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PGCE - Primary and Early Years (Physical Education) with QTS


Birmingham City University Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Full time See Course PGCE Full-time: 1 year

About the course

Do you have a passion for educating children, and the value and role Physical Education can play in their development? If your aim is to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary school teacher then our PGCE Primary Education with Specialism in Physical Education with QTS is the course for you. 

Our PGCE Primary Education with Specialism in Physical Education with QTS puts the holistic development of children at the heart of what you will learn. You will develop your knowledge and practice of Physical Education and its educative purpose in a range of settings. We will provide you with the skills and understanding that you will need to engage and inspire every child in your primary school classroom, to prepare you for your NQT year and beyond. 

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Entry Requirements

We normally require a Bachelor's Honours degree at 2:2 level or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent. You should have a passion for Physical Education.

GCSE at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or above (or its equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject is also necessary at the point of enrolment.

Applicants must meet Department for Education requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit (physically and mentally) and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


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Student Profile(s)

Dan MacKintosh

1368.jpg I knew that Birmingham City University had a good reputation for the quality of their teacher training which was important to me as I wanted an experience which would help my employment prospects upon graduating. I also knew that the university had a high standard of facilities in the School of Education, such as the gym and specialist classrooms for each subject area. This was particularly pleasing as it allows lecturers to demonstrate what lessons might look like in the primary classroom.

I believe the practical side of the course was the most important and is where I feel that I did the most learning. I had two placements which were very different, one being in a large inner-city school in Birmingham and the other in a small, rural school in Warwickshire. Both presented a range of challenges and gave me a broad experience which has proved valuable to me in my new role as a Year 2 teacher.

Support on the course was excellent. Lecturers were always willing to make time for you, particularly my personal tutor and placement link tutors. This helped particularly on the academic side, which after a few years out of university I found harder than I expected, especially as the Level 7 aspect of the course is a step up from undergraduate study. During my placement I created a blog about my time as a PGCE Primary Education student, which is available to read on the School of Education’s website.

Over all I was very pleased with the course and feel it has left me in a great position to start my career. Be under no illusion that it isn't hard work, it is. However once you get into school the children remind you what it's all about and before you know it, it will be over and you will be preparing for the next leg of the journey - being an NQT!


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