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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/subject/postgraduate/education-and-teaching/

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Course summary

Harnessing your passion for education starts here. Perhaps you’re entering teaching for the first time or have already provided training or teaching in the voluntary sector, police, fire service, health service or prison service. Whatever your background, this postgraduate diploma in education will open up exciting opportunities in the world of education, and provide a pathway to future Masters or PhD study.

How can you use educational philosophies in the classroom today? What influences do social justice and inequality have on learning? And how important is research and self-evaluation for teachers and trainers? We’ll answer these questions and more to help you make a difference to the people you teach.

If you’re eager to take your career to the next level and find your place in management and leadership roles, we’ll help you develop the practical skills and insights to become a confident, credible and effective teacher or trainer.

The most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2014) judged our university’s initial teacher education for further education to be Outstanding. The report commended “the exceptional 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.

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 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 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 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 and PGDE students.

You can also make the most of your student experience and take advantage of career enhancing opportunities by applying for financial support from our Student Opportunity Fund.

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.

Whether you’re looking to train to teach or already working in the children’s workforce, we offer a range of PGCEs in early years, primary and secondary education, as well as a PGDE in further education. Our PGCEs and PGDE are complemented by a comprehensive professional development portfolio for teachers, those supporting teaching and learning, and others working in schools and educational settings.

If you’re a graduate seeking a career in teaching, you can study a broad-based early years or primary initial teacher training programme, specialise in primary mathematics or primary physical education, choose from a variety of secondary subject areas, or prepare for a role in further education or the lifelong learning sector. If you want to join a PGCE in secondary education but lack the required subject knowledge, we may have a suitable subject knowledge enhancement course for you.

Whichever age range or specialism you choose, your programme will combine expert tuition with significant time spent in schools and other settings, enabling you to gain extensive practical experience and become increasingly confident in the classroom.

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

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.

Contact this training provider

Email
study@edgehill.ac.uk
Telephone
01695 657000
Website
https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/subject/postgraduate/education-and-teaching/
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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