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 are expected to have:

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, early years education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher;
  • Suitable 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).

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.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place.

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. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

An interview forms part of the selection process and will include subject knowledge tests, group tasks, written tasks and a formal interview.ntact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

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 September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 13,000 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