Liverpool Hope University is one of the country's leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. In the most recent National Student Survey 97% of our undergraduate QTS students expressed overall satisfaction with provision, placing us top among the fifty largest providers of teacher training in the UK and 16% above the national average.
The PGCE Primary (5-11) course is a postgraduate qualification aimed at high-quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in primary teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from late August to July Tutors are dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with our partners in local schools.
Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with a rich diversity of experience in many types of schools. We are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained and need both theoretical and practical preparation to be truly outstanding teachers. Our lectures and workshops are engaging and interactive, supporting you in becoming well-informed and reflective professionals who can take independent judgements and are ready to be full members of a school community.
All Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope offer students 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.
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).
The full-time course is particularly intensive. Students are timetabled for study across a number of areas including initial professional development covering principles of 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 through, for example, dance and games in P.E. sessions, songs, games and practical activities in English, maths and science, and exploration of the local environment in R.E, history and geography. 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 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 Assessment, and a data analysis and action planning. Linking theory and practice is a key feature of the course. Students also undertake a number of curriculum and wider professional-based tasks.
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.
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.
School experience covers block placements in both key stages one and two. In addition, students are expected to complete a placement in an Early Years class and a Special Educational Needs setting.
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Preferably a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree. However, we recognise that the qualities needed to become an outstanding primary teacher are not necessarily limited to academic attainment and therefore exceptional applicants with a 2:2 may be considered. Applicants should highlight how their degree subject relates to the primary National Curriculum.
GCSE Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system). These can be pending but required before enrolment
Relevant experience in a school setting is beneficial for your application, but not essential.
Offers will be subject to a successful interview, as well as a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB).
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.
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.
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Fees for 2018/19 entry are:
There are a number of bursaries and scholarships available that can help you fund your PGCE.
Dependent upon your degree classification and the subject to be studied, training bursaries & scholarships may be available and range from £28,000 to £4,000. Please see information on the Teaching Agency’s website.
These bursaries are administered by the University so students do not have to apply for these. You will receive a letter from the Student Finance Team informing you of your award after you have been given an Unconditional Firm Offer. Payments are made on the 5th working day of each month from October to July.
For bursary awards up to £15,000:
For bursary awards of £15,000 or over:
Fees for 2018/19 entry are:
We aim to promote your understanding of the nature and theories of learning as well as of child development. We will challenge you to become a creative classroom practitioner in all subject areas and give you the skills to respond to the challenges of being a primary teacher.
The Teachers’ Standards support the training, assessment and award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Qualified Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards in practice in the primary age phase.
It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.
The length of the tests and questions are appropriate for Key Skills Level 2/3. These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and you will still need these qualifications where necessary.
The Department of Education (DfE) has developed supporting materials to help candidates understand and prepare for the tests. The DfE website also has practice tests available to familiarise yourself with the tests. It is recommended that you only book your tests once you are confident and have a sound grasp of the skill required to pass the test. Skills tests are delivered via Learn Direct centres. You can visit the dedicated section of the Department of Education Professional Skills Tests website.
Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. Applicants for ITT courses should register online. Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history.
If you require an access arrangement due to a disability, please follow the online instructions when booking your tests. Depending on your need, you may be able to apply directly online, or you may have to fill in an application form. If your requested arrangement requires an application form and evidence to be provided before the test, this may take up to 10 working days to process. For more details please read the information about access arrangements.
Here are a few helpful tips about the tests:
If you have any further questions regarding the skills test you can either contact our Student Recruitment team:
Telephone: 0151 291 3111
Alternative contacts below:
Skills Test helpline - Telephone: 0845 450 8867
Learndirect - Telephone: 0300 303 9613