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PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Course Description

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status and enables you to gain 60 Level 7 / Masters Level credits (equivalent to 60 ECTS credits for Republic of Ireland students).

Our PGCE Primary Education with QTS programme is a school-based partnership, combining on-campus study with training in placement schools and settings.

The PGCE will train you to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience and learn the latest approaches and strategies necessary to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

During the programme you will study a breadth of subjects, including all of the National Curriculum subjects, and you will specialise in
Computing, English, Humanities and Creative Arts, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physical Education, Science, or Special Educational Needs/Disabilities.

We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.


This PGCE consists of several main elements.

You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

Learning how to study effectively at University and taking charge of your own development, you will study how children develop and learn, acquiring the planning, teaching and assessment skills that you need to be an excellent classroom teacher.

You will develop your own knowledge of the National Curriculum subjects and study how children learn them. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ICT across the curriculum, you will be guided in how to provide stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences for children.

Choosing a specialism will allow you to enhance your own knowledge of the subject, undertake evidence based research, and further your knowledge and understanding of how the subject is taught and led in school.


A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, together with practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become an excellent teacher. A substantial amount of face-to-face contact time with specialist tutors will be facilitated across all foundation subjects. You will be supported by online and distance learning materials and encouraged to develop key skills, including the use of ICT, to support your own learning.

You will also spend a significant amount of time in schools in a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes during the programme. Progressing from teaching small groups with a partner to teaching a full class on your own as you become more confident in the classroom, you will observe outstanding teachers in action and learn from high quality training in schools.

Undertaking a range of differentiated training experiences closely linked to your individual targets, you will develop your role as a classroom teacher, assuming greater responsibility for the class as you move through the programme.


A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS.

You will also complete:

- Edge Hill subject knowledge audits in English and Mathematics;
- A Career Entry Development Profile (CEDP) which serves as a bridge between your PGCE programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


You will be taught in University and on professional practice in schools by a range of highly qualified and experienced teachers and tutors who are dedicated to excellence in Primary education and who will model high quality practice to enable you to develop your own teaching style.

Visit the PGCE Primary Education with QTS page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you need: a commitment to, and understanding of, primary education; suitable personal and presentational qualities; A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university; GCSE at grade C in English Language and Mathematics; GCSE at grade C in Combined Science / Physics / Chemistry / Biology and two additional National Curriculum subjects (as taught in Key Stages 1 and 2). Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be successfully completed prior to entry. Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure required.

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