When you apply, you are expected to have:
- A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education in general and primary physical education in particular, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher;
- Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.
Before the programme commences, you must have:
- A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required;
- GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics;
- GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in Combined Science, Physics, Chemistry or Biology.
In addition, you will need A Level Physical Education (or equivalent) or be able to demonstrate a commitment to sport beyond the classroom, such as a recognised sports award or elite athlete status.
Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.
EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu
An academic reference is required for all students who have graduated in the last five years. An interview and subject knowledge tests form part of the selection process.
If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure
will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Months of entry
Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The Government has targeted the presence of a physical education specialist in every primary school as part of a drive to increase healthy lifestyles.
This PGCE provides you with a high-quality initial teacher education experience. It will prepare you to teach the whole national curriculum across the 5-11 age range in key stages 1 and 2 while developing a specific specialism in primary physical education. Spending a significant amount of time undertaking professional practice placements in schools and other educational settings, you will be supported in meeting the Teachers’ Standards, gaining the professional skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes necessary for a successful first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
Graduating as a primary physical education specialist, you will model excellent practice and be ready to lead colleagues in the development of enriching, engaging and challenging PE lessons which will inspire and enthuse children.
Fees and funding
If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £9,250 (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 are £13,500. Exemptions apply for EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Assessment strategies will include presentations to different audiences, academic essays individually tailored around your own professional interests, and ongoing task submission.
During professional practice your school-based mentor will assess your development through reflective conversations, reviewing and discussing your planning and assessment records, observing your teaching, and gathering the perspectives of other adults and, of course, of the children who work with you.
In all cases, you will be given clear assessment guidance. The assessment criteria will be shared with you and you will be given constructive feedback to help you to set targets and identify actions to help you make further progress.
You will compile an electronic portfolio that brings together evidence to demonstrate your professional development and your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.