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This course prepares you for a career as a skilled primary teacher, specialising in physical education. You gain qualified teacher status in Key Stages 1 and 2, along with a PGCE qualification. Read more

This course prepares you for a career as a skilled primary teacher, specialising in physical education. You gain qualified teacher status in Key Stages 1 and 2, along with a PGCE qualification.

Your learning is based on an equal balance of physical education and the core aspects of the primary curriculum. You receive extensive training in English, maths, science and primary practice, alongside specialist PE teaching tuition and experience.

Key areas of study include • PE, primary teaching, learning and assessment • inclusion • English • mathematics • science • foundation subjects and religious education • researching primary education • personal and professional development • the role of the teacher.

During the course you develop your teaching skills and confidence during professional placements in at least two schools across the two key stages.

You also take part in a compulsory summer school, designed to enhance your teaching skills.

Throughout your studies you receive guidance and support from a team of lead practitioners and dedicated university and school-based tutors. You also benefit from the input of sporting National Governing Bodies.

Bursary

If you have a 2.1 degree or above and complete this course, you may be eligible for a £4,000-9,000 teacher training bursary .

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

Topics

  • PE, primary teaching, learning and assessment
  • inclusion
  • English
  • mathematics
  • science
  • foundation subjects
  • researching primary education
  • personal and professional development
  • the role of the teacher

Modules

The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools with professional and curriculum studies.

You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher. The second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.

The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.

Assessment

Your academic work is assessed through coursework using a variety of assessment methods. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school-based mentors. 

Employability

This course prepares you for roles including

  • primary classroom teacher
  • primary PE specialist based in one school, delivering all PE lessons
  • primary PE co-ordinator
  • primary PE specialist working across a number of schools.


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The Government has targeted the presence of a Physical Education specialist in every primary school as part of a drive to increase healthy life styles. Read more
The Government has targeted the presence of a Physical Education specialist in every primary school as part of a drive to increase healthy life styles.

The PGCE Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS is a school-led programme which combines on-campus study with training in placement schools and settings.

You will train to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. The training experience is designed to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

During the programme, you will study all of the National Curriculum subjects and you will specialise in Physical Education in great depth. You will qualify as a Primary teacher who will also be able to bring a passion for Physical Education and excellent Physical Education subject knowledge to a first teaching post.

Successful completion of this PGCE will lay the foundations for you to become a leader in Physical Education, generating enthusiasm for Physical Education amongst children, and modelling and leading others in the development of enriching, engaging and challenging lessons.

What will I study?

The programme consists of four main elements.

- Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development;

- Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the Primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences;

- Specialism – choosing Physical Education as your specialism will allow you to enhance and deepen your own knowledge of the subject, undertake action research projects in school, and further your knowledge and understanding of how Physical Education is taught and led in school. You will also develop a clear understanding of the needs of children who do not always have the love of physical education you may have, gaining an understanding of how to teach them effectively and give them the confidence to progress;

- Weekend Conferences – six weekend conferences 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?

A combination of seminars, tutorials and weekend conferences, together with practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become an excellent teacher. A substantial amount of face-to-face contact time with specialist tutors will be facilitated across all Primary National Curriculum subjects. You will be supported by online and distance learning materials and encouraged to develop key skills, including the use of technology, to support your own learning.

You will also spend a significant amount of time in schools in a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes during the programme. Over the length of the PGCE, you will progress from teaching small groups with a partner to teaching a full class on your own as you become more confident in the classroom. There are also frequent opportunities to observe outstanding teachers in action and learn from high quality training in schools.

Undertaking a range of differentiated training experiences that are closely linked to your individual targets, you will develop your role as a classroom teacher and assume greater responsibility for the class as you move through the programme.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. You will also complete rigorous subject knowledge audits and checks to ensure you have outstanding subject knowledge.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by expert practitioners including teachers who are specialists in Physical Education and primary education and who will model high quality practice to enable you to develop your own teaching style.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain a recommendation for QTS and 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, as well as 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 Physical Education and be well placed to take a 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 your own informed choices and aid your career progression.

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Leeds Trinity University offers Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6) initial teacher training courses in a number of subject areas. Read more
Leeds Trinity University offers Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6) initial teacher training courses in a number of subject areas. PGCE students are also registered to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7).​

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We will help you to understand and encourage physical education as a lifelong process in the community.Our course is ideal if you are interested in physical… Read more
We will help you to understand and encourage physical education as a lifelong process in the community.Our course is ideal if you are interested in physical education in its broadest terms, particularly if you are already working in the field within schools and youth sport and seek to further your professional development and career potential, this course will provide a strong academic base for you to advance your career.

