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PGDE Post-14 Education

Gain eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status and demonstrate achievement of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training.

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      UCAS Code: X341
      Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University

      The most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2014) judged Edge Hill University’s initial teacher education for further education to be Outstanding. The report commended “the exceptionally high-quality training in further education” which “develops deeply reflective trainees, guided by expert mentors who help them to attain outstanding outcomes.”

      This programme carries eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Since April 2012, QLTS has been approved by the Department for Education as being equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for schools and therefore there is the possibility of teaching in a school if your specialist subject is part of the curriculum for the given age range.

      A PGDE in Post-14 Education will provide you with an endorsed qualification that can be used to teach or train in the Further Education/Lifelong Learning sector. It is suitable for those who are looking to enter teaching in the sector for the first time, as well as those who are already working in further education, a work-based learning setting, the voluntary sector or in public sector training such as the Police, Fire Service, Health Service and Prison Service. The programme will provide you with a wide range of practical skills and the insights to support you in becoming a confident and credible teacher or trainer of the highest quality.

      Student and Alumni Profiles

      • Rosie Tootell

        Rosie Tootell

        PGDE Post-14 Education
        Placement was a great opportunity to learn different approaches to teaching. I enjoyed interacting with students, getting to share really cool subject information and seeing their reactions, praising students who had done fantastic work, answering challenging questions.
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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      This is a practice-focused programme which will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to become an outstanding teacher and trainer in the post-14 education and training sector. The programme underpins professional practice with the development of understanding of key theoretical perspectives and the importance of research-informed teaching.

      The programme will develop your professionalism, consider what makes highly effective teachers and trainers, and explore current issues in the lifelong learning sector. You will gain a detailed understanding of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training through a combination of self-evaluation, action planning and reflection.

      Enhancing and strengthening your knowledge of effective curriculum design and development, you will examine the impact of resources and learning technologies, as well as evaluate innovative and creative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

      How will I study?

      The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, as well as professional practice.

      Attendance is typically two days per week on campus, with three days per week dedicated to professional practice. Your professional practice requires a minimum of 100 hours solo teaching.

      How will I be assessed?

      Assessment is through coursework and eight observations of teaching and training. Observations will be conducted by either by your mentor on placement, or a tutor from Edge Hill University, and provide you with feedback on both your subject knowledge and general teaching skills.

      The assessment strategies are varied but place a significant focus on developing knowledge and skills that will be useful in practice. Portfolios of evidence, drawn from the trainee’s practice, encourage the development of innovation in teaching and learning activities.

      There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for 135 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

      You will be taught by expert staff who have first-hand experience of post-14 teaching, as well as work-based mentor trainers who are specialists in their subject area.


      Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

      Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

      The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.


      Timetables for your induction week are normally available in August prior to enrolment. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your induction week. While we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Compulsory modules:

      FET4002Curriculum Planning and Quality Processes in Post-14 Education (30 credits)

      Curriculum Planning and Quality Processes in Post-14 Education focuses on the theory underpinning curriculum development and the process of curriculum planning, as well as critically examining quality assurance, quality improvement and quality enhancement in the further education and training sector. You will examine current curriculum requirements in your subject specialism, while also exploring the role of awarding bodies and the criteria for learning, assessment and feedback. You will discover philosophies of education and learn about various schools of thought as you engage in critical thinking and develop leadership skills. The focus on quality assurance and enhancement in the second part of the module will play a key role in enhancing your employability as you develop the skills needed for future managerial and leadership roles. You will also be offered the opportunity to participate in a mock interview process.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      FET4003Evidence-Informed Practice in Post-14 Education (30 credits)

      Evidence-Informed Practice in Post-14 Education equips you with a detailed understanding of the importance of research in practice. The module offers you the opportunity to further enhance your research knowledge within the subject specialism you studied at degree level, as well as broaden your theoretical knowledge in relation to pedagogy. Contemporary issues such as social justice and inequality will be covered, enabling you to graduate ready to teach and with the awareness and understanding to make a significant difference to the life chances of those who will learn from you.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      FET4001Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Post-14 Education (30 credits)

      Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Post-14 Education critically examines teaching and the curriculum in the further education and training sector, as well as the professional role and responsibilities of a teacher. You will also practise utilising the skills and knowledge that you will need to teach on placement. The module incorporates modelling of active and innovative teaching and learning methods and strategies to enhance your understanding of highly practical approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      FET4000Reflective Professional Practice in Post-14 Education (30 credits)

      Reflective Professional Practice in Post-14 Education delivers a thorough grounding in the essentials of teaching, reflection and self-evaluation for use in the further education and training sector. The module provides a vehicle for personal and professional development as you collate evidence of your professional practice and demonstrate how you have achieved the Education and Training Foundation (2014) professional standards. Exploring dynamic and innovative teaching and learning methods, the module draws on current research-informed knowledge. You will develop the ability to construct pedagogical knowledge and acquire skills in reflection and self-evaluation as you learn to become an autonomous professional.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a subject that is clearly part of the Further Education and Training curriculum. For applicants with a degree in a subject not related to the Further Education curriculum, other suitable Level 3 qualifications may be considered if these are supplemented by appropriate professional experience.

      GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent, including Level 2 English and Level 2 Mathematics) are required.

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

      An interview and reflective task form part of the selection process.

      If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Successfully completing this PGDE will give you a distinct advantage as you seek employment as a teacher in further education and training.

      The programme is specifically designed to allow you to demonstrate achievement of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training. These Professional Standards, published in May 2014, stipulate the minimum professional requirement in terms of knowledge, skills and professional values. Once you have completed this programme and are active as a teacher, trainer or tutor in the sector, you will be eligible to apply for Qualified Teacher Status Learning and Skills (QTLS) as part of the professional formation process.

      For those candidates who may be experienced, and even qualified, within their professional sector, e.g. police and NHS trainers, undertaking a nationally recognised qualification may offer wider employment opportunities.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this PGDE in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23 are £13,500.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this PGDE can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this PGDE in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgcefinance2022.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.


      Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students.

      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


      How to Apply

      Apply online through the Apply for Teacher Training service at gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyforteachertraining to find out more about the application process.

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

      Visit Us

      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

      Request a Prospectus

      If you would like to explore our full range of PGCEs before you apply, you can order a PGCE prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgceprospectus.

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

      International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email [email protected] with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      29th October 2020 - Change to Entry Requirements

      Entry criteria updated to indicate that an interview and reflective task form part of the selection process.

      Covid-19 - Post-14 Education Essential Information

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