PGCE Primary Physical Education (PE) Specialist at Edge Hill University - UCAS

Edge Hill University

Degree level: Postgraduate

PGCE Primary Physical Education (PE) Specialist (Taught)

Course summary

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Everyone needs a healthy lifestyle. The earlier we learn how to be fit and active, the easier it becomes to maintain these habits in adulthood. As a PE specialist, you’ll show children aged 5-11 how to be physically active in fun and engaging ways, and learn how to teach the national curriculum for all key stage 1 and 2 subjects. By spending time in placements in schools, you’ll become a confident practitioner who meets Teachers’ Standards. You’ll gain the essential skills, knowledge and attitude for a two-year induction as an early career teacher, teaching the entire primary curriculum. As this is a PGCE primary physical education specialist course, you’ll finish it as an expert in teaching this subject. You’ll inspire children to be physically fit and encourage your peers to deliver equally engaging lessons. What you'll study The course has four key elements. Academic study at Masters level is first. You’ll gain essential professional and academic skills for teaching and analysing contemporary issues in primary education. Then you’ll study a specialist interest area within primary physical education, developing expert knowledge of this. Development of professional curriculum subject knowledge is second. Through this element, you’ll gain essential insight for helping children progress with, and enjoy, their learning. You’ll also learn creative approaches for teaching all subjects in the National Curriculum for England. Our tutors will help shape your classroom management confidence by running practical teaching workshops. For the professional practice placement element, you’ll spend a significant amount of time in schools experiencing life in the classroom and practicing your delivery of the key stages 1 and 2 curriculums. You’ll keep working with your peers and tutors through online academic study. And you’ll attend events (which could be at a weekend) and engage with international and historical views on primary physical education during the physical education conferences unit.


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Assessment method

Assessment strategies will include presentations to different audiences, academic essays individually tailored around your own professional interests, and ongoing task submission. During professional practice your school-based mentor will assess your development through reflective conversations, reviewing and discussing your planning and assessment records, observing your teaching, and gathering the perspectives of other adults and, of course, of the children who work with you. In all cases, you will be given clear assessment guidance. The assessment criteria will be shared with you and you will be given constructive feedback to help you to set targets and identify actions to help you make further progress. You will compile an electronic portfolio that brings together evidence to demonstrate your professional development and your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

How to apply

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Entry requirements

When you apply, you are expected to have: A commitment to, and understanding of, primary 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 degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required; GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics; GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in Combined Science, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. In addition, you will need A Level Physical Education (or equivalent) or be able to demonstrate a commitment to sport beyond the classroom, such as a recognised sports award or elite athlete status.

Fees and funding

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PGCE Primary Physical Education (PE) Specialist at Edge Hill University - UCAS