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Course summary

Our PGCE Primary Education with QTS programme combines academic study at either Edge Hill University or Holy Cross College & University Centre with professional training experiences in our partnership schools and settings. The PGCE will provide you with a high-quality initial teacher education experience, It will prepare you to teach across the 5-11 age range in key stages 1 and 2. Spending a significant amount of time undertaking professional practice placements in schools and other educational settings, you will be supported in meeting the Teachers’ Standards, gaining the professional skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes necessary for a successful two-year induction as an early career teacher. Working with expert university and school-based colleagues, you will be supported in developing professional subject knowledge for the primary national curriculum. This will include knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop in each subject and how you can most effectively support that learning and development. You will explore contemporary issues in primary education and identify an aspect of the primary curriculum or practice to investigate in further depth.


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Assessment method

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 (NQT).

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, primary 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, Physics, Chemistry or Biology at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

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PGCE Primary Education at Edge Hill University - UCAS