You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary curriculum practice in physical education and school sport, as well as critically assess the role of different pedagogical models in teaching both of these areas.

The dissertation is a substantial piece of work for which you are encouraged to research in detail an area of physical education that is of particular interest to you.

This course is particularly suitable if you are a physical education teacher, sports practitioner, or have a related undergraduate degree with extensive experience with children and young people.

Teaching and Learning

You will study three core modules, two elective modules, one research module and a major independent research study/dissertation. For your dissertation you are encouraged to research in detail an area of physical education that is of particular interest to you, providing the opportunity to focus on your career path.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/physicaleducation_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

There is an increasing need for highly qualified masters graduates to work with children and young people within schools and the community. As well as the possibility to pursue, or extend, a career in physical education, other opportunities include sports club administration, governing bodies, community sport and higher education could also be available.

- PE Teacher
- Sports Club Administrator
- Community Sport Officer
- Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Studying a postgraduate course in physical education can enhance your job prospects in teaching allowing you to take control of your career.

The Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Beckett University has an excellent reputation of delivering quality sport and physical education courses for over 75 years.

Core Modules

Curriculum, Pedagogy & Practice in Physical Education & Youth Sport (20 credits)
Explore the ways PE and youth sport are taught and assessed, focussing on issues such as competitive sport, PE as a way of keeping students fit, teaching games for understanding and PE as an examinable subject.

Understanding Young People's Experiences of Physical Education & Sport (20 credits)
Draw on child development theory to assess the experiences of young people in PE and sport. You will examine various knowledge bases, considering the challenges of conducting research about young people.

Diversity & Discrimination (20 credits)
Examine diversity and inequality from a social science perspective. You will consider specific examples of legal discrimination and how they relate to sport, law, leisure and physical education professions.

Research Methods (20 credits)
Designed to prepare you for your major independent study, you'll focus on research methods and ethics to aid you in your own study.

Major Independent Study (60 credits)
Undertake a major independent study into an area of your personal interest, relevant to the Physical Education course.

Peter Mackreth

Head of School, Sport

"Across the school we have talented, committed and passionate staff who continually strive to build on the synergies between teaching, research and enterprise. Our approach fosters the development of innovative and important projects which feeds into an excellent student experience at all levels."

Peter is Head of the Carnegie School of Sport which houses a diverse range of disciplines that promote excellence at all levels of participation, performance and policy in sport. Across the School are talented, committed and passionate staff who continually strive to build on the synergies between teaching, research and enterprise. Our approach fosters the development of innovative and important projects, which feeds into an excellent student experience at all levels. The School has a strong progression rate with many undergraduates going on to do masters and then PhDs.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This is the world’s only finance master’s degree with an integrated specialisation in the study of private equity. This unique programme, supported by The Abraaj Group, offers you unparalleled access to leading private equity researchers and practitioners who have actively participated in the deals which are studied. Read more

About the MSc programme

This is the world’s only finance master’s degree with an integrated specialisation in the study of private equity. This unique programme, supported by The Abraaj Group, offers you unparalleled access to leading private equity researchers and practitioners who have actively participated in the deals which are studied.

The foundation of the programme is built in the first term with the study of Asset Markets and Corporate Finance. In the second term, you will deepen your specific knowledge of private equity by taking a dedicated course taught by the School's Abraaj Group Chair in Finance and Private Equity. This will explore the structure of private equity (PE) funds and how PE can be used in start-ups, in scaling-up cash flow businesses, and in restructuring firms facing financial distress. It explores the link between PE and venture capital on the one hand and public securities markets on the other.

The programme involves a number of case studies and is taught in conjunction with a range of practitioners in the field via a weekly additional PE practitioner seminar.

Graduate destinations

A significant proportion of graduates join either investment banks or boutique corporate finance firms as analysts as a first step in their careers into the world of private equity, however, some have been hired directly upon graduation by private equity or venture capital firms. Following a similar structure to the generalist MSc Finance, the programme also prepares students for various roles in investment banks, consultancies, hedge funds and asset management firms, or to pursue further study. In addition, having met on the programme, students have worked together on entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups.

This programme is not intended as suitable preparation for the PhD Finance at LSE (if you are interested in PhD study, please see MSc Finance and Economics).

