Edge Hill University has been at the forefront of initial teacher training for 130 years. Our PGCEs provide ideal opportunities for graduates to train to teach in early years, primary, secondary or further education.
You can choose from a broad-based early years or primary PGCE, or specialise in primary mathematics or primary physical education, while in secondary education we offer dedicated routes in a variety of subjects. If you’re looking to join a PGCE in secondary education but lack the required subject knowledge, we may have a suitable subject knowledge enhancement course for you.
Whichever age range or specialism you choose, your programme will comprise significant time in schools and other settings, enabling you to gain extensive practical experience and become increasingly confident in the classroom.
Early Years Education
- PGCE Primary Education with QTS
- PGCE Primary Mathematics Specialist with QTS
- PGCE Primary Physical Education (PE) Specialist with QTS
- PGCE Secondary Computer Science and Information Technology Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
- PGCE Secondary English (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
- PGCE Secondary Geography (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
- PGCE Secondary History (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
- PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
- PGCE Secondary Physical Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
- PGCE Secondary Religious Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
- PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
Further Education and Training
Subject Knowledge Enhancement for Secondary PGCE Applicants
- Subject Knowledge Enhancement Biology
- Subject Knowledge Enhancement Computer Science
- Subject Knowledge Enhancement English
- Subject Knowledge Enhancement Geography
- Subject Knowledge Enhancement Mathematics
Student and Alumni Profiles
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.
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.
The tutors guide you along to keep you on track and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have now secured my first full-time teaching post at a school that has been recognised as Outstanding by Ofsted.
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.
There can be no substitute for all the hands-on experience this PGCE provides, all of which has had a major impact on my journey.
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.
I am now looking forward to securing my first teaching role and continue with my professional development even further.
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.
Throughout the course the tutors and the staff in the placement schools have provided excellent support, which has been fantastic.
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.
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.
The guidance and support on the course has been excellent from start to finish and I received valuable advice, feedback and mentoring.
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.
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.
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.
One of the best things about this course is the well-supported teaching placements trainees undertake within a wide range of outstanding settings.
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.
What I've found is that Edge Hill has a real understanding of what students need from their university.
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.
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.
Overall, the best thing about this course is the expert knowledge of the tutors. Their enthusiasm is both motivating and inspiring.
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.
Apart from its excellent reputation for PGCE studies I chose Edge Hill as it provided the flexible route.
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.
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.
With all the hard work comes the rewards and each milestone gives you such a real sense of achievement.
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.
I've now secured my first permanent teaching position and know that the support from Edge Hill University will continue.