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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Hope Park

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary


The PGCE Primary (3-7) course is ideal if you are looking to become a qualified teacher of children aged 3-7. You will study across a number of areas including; initial professional development covering the principles of the teaching profession, the EYFS areas of learning including Prime and Specific areas such as Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional development, Literacy, Maths, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World. You also receive training in National Curriculum areas such as; English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art, Music, PE and RE.

Approximately half of the course is spent in schools, where the training continues and you are given opportunities to develop and extend your skills. Both within university and in school, time is built in for you to meet with your tutors regularly on a one to one basis to discuss your professional development.

As part of the course, you are expected to engage on a variety of levels with the course content and materials. Many of the sessions require active participation in early years 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 Early Years education in preparation for the completion of assignments.

Formal assessment of the course takes place through observations of your teaching and your successful completion of assignments based on assessment, data analysis and action planning. Linking theory and practice is a key feature of the course; you undertake a number of curriculum and wider professional based tasks.

All Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope offer you the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses on what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers general aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher's knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education.

Liverpool Hope has a strong tradition of academic excellence and world-leading research, recently achieving Gold status in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).


Once you have completed this degree, you will receive Qualified Teacher Status, which means you are eligible to become a teacher in a school setting. This course is particularly successful at preparing teachers who are reflective, skilful, knowledgeable and caring. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective Hope Teacher, develop as an independent learner and nurture the beliefs, values and self motivation that you will need throughout your teaching career.

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University information

Liverpool Hope University

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  • Campus address

    Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, Liverpool, L16 9JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    32nd out of 84 13

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    123 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.34 87%



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