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Course summary

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This early years teaching degree covers the essential skills and knowledge you’ll need for teaching children aged 3-7. This includes primary schools, nurseries and children’s centres. We’ll provide you with training for covering the entire early years foundation stage and key stage one. You’ll also spend time in schools learning how to teach and you’ll learn how to help primary age children to flourish. You can study this course at our Ormskirk campus, or at Holy Cross College & University Centre in Bury. When you finish the course, you’ll have the confidence and competence to take up your first teaching post. You’ll know the latest teaching strategies inside out, and have the experience to engage young children. What you'll study There are three key parts to the course. The first is Personal and Professional Attitudes, Values and Beliefs. You’ll learn to take charge of, and reflect on, your own progress as a trainee teacher. And consider what your professional attitudes, values and beliefs are when it comes to your learning journey and the education profession. The second element is Subject and Curriculum Knowledge. This covers the national curriculum at key stage one for every subject, showing you how to plan, teach, and assess primary age pupils. You’ll learn about the early years foundation stage and learning and development areas within this too. Finally, there’s the Craft of Teaching and Pedagogy. You’ll complete a small research project and discover the important theories behind early years education. Discovering the ways children learn and how their needs differ, you’ll come up with strategies for planning, teaching, assessing, and managing classrooms.


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Assessment method

balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS. Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

How to apply

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Entry requirements

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. Before the programme commences, you must have: A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required; GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent); GCSE in combined Science (dual or single award) or in Physics, Chemistry or Biology at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent). Please note, subjects that cover a narrower range of the National Curriculum, such as Human Biology or Environmental Science, are not acceptable.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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PGCE Primary Early Years at Edge Hill University - UCAS