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PGCE Primary Early Years Education with QTS

PGCE Primary Early Years Education with QTS

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Early Learning Flexible Learning Design Teaching In Primary Schools Primary Schools (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This early years teaching degree covers the essential skills and knowledge you’ll need for teaching children aged 3-7. This includes primary schools, nurseries and children’s centres.

We’ll provide you with training for covering the entire early years foundation stage and key stage one. You’ll also spend time in schools learning how to teach and you’ll learn how to help primary age children to flourish. You can study this course at our Ormskirk campus, or at Holy Cross College & University Centre in Bury.

When you finish the course, you’ll have the confidence and competence to take up your first teaching post. You’ll know the latest teaching strategies inside out, and have the experience to engage young children.


Being a Teacher-Researcher will support your development as a scholar and researcher and focus on the principles and foundations on which to build and establish your research practice in early years education. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary and innovative research methodologies underpinned by ethical processes. The module will enable you to engage with research and carry out an individual small-scale research project to explore and critically examine an aspect of early years education which particularly interests you. The topic will be agreed with your tutor who will provide support and guidance. The module provides you with the opportunity to use your professional practice experiences as a vehicle for producing your research projects.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students should already be able to demonstrate the following: A commitment to and understanding of early year’s education demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher; Suitable personal and presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English. Before the programme commences, students must have: A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required; GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent); GCSE in combined Science (dual or single award) or in Physics, Chemistry or Biology at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

University information

Edge Hill University has been inspiring minds and changing futures since 1885. An ethos of ‘creating opportunity from knowledge’ fuels everything that the university does to deliver education excellence. Through its high-quality teaching, exceptional research and scholarship opportunities, Edge Hill opens doors to change. Given the right opportunities and environment students are empowered to create a different future, not just for themselves...more