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Postgraduate study at Edge Hill University

PGCE Early Years Education with QTS

Train to teach children aged 3-7 and gain a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS);
Benefit from high quality training through partnerships with schools;
Learn how to enthuse and inspire young children with creative teaching.

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.

Entry requirements

When you apply, you are expected to have:

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, early years education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher;
  • Suitable 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).

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.

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.

An interview forms part of the selection process and will include subject knowledge tests, group tasks, written tasks and a formal interview.

Course modules

  • EPG4010Philosophy of Teaching and Learning in Early Years (30 CREDITS)
  • EPG4011Early Years Research Specialism Module (30 CREDITS)

In addition to the above modules, the course features a range of non-modular activities, covering personal and professional development, curriculum development, and professional practice. These activities will support you in the development of the professional skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes encapsulated in the Teachers’ Standards (Department for Education 2014).

Timetables

  • Timetables for your induction week are normally available in August prior to enrolment. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your induction week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

Disclaimer

  • Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
  • Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Assessment methods

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.

Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £13,000.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full time £ 9,250 (Academic year) Home/EU 12 12 Months
PGCE Full time £ 13,000 (Academic year) International 12 12 Months

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