Department profile

Faculty of Education

Edge Hill University
2020/21 edition

About Faculty of Education

Worldwide reputation

Edge Hill was established in 1885 as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women. From its origins as a specialist institution with 41 female trainee teachers in 1885, Edge Hill has become one of the leading providers of initial teacher training in the UK, successfully training the teachers of tomorrow for over 130 years.

The quality of training is matched by the Faculty's unique £9m setting. Overlooking a lake, the purpose-built state-of-the-art facility offers a thoroughly stimulating learning environment.

PGCEs cover primary, secondary and post-compulsory education. Extensive professional development opportunities are also available, with a wide choice of MA and postgraduate certificate pathways.

Train to Teach

A typical route into teaching is to undertake a PGCE. Regardless of the subject and age phase, a PGCE will challenge you to achieve the very highest levels of both subject knowledge and teaching standards.

At Edge Hill you can study for a PGCE in the early years, primary, secondary (including 14-19), or further education and training sectors.

lecture theatre

Why Edge Hill?

Training teachers for 130 years, Edge Hill University has earned an enviable reputation for providing the country’s children, young people and adult learners with first-rate educators. Edge Hill ranked in the top 10 for teaching (Times Good Uni Guide 2017) and was voted the best University in the North West for Student Experience (Times Higher Education Awards 2017).

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

  • Expert tuition – Highly experienced tutors and researchers share their knowledge to enable you to become an excellent teacher in your own right.
  • Working in partnership – strong relationships with over 3,000 partner schools and colleges, so you can gain extensive experience in a variety of settings, with professional practice placements matched to your training needs.
  • A stimulating learning environment – The Faculty of Education is located in a £9 million purpose-built lakeside facility featuring a 300-seat lecture theatre, well-equipped ICT suites, and teaching rooms complete with the very latest technology.
  • Outstanding student support – Edge Hill adopts a personalised approach to your development as a teacher. You will be supported by a tutor and up to two mentors in practice. Your mentors are enthusiastic classroom practitioners, with a real commitment to teacher education, who will spend a considerable amount of time training you. They will also provide support in your specialist subject area.

Fees, funding and scholarships

To find out more about tuition fees and funding please go to Edge Hill’s Fees, Financial Support and Scholarships page.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

Edge Hill University offer free Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for Secondary PGCE applicants to further knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Geography or Mathematics. The structure and length of an SKE programme is flexible and varies depending on your individual subject knowledge requirements.

Find out more about Subject Enhancement Courses.

Campus Life

The combination of landscaped grounds, state-of-the-art facilities, historic architecture, lakes and even a beach provides a unique and innovative place to study. There are more than 2,200 rooms available in Edge Hill’s halls of residence which were voted as the best University Accommodation in the What Uni? Student Choice Awards 2017, and with plenty of cafés with a variety onf different food offerings, and comfortable communal spaces, you’ll easily find your favourite spot to study, socialise and relax. The campus has also been ranked the safest in the North West (Complete University Guide 2016).

Outside view

Entertainment & Culture

The Sports Centre provides a focus for all sports and leisure activities on campus. It supports the competitive sports teams in national competitions and provides recreational activities for the students living on-site. All students have the chance to buy a discounted gym membership.

The Arts Centre is home to the university’s Performing Arts Department and the Rose and Studio Theatres, where you will find a host a range of high quality professional productions, including comedy, dance, drama, literature, music, film, live theatre screenings, and family-friendly shows, designed to entertain students as well as local and regional communities. As with the Sports Centre, exclusive discounts are available to Edge Hill students.

Edge Hill’s Students’ Union regularly engage with cultural and political issues as well as organising a variety of different social events. The diverse, dynamic, student-led societies are an excellent way to connect with other students who share your beliefs and interests.


Open Days

Discover Edge Hill University for yourself by attending one of their many open events held throughout the year.

You can explore the campus with a student guide, attend presentations, tour subject facilities and view practical demonstrations. There will also be opportunities to speak with course tutors who can answer any questions about the subject you are interested in studying.

To register for an open day click here.

How to apply

Applying to study a PGCE?

Contact details

01695 657000
Edge Hill University
St. Helens Road
L39 4QP
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