Taught course

Primary with Physical Education

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

You should hold, or be expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 Honours degree classification (or recognised equivalent). You should also have a minimum of 10 days experience of working in a primary school (in England or UK) environment. Nationally, all primary initial teacher training courses require GCSE qualifications at grade C (or the equivalent) in Mathematics, Science and English language prior to the start of the course. LJMU provides GCSE Equivalence Tests for applicants who do not hold these qualifications – further information is available at www.ljmu.ac.uk/teaching/gcse Please note: original evidence of GCSE achieved and degree (if already achieved) will be required at interview. You will be required to pass the skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy before starting the course. You can register for these tests now and you are encouraged to take them as soon as possible. Further information can be found at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/professional/b00211200/registration An Enhanced DBS Disclosure check is a requirement of entry onto this course which involves working with children or vulnerable adults during placements. The University will pay the cost of Enhanced DBS Disclosure checks. The Faculty Recruitment Team will contact you in June with further instructions on how to apply for an online DBS check. Please contact us should you require any further information. All offers made will be conditional on a DBS check and a satisfactory health check and all applicants will be required to complete a medical health questionnaire prior to the start of the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Course at a glance

Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (comprising 120 Masters Level credits) plus recommendation Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • 92% of students rated LJMU's teacher training as good or very good
  • LJMU has over 100 years' experience of delivering teacher education programmes
  • Teach General Primary (5-11) with a Physical Education specialism focus
  • Excellent career opportunities

Course overview

The PGDE in Primary with Physical Education programme offers you an intensive training experience, designed to give you the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on your teaching career.

The training is geared to meeting Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status requirements. It will also support the development of your:

  • critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to Primary practice, with a particular focus on the subject area of Primary physical education
  • reflective practice linked to professional development
  • practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
  • understanding and application of subject knowledge

The programme includes a mix of on-campus and school-based training, with the latter becoming predominant as you progress through the course. This is supplemented with online e-learning activities delivered via LJMU's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

The University element of the programme is based around six modules focusing on:

  • Professional Practice
  • Developing Reflective Professional Practice
  • Subject Pedagogy in Primary and Physical Education
  • Pedagogy in Practice
  • Learning Teaching and Assessment
  • Inclusion

Your professional development will be monitored and supported throughout the duration of the course. You will leave with an e-portfolio and a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) plus well developed reviewing and action planning skills that will stand you in good stead for your professional career.
School-based training

You will spend 120 days in school-based training. Teaching will predominantly be at Key Stage 1 and 2, although there may be the opportunity to gain experience in the Foundation Stage.
Experienced teacher mentors, working in partnership with LJMU tutors, will support your training in partner primary schools. The excellent relationships established between LJMU and partner schools will help to ensure that you have a successful placement experience.

Our highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that you well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by today’s teaching professionals.
Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Enrichment experiences

You will be expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend your repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and supplementary schools, Early Years settings and cultural organisations, and participation in school and university teaching projects.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Fees information

You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay your fees.

Financial support

Full-time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:

  • a non-means student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

You may also be eligible for a tax-free bursary by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, depending on the subject you are training to teach and the classification of your first degree. Please go to www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding/postgraduate-funding for more details.

Please note:

  • You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay your fees
  • Your tuition fees loan is not-means tested and covers the full amount of your tuition fees. This money is paid direct to LJMU
  • Maintenance loans are means-tested and the amount you receive will depend on your household income (parents’ or partner’s income plus yours)
  • You only start repaying your students loan after you graduate and start earning over £21,000

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090