Applicant Information

Teacher Training – What Happens Next

Please read this information CAREFULLY, and keep the link in safe place for future reference.

You should read the conditions carefully, as it is your responsibility to ensure that you are able to comply with and meet all the conditions of the offer.

You should note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the conditions of your offer in good time. Edge Hill will not chase you up if you do not send any required documentation. Therefore if you post documentation to us you should check to ensure it arrives here. All documentation relating to conditions of your offer should be sent to the Admissions Office – please ensure this is clearly marked on everything you send to us. A return proforma is provided at the bottom of this page.

Your offer may include some or all of the following conditions:

Condition Listed on UCAS or in Letter BA/BSc QTS Degree PGCE QTS PCET QTLS Information
Original Certificates Yes Yes Yes Most candidates submit proof of their qualifications at the interview day. However those that haven’t are asked for proof as a condition of their offer. If this forms a condition of your offer you will need to send proof as soon as possible. If you are sending proof of qualifications which are in a maiden name or previous name you should include proof of your name change.You can either bring them to the Admissions Office in person any weekday between 8.45am and 5pm; post them to the Admissions Office using the Special Delivery service (your certificates will be returned to you in the same way); or wait until later in the year and bring them with you when you provide your ID for DBS check (please be aware we do not have photocopying facilities on these days).
Degree No Yes Yes for PGCE Confirmation of your degree results should take the form of: a letter from your university or college (on official letterhead); transcript (on official headed paper); degree certificate. We will not receive automatic confirmation from your University when you get your award. Therefore you should send proof of your classification to the Admissions Office as soon as you receive it. If you are currently a student at Edge Hill, there is no need for you to send in confirmation of your degree, as we will automatically be notified of your results.
GCSEs Yes Yes No Edge Hill offers its own GCSE equivalency tests in Maths English and Science It is your responsibility to sit and pass the tests before the deadline. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your tests to be marked.Please note that Adult Numeracy, Key Skills Application of Number, Key Skills Communication and Adult Literacy are not considered equivalent to GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above for Early Years, Primary or Secondary programmes leading to QTS.
We would advise anyone who is currently working towards or thinking of enrolling on a GCSE equivalence course to check with the Admissions Office first that the qualification will be acceptable.
Professional Skills Tests Yes Yes No These are a nationally set entry requirement for all ITT programmesand you can book at test centres across the UK.

The first attempt in each subject is free of charge. You can then book up to a maximum of two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for these yourself. We would expect candidates planning to commence in September to have made a first attempt by 30th June 2014.

We periodically check the results of everyone holding offers with Pearson the examining board, so you don’t need to post your results to us.

Please visit our website for more information about the Skills Test and details of the free support sessions offered to our applicants.

Additional School Experience Maybe Maybe Maybe If you have been asked to undertake a period of school experience, you will receive full details of this in a separate letter.  You will be given a deadline, usually 30th June 2014, by which to provide us with a letter from the head teacher of the school confirming that you have successfully completed the relevant number of days of classroom experience.
Reference Maybe Maybe Maybe References normally form part of the application but if you have been asked to provide a further reference as part of your conditions the reference(s) provided have not been accepted. You should be aware that Edge Hill will not contact referees to request on your behalf – it is your responsibility to provide all required references in the following formats: received in the post on letter headed paper and with a signature; received via fax on headed paper and with a signature; emailed directly to from an academic or employer email address.
Pre-course Day Maybe Maybe Maybe All candidates for the Primary PGCE and Early Years programmes must attend a pre-course day on the date stated in their offer, unless an alternative condition has been set. Further information will be in your offer letter.Pre-course days and preparatory work may be set for other programmes, updates will be sent during the year.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Programme No Maybe No You may have been asked to attend one of our Subject Knowledge Programmes as a condition of the offer or as an optional extra.  These consist of a either a short course normally held over two weeks in August, or a longer programme with various start dates throughout the year. Further details will be sent to you separately by email normally from June 2013. If you are asked to attend the programme, you should check your emails regularly as you will be required fill in forms closer to the time.
Medical Clearance Yes Yes Yes Irrespective of other offer conditions, all offers are based on the requirement that potential trainees are able to meet the statutory requirements of the profession for physical and mental fitness to teach.  You will be sent full details and a medical questionnaire around 3-4 months prior to your start date.  Our Occupational Health Adviser (OHA) will consider the information you provide and will confirm whether or not you meet the requirements.  You may, exceptionally, be contacted for further details by the OHA.Completed Medical Forms should be submitted to the Admissions Office.

For PCET In-Service and School Direct (salaried) it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure you are cleared.

Clearance to Work with Children Yes Yes Yes All trainees will need a DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.  You will be sent full details on how to apply along with your medical questionnaire around 3-4 months prior to your start date.We will email you with guidance notes indicating what proof of identity you need to provide. There is a charge of

£50 for the DBS check (at time of printing) through our third party provider.

If we have to repeat the check, you will be charged the full fee again. It is therefore important that you keep your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate in a safe place and ensure you are able meet all your offer conditions by the deadline date specified.

If you are registered with the new DBS update service we may be able to use the check you already hold. Further details will appear on our website once confirmed.

As the DBS Disclosure application is processed outside of the University, Edge Hill cannot accept any responsibility for delayed placements due to a pending DBS application.

For PCET In-Service or School Direct salaried it is your employers responsibility to ensure you are cleared.

Overseas Criminal Records Checks Yes Yes Yes If you have lived outside of the UK (for a period of 3 months or more) you will be asked to obtain criminal record clearance from the overseas country/countries that you have lived. Please email We will then reply to you, usually within 2 working days, with instructions on how to gain your clearance, or provide information as to which relevant bodies you will need to contact to obtain this.Please note, for some countries this can be a lengthy process, therefore you are advised to obtain this clearance as soon as possible – do not wait until you are asked to apply for this clearance.

For PCET In-Service or School Direct salaried it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure you are cleared.

Other In some circumstances trainees may be sent further information by the Programme Leader asking them to undertake additional preparation before the start of the PGCE programme.  This, in most cases, is a recommendation and will help prepare you for the programme.  It will be clear from your offer if this forms an actual condition.

Use this form if you have been asked to send documentation to the Admissions Office. If you brought this documentation to your interview you do not need to re-send it.

Please check your offer conditions on UCAS Track if you are unsure.