PGCEs

If you wants to inspire the next generation of children and young people, play a key role in nurturing young minds, and make a real difference to the development of others, then a rewarding career in teaching is for you.

Teachers enjoy a competitive starting salary and there are lots of opportunities for progression. Bursaries are available to eligible students while training, depending on the degree classification achieved and intended teacher training subject.


Your Route to Becoming a Teacher

PGCE PrimaryA typical route for a graduate who wants to train to teach is to apply to join a PGCE.

Regardless of the subject and age phase, a PGCE will challenge and stretch you to achieve the very highest levels of both subject knowledge and performance against the Teachers’ Standards.

You can study for a PGCE in the Early Years, Primary, Secondary (including 14-19) or Further Education and Training sectors.

  • Successful completion of an Early Years, Primary or Secondary PGCE at Edge Hill University leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is required to work as a teacher in most schools in England, Wales and Scotland;
  • Successful completion of our Further Education and Training PGCE confers eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, enabling you to take your place on a national register of qualified teachers for the sector.

The delivery of a PGCE focuses on your development as a teacher, rather than just on the subject you intend to teach.

We will also support you in gaining a teaching post. Once employed as a teacher, you must complete a period of time known as your induction year. This is your first year of employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in a school or college.


Why train to teach at Edge Hill University?

Training teachers for 130 years, Edge Hill University has earned an enviable reputation in ensuring that expert practitioners are working with the country’s children, young people and adult learners.

By choosing Edge Hill for your PGCE, you will be joining a university offering:

  • PGCE PrimaryExpert tuition – highly experienced tutors and researchers share their knowledge to enable you to become an excellent practitioner in your own right. Many of our staff are active in classroom-based research and in publishing national papers and texts for school and colleges, while others have high profile roles within examining boards and subject associations;
  • Working in partnership – we have developed strong relationships with over 3,000 partner schools, colleges and other settings, enabling you to gain extensive experience in a variety of settings, with professional practice placements matched to your training needs;
  • A stimulating learning environment – our Faculty of Education is located in a £9 million purpose-built facility which makes for a stimulating learning environment. This stunning lakeside building features a 300-seat lecture theatre, well-equipped ICT suites and teaching rooms complete with the very latest technology, plus a popular cafe;
  • PGCE PrimaryOutstanding student support – we adopt a personalised approach to your development as a teacher. You will be supported by an Edge Hill tutor and up to two mentors in practice. Your mentors are enthusiastic classroom practitioners, with a real commitment to teacher education, who will spend a considerable amount of time training you. They will also provide specific support in your specialist subject area.

Early Years Education

PGCE Early YearsHelping young children learn and develop can give a great deal of satisfaction to teachers. Seeing them respond positively to lessons is a fitting reward for the preparation and planning that has taken place, making teaching in an early years school or setting an extremely enjoyable and fulfilling vocation.

Early years teaching provides the opportunity to be creative and make learning interesting and lively for young children. This can be through a variety of structured and practical experiences which can make them eager to learn.

As an early years teacher, you will become an expert in child development, play, practical activities, communication and multimedia. You will teach the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and all the subjects of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1. You will keep finding new ways to use everyday and unusual objects to stimulate children’s curiosity and develop their understanding.

PGCE Early YearsSchool Direct is a programme where schools, or partnerships of schools, apply for trainee teacher places and work with an accredited provider to negotiate how the training is structured.

Edge Hill University offers a PGCE in Early Years Education through our partnership with The Marches School in Shropshire. This School Direct programme addresses the same learning outcomes as the university-based PGCE and incorporates distinct and bespoke training activities in school.

For further information about our School Direct PGCE programmes, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/schooldirect.


Primary Education

PGCE PrimaryTeaching in a primary school can be an extremely pleasurable and fulfilling vocation. Helping children to learn and develop into confident young people gives a great deal of satisfaction to teachers and seeing them respond positively and make progress is often just reward for hours of careful planning.

One of the joys of primary teaching is that it provides the opportunity to be creative about how to make learning come alive for children. By providing them with a variety of structured, practical and active experiences they are always eager to learn and reflect on what they have been taught.

PGCE PrimaryAs a primary teacher, you will become an expert in the use of drama, role play, discussion, the Internet, games, songs, stories, poems, practical activities and multimedia. Another key attraction of primary teaching is its diversity which will challenge you to extend your subject knowledge. The more you know about each subject and each child in your class, the more you will be able to spot opportunities to link children’s learning in different subjects.

PGCE PrimarySchool Direct is a programme where schools, or partnerships of schools, apply for trainee teacher places and work with an accredited provider to negotiate how the training is structured.

