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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

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.

Career Prospects

This PGCE is accredited by the Department for Education. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be well placed to progress into employment as a newly qualified teacher in early years and primary settings.

Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a newly qualified teacher. You will have an ability to teach in primary schools and early years settings, a strong knowledge of primary education and excellent classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the early years foundation stage curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. Skills in monitoring and managing your development, and an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make your own informed choices and aid your career progression.


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

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £9,250 (subject to final Government approval). If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee is still to be announced.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 are £13,500. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23 are £13,500.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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 shaping the minds and futures of its vibrant student community since 1885. Established with a clear mission to create opportunity from knowledge, Edge Hill is now one of the UK’s leading universities and a popular choice for postgraduate students looking to undertake world-leading research, advance their career prospects, or specialise in their field. The university provides an environment that inspires students...more