Taught course

Primary With PE Specialism

Staffordshire University · Institute of Education

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).

    Please note, the Professional Skills Tests will be replaced for 2020 entry. Details of the replacement for the tests are still to be announced, however they will be benchmarked against a defined set of English and Mathematics skills that students will be expected to have by the end of the course (rather than at the point of entry).

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to allow graduates to train at postgraduate level and develop the skills to become a physical education school teacher.

You will leave this Teacher Training course with a PGCE qualification. This can be awarded at 3 levels dependent upon performance during the training year, either 30 (Professional) or 60 or 90 (Postgraduate) level 7 credits, in addition to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), the required qualification to teach in England.

The course aims to develop your professional competencies in the creation and delivery of programmes in primary education with an additional focus on the provision of Physical Education, and to develop the wider professional knowledge and skills expected of a qualified teacher.

This is a 36 week course. The equivalent of 24 weeks (120 days) is spent in 2 carefully selected placement schools and 12 weeks in the university.

Fees and funding

See: Postgraduate funding @ Staffordshire University

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 1782 294 400