YourEHU Secondary and Further Education – your department information

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About the Department

The Secondary and Further Education Department offers a wide range of Initial Teacher Education programmes, both undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as a growing number of Education degree courses that allow you to focus exclusively upon the academic study of education or to combine this with studies in English, History, Religion or Sociology. Our aim is to produce graduates who become ethical practitioners who will be forces for positive change in the communities in which they work. We strive to challenge our students and trainees to think in new ways and to develop their imagination and creativity.

Our department operates at the forefront of education policy and practice, helping our trainees and students to engage with the latest thinking and practice within the field of education. Our staff introduce students to the latest ideas informing and governing educational practice, and our extensive and close collaborative work with school partners ensures that we both inform and are informed by the most recent ideas in the field.


The Department of Secondary and Further Education is housed in our brand new, purpose-designed Piazza Building, where students will work side-by-side with over 30 specialist academic staff. We ensure that our faculty staff have the time to get to know individual students on a personal level and have the opportunity to work closely with them to tailor their university experience and help them to fulfill their potential.

With such close working relationships between staff and students, we facilitate a culture of learning and innovation that helps students feel as though they are an integral part of the life of the department rather than customers. Students are included in all aspects of departmental life and are at the core of what we do.

Secondary Education Programmes with Qualified Teacher Status

Within the Department of Secondary and Further Education, our goal is to produce excellent teachers through consistently exposing trainees to excellent teaching. With a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), we work to ensure that we model the latest, most successful research-informed approaches to teaching. We see our graduates as ambassadors and embodiments of our educational philosophy who move on into their careers continuing the pursuit of excellence in everything they do.

Trainees undertake extensive professional practice experience in secondary schools and other settings in each year of the programme. This involves periods of guided observation, team-teaching and solo-teaching supported by trained mentors.

School-based training is at the centre of the programme delivery and is structured to provide breadth and depth to the professional experience, building your confidence and skills.

What can you expect from Placements?

Trainees are assigned placements that we believe best fit their development needs as a teacher, and throughout their time in schools they are closely supported both by staff within their host school and also by their university tutors. Each year, trainees across all levels of the programmes are meticulously prepared for undertaking school experience and arrive in schools ready to become important members of their host departments and who are willing and able to make a positive impact upon the lives of the young people with whom they come in contact.

In the words of one of our trainees:

“As a trainee teacher, placement in school is one of the most exciting parts of the course. Due to the training we have had in lectures and seminars at university, I am feeling 100% confident in teaching. The resources we have prepared in class and collated as a group are going to be of huge benefit to us when we enter the classroom. Our entire group is really looking forward to placement!”

Information for Secondary English applicants

What are our current Secondary English trainees up to?

Our Year 3 trainees are about to go out on their final placements and many are making applications to secure their first teaching posts for September. They are looking forward to placement and are excited to be back in the classroom. With most of their academic studies completed before Christmas, these final-year trainees have all the knowledge, skills, and tools that they will need to become fully-functioning members of their host department.

Year 1 and Year 2 trainees have completed their first semester of academic study, and are now beginning to commence peer teaching and to develop their skills before they go out on their placements after Easter. They are enjoying their current modules, especially in planning lessons creatively, and are honing their subject and pedagogical knowledge in preparation for upcoming placements. They are also researching learning theory to ensure that their classroom practice is strongly underpinned by research.

This could be you in September!

Information for Secondary Mathematics applicants

Congratulations on being offered a place on the BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics Education with QTS course at Edge Hill University and welcome to your first steps towards what I believe to be the best job in the world!  Being a Mathematics teacher in a secondary school is extremely rewarding and challenging – life is certainly never dull when you work with children!

We are looking forward towards a busy year.  We can rest assured that this will be an exciting year of change, with new opportunities opening for you.

As of January, our Year 1 and Year 2 trainees are well into their second term and looking forward to their first Professional Practice placements in schools.  After settling into their academic study, they are now keen and eager to get out into schools and put their learning into practice.  They are also engaged in learning about Financial Mathematics, managing pupils’ Mental Health and Mastery, which is a relatively new concept to the UK, based on teaching in successful Asian countries.

The Year 3 trainees are about to go out on their final placements.  Prior to going out to placements they worked together to plan engaging mathematics tasks and delivered these to a group of Year 9 pupils from one of our partnership schools.  When the school pupils returned to their school they gave a presentation to their head teacher who was very impressed.  They have also been investigating the theory of education and putting the best elements into practice.

