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Edge Hill University: PGCE Primary Physical Education (PE) Specialist

Institution Edge Hill University
Department Faculty of Education - Primary
Telephone +44 (0)1695 657000
Study type Taught


Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Everyone needs a healthy lifestyle. The earlier we learn how to be fit and active, the easier it becomes to maintain these habits in adulthood. As a PE specialist, you’ll show children aged 5-11 how to be physically active in fun and engaging ways, and learn how to teach the national curriculum for all key stage 1 and 2 subjects.

By spending time in placements in schools, you’ll become a confident practitioner who meets Teachers’ Standards. You’ll gain the essential skills, knowledge and attitude for a two-year induction as an early career teacher, teaching the entire primary curriculum.

As this is a PGCE primary physical education specialist course, you’ll finish it as an expert in teaching this subject. You’ll inspire children to be physically fit and encourage your peers to deliver equally engaging lessons.

What you'll study

The course has four key elements. Academic study at Masters level is first. You’ll gain essential professional and academic skills for teaching and analysing contemporary issues in primary education. Then you’ll study a specialist interest area within primary physical education, developing expert knowledge of this.

Development of professional curriculum subject knowledge is second. Through this element, you’ll gain essential insight for helping children progress with, and enjoy, their learning. You’ll also learn creative approaches for teaching all subjects in the National Curriculum for England. Our tutors will help shape your classroom management confidence by running practical teaching workshops.

For the professional practice placement element, you’ll spend a significant amount of time in schools experiencing life in the classroom and practicing your delivery of the key stages 1 and 2 curriculums. You’ll keep working with your peers and tutors through online academic study. And you’ll attend events (which could be at a weekend) and engage with international and historical views on primary physical education during the physical education conferences unit.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE

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