Edge Hill University offers PGCEs in primary education through our partnerships with primary schools nationally. These School Direct programmes address the same learning outcomes as university-based PGCEs and incorporate distinct and bespoke training activities in schools.

For further information about our School Direct PGCE programmes, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/schooldirect.


Secondary Education

PGCE SecondaryEducating young adults and inspiring them to share your passion for a subject is one of the main reasons people choose to train as a secondary teacher. Outstanding teaching requires enthusiasm combined with an ability to communicate clearly and to make complicated concepts accessible for all to learn.

An understanding of how pupils of varying ages and abilities learn most effectively is important. Imagination is crucial, as is the need to challenge and support, and the ability to develop and sustain excellent relationships with pupils.

Seeing a child evolve into a mature and confident young adult throughout their time in secondary education, especially if also working as a form tutor, is something that teachers find particularly gratifying. Helping pupils to begin to shape an idea of their chosen vocation in life is a very powerful and rewarding responsibility for secondary teachers.

PGCE SecondarySchool Direct is a programme where schools, or partnerships of schools, apply for trainee teacher places and work with an accredited provider to negotiate how the training is structured.

Edge Hill University offers PGCEs in a number of subjects through our partnerships with secondary schools nationally. These School Direct programmes address the same learning outcomes as university-based PGCEs and incorporate distinct and bespoke training activities in schools.

For further information about our School Direct PGCE programmes, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/schooldirect.

Subject Knowledge EnhancementIf you have the passion and conviction to teach at Secondary level but have an insufficient amount of subject knowledge in your degree to gain entry to a PGCE, we offer supplementary support to develop and enhance your knowledge.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programmes are available for Secondary PGCE applicants who wish to train to teach subjects such as BiologyChemistryComputer ScienceGeographyMathematics and Physics.

You won’t be required to pay any additional tuition fees when joining one of our subject knowledge programmes and you may be eligible for bursary support.

For further information, please call 01695 584796 or email ske@edgehill.ac.uk.

PGCE SecondarySome of our Secondary PGCEs are available to study on a flexible basis.

This option is ideal for those who cannot commit to a 10-month study programme, as well as for those who already have some experience in school or have been teaching as unqualified teachers in a variety of settings.

Flexible PGCE study provides you with a combination of distance learning (meaning you can train from anywhere in the UK), on-campus study and professional practice in placement schools and colleges.

Various pathways are available and, depending on your level of experience, you can take as little as one term or up to a maximum of three years to complete your studies and gain a recommendation for QTS.

You should take our flexible programme if you:

  • Already have the required knowledge and experience to QTS standards, and simply require a recommendation for QTS status (Pathway A);
  • Currently work, unqualified, in a school setting and require the formal PGCE qualification and recommendation for QTS status (Pathway B);
  • Need the full training programme, but can’t attend the one-year, full-time programme (Pathway C).

Further Education and Training

PGCE Further Education and TrainingIf you want a career that provides variety and opportunity, combined with the ability to help people achieve their potential, then teaching in the Further Education and Training (FET) / Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) could be for you.

Teachers and trainers working within the Further Education and Training sector deliver learning sessions to individuals from the age of 14 upwards, although the majority of colleges and settings cater for learners who are aged 16 and upwards.

The Further Education and Training sector encompasses schools, sixth form centres, colleges, adult and community learning centres, libraries and archives, public service sector, armed forces, prison education, health service and private training organisations.

Teaching and working with learners from across the Further Education and Training sector is quite different from teaching younger students in a mainstream school. It offers many rewards and challenges, such as helping learners take a second chance in achieving their ambitions.

Many learners arrive with a wealth of experience and knowledge, meaning that teachers can often find themselves in a class full of lively debate and discussion, where opinions are aired openly in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.

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.”


Next Steps


Student Profiles

Adele Beswick

Adele Beswick

PGCE Secondary Music (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

The course really does prepare you well and I felt confident the first time I stood up to teach a class due to the amount of training I'd had beforehand.
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Aisha Butt

PGCE Secondary Religious Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

The PGCE has been a great experience and I believe the skills and knowledge I have acquired will help me to thrive in being an inspiring teacher of Religious Education.
Amy Jones

Amy Jones

PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Teaching isn't just a job; it's a vocation and so I really do think you have to enjoy being in school, taking part in school life and mixing with both staff and students.
Andrew Fitzpatrick

Andrew Fitzpatrick

PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

With all the hard work comes the rewards and each milestone gives you such a real sense of achievement.
Asha Musa

Asha Musa

PGCE Secondary Religious Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

I can only emphasise how important it is that PGCE trainees receive strong support in an encouraging atmosphere and the staff at Edge Hill provide that in abundance.
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Beth Kearns

PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

As I approach the end of the course I’m glad to say that I’ve secured my first teaching post in an 11–16 school, so I’m really looking forward to starting as a newly qualified teacher.
Christopher  Harrison

Christopher Harrison

PGCE Secondary Science (Chemistry) (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

The PGCE is an intensive year but it is worth every minute. You emerge from it as a teacher with confidence and experience to teach anywhere.
Christopher  Rees

Christopher Rees

PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

I chose Edge Hill University because I was aware of its excellent reputation for initial teacher training, particularly with respect to the support it provides.
Claire Studdart

Claire Studdart

PGCE Secondary History (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Edge Hill is somewhere I'd definitely recommend; not only is it well organised with supportive tutors, but everyone is made to feel like they are part of one big family.
Daniel Burgess

Daniel Burgess

PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Throughout the course I have found that trainees are provided with all the resources they need to become effective teachers and the tutors are very supportive.
Daniel Higham

Daniel Higham

PGCE Secondary Physical Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

My PGCE course has undoubtedly been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I've met new people from all over the country and worked closely alongside friends with similar interests to my own.
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Francine McPhail

PGCE Secondary History (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

I have no doubt that studying my PGCE at Edge Hill has enabled me to develop as a teacher and led directly to the new job I am about to start.
Hannah Healing

Hannah Healing

PGCE Further Education and Training

By opting for Edge Hill, you are demonstrating to prospective employers that you are dedicated to the profession, are willing to take it seriously and that you are of a high calibre.
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James Lindsay

PGCE Secondary Business Education (Age Phase 14-19) with QTS

Edge Hill has provided me with detailed advice on searching for jobs and preparing for interviews, which I was able to put into practice to secure a position teaching Business and Economics.
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Jessica Anderton

PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

The practical side of the course allows you to try things out before using them in the classroom, including gaining experience in Edge Hill’s workshops.
Jonny Moffett

Jonny Moffett

PGCE Secondary Business Education (Age Phase 14-19) with QTS

I certainly feel that Edge Hill will help me realise my ambition to be a great teacher. It's a great course supported by excellent staff and this combination has made sure that I now feel equipped to begin my career with confidence.
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Joseph Cullen

PGCE Secondary English (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

The knowledge I have acquired and the experience I have gained throughout the PGCE has helped me to secure a teaching post at a secondary school in Manchester teaching English to Key Stages 3 and 4 pupils.
Lee Peachey

Lee Peachey

PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

My course leader has been extremely helpful and gone the extra mile to make sure that my professional development progressed the way it should. He's been a brilliant asset.
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Lee Royle

PGCE Further Education and Training

All throughout the course it is obvious that Edge Hill want you to succeed and they provide all the necessary support to help you get to where you want to be.
Michael Willshire

Michael Willshire

PGCE Secondary Science (Physics) (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

The guidance and support on the course has been excellent from start to finish and I received valuable advice, feedback and mentoring.
Neil Fitzgerald

Neil Fitzgerald

PGCE Further Education and Training

Being new to higher education, I had some worries that the course might be too advanced, but with the support that I've been given, especially in the second year, I've successfully completed and achieved the PGCE.
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Patrick Furlong

PGCE Secondary Modern Languages (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

As I am someone who learns more by doing things rather than observing them, it has been incredible to see the progress I have made during these practical aspects.
Rachael Patel

Rachael Patel

PGCE Early Years Education with QTS

Throughout the course the tutors and the staff in the placement schools have provided excellent support, which has been fantastic.
Rob Hosker

Rob Hosker

PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

The course, in short, has given me the opportunity to teach my subject for a living. I've now secured my first post at an excellent local school, thanks in no small part to the excellent support Edge Hill provided.
Roisin O'Donnell

Roisin O'Donnell

PGCE Secondary Music (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

I am now looking forward to securing my first teaching role and continue with my professional development even further.
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Sara Bowdler

PGCE Secondary Modern Languages (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

What I've found is that Edge Hill has a real understanding of what students need from their university.
Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb

PGCE Secondary English (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Apart from its excellent reputation for PGCE studies I chose Edge Hill as it provided the flexible route.
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Sophie Worden

PGCE Secondary Physical Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

The tutors guide you along to keep you on track and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me.
Susan Bone

Susan Bone

PGCE Further Education and Training

It is with thanks to Edge Hill that I have accomplished what I set out to do, whilst also having some great experiences and making several new friends. More importantly, I have also developed a real passion for my work.
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Yolanda Hopkins

PGCE Secondary Geography (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

I’m really happy because I’ve been offered a job at my second placement school and am looking forward to teaching my pupils again next year.

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