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PGCE Primary Physical Education (PE) Specialist with QTS

Course Description

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status and enables you to gain 60 Level 7 / Masters Level credits (equivalent to 60 ECTS credits for Republic of Ireland students).

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.


The programme consists of several main elements.

You will start with an audit of your subject knowledge in order to identify your main strengths and weaknesses and enable your tutors to focus on your individual development needs. You should be aware that the PGCE has additional weekend training which is designed to give you enhanced time with your tutors and enable you to further develop your Physical Education subject knowledge as required.

Learning how to study effectively at University and taking charge of your own development, you will study how primary children develop and learn, acquiring the planning, teaching and assessment skills that you need to be an excellent classroom teacher.

You will also develop your own knowledge of the National Curriculum subjects and study how children learn them. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ICT across the curriculum, you will be guided in how to provide stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences for children.

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.


You will learn through seminars, tutorials, weekend conferences and professional practice. A substantial amount of face-to-face contact time with specialist tutors will be facilitated across all foundation subjects.

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.


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.


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.

Visit the PGCE Primary Physical Education (PE) Specialist with QTS page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you need: a commitment to, and understanding of, primary education; GCSE at grade C in English Language; suitable personal and presentational qualities; a first or 2:1 honours degree; GCSE at grade C in Combined Science/Physics/Chemistry/Biology and two additional National Curriculum subjects (as taught in Key Stages 1 and 2). A Level (or equivalent) in Physical Education is also required or a demonstrable commitment to sport beyond the classroom. Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be successfully completed prior to entry. Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure required.

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