Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University

Early Years Education

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.

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

Entry requirements

When you apply, you should already be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, early years education, normally founded on at least 10 days of experience in early years classrooms in the two years prior to your application;
  • Suitable personal and presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.

Before the programme commences, you must have:

  • A first or second class Honours degree, in any subject, from a UK university (or equivalent qualification);
  • GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification) in English Language and Mathematics;
  • GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification) in combined Science (dual or single award) or in Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Please note, subjects that cover a narrower range of the National Curriculum, such as Human Biology or Environmental Science, are not acceptable);
  • Two further GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification) in National Curriculum subjects. Please note, National Curriculum subjects are Art and Design, Design and Technology, English, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Music, PE, Religious Education and Science. One modern foreign language will also be accepted.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Course modules

EPG4010 Philosophy of Teaching and Learning in Early Years (30 credits)
Philosophy of Teaching and Learning in Early Years equips you with an understanding of key theories and underpinning issues to enable you to reflect upon and understand the principles and ideologies of early years teaching and learning. You will explore the philosophy, aims, values and principles of early years teaching and learning and craft your own philosophy and values in relation to early years education, based upon research, practice, policy, contemporary thinking and pedagogy.  The module enables you to apply your developing knowledge and understanding alongside ongoing professional practice in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 settings.

EPG4011 Early Years Research Specialism Module (30 credits)
Early Years Research Specialism Module will support your understanding of contemporary key theories and issues to enable you to understand the principles which will be the foundations on which to build and establish your practice in early years education. The module is designed to 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 of particular interest.

Assessment methods

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,750 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Ormskirk Campus Ormskirk L39 4QP North West

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Key information

Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1695 575171