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The PGCE. Secondary Physical Education is a partnership programme. The majority of your time will be spent in schools observing, planning and delivering teaching and learning, considering how the theory and the practice link together and, of course, working with children in classroom settings. Read more
The PGCE: Secondary Physical Education is a partnership programme. The majority of your time will be spent in schools observing, planning and delivering teaching and learning, considering how the theory and the practice link together and, of course, working with children in classroom settings.
You will be studying in a diverse community of trainees from a range of different subjects as well as studying alongside fellow PE trainees.

The PGCE Secondary Physical Education programme is designed to meet the Standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to develop specialist secondary teachers in PE.

It aims to do this in the context of our Secondary Partnership schools many of which are situated in east London where skills of educating children in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual urban environment are paramount.

Many themes such as equal opportunities, bilingualism, meeting the needs of children with special educational needs etc. underpin the taught programme.
The subject studies elements of the programme focus on teaching PE as a curriculum subject. These sessions aim to:
• Provide an introduction to PE as a curriculum subject.
• Enable you to develop high levels of teaching skills and classroom management, as well as the capacity for reflection and further professional development.
• To offer theoretical perspectives on the principles of syllabus design and evaluation, and the assessment and recording of children’s progress in both classroom and workshop situations.
• To provide knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum and the framework of statutory requirements.


Overall the programme aims to produce effective teachers who are able to operate as reflective practitioners. To fit this description you should:
• develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of what it means to be a professional in school
• engage in practical and theoretical enquiry as a key element in your development as teachers. Whereby you are expected to:
• be able to critically review, using a range of research and scholastic skills, a systematic and coherent body of knowledge related to education and subject pedagogy
• be able to evaluate critically new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources
• be able to exercise appropriate judgment, by applying appropriate diagnostic and creative skills, in a range of situations
• be able to accept accountability for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes by reflecting on and taking responsibility for your own professional development
• develop your ability to read and write critically at Masters level

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We are an established sports education provider with a rich sporting pedigree. You will be able to immerse yourself in a supportive learning community with vast experience of training the next generation of PE teachers. Read more
We are an established sports education provider with a rich sporting pedigree. You will be able to immerse yourself in a supportive learning community with vast experience of training the next generation of PE teachers. Your network of support will include our research staff and course tutors, who will be on hand to sharpen your teaching expertise and knowledge of the subject, ensuring it is informed by the latest research and practices.

You will have access to our wide range of first-class sporting facilities - used by international athletes and Olympic medal winners - to help you in the practical application of your theoretical learning. These include 3G pitches, indoor and floodlit outdoor tennis courts, an athletics track, a swimming pool and gyms packed with the latest fitness equipment.

We will develop your communication skills so that you can confidently manage a large group of pupils. For example, you will understand the importance of varying your tone of voice during group activities, learn how to use equipment such as whistles appropriately and how to address and maintain the attention of your pupils when teaching PE.

We will also give you the skills to confidently manage classes with wide differences in ability. You will be able to devise lessons that develop from personalised activities to games that involve and stimulate your entire class.

Due to the nature of PE, you will not always be able to run your classes outdoors. We will also develop your organisational skills so that you will be able to plan your lessons and teach effectively regardless of the weather.

Your training will also develop your understanding of how PE can be used to motivate and strengthen learning in your pupils beyond the physical benefits of sport.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages (http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/teach).

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_secondaryPE

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Completing this course will enable you to berecommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by theDepartment for Education, you will then be qualified as a secondary schoolteacher, with a specialism in physical education.

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We have more than 100 years' experience of training teachers and you'll be guided by a course team ready to develop your potential as a teacher. You will become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and sharing ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.

Helping you to develop your confidence, identity and teaching style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will be a vital element of your course.

To prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to foster your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire your teaching.

You will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds so your travelling will be limited and you will have more time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their real-life experience and theoretical knowledge.

We will provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, designed to support your progress and development as you start your teaching career.

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys' writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.

Facilities

- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. Read more
The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.

Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.

Integrated into the Course are university sessions, school experiences and OAA activities. An undoubted strength of the Course is the excellent partnership that exists between the university and schools. The course has been devised by the University Tutor and Physical Education specialists in local schools to prepare you to teach Physical Education to the full secondary age and ability range.

