Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University

PGCE Early Years (Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1)

The PGCE Primary Early Years course is particularly intensive. Students are timetabled for study across a number of areas including initial professional development covering principles of education and Early Years education and curriculum areas such as English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E and R.E. Approximately half of the course is spent in school where the training continues and students are given opportunities to develop and extend their skills. Both within university and in school, time is built in for students to meet with their tutors on a one-to-one basis to discuss their professional development. As part of the course, students are expected to engage, on a variety of levels, with the course content and materials. Many of the sessions require active participation in approaches to teaching. In contrast to this, you will be expected to have some familiarity with accessing library and online resources to support your research into different aspects of Primary and Early Years education in preparation for the completion of the assignments. Formal assessment of the course takes place through observations of students' teaching, and their successful completion of assignments based on Learning Theories. Linking theory and practice is a key feature of the course. Students also undertake a number of curriculum and wider professional-based tasks. School experience covers block placements in Primary and Foundation Stage setting.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate Honours Degree. This is normally at 2.1 or above. However, we recognise that the qualities needed to become an outstanding teacher are not limited to the academic and otherwise strong and committed applicants with a 2.2 will be considered. Applicants should highlight how their degree relates to the National Curriculum. GCSE Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. These can be pending but required before enrolment. A minimum 10 days experience of observation in an Early Years setting within last 6 months. It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course, please go to the Department of Education website for further details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hope Park Liverpool L16 9JD North West

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