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PGCE Primary (3-7)

Liverpool Hope University · Education

Entry requirements

An undergraduate Honours Degree 2:1 or above. 2:2 may be considered if you have a Masters qualification.

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system). These can be pending but required before enrolment
  • Relevant experience in a school setting is beneficial for your application, but not essential.
  • Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB).

Months of entry


Course content

About the Course

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The PGCE Primary (3-7) course is ideal if you are looking to become a qualified teacher of children aged 3-7. You will study across a number of areas including; initial professional development covering the principles of the teaching profession, the EYFS areas of learning including Prime and Specific areas such as Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional development, Literacy, Maths, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World. You also receive training in National Curriculum areas such as; English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Music, PE and RE.

Approximately half of the course is spent in schools, where the training continues and you are given opportunities to develop and extend your skills. Both within university and in school, time is built in for you to meet with your tutors regularly on a one to one basis to discuss your professional development.

As part of the course, you are expected to engage on a variety of levels with the course content and materials. Many of the sessions require active participation in early years approaches to teaching. In contrast to this, you will be expected to have some familiarity with accessing library and online resources to support your research into different aspects of Early Years education in preparation for the completion of assignments.

Formal assessment of the course takes place through observations of your teaching and your successful completion of assignments based on assessment, data analysis and action planning. Linking theory and practice is a key feature of the course; you undertake a number of curriculum and wider professional based tasks.

All Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope offer you the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses on what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers general aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher's knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education.

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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