A teacher addresses a classroom of primary school children.

A secondary school teacher speaks with four pupils.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.

Training the teachers of the future means drawing on our 135 years of experience and combining it with your passion, motivation and enthusiasm. It’s the start of a relationship which will lead to a rewarding and successful career.

We will challenge, engage and support you to achieve the highest levels in the practice of education through our collaborative research and training partnerships. You will become a capable, reflective and ethical teacher, able to display professional acumen and a commitment to the community in which you work.

We will encourage you to challenge tradition and develop innovative approaches to teaching and management, while upholding and maintaining the principles of inclusivity, equity and diversity.

Your Route to Becoming a Teacher

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

To work as a teacher you need to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in early years, primary or secondary settings, or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status if you want to become a teacher or trainer in the further education and training Sector.

A popular way of achieving this is to successfully complete a PGCE or PGDE programme which leads to a recommendation for QTS or QTLS.

At Edge Hill University you can study a PGCE or PGDE in one of the following age phases:

Each PGCE/PGDE runs full-time over one year and focuses on your development as a teacher rather than just on the subject you intend to teach.

Much of the programme will be spent learning in schools, including planning and delivering your own lessons to individuals, groups and whole classes of pupils. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom. You will gradually assume responsibility for the children, their achievement and progress, while displaying excellence in teaching, learning and assessment and being involved in all aspects of school/setting life.

Academic study, group discussion and reflection, alongside the professional practice in the classroom, will give you the knowledge and skills to become an outstanding teacher.

Current education issues central to the teaching profession will be discussed regularly and online and distance learning materials will support your learning. We will encourage you to develop key skills, including the use of ICT, to progress your own development.

Why train to teach at Edge Hill University?

A teacher talks to a pupil during a lesson in an IT classroom.We’ve earned our enviable reputation over 135 years, training teachers and working with the country’s children, young people and adult learners in schools, colleges and other settings.

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

  • Expert tuition – our teaching team are highly experienced tutors and researchers, sharing their knowledge, and supporting you to become an excellent practitioner in your own right. Staff are focused on your learning being up-to-date and relevant and many are active in research, publishing academic papers and texts or holding high profile roles within Examining Boards and subject networks and associations;
  • A stimulating learning environment – the purpose-built, £9million Faculty of Education building is part of a stimulating learning environment. It has a lakeside position on our award-winning  campus and features a 300-seat lecture theatre, ICT suites and teaching rooms and a cafeteria. In addition, the Faculty of Education Piazza building is now the base for Secondary and Further Education and Training provision;
  • Working in partnership – professional practice is an essential element of your programme. We have developed relationships with over 2,000 partner schools, colleges and other settings allowing us to provide an excellent experience for our trainees;
  • Support for you as an early career teacher – you will be supported through your transition to working life as an early career teacher through access to dedicated conferences and workshops. Bulletins and newsletters will be available to you in your new role as well as Masters level study opportunities. These initiatives enhance the careers advice and teaching vacancy service you receive during your training.

Next Steps

A teacher observes four pupils during a secondary school maths lesson.If you are interested in joining a PGCE, you should apply online through UCAS Teacher Training. An early application is strongly advised.

To visit Edge Hill University, tour our stunning campus and meet course tutors and current students, you can book your place at an open day. You can also discover the University from home by browsing our virtual open day pages.

To request a PGCE prospectus, please visit

For further information about any of our PGCEs or PGDE, please call Course Enquiries on 01695 657000 or email

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Book your place at an open day 

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 to their full potential is a rewarding experience. Teaching across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum allows you to be creative, making learning interesting and lively for young children. Structured and practical experiences encourage them to explore, investigate and learn.

Teaching in the early years is focused on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1. You are expected to engage with, and have knowledge
of, the prior and following age ranges (under threes and Key Stage 2). Your PGCE year will support your knowledge and understanding of child development and play-based pedagogical approaches to learning. You will develop and refine your own ‘philosophy of early years’ and graduate as a newly qualified teacher well prepared for work in a variety of early years settings.

Possible additional specialist teaching experiences within the programme include music in the early years, Forest Edge outdoor learning sessions, confidence and resilience building activities, Paediatric First Aid training with Millie’s Trust and a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) experience.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Primary Early Years Education with QTS PGCE X124

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 is an important and fulfilling vocation. Helping children learn and develop into confident young people is a source of satisfaction for all teachers; their progress and positive responses are the just rewards for hours of careful planning.

As a primary teacher you can be creative about how to make learning come alive for children. Facilitating structured, practical and active experiences ensures they are always eager to learn and to reflect on what they have been taught.

You will learn to employ drama, role play, discussion, the Internet, games, songs, stories, poems, practical activities and multimedia to promote children’s learning. The diversity of primary teaching 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 identify opportunities to link children’s learning in different subjects.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Primary Education with QTS PGCE 2PPM
Primary Mathematics Specialist with QTS PGCE X1G2
Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS PGCE 2T4R

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 PGCEs, please visit

Secondary Education

Teaching in a Secondary School

A secondary school teacher listens to a pupil while holding a piece of paper in front of her.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, 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 begin to shape an idea of their chosen vocation in life is a very powerful and rewarding responsibility for secondary teachers.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology with QTS (11-16) PGCE IX99
Secondary English with QTS (11-16) PGCE QXXX
Secondary Geography with QTS (11-16) PGCE F8X1
Secondary History with QTS (11-16) PGCE V1X1
Secondary Mathematics with QTS (11-16) PGCE GX11
Secondary Physical Education with QTS (11-16) PGCE X9C6
Secondary Religious Education with QTS (11-16) PGCE V6X9
Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS (11-16) PGCE C1X1

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 PGCEs, please visit

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Two students walk alongside the lake on the western side of campus, with the Faculty of Education building visible behind them.To work as a teacher in a secondary school, you are expected to have a good understanding of your subject, usually to degree level, before studying how to teach it.

We therefore offer a number of free Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses (SKE) to support your entry to selected Secondary PGCE programmes.

If you have applied to study a Secondary PGCE in Biology, Computer Science and IT, English,  Mathematics or Religious Education at Edge Hill University, our SKE programmes are designed to enhance your subject knowledge.

Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Biology Subject Knowledge Enhancement Apply Direct
Computing Subject Knowledge Enhancement Apply Direct
English Subject Knowledge Enhancement Apply Direct
Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Apply Direct
Religious Education Subject Knowledge Enhancement Apply Direct

For further information about our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses, please visit

Further Education and Training

Teaching in the Further Education and Training Sector

Three adult learners read a book together in a classroom.Teachers and trainers working within the further education and training (FET) sector deliver learning sessions to individuals from the age of 14 upwards, although the majority of colleges and settings cater for learners aged 16 and upwards.

Further Education encompasses Adult and community learning (ACL), Work-based Learning (WBL), Offender Learning and FE Colleges. Teaching and working with learners from across this sector is quite different from teaching in a mainstream school and offers many rewards and challenges.

Learners arrive with a wealth of both academic and skills-based experience, and teaching them requires approaches which both connect and celebrate the experience and diversity they have. An existing knowledge base among learners can mean a class full of lively debate and teachers should create an environment of mutual trust and respect, where views and opinions can be openly and freely discussed.

The opportunity to help learners get a second chance in achieving their ambitions can also inspire those considering training for the Further Education and Training sector. Learners returning to education are often ready to seize opportunities and meet new challenges, making exceptional and committed students. Being part of this process can be highly rewarding.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Post-14 Education PGDE X341