I hope to see you at our upcoming Taster Days and Applicant visit evenings.

Looking for some mathematics resources to enjoy?

  • Click here to access the further mathematics support programme.
  • Click here or here to get ready for the course and have fun learning mathematics.

Information for Secondary Religious Education applicants

Visits to schools and places of worship on Secondary Religious Education

First year RE trainees studied Hindu Dharma, including a visit to a Swaminarayan Temple in Preston and a day in a primary school teaching about Diwali. The students have been very busy learning about planning RE lessons and trying this out by teaching each other. This semester we are studying Islam, and looking forward to visiting a mosque and meeting a variety of Muslims, as well as looking at how Christianity has changed over the last 2000 years. To mark interfaith week, we took a large party of students to visit three places of worship, including the marvellous Princes Road Synagogue in Liverpool. You can read all about this and more on our blog.

Last year our Year 1 students visited two schools to look at how teachers cater for pupils with special needs. The first was in Salford where the Special Needs Co-Ordinator – an RE specialist who trained at Edge Hill – showed us how to cater for a variety of childrens’ different needs in a mainstream school. You can read about this here. We then visited a Special School to see the provision for those with more severe needs. Student Hailey said: “I loved it and am so glad we got to experience it.”

There were also visits to places of worship and opportunities to meet people of faith to increase students’ subject knowledge. As part of the Islam module we had a session on Sufism with Yunus, a question and answer session with two Muslim Post-graduate students and finished by spending a day in Preston visiting a mosque and an Islamic Girls’ School. You can read about this here. To finish studies about the history of Christian thought and culture we spent a day in Leyland, visiting Baptist, Anglican, Orthodox and Catholic Churches, four very different expressions of Christianity.

Meanwhile Year 2s have been studying Judaism and working in groups to prepare a day’s worth of lessons which they delivered in a local high school. You can read about this here. A number of Year 2 students travelled to Poland where they visited Auschwitz. The Year 3s went out on their final placement in schools.

What are our current Secondary RE students up to?

Our trainees will all be going out into schools. The first years will be doing lots of observations, and the second years will be enjoying teaching.


Our final year trainees are about to start their final placements and will have their last assignments to submit – graduation is in sight. Just think, only three years until it could be your turn to celebrate!

Professional Skills Tests

You will know that one of the conditions of your offer, if you have applied to study a course which carries Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), is the successful completion of a Professional Skills Test in Numeracy and Literacy. We would really encourage you to start work on these as soon as you can, and advise that you don’t leave them until the last minute. We offer a variety of support to help you prepare, including a webpage with details of how to take the tests and free support sessions for anyone holding an offer with us.

There are also some text books that you may wish to read to support your preparation:

  • Passing the Numeracy Skills Test by Mark Patmore – ISBN number 9781446275160
  • Passing the Literacy Skills Test by Jim Johnson and Bruce Bond – ISBN number 9780859258793
  • How to Pass the QTS Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests by Chris Tyreman – ISBN number 9780749462413

BA (Hons) Education Programmes

Your future

Students on our courses will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of a wide range of potential careers through visits to education settings, guest speakers, and the opportunity to undertake work-based learning.

Some of the employment options you may have after graduation include:

  • Formal Education: Undertaking further study, such as a PGCE, to take on a role as a qualified teacher for a formal classroom setting
  • Informal Education: Providing education outside of a classroom such as within a museum, gallery, or large business
  • Graduate Trainee: Being recruited by a large company to undergo a period of training with a view to undertaking a management or leadership role
  • Post Graduate Study: On average, at least 25% of Education graduates go on to study for a Masters or PhD qualification

Guest speakers and field trips

To further enhance your learning experience and to provide some real-world examples of the application of the knowledge and skills that you will be acquiring on your course, we shall invite visiting speakers from various parts of the education sector to come into sessions and deliver lectures on their areas of work.

We shall also aim to provide opportunities for you to visit places where you will be able to engage with those delivering education in real-world settings. Speakers might come from, or we might undertake visits to, educational settings such as museums, National Trust properties, schools and colleges, large corporations, community projects, faith centres, nurseries, and so on.

Preparing for your studies

Coming to university is a big step, and the beginning of a new chapter in your life. One way to get a head-start in making the transition to university is to do some preparatory reading and thinking about the subjects that you will be studying. You are clearly interested in education, so, you might like to start by regularly dipping into the mainstream media in order to discover the most current questions and debates:


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