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.

“As I have always been interested in how children learn and develop, I selected modules that focused on areas of educational needs and disabilities during my psychology degree, as well as those that investigated speech and language delays. After graduation I then spent time gaining voluntary experience, which increased my passion for teaching even further.

I’ve found the Early Years PGCE at Edge Hill prepares you very well for your career as a teacher. This is because it provides you with knowledge of a wide range of teaching and learning strategies, as well as opportunities to gain practical experience.

During my studies I’ve undertaken two placements which were closely matched to my individual needs, enabling me to develop good relationships with everyone within each school. Following these, I was able to arrange an additional placement of ten days working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of a school for children with social and behavioural problems, which helped to expand my practical experience even further.

Throughout the course the tutors and the staff in the placement schools have provided excellent support, which has been fantastic. Everyone has been happy to give advice and guidance whenever you need it, including reading through job applications and helping you prepare for interviews.

I am now looking to continue my studies further by undertaking a masters qualification, knowing that the PGCE has provided me with the necessary skills and knowledge I need to become an excellent early years teacher.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Early Years Education with QTS.