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With our jam-packed PGCE programmes, you’ll create engaging lesson plans, get extensive experience in the classroom and continuously evaluate your approach. Whenever you need feedback on your teaching or support brushing up on your knowledge of the national curriculum, you’ll have a fantastic support network at Edge Hill you can turn to.

No degree in the area you want to teach? No problem. Our Secondary PGCE students can complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. To make a difference in schools, you’ll also explore social justice by discussing mental health, disability and LGBTQ+ inclusion.

As one of our PGCE students, you’ll experience a jam-packed year. When you’re not in schools, you’ll be evaluating your latest lesson, planning what material to deliver next or brushing up on your knowledge of the national curriculum. It’s intense, but you’ll have a fantastic support network you can depend on.

Not all of our partners are traditional schools – you’ll experience education in SEN schools, hospital schools and forest schools, so you’ll be more than prepared by the time you graduate. As one of the largest providers of professional qualifications for teachers, many PGCE students return to specialise in areas including dyslexia and dyscalculia.

We have strong partnerships with over 1000 schools. Benefit from our links with special schools, mainstream schools and organisations which support schools.

You’ll learn from a team of academics carrying out leading research within their field. Be the first to hear about how the latest findings can be applied to the classroom.

Our support doesn’t end when you finish your course. We’ll be here to offer the advice you need to overcome challenges you face in your first year of teaching.

Your route to becoming a teacher

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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:

  • Early Years (3-7)
  • Primary (5-11)
  • Secondary (11-16)
  • Further Education and Training (14-19 and adult learners)
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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.

Early Years Education

Teaching in an early years setting

Primary Education

Teaching in a primary school

School Direct

Secondary Education

Teaching in a secondary school

School Direct

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Further Education and Training

Teaching in the Further Education and Training Sector

Why train to teach at Edge Hill University?

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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

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If you are interested in joining a PGCE or PGDE, you should apply online through GOV.UK. An early application is strongly advised.

To visit our stunning campus, you can book your place at an open day.

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 [email protected].

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Book onto our PGCE Open Evening

Come along to our PGCE/PGDE Open Evening on Wednesday 9 November, 4.00pm – 7.00pm.

Book your place today to chat with tutors and support staff and find out all there is to know about studying your PGCE/PGDE programme.

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