If you want 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

Primary school teacher watches as two children play with a maths-based toy in a classroom.A 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 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.

Our PGCEs are typically available on a 1-year, full-time basis only. 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?

A teacher speaks to three secondary school pupils sat in front of computer screens in a classroom.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:

  • Expert 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 primary school teacher counts coins with four pupils in a classroom.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;
  • Outstanding 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.

Next Steps

Early Years Education

Teaching in an Early Years Setting

An Early Years teacher observes a young child playing with toys in a tank of water in a nursery.Helping 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.


Primary Education

Teaching in a Primary School

A secondary school teacher assists pupils who are calculating sums around a desk in a classroom.Teaching 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.

As 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.


School Direct

A primary school teacher sits cross-legged on the floor with three pupils in a play area in a classroom.School 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. 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

Secondary Education

Teaching in a Secondary School

A secondary school teacher stands over a pupil using a computer in a classroom.Educating 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.


School Direct

Two teachers observe three pupils touching a metal conductor on a desk during a physics lesson.School 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. 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

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

A University lecturer shows a model of the inside of the human body to a group of students.Edge Hill University offers a number of free Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses.

If you have applied to study a Secondary PGCE in Biology, Computer Science, EnglishGeographyMathematics or Religious Education at any Higher Education provider in England, our SKE programmes are designed to enhance your subject knowledge.

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Further Education and Training

Teaching in the Further Education and Training Sector

Three adult learners read a book together in a classroom.If 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.