There are few careers more rewarding than teaching. It takes creativity and dedication to inspire children and young people, but the sense of satisfaction you’ll feel at the end of a working day is incredible.
Are you considering studying a PGCE or Further Education and Skills Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching? Unsure whether it is right for you? We have put together a useful guide below to show you the benefits.
Why should I do a PGCE or Further Education Diploma?
Find like-minded people
During your time studying a PGCE or Further Education Diploma, you will be surrounded by people just like you. Everyone there will want to benefit their career in a specific area. Make deeper connections and network with your fellow students and tutors. Your PGCE or Further Education Diploma class is your team.
Studying at Edge Hill University gives you more than professional practice in the classroom. Spend time in group discussions and reflection with your tutors and fellow students. Immerse yourself in the knowledge around you to become an outstanding teacher.
Enhance your career prospects
Teaching is a highly transferable skill. It is well respected and has great employability and progression pathways. You could start as a teacher and become a Head of Department or Headteacher. Studying a PGCE can help you with all aspects of teaching. From teaching practices to research and theory, you will cover and understand it all.
At Edge Hill University, 96.7% of PGCE graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes data released 2023 from 2020/21 graduates). Thinking about studying for a Masters degree too? A PGCE can award up to 60 credits towards a full Masters degree. This is usually 180 credits.
Develop your personal skills
PGCEs and Further Education Diplomas will help increase your independence, self-motivation and confidence. You will oversee a classroom and will need to be able to make quick decisions, communicate effectively, manage your own time and create your own lesson plans. Get stuck in and learn from your experiences first-hand.
Increase your subject knowledge
If you’d like to build on your undergraduate degree and delve deeper into your subject, then a PGCE is for you. You’ll be able to specialise in a specific area of secondary education or broaden your knowledge to deliver a variety of subjects for primary education. And teachers don’t just share their existing knowledge. It’s an opportunity for lifelong learning too, keeping on top of the latest trends and technologies.
You don’t have to complete a PGCE in the same subject as your undergraduate degree either. Edge Hill’s free Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses can help you bridge the gap if you want to complete a PGCE in a different subject area. They are available for Secondary PGCE and Primary Mathematics Specialist PGCE applicants.
The SKE programmes identify areas for development and provide a range of opportunities for additional study tailored to your individual needs. SKE courses are completed before your PGCE starts, so you can arrive in confidence with all the skills you need.
Enviable salary and holidays
The starting salary for qualified teachers is competitive, at around £30,000, rising to almost £41,333 for more experienced teachers. There are few qualifications where you can earn above the graduate national average straight after leaving university.
Another key benefit of teaching is the summer holidays. Having six paid weeks off – in addition to the spring holidays and half terms – is a big perk of the job.
Work anywhere in the world
A PGCE is an internationally-recognised academic qualification. This means you will be able to teach almost anywhere in the world, from International Schools to other English-speaking countries like Canada and Australia. Great if you want to work and travel the globe after your studies.
Make a difference
Teaching isn’t just a job. It’s a chance to inspire minds and change futures. There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing you have made a difference to so many lives. Sitting in your classroom could be the entrepreneurs and innovators of tomorrow. Each interaction counts. And no two days will be the same. It’s a career with built-in variety as you teach new topics, new curricula and get to work with children and young people each year.
Why study at Edge Hill University?
Edge Hill began life as a teacher training college for women in 1885. Having trained the next generation of teachers for over 137 years, we’ve earned an enviable reputation within the sector.
Throughout that time we have developed relationships with over 2,000 partner schools, colleges and other settings. These partnerships allow us to provide top-class opportunities for our students. Professional practice is an essential element of any PGCE or Further Education Diploma, giving you an excellent experience throughout your training.
Not all of our partners are traditional schools. You can 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.
Edge Hill’s Ormskirk campus is home to a £9 million Faculty of Education building. Housing a stimulating learning environment with a 300-seat lecture theatre, ICT suites, teaching rooms and a cafe. In addition, the Faculty of Education Piazza building is now the base of Secondary and Further Education and Training provisions.
Learn more about why to study at Edge Hill.
Fees and funding
The Department for Education has a number of bursaries available. You may be eligible to receive a bursary worth up to £28,000 by joining selected Secondary PGCE programmes.
Instead of a bursary, you may be eligible to apply for a Teacher Training Scholarship. These prestigious awards, worth up to £30,000 for the academic year 2024/25, are aimed at outstanding graduates who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers.Find out more about bursaries and Teacher Training Scholarships
Ready to apply?
Ready to start a PGCE or Further Education and Skills Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching? You can apply online through GOV.UK. An early application is strongly advised.
You may wish to find out more about the application process.
I’ve been given plenty of opportunities for continued professional development, and all my theory work is put into context either with real-life examples from my tutors, or when I see it first hand out on professional practice.
PGCE Primary Education with QTSView student profile
I particularly enjoyed the curriculum design module, as I was really able to get creative with the assessments for the learners.
PGDE Post-14 EducationView student profile
This course at Edge Hill is a great way to enter the wonderful world of teaching.
PGCE Primary Early Years Education with QTSView alumni profile
PGCE means Postgraduate Certificate in Education which is 60 credits at postgraduate level. It is an academic qualification that often leads to Qualified Teacher Status.
Further Education and Skills Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, formally known as PGDE, is 120 credits at postgraduate level. It is an academic qualification that often leads to Qualified Teacher Status.
All of Edge Hill’s PGCEs and Further Education Diplomas require a bachelor’s undergraduate degree completed at 2:2 or above. Depending on the specific course you are applying for, you may need to have completed your bachelor’s in a specific subject.
You can apply with qualifications pending and should you be made an offer of a place following the interview stage of the selection process. A condition of your offer would be that you successfully complete your pending qualifications before August. You might consider completing one of our Equivalency programmes in order to meet the GCSE requirements for the course. Please note that we cannot confirm that these courses will be considered at other universities, as they are internally run programmes.
In a lot of cases, you can get a PGCE or Further Education Diploma if your bachelor’s degree is in a different subject. However, some courses require a subject-specific degree. For information on the course you are interested in, click the PGCE or Futher Education Diploma course then select ‘entry criteria’.
We have PGCE and Further Education Diploma courses available for Early Years, Primary Education, Secondary Education and Further Education and Training.
Some PGCEs include QTS. This means you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status too.
Courses are one-year full-time without the option of studying part-time. PGCE or Further Education Diplomas include academic study, group discussion and reﬂection, alongside professional practice in the classroom. This combination will give you the knowledge and skills to become an outstanding teacher.
There are many different bursaries, grants and scholarships available while studying a PGCE or Further Education Diploma. For a full breakdown, view our page on money matters for PGCE and Further Education Diploma students.
Yes, you must create a personal statement when applying for a PGCE or PGDE. Your personal statement can be the deciding factor when tutors are considering who to call for a formal interview. It needs to include the correct information and be presented properly. Admissions tutors may read through hundreds of applications, and yours needs to stand out. Read our guide to perfecting your PGCE/PGDE personal statement.
Postgraduate courses do not have official deadlines. Instead, they will remain open until all places on the course and on the reserve list have been filled. For this reason, it is advisable to submit an application as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment, as long as you are confident and ready to do so of course.
While completing your PGCE or Further Education and Skills Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching you will complete placement opportunities and taught sessions on campus. As this will take place in person and during daytime hours, it may be difficult to work full-time alongside.
If you have any questions about studying for your PGCE or Further Education and Skills Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching at Edge Hill, please contact Course Enquiries.
May 10, 2023