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Primary PGCE: PE specialism pathway

Please note: we have received large numbers of high-quality applicants who have accepted our offer of a place on our Primary PGCE: PE specialism pathway for September 2021. As a result, our Primary PGCE: PE specialism pathway for September 2021 is now closed for applications. This is to ensure a high-quality experience and school placements for our trainee teachers.

Applications for our September 2022 will open in October with a brand new application process. To be notified about when applications open - and upcoming open events that will discuss the changes to how you apply - please make sure to submit an enquiry.

The Primary PGCE (M) with a Specialism in Physical Education course aims to develop confident and competent primary school teachers who wish to gain greater depth of pedagogical knowledge and practice within physical education (PE).

The course differs slightly to the Primary PGCE (M) generalist course in all but one module. To allow for a more detailed focus on the value and role of PE within the primary school, the number of university-based hours allocated to foundation subjects are reduced and remain an essential part of the course. Cross curricular links are made throughout lectures and subject knowledge will also be enhanced whilst on school placements throughout the year.

The programme runs over three school terms from September to July, with taught sessions five days a week. The programme structure incorporates a balance of learning experiences through a mixture of University, school and educational settings which will support you on your learning journey.

Teaching and learning is presented and assessed through a variety of formats including essays, a portfolio of evidence, audits and visual presentations. Modules for Master's support your development across all areas.

Course content

Much of the course content mirrors the Primary Generalist programme and students should refer to this.

The PE module will develop the necessary skills and understanding within primary PE and primary education to become a subject leader within PE. The learning will highlight key aspects such as high quality teaching, inclusive practice and sports specific courses.

You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective practitioner in the Master’s modules. A PE focus will form a major part of your Master's module, however, learning and experience is shared throughout the programme as all modules work in cooperation to allow for a deeper understanding of teaching and learning.

Entry requirements

Course entry requirements are the same as the Primary Generalist programme and students should refer to this.