Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University


Train to become an outstanding Primary teacher at Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 3-7 age range.

The programme is designed to not only meet the criteria outlined identified in the Teachers’ standards but to go beyond them and, in doing so, recognise the importance of having a secure knowledge and understanding of Early Years pedagogy.

You will be taught by experienced LJMU academics and school mentors. This will give you access to a wide range of ideas about teaching, together with examples of effective practice from experts in the field.

Central to our philosophy is a commitment to learning and teaching through play and interaction. This should not be seen as a ‘soft option’, but as a challenging and rigorous approach, which requires high level planning, organisation, intervention and assessment.

Our emphasis is on developing teachers who will examine, analyse, research and reflect on their practice to provide the very best and most appropriate learning opportunities for all children.

A key part of the programme is the professional experience aspect. This, along with University-based input, will provide you with the ability to plan, teach and manage Early Years learning.

By completing Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 placements, in different settings and socio-economic contexts, you will gain a greater understanding of Early Years teaching and learning.

You will have the opportunity to complete an enhanced placement which will add breadth to your experience and extend your knowledge and understanding of Early Years practice.

The course also has a strong commitment to outdoor learning. We have links with Forest School practitioners and strive to enable all trainees to experience this aspect of Early Years practice.

Entry requirements

To join this PGDE, you should have a first degree (or recognised equivalent). The degree classification should normally be at 2:1 or above. Strong applicants with a 2:2 will be considered if they have significant school experience prior to application, for instance as a TA or LSA in a relevant educational setting.

Additional requirements at the application stage include:

  • GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification)  
  • A demonstrable interest in and enthusiasm for teaching within the 3-7 age range in a primary school or educational setting. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the curriculum, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in an educational setting engaging with children within the 3-7 age range is required prior to interview

Applicants will need to pass Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to entry to this programme. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.

Course modules

The University element of the programme is based around modules focusing on:

  • developing your subject and pedagogical knowledge in order to support you in becoming a reflective, skilled and effective practitioner
  • critiquing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject and/or age phase
  • promoting your ability to design inclusive, engaging and impactful sequences of lessons to meet the diverse needs all learners
  • informed and deliberate use of educational research to improve pupils’ learning.

Assessment methods

Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.

You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still awaiting final confirmation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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0151 231 5090