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PGCE Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS

Train to enthuse and inspire children aged 5-11, developing specialist expertise in primary physical education as you experience a variety of key stage 1 and key stage 2 classes and achieve recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

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      UCAS Code: 2T4R
      Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University

      Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

      The Government has targeted the presence of a physical education specialist in every primary school as part of a drive to increase healthy lifestyles.

      This PGCE provides you with a high-quality initial teacher education experience. It will prepare you to teach the whole national curriculum across the 5-11 age range in key stages 1 and 2 while developing a specific specialism in primary physical education. Spending a significant amount of time undertaking professional practice placements in schools and other educational settings, you will be supported in meeting the Teachers’ Standards, gaining the professional skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes necessary for a successful two-year induction as an early career teacher.

      Graduating as a primary physical education specialist, you will model excellent practice and be ready to lead colleagues in the development of enriching, engaging and challenging PE lessons which will inspire and enthuse children.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The programme consists of four main elements:

      • Academic Study at Masters Level – you will complete two 30-credit modules at Masters level. The first module provides academic and professional development through a focus on fundamental skills for teaching as well as contemporary issues in primary education. The second module will present you with an opportunity to identify and explore an aspect of special interest within primary physical education. The assessment design of these modules allows you to follow your own developing professional interests and so individualise your initial teacher education experience and your professional CV;
      • Development of Professional Curriculum Subject Knowledge – during the induction phase of the programme you will engage in university sessions with experienced specialist tutors. You will develop the professional subject knowledge that forms the essential foundation of effective teaching and ensures that children make progress and enjoy learning. You will explore the expectations of the national curriculum for England and learn about appropriate approaches to teaching and learning for each subject. Tutors will model aspects of primary classroom practice using practical teaching workshops to build your confidence and enthusiasm for each national curriculum subject;
      • Professional Practice Placements – you will spend a significant amount of time undertaking professional practice placements in key stages 1 and 2 in schools and other educational settings. During these experiences you will continue to engage in academic studies through online collaboration with your peers and university tutors;
      • Physical Education Conferences – additional physical education conferences, sometimes scheduled at weekends, will provide an opportunity for deeper study of aspects of primary physical education, including international and historical perspectives and research from the forefront of the subject.

      How will I study?

      Your learning experience will include lectures, seminars, workshop sessions and tutorials delivered using a hybrid blend of on-campus and online teaching. Independent study will be supported by materials provided through the virtual learning environment using a range of online teaching tools and applications. Your university-based experiences will be underpinned by reference to current research.

      You will spend a significant amount of time undertaking professional practice placements, normally in key stages 1 and 2 in schools and other educational settings. During these experiences you will have opportunities to observe the work of expert practitioners. You will reflect on and discuss this practice with those practitioners and your trained school-based mentor. As you take on increasing responsibility for children’s learning and development, you will start by working with small groups under the direction of the class teacher, sometimes with a student teacher partner, and progress to planning for and working with the whole class for significant periods of time, managing the learning of every child.

      How will I be assessed?

      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.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for 135 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

      You will be taught in University and on professional practice in schools by a range of highly qualified and experienced teachers and tutors who are dedicated to excellence in primary education and who will model high quality practice to enable you to develop your own teaching style.

      You will be supported throughout your programme by a personal academic tutor who will help you to manage your workload, engage with your academic studies, prepare for professional practice placements and secure your first teaching post.


      Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

      Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

      The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.


      Timetables for your induction week are normally available in August prior to enrolment. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your induction week. While we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Compulsory modules:

      PGP4110Contemporary Issues in Primary Education (30 credits)

      Contemporary Issues in Primary Education raises your awareness of complex contemporary issues and the impact they have on children’s lives. The module recognises that children’s educational experiences are subject to complex influential factors which have implications for social justice and achievement. These factors change over time, as new priorities emerge to which schools and teachers are expected to respond, however the implications for schools and their communities are contextual. Individual children and individual communities deserve individual consideration. The module provides you with the opportunity to embrace this complexity and begin to develop the expertise to manage complex issues in a systematic, informed and effective fashion. Building on the foundations of equity, justice and social responsibility, you will develop a framework which will guide your understanding of contemporary issues within the primary education context and which will facilitate your ongoing professional learning and development in the future.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PGP4015Leading Development and Change in the Primary School (Physical Education Specialist) (30 credits)

      Leading Development and Change in the Primary School (Physical Education Specialist) enables you to harness your passion for physical education to develop as an expert primary PE teacher. You will have the opportunity to tailor your studies around one specific aspect of the primary physical education curriculum. Working with specialist tutors, you will develop extended subject knowledge and an evidence-based approach to learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum design. You will also examine bias and political, historical and cultural contexts, developing the capacity to lead and manage change and to articulate and communicate your own vision for curriculum development within physical education.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      When you apply, you are expected to have:

      • A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education in general and primary physical education in particular, 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 should 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.

      Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

      An academic reference is required for all students who have graduated in the last five years. An interview and subject knowledge tests form part of the selection process.

      If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      This PGCE is accredited by the Department for Education. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be well placed to progress into employment as a newly qualified teacher in a primary school.

      Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain your first teaching post. You will have an ability to teach in key stage 1 or key stage 2 in primary schools, a strong knowledge of primary education, excellent physical education subject knowledge and pedagogy, and outstanding classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

      You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the primary curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. In addition, you will have a deep knowledge of primary physical education and be well placed to take a subject leadership role in school. Skills in monitoring and managing your own development, together with an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make informed choices and aid your career progression.

      Before the end of the programme, you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between the PGCE and your two-year induction as an early career teacher. Our proactive Careers service can help you find job vacancies and offer in-depth advice on job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23 are £13,500.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this PGCE can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this PGCE in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgcefinance2022.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.


      Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students.

      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


      How to Apply

      Apply online through the Apply for Teacher Training service at gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyforteachertraining to find out more about the application process.

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

      Request a Prospectus

      If you would like to explore our full range of PGCEs before you apply, you can order a PGCE prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgceprospectus.

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email [email protected] with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      6th November 2020 - Change of Modules

      PGP4015 Leading Development and Change in the Primary School (Physical Education Specialist) (30 credits) and PGP4110 Contemporary Issues in Primary Education (30 credits) replace PGP4100 Reflection on Academic and Professional Development (30 credits) and PGP4107 Evidence-based Research and Leadership for Physical Education (PE) Specialist (30 credits) as compulsory modules.

      27th October 2020 - Change of Programme Title

      The title of this programme has changed from PGCE Primary Physical Education (PE) Specialist with QTS to PGCE Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS, losing the \’PE\’ in brackets.

      Covid-19 - Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS Essential Information

      Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS Course Statement

      Delivery for the academic year 2020/21 will consist of six hours per week of face-to-face teaching on campus (delivered accumulatively, where appropriate) supported by a minimum of four hours of online learning per week comprising synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board, other) learning activities and academic support. This pattern will not apply in weeks when students are engaged in full-time blocks of professional practice or work-based learning experiences.

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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