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PGCE Primary Education with QTS

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) 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).

Inspire young minds and ignite their love for learning through two professional placements. You’ll be guided by school-based mentors and Edge Hill tutors. They’ll check you’re making good progress throughout your teacher training.

With support from tutors and school professionals, you’ll sharpen your professional subject knowledge for teaching the primary national curriculum. You’ll discover creative approaches to teaching all primary school subjects. We’ll encourage you to think of inventive ways to inspire lifelong learning.

By studying with us, you’ll also unravel contemporary issues in primary education and choose an aspect of learning to examine in great detail. You can study our primary education PGCE at our Ormskirk campus, or at Holy Cross College & University Centre in Bury.

We strongly recommend an early application as there is a high demand for places.


Contemporary Issues in Primary Education raises your awareness of complex contemporary issues and the impact they have on children's lives. The module recognises that children's educational experiences are subject to complex influential factors which have implications for social justice and achievement. These factors change over time, as new priorities emerge to which schools and teachers are expected to respond, however the implications for schools and their communities are contextual. Individual children and individual communities deserve individual consideration. The module provides you with the opportunity to embrace this complexity and begin to develop the expertise to manage complex issues in a systematic, informed and effective fashion. Building on the foundations of equity, justice and social responsibility, you will develop a framework which will guide your understanding of contemporary issues within the primary education context and which will facilitate your ongoing professional learning and development in the future.

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Entry requirements

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, Physics, Chemistry or Biology at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent). 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.

University information

Edge Hill University has been established since 1885 and continues to live up to its ethos of ‘creating opportunity from knowledge’. Students who opt to attend Edge Hill will benefit from an exceptional education thanks to its cutting-edge research, scholarship opportunities, contemporary facilities and most importantly its passionate, dedicated teaching staff. Students are empowered to craft their own future, learning in ways that work for...more