Entry requirements

When you apply, you should already be able to demonstrate the following:
  • A commitment to, and understanding of, early years education, normally founded on at least 10 days of experience in early years classrooms in the two years prior to your application;
  • Suitable personal and presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.
Before the programme commences, you must have:
  • A first or second class Honours degree, in any subject, from a UK university (or equivalent qualification);
  • GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification) in English Language and Mathematics;
  • GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification) in combined Science (dual or single award) or in Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Please note, subjects that cover a narrower range of the National Curriculum, such as Human Biology or Environmental Science, are not acceptable);
  • Two further GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification) in National Curriculum subjects. Please note, National Curriculum subjects are Art and Design, Design and Technology, English, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Music, PE, Religious Education and Science. One modern foreign language will also be accepted.
Please note, for the purposes of Initial Teacher Training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics or English. If you have graduated in the last 5 years, an academic reference is required. EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu. You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests. 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. The standard cost of applying for DBS Enhanced Disclosure for this course is currently £50. An interview forms part of the selection process and will include subject knowledge tests, group tasks, written tasks and a formal interview.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. This programme will equip you with the skills, understanding and experience to become a leader of learning in a wide variety of Early Years settings, including primary schools, nursery settings and children's centres. You will be trained across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, combining on-campus study with high quality training in schools, ensuring you gain the experience to be an outstanding teacher of children aged 3-7. On completion of the course you will have the confidence to take up your first teaching post with a clear appreciation of the latest approaches and strategies to teaching theory, combined with extensive practical experience, to enable you to educate and inspire Early Years children.

Fees and funding

Fee If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2018/19, tuition fees are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19 are £12,750.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Assessment

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS. Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Course contact details

Phone
+44(0)1695 575171