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Primary with PE Specialism PGCE

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Full time


9 months

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Teaching In Primary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

Share your enthusiasm for exercise and teach in key skills as a primary school teacher. Our PGCE gives you the skills you need to carry out PE classes that encourage children to have fun while keeping active.

As a primary school teacher specialising in PE, you’ll be introducing your class to a range of physical activities. Whether this is teaching them a team sport or preparing for sports day.

We’ve designed this course to help you understand how to support primary school students and develop the skills you need to make sure children enjoy exercise.

Throughout your training, you’ll get hands-on experience on placement, join professional studies sessions, and attend curriculum workshops.

From getting the most out of your induction, to tips on teaching your first lesson, your personal tutor will be there to support you on every step of your PGCE journey.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PGCE Primary with PE Specialism

At Staffordshire University, we have close links with partner schools across the region.


When you’re not on placement, we’ll help you reflect on your experiences, exchange ideas and overcome challenges. You’ll also:

  • Learn in small groups
  • Use roleplay to develop your knowledge of the secondary curriculum
  • Discuss ideas and challenges you face in group and individual tutorials
  • Reflect on your placement experiences

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.


Assessment for your PGCE involves portfolio work, assignments, and observed classroom practice. We’ll often ask you to reflect on approaches you’ve used in the classroom and their effectiveness.

You’ll also be regularly observed by your school-based mentor and university tutor. Working with your placement schools, we’ll identify areas of professional practice that you find challenging.


With a Primary with PE PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll be ready to teach in primary schools across England.

Most of our graduates find their first teaching position soon after they qualify. Many of them secure roles in our partnership schools.

After you’ve completed this course, you can join our Masters?in Education. Your PGCE gives you Masters credits which means you’ll be fast tracked and can complete this course by the end of your second year of teaching.


This module will focus on the pedagogy and practice of teaching. You will develop your understanding of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and the craft of teaching.

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Entry requirements

You can apply for this course via UCAS Teacher Training at Staffordshire University. We also offer this course via School Direct partners including: City Learning Trust ; Biddulph Schools Partnership; Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance. For this course, you need a degree in a sports related subject and a GCSE grade C/4 or above in both English Language and Mathematics. We also expect you to be confident in technology and have some experience working with primary age students in a school setting. After you apply, we’ll arrange a selection interview. We’ll assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities, such as communication skills, resilience for teaching, and how easy you’ll find it to relate to secondary age students. If you accept a formal offer, you’ll need to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and you’ll need clearance to work with children (Enhanced DBS).

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with leading industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. With a history dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Staffordshire University gained its university status in...more

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