The aim of the course is to prepare students for teaching in a variety of present-day school situations.
Emphasis is placed on developing teaching competences in the full range of National Curriculum requirements for Physical Education and Health Education. The main elements of the Physical Education course are based on
substance use and misuse; sex education; family-life education; health-related exercise; food and nutrition; personal hygiene; the environmental and psychological aspects of health education.
The Physical Education course also includes extra-curricular activities, safe practice, and first aid.
All applicants must have at least three coaching qualifications in the specific areas of activity in National Curriculum Physical Education, i.e., hockey, netball, rugby, soccer, gymnastics, dance, swimming, tennis, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities, basketball, and cricket.
The course also involves professional studies through which students will gain an understanding of whole-school issues, counselling, personal and social education, and school experience.
The Physical Education/Health Education course is open to students holding a degree containing a physical education element of not less than 50%.