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PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


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

Our PGCE Primary Education with QTS programme combines academic study at either Edge Hill University or Holy Cross College & University Centre with professional training experiences in our partnership schools and settings.

The PGCE will provide you with a high-quality initial teacher education experience, It will prepare you to teach across the 5-11 age range in key stages 1 and 2. Spending a significant amount of time undertaking professional practice placements in schools and other educational settings, you will be supported in meeting the Teachers’ Standards, gaining the professional skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes necessary for a successful first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

Working with expert university and school-based colleagues, you will be supported in developing professional subject knowledge for the primary national curriculum. This will include knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop in each subject and how you can most effectively support that learning and development. You will explore contemporary issues in primary education and identify an aspect of the primary curriculum or practice to investigate in further depth.


Leading Development and Change in the Primary School gives you the opportunity to identify and explore an aspect of special interest within a chosen focus area. You will select your focus area from a range of options which might include communication, language and literacy, primary science education, inclusion and special educational needs and disability (SEND), or learning outside the classroom. Working with specialist tutors, you will develop extended subject knowledge and an evidence-based approach to learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum design. You will also examine bias and political, historical and cultural contexts. The module will additionally enable you to develop the capacity to lead and manage change and to articulate and communicate your vision for curriculum development within your chosen focus area.

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).

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.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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 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