Taught course

Primary Physical Education Specialist with QTS

Edge Hill University · Primary and Childhood Education

Entry requirements

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 should 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 Science at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

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.

An academic reference is required for all students who have graduated in the last five years. An interview forms part of the selection process, which can be conducted online or face to face.

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


Course content

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 significant 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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