Taught course

Primary Early Years Education with QTS

Edge Hill University · Early Years Education

Entry requirements

When you apply, you are expected to have:

  • A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification)
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification) and GCSE Science at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • Sufficient levels of information and communications technology competence to access course materials e.g. virtual learning environment, email, video conferencing software
  • A commitment to, and understanding of, primary early years education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher

An interview forms part of the selection process, which can be conducted online or face to face.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry


Course content

If you have a passion for teaching children 3-11 years, join us on this degree and gain recommendation for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Specialise in the early years phase, teaching children 3-7 years and make significant contribution to their learning and development.

This primary early years teaching degree covers the essential skills and knowledge you’ll need for teaching children aged 3-11 with a specialism in the 3-7 age phase. This includes primary schools, nurseries and children’s centres.

Whatever undergraduate degree you studied, this course will help you develop your expertise and understanding of how children learn. You’ll study both the national curriculum and the EYFS statutory curriculum, and build up your knowledge in the subjects you will be teaching. Your tutors and school-based mentors will help you to become teachers with a strong sense of social justice, advocating for children’s rights, challenging inequality, and supporting global sustainability.

With your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), on graduation you could teach in early years foundation stage (EYFS), key stage 1, and key stage 2.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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