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Postgraduate study at Edge Hill University

Further Education and Training (PGCE)

  • Join a programme rated as ‘Outstanding’ in a 2014 Ofsted inspection;
  • Gain eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status;
  • Demonstrate achievement of the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training.

The most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2014) judged Edge Hill University’s initial teacher education for further education to be Outstanding. The report commended “the exceptionally high-quality training in further education” which “develops deeply reflective trainees, guided by expert mentors who help them to attain outstanding outcomes.”

This programme carries eligibility for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. Since April 2012, QLTS has been approved by the Department for Education as being equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for schools and therefore there is the possibility of teaching in a school if your specialist subject is part of the curriculum for the given age range.

A PGCE in Further Education and Training will provide you with an endorsed qualification that can be used to teach or train in the Further Education / Lifelong Learning sector. It is suitable for those who are looking to enter teaching in the sector for the first time, as well as those who are already working in further education, a work-based learning setting, the voluntary sector or in public sector training such as the Police, Fire Service, Health Service and Prison Service. The programme will provide you with a wide range of practical skills and the insights to support you in becoming a confident and credible teacher or trainer of the highest quality.

Entry requirements

To join this PGCE you should have a first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification) in a subject that is clearly part of the Further Education and Training curriculum. For applicants with a degree in a subject not related to the Further Education curriculum, other suitable Level 3 qualifications may be considered if these are supplemented by appropriate professional experience.

GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or equivalent, are required.

If you wish to select English / Literacy as your specialism, you will require GCSE English at Grade A or Grade 7 or above, or equivalent, together with an A Level, or equivalent, in a Humanities subject, such as English, Law or History.

If you wish to select Mathematics/Numeracy as your specialism, you will require GCSE Mathematics at Grade A or Grade 7 or above, or equivalent, together with an A Level, or equivalent, in a related subject, such as Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or Accounting.

An interview will form part of the selection process.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Course modules

PET4734 The Outstanding Teacher (20 credits)

The Outstanding Teacher focuses on what makes outstanding teachers and trainers. You will examine the wider role of the teacher within the Lifelong Learning Sector, consider internal and external influences in education and training and assess how these impact on practice. Investigating and examining current issues in the sector, the module provides ideal preparation for you to graduate as an outstanding practitioner.

PET4735 The Research Informed Teacher (20 credits)

The Research Informed Teacher focuses on developing your professionalism through enhancing your understanding of your own professional identity, role and responsibilities. The module provides the theoretical underpinning of teaching, learning and assessment in preparation for effective planning and delivery. It will enable you to consider the wider professional role of the teaching in addressing behaviour for learning, meeting learning support needs, and creating an inclusive and safe environment. There is a particular focus on integrating research-informed theory into practice.

You will select one of the following modules:

PET4731 The Employable Teacher (Maths/Numeracy) (20 credits)

The Employable Teacher (Maths/Numeracy) enhances your expertise and knowledge of curriculum design and development in the delivery of Mathematics/Numeracy. In particular, the module will enable you to become skilled in the provision of contextualised and embedded teaching, learning and assessment of numeracy.

PET4732 The Employable Teacher (English/Literacy) (20 credits)

The Employable Teacher (English/Literacy) enhances your expertise and knowledge of curriculum design and development in the delivery of English/Literacy. In particular, the module will enable you to become skilled in the provision of contextualised and embedded teaching, learning and assessment of literacy.

PET4733 The Employable Teacher (SEND) (20 credits)

In addition to the above modules, the course features a range of non-modular activities centred around professional practice. These activities will prepare you for professional practice and enable you to gain a thorough grounding in the essentials of teaching, learning, assessment and communication in the Further Education and Training sector. You will also develop the essential skills of self-evaluation, action planning and reflection.


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

Assessment is through coursework and observations of teaching and training. The assessment strategies are varied but place a significant focus on developing knowledge and skills that will be useful in practice. Portfolios of evidence, drawn from the trainee’s practice, encourage the development of innovation in teaching and learning activities.

During the programme each trainee will be observed eight times. These observations will be shared between tutors and work-based mentors. This approach offers you feedback not only on generic aspects of teaching but also the teaching of your subject specialism.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.


The fees below are for prospective UK or EU students who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2019/20.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 13,000 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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