PGCE Primary Education at Edge Hill University - UCAS

Course summary

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Inspire young minds and ignite their love for learning through two professional placements. You’ll be guided by school-based mentors and Edge Hill tutors. They’ll check you’re making good progress throughout your teacher training. With support from tutors and school professionals, you’ll sharpen your professional subject knowledge for teaching the primary national curriculum. You’ll discover creative approaches to teaching all primary school subjects. We’ll encourage you to think of inventive ways to inspire lifelong learning. By studying with us, you’ll also unravel contemporary issues in primary education and choose an aspect of learning to examine in great detail. You can study our primary education PGCE at our Ormskirk campus, or at Holy Cross College & University Centre in Bury. We strongly recommend an early application as there is a high demand for places. What you'll study We’ve designed this course to have three key parts. First, there’s academic study at Masters level. You’ll focus on polishing essential teaching skills and boost your understanding of contemporary issues in primary education. Then you’ll investigate an area of education that interests you. This might be English, special educational needs and disability (SEND) or learning outside the classroom. The second element is about developing your curriculum knowledge for primary teaching. You’ll gain essential insight into helping children progress with, and enjoy, their learning. Practical teaching workshops will help build your confidence so you’re ready for professional practice. And you’ll become familiar with the National Curriculum for England and explore approaches for teaching each subject. Finally, there’s professional practice placements. You’ll spend a significant amount of time in schools and other education settings, experiencing life in the classroom and practicing your delivery of the key stages 1 and 2 curriculums. You’ll keep working with your peers and tutors through online academic study.


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Assessment method

Assessment strategies will include presentations to different audiences, academic essays individually tailored around your own professional interests, and ongoing task submission. During professional practice your school-based mentor will assess your development through reflective conversations, reviewing and discussing your planning and assessment records, observing your teaching, and gathering the perspectives of other adults and, of course, of the children who work with you. In all cases, you will be given clear assessment guidance. The assessment criteria will be shared with you and you will be given constructive feedback to help you to set targets and identify actions to help you make further progress. You will compile an electronic portfolio that brings together evidence to demonstrate your professional development and your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

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

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Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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PGCE Primary Education at Edge Hill University - UCAS