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Primary with Physical Education (PGCE)

Course Description

This programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It equips you to teach pupils from 5-11 years with a focus on Physical Education, and covers all areas of the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You'll gain 60 Masters level credits and be awarded with a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education.

The programme will give you an in-depth understanding of inclusive practice, equality and diversity to prepare you for a career in London schools. As a part of the programme you will experience different schools and also have an opportunity to work in an Alternative Education Setting. At Masters level you'll develop leadership skills and expertise in the subject and pedagogy of Physical Education.

LSBU has a particular focus on social justice and equality that is well matched to the needs of schools in urban and multicultural areas. At LSBU we encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues.


The Government provides the following bursaries to be off-set against tuition fees, via the Training Agency. Tuition fees need to be paid by all students direct to LSBU. Students can use any bursary they receive from the Training Agency for this purpose.

If you have a 1st Class or 2.1 Degree or a PhD you will be eligible for a bursary of £3,000

You do not need to apply for bursaries. Once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer of a place on a Teacher Training course (and supplied proof of your degree grade) the University will liaise with the Department for Education to put your bursary in place.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/primary-with-physical-education-pgce


H Level Modules:
- Core curriculum
This module covers all aspects of the English, mathematics, science and computing national curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2.

- Professional studies
This module covers theories of learning, planning, teaching and assessment, classroom management and employment.

- Physical education, pedagogy and practice
In this module you will develop understanding of functional skills, physical literacy, movement and fitness.

- School experience
School experience begins in week four of the course. During your Reading Mentor placement you'll be placed in a local school three times a week, gaining experience in the teaching of reading. You'll have opportunities to work with a designated child to develop an in-depth understanding of how teaching relates to pupil learning and progress. Your first block school experience is an eight week paired block practice. During this practice you will shadow a PE co-ordinator and have opportunities to teach PE across the primary school age range. You will also be encouraged to work with teachers running after school PE activities. School experience 2 is a nine week block, and by the end of this placement you will be expected to teach the whole class for up to three days a week.

- Alternative education setting
In term two you will take your Alternative Education Setting placement in an outdoor centre or similar that will allow you to develop expertise in a specific area of the primary school curriculum, for example adventurous activity.

- Foundation subjects (optional)
This module covers the national curriculum foundation subjects including: history, geography, art and design, music, and design technology.

M Level Modules:
- Equality, inclusion and citizenship
This module will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context. You'll undertake a small piece of classroom research.

- Understanding and leading PE in the primary school
You will build knowledge and skills to teach and lead PE. You will learn to audit staff needs and how to plan, review and adjust the curriculum. Physiology sessions will help you to develop a greater sense of learners’ physical development.


Completion and employment rates for our PGCE are both above the sector norms and we have been identified as a good provider of initial teacher training (OFSTED 2014). Although we pride ourselves in providing teachers for London schools, successful students enter the teaching profession in a variety of schools/nurseries within the UK.

All students entering the course have the possibility of gaining up to 60 credits at Masters level, which can be used by students to count towards the award of full Masters qualifications (such as the LSBU MA in Education) gained via further study after graduation.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. Academics from other institutions and related industries are invited as guest speakers to form part of the Equality Inclusion and Citizenship module. The Alternative Educational Settings (AES) placement provides an opportunity for you to experience teaching and learning in a completely different environment, and is one of the unique aspects of our programme. PE subject matter experts from partnership schools and outside organisations, including sports coaching bodies, will promote professional links relating to PE.


Placement schools are chosen to provide different experiences including size, organisation and location. You will begin your teaching experience in a local school to LSBU where you will support children in learning to read. School Experience 1 will be a PE placement, focusing on teaching PE and shadowing a school PE co-ordinator. School Experience 2 will also have a PE focus, while giving you the opportunity to teach the core and foundation subjects of the primary curriculum subjects in order to fulfill the requirements for gaining Qualified Teacher Status.

In addition you'll undertake an Alternative Education Setting (AES) placement in an outdoor and adventure facility, or other non-school Physical Education setting. A key element of the programme is to prepare you to work in multi-cultural, urban settings. In terms of school experience placements, you'll normally be required to do at least one practice in an inner or outer London state school.

Teaching and learning

We provide a thorough training course incorporating all areas of the primary curriculum with a focus on Physical Education.

The university based sessions are taught through lectures, workshops, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials. The aim throughout is to encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues, aims and objectives. We aim to provide a learning community that actively challenges inequality and injustice.

In particular, the module on Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context.

You will be encouraged to make links between the theoretical and practical elements of the course. We use an interactive model of teaching and learning and you will be encouraged to think critically about subjects to inform your understanding of effective methods of teaching and learning and how best to apply these in classroom situations.

Visit the Primary with Physical Education (PGCE) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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