting, the voluntary sector or in public sector training such as the Police, Fire Service, Health Service and Prison Service. The programme will provide you with a wide range of practical skills and the insights to support you in becoming a confident and credible teacher or trainer of the highest quality.

Teaching placements

Colleges, schools and other settings are selected for trainees from within the Edge Hill partnership and Professional Practice placements are allocated to each trainee against their subject specialism/s and experience. There may also be opportunities for trainees to deliver across different subjects such as functional skills and subject to geographical and setting availability.

For the Further Education PGCE, trainees require a minimum of 100 hours teaching across the course of the programme, usually in the same setting.

We currently work with a range of different providers across the North West, which varies depending on the particular specialist subjects that providers offer, however if a trainee has any contacts with settings we will follow up on their behalf if it is a suitable placement.

Trainees will gain experience teaching pupils aged 14 years and older if placed within a school or training provider, although most of the settings are Further Education Colleges and will be 16 years plus.

This programme carries eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Since April 2012, QLTS has been approved by the Department for Education as being equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for schools and therefore there is the possibility of teaching in a school if your specialist subject is part of the curriculum for the given age range.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a subject that is clearly part of the Further Education and Training curriculum. For applicants with a degree in a subject not related to the Further Education curriculum, other suitable Level 3 qualifications may be considered if these are supplemented by appropriate professional experience.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

If you are applying to Edge Hill University and don’t have the GCSEs required for entry, 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 Language and Mathematics 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, further education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher

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

  • Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence

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 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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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 teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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