Whilst in University you will follow a structured PE programme which will involve sessions reflecting good practice. Sessions, therefore, feature discussion, collaborative work, experiential learning, the examination and analysis of materials but especially the active participation of members of the group. There will be an obvious focus on all PE activity areas (games, gymnastic activities, dance, athletic activities, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities) throughout the course.

The design of the PE course also takes into account the simultaneous delivery of the PI lectures programme. It therefore complements and reinforces the generic and subject specific principles, skills and techniques required of the competent teacher. Through critical reflection on current teaching practices, as well as your own teaching and research, you will be given the opportunity to develop into a more effective PE teacher, progressively improving the quality of your preparation and classroom practice, to become a physical educationalist for the future.

As part of your course you will complete 3 Teaching placements (one of which you will arrange yourself) in a variety of local schools. This will comprise a minimum of 120 days to meet the minimum requirement for QTS.

Structure

The course is organised as three modules:
-Professional Issues in school based education
-Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
-Self-directed Study

The Professional Issues in School Based Education relates to the Teacher Standards and is delivered in two parts, prior to each of the two extended teaching practices. The teaching is related to those classroom-based issues such as the psychology of learning, the law, curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment and is followed up in subject groups and during school placements The block practices in the Autumn and Spring allow for practical opportunities for full professional development where there is a progression from observation, structured activities and group work to whole class work.

Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum and Self Directed Study are studied at Masters Level. The Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum Module draws on the international research expertise within the School of Education enabling student teachers to engage critically in issues relevant to the classroom and school, particularly those that impact on the success of children as learners. The Self Directed Study module draws on students’ experience during weekly visits to schools and their own small scale action research, and links this to critical engagement with published educational research.

These Masters modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.

On successful completion of the course, student teachers will have 90 credits and QTS.

Other admission requirements

-School, town, county, regional or national high level sports performance, preferably in more than one sport.
-A demonstrable interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people.
-Have experience of working with young people in a 11 – 16 school setting and in a coaching setting.
-GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC.
-Pass the QTS Skills Tests by 1st August prior to the beginning of the programme.
-Must have undertaken at least ten days of work experience in a UK mainstream school environment within the three years prior to application.
-Must have completed the 10 day Primary School Experience in a UK Primary School (or a Primary School which follows the English National Curriculum) prior to commencing the University course in mid September. Offer holders will arrange this for themselves in their own local area.

See: https://www.dur.ac.uk/courses/info/?id=9383&title=PGCE+Secondary+-+Physical+Education&code=X7KS14&type=PGCE&year=2016#admissions
for a list of the physical requirements.

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This course will not only prepare you to teach Physical Education (PE) across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement in secondary schools, but will provide you with valuable knowledge so you develop into an effective classroom practitioner. Read more
This course will not only prepare you to teach Physical Education (PE) across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement in secondary schools, but will provide you with valuable knowledge so you develop into an effective classroom practitioner. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, the course will foster and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. Newman can offer you a rich diversity of partnership schools, through a combination of supportive school experiences and active teaching and learning sessions you will develop as a teaching professional.
Students are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers; practitioners who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school and apply imaginatively the principles underpinning a broad and balanced physical education programme.

A significant part of the course will be spent in schools obtaining valuable classroom experience under the supervision of trained mentors and Newman lecturers. The rich diversity of partner schools ensures a variety of school contexts within which teaching skills can be developed. Nationally recognised sports coaching courses are also available to students studying this course at Newman.

Course Content

The Teaching Agency has set out professional standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) in relation to:
• Professional Values and Practice
• Knowledge and Understanding
• Teaching.

In addition to developing knowledge of the secondary PE curriculum you can also expect to focus on classroom management, lesson planning and assessment techniques, learning and teaching styles and strategies. Newman University’s international links in both Europe and South Africa have developed thriving partnerships that have produced a wealth of resources that allows PE trainees to incorporate an international dimension into their teaching e.g. the Create to Innovate programme (developed in through links with learners in South African townships). As a student studying this course, you will also have access to nationally recognised sports coaching courses which will enhance your PGCE.

School Based Learning

Teaching experiences take place in two blocks of 7 and 12 weeks respectively. Students are placed in a number of local schools so as to gain as much experience as possible. During the PGCE year you are offered a variety of other experiences including working in primary schools, outdoor education sessions and special educational needs (SEN) schools so as to further develop your skills and knowledge.

You will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. School-based learning includes observation of experienced teachers, a structured programme of group and whole class teaching and a series of directed activities to explore whole school issues. In addition there is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests through individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of PE education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.

