PGCE Primary Education (5-11) Physical Education Specialist with Qualified Teacher Status

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Year of Entry 2024/25

Primary Education (5-11) Physical Education Specialist with Qualified Teacher Status

Train to become a primary school teacher with specialist skills in teaching and leading physical education – and gain Qualified Teacher Status as a PE Specialist.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £17,205 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
What is the UCAS code? 2MZY
When do I start? August 2024

Course summary

  • Complete your Primary PE Specialist PGCE in just one year.
  • Help children to lead active, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Put learning into practice with a blend of on-campus, remote and school-based training.
  • Complete a diverse range of placements to gain experience, and potentially employment. 
  • Apply theory, research and evidence to design and deliver engaging learning experiences. 

This PGCE Primary Education course is for those who want to specialise in physical education and/or be a curriculum leader for PE in primary schools. Because we’re rated ‘Outstanding’ for our primary teacher status (Ofsted, 2017), you’ll get the highest standard of teaching. You’ll also gain 60 credits towards a Masters qualification.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

You’ll join our dynamic community of students, researchers and academics at the Sheffield Institute of Education. We’re one of the UK’s largest providers of teacher training, supporting 1,000 new teachers every year. 

Because we partner with more than 600 schools and colleges in the region, you’ll have every opportunity to gain experience and network with leading educational providers.

You learn through: 

  • School-based learning 
  • A blended approach to teaching  
  • Collaboration with other students 
  • Research-informed practice 
  • Innovative teaching approaches

Key themes

In addition to a focus on primary PE, our course is designed to provide you with a rich training and teaching experience in the full range of subjects that make up the national curriculum. 

You’ll study the core subjects of English, mathematics and science – plus the full range of foundation subjects for Key Stages 1 and 2. Particular emphasis is placed on creative and explorative approaches to teaching.  

A large proportion of your studies will be spent in school-based placements where you’ll benefit from working alongside skilled practitioners and PE subject leaders who value collaboration, creativity and inclusive practice. 

Course support

You’ll be taught by a close-knit community of qualified and highly experienced teaching staff who take the time to get to know you. 

Throughout your time, you’ll receive personalised support, such as:

  • Specialist Hallam tutors and school-based mentors.
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.
  • Career support for up to five years after qualifying.

Course leaders and tutors

Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams
Senior Lecturer

Sarah is year two course leader on the BA Primary and Early Years Teacher Education course and a Primary and Early Years Physical Education specialist.

Applied learning

We champion applied learning and have partnered with over 600 schools and colleges so that you can put your learning into practice.


A large proportion of your studies will be spent in school-based placements where you’ll benefit from working alongside skilled practitioners – who place value on collaboration, creativity and inclusive practice. 

You’ll gain experience in a number of settings across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 environments. To make sure you gain classroom confidence, you’ll have the opportunity to spend at least 120 days in school over the course of your PGCE year.

The PE Specialist course also includes a compulsory two-week summer school module which focuses on developing practice and subject knowledge in primary PE.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • Teaching in primary schools 
  • Teaching PE as a specialist in primary schools 
  • Teaching primary PE in international settings 

You could also progress to further study at Masters level.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries, modern cafes and study spaces designed by our students. 

Most of our teaching is conducted in person at our City Campus, right in the heart of Sheffield.

Entry requirements

All students

Normally you need:

• GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only, we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English.

• A 2.2 degree or above.

• Complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

Selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to starting your course.

See our selection event guidance for this course.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present-day UK society.

Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must complete all the professional checks that are required as part