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This secondary teacher training course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach physical education (PE) in secondary schools and post-16 colleges. Read more

This secondary teacher training course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach physical education (PE) in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.

On the course you

  • enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills
  • learn how to teach PE
  • learn about the wider role of teachers in school
  • gain knowledge about schools and the education system
  • apply your skills and knowledge on school placements

We help you to develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. While studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach PE. You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for personal development.

School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools. This allows you to experience the progression from Key Stage 3 to 5. A university-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools.

Your placements are complemented by university and academy-based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

If you are studying for a PGCE you may be entitled to a tax-free bursary. For further information about financial support please see the funding pages on the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.

You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.

Course structure

Modules

  • developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary physical education
  • learning and teaching in context in physical education
  • block placement 1
  • block placement 2

We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.

Assessment

  • research projects
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice

Employability

We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.



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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Physical Education is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Physical Education is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. PE teachers are not just excellent sports people. They provide opportunities for all people, regardless of experience or ability. Great PE teachers can motivate pupils to successful lifelong learning.

During this varied PGCE course, trainees acquire a broad and deep understanding of a teacher’s daily activities in challenging and diverse settings. Furthermore, our PGCE PE trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

Collaborative learning and a strong culture of support underpin this PGCE, and trainees will enjoy a stimulating and effective learning environment from start to finish.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. Ofsted 2014 commented “The large majority of physical education trainees from both routes are already teaching at a consistently outstanding level”. If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

Modules

All modules are compulsory:
-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & philosophies of learning
-Inclusion in the secondary classroom: Appreciating diversity
-Understanding the learner: A personalised approach to learning & assessment
-Teaching placement

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas. You will find many past University of St Mark & St John graduates teaching in a variety of schools across the country.The quality of our graduates is well recognised both locally and nationally and, as such, a very high proportion of graduates gain immediate employment or enrol on Masters programmes to further their studies.

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Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, Creative Practices in Education is an advanced degree course for graduates and a wide range of professionals who want to develop or enhance their skills and knowledge as a creative worker within a professional context. Read more
Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, Creative Practices in Education is an advanced degree course for graduates and a wide range of professionals who want to develop or enhance their skills and knowledge as a creative worker within a professional context.

Creative practices are at the core of all professional fields where people are engaged in learning. This includes those working as teachers and lecturers in schools, colleges and universities, but also those working in the arts, health, social care, justice, heritage, sport and leisure and organisations in the public, private and third sector.

This programme offers a rich professional development opportunity for such professionals and to date has included, school teachers , nurses, lecturers, business leaders, FA sports coaches.

Why Study Creative Practices in Education with us?

Having a direct link between practice and theory between the arts, education and the professions is an innovative element of the course. Staffing is combined across academic faculties, providing you with the opportunity to enhance your subject knowledge. The interdisciplinary elements of the course will allow you to draw on expertise in participatory drama and performance, fine art, dance, music, sport and PE and organisational learning within a professional context.

We also host a module at the Tate Liverpool gallery

What will I learn?

You will have the opportunity to pursue practical individual projects, in which you will study the creative process and how work might be documented for dissemination and use in future professional contexts. This may include artistic practice, but also artful inquiry, encouraging investigation and research into an emerging field of work and study.

Your creative practice would not be limited to traditional arts subjects – for example, a humanities teacher or rugby coach could enhance their practice through creative engagement.

How will I be taught?

Workshops, seminars, lectures and specialist facilities across our faculties encourage the exploration of ideas, in a wide variety of practice-based disciplines.

Modules focus on the professional and theoretical contexts of process and/or performance of: drama, fine art, dance, music, and sport and PE, including research methods; they also encourage an interrogation of personal and peer practice. The modules mostly run as weekend schools on Friday evening and all day Saturday.
Contact hours are two hours on Fridays and six and a half hours on Saturdays.

How will I be assessed?

The MA in Creative Practices in Education defines assessment as a process that appraises an individual’s knowledge, understanding, abilities or skills. The course assesses not only academic skills but also other skills and competencies, including developing advanced skills as creative practitioners, performers, performance makers and visual artists.

The range of assessment approaches includes a combination of practical and written assessments. Assessment methods across the MA have been selected to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills of creative professional practice using an appropriate critical and analytical framework within which to situate and evaluate their own concepts and creative and professional practice.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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St Mary's aim to teach and learn alongside creative, reflective and dynamic practitioners who are committed to teaching. Read more
St Mary's aim to teach and learn alongside creative, reflective and dynamic practitioners who are committed to teaching.

The programme encourages students to increase their understanding of teaching and learning processes in order to develop and maintain the high levels of enthusiasm, ability and passion necessary within the teaching profession.

The University looks for those who wish to learn from challenges and seek a higher capacity to know more.

In line with the University Mission Statement, the programme seeks to prepare teachers for both religious and secular schools at home and abroad with special provision for those intending to teach in Roman Catholic and other Christian schools.

Primary Pathways

-Full-time X100 (One year)
-Part-time X103 (18 months)
-PE Specialism 2TYR (One year)

Why St Mary's?

The Primary PGCE programme provides an intense training experience which combines academic rigour with personal and professional learning experiences. The training is designed to meet the needs of each trainee to support and develop the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to start a teaching career.

In preparation for your teaching role, you will be trained across the 5-11 age range, developing knowledge and practice to support your development of:
-Critical understanding of educational theory.
-Reflective practice linked to professional standards.
-Practitioner research and a wide range of educational issues to understand the unique characteristics of children and their learning needs.
-Subject specific knowledge and creative ways to enthuse and educate children.

St Mary’s Primary and Secondary Initial Education courses have been judged by Ofsted, the government department that regulates teacher training, to be ‘outstanding’ - the highest grade attainable in an OfSTED inspection.

The courses were deemed to be outstanding for both ‘overall effectiveness’ and the ‘capacity for further improvement and/or sustaining overall quality’ following the inspection, which was conducted in March 2011.

Career Opportunities

A career in teaching offers the same rewards that you would expect from a graduate position with good salaries and opportunities for career progression.

Graduates from the PGCE are in great demand in teaching posts throughout the UK. Of the 2016 Primary PGCE graduates, over 97% of trainees were in employment within six months.

Course Content

The PGCE Primary programme runs over three school terms from September to July, with taught sessions five days a week. The programme structure incorporates a balance of learning experiences through a mixture of University, school and educational settings which will support you on your learning journey.

You will spend 80 days on campus and 120 in school-based training. Teaching and learning is presented and assessed through a variety of formats including essays, a portfolio of evidence, audits and visual presentations. Modules for Master's support your development across all areas.

Through this programme you will develop the skills and experience necessary to be a primary teacher. You will attend subject specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop awareness and understanding of general professional issues, the content of the National Curriculum and practical issues such as lesson planning and assessment.

You will be supported to develop your knowledge and understanding of the school curriculum and to apply your pedagogic and subject knowledge creatively in preparation for your role as a future leader of learning. You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective practitioner in the Master's modules.

In addition, Physical Education is also a strength of the PGCE due the facilities and expertise of the staff, which provides opportunities for students to extend their understanding in this area. Modules are provided in non-core subjects of the national curriculum with additional time given to ideas of curriculum innovation and cross-curricular teaching.

Important current educational initiatives and changes also form an important part of the programme. Professional Studies underpins your learning and is dedicated to exploring the core pedagogical skills you require in practice, alongside key issues of equality, inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

All modules work in cooperation and the Master's modules allow for a deeper understanding of teaching and learning.

Key Facts

-Close partnership between the University and primary schools in all aspects of the course
-Educational theory closely related to practical reality of the classroom
-Emphasis on the core subjects of the national curriculum, PE and computing
-Strong tutor/teacher support
-Special provision for those wishing to teach in primary schools that have a distinctive religious ethos
-Support for those with an area of interest in SEND and EAL
-High employability rates for PGCE Trainee Teachers
-98% completion rate
-Ongoing support into your NQT year and your career beyond
-Ongoing Master's study opportunities at discounted rates

Teaching Assessment

Assessments are used to ensure students understand and can apply the knowledge that is gained while on the course both in schools and on campus. This is done through a range of methods:
-Self-assessment
-Audit of subject knowledge for maths, English and science
-Presentations
-Micro-teaching
-Posters
-Essays
-Practical sessions.

Assessment is ongoing and tracked against the Teachers Standards. High standards of attendance, punctuality and participation are requirements of all course elements. Assessment is ongoing while on school placements.

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Over recent years, the Government has prioritised the expansion of physical education as a specialism in the primary sector. We will develop you as a future leader in the teaching of physical education, giving you the knowledge and skills to really promote, shape and develop the subject within a primary school setting. Read more
Over recent years, the Government has prioritised the expansion of physical education as a specialism in the primary sector. We will develop you as a future leader in the teaching of physical education, giving you the knowledge and skills to really promote, shape and develop the subject within a primary school setting.

We are an established sports education provider with a rich sporting pedigree. You will be able to immerse yourself in a supportive learning community informed by the latest research in the field and with vast experience of training the next generation of PE teachers.

We will lay the foundations for an exciting and rewarding career as a well-rounded primary school teacher, with specialist training in teaching physical education.

As part of your training, you will be placed in primary schools that have a particularly strong focus on physical education, providing the perfect setting for you to apply your theoretical knowledge and hone your practical skills while learning from experienced teachers with a specialism in PE.

We will develop your understanding of core and foundation subjects such as maths, English and history so that you can also confidently teach these subjects at primary level. At the same time, we will build your knowledge of how children learn so that you can create tailored and effective lessons.

The most effective teachers not only possess strong teaching skills but see themselves as researchers, constantly looking at new practices and assessing their own teaching methods. Self-analysis will be a fundamental aspect of your training. You will observe and evaluate different learning environments develop your understanding of diverse teaching practices and techniques. This critically reflective approach will be embedded in all aspects of your training, and should proof a useful tool to use throughout your teaching career.

We will develop your understanding of how a school functions outside of the classroom so that you are not only able to manage your class but also contribute to the successful running of the organisation.

Most trainees go on to be offered full-time positions with the schools where they completed their placement.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_primaryPE

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Completing this course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by the Department for Education, You will then be qualified as a primary school teacher, with a specialism in physical education.

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll be supported by an experienced course team determined to see you flourish as an innovative primary school teacher who specialises in physical education. You will become part of a supportive teaching and learning community, where you will be able to pick up advice and tips from your course tutors and share ideas on lesson plans and classroom experiences with your fellow students.

Helping you to develop your confidence, identity and style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will form a fundamental element of your training.

To help with your preparations for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend an outdoor experience during induction, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to develop your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire physical education and your teaching.

Regardless of which training model you follow, you will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools involved in the delivery of your course are located in and around Leeds to ensure your travelling is limited and you will have the maximum time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

We provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, providing you with another valuable element of support and coaching as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding).

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys' writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.

Facilities

- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This programme develops highly committed, creative and reflective teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) who are capable of maximising children's learning in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) contexts. Read more
This programme develops highly committed, creative and reflective teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) who are capable of maximising children's learning in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) contexts. This intensive one-year programme is designed for graduates wishing to teach in Primary schools and aims to prepare trainees to teach children aged 5-11 (Key Stages 1 and 2). The programme supports teacher trainees in developing the skills, knowledge and understanding required to demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by The Department for Education. Our achievements include:

• 3 times received the highest Ofsted award
• Among the highest newly qualified teacher (NQT) employment ratings nationally
• Praised by the NCLT for our teaching of Phonics

Course content

On successful completion, trainees are recommended for and awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Teaching approaches are highly interactive, being delivered by a team of tutors with expertise at Primary level. The programme prepares trainees to teach the National Curriculum (Key Stages 1 and 2) with an emphasis on key national priorities, including systematic synthetic phonics and early Mathematics. Trainees will also study professional issues including behaviour management, classroom organisation, planning, assessment, equal opportunities and inclusion.

The programme promotes professional and academic development with modules at level 6 and 7. Trainees will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS.

Typical modules

• Core: Mathematics and English
• Science and Design and Technology
• The wider curriculum – including History, Geography, Art, Music, PE, ICT, MFL, and RE
• Professional studies
• School experience

Assessment

Assessment is continuous and includes professional dialogues between trainee and tutor, written assignments and practical teaching. Partner schools share the responsibility for the assessment of the trainee during placements. A substantial part of the programme will be spent in partner settings and schools, which will enable trainees to develop competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts.

Career opportunities

Trainees qualify with QTS to teach across the five to eleven age ranges thus giving them access to a teaching career in Key stage 1 or Key stage 2.
The programme ensures successful outcomes for its graduates.

Work placement opportunities

We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire and its neighbouring counties. This enables us to work with a diverse range of schools, meaning we can give students a range of experiences. There are also opportunities for school experience in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school.

Application Notes

You must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before commencement of the course. If you are unfortunate and fail your test twice but you have chosen us as your first choice, we will provide additional support to help you through your re-sits. Please contact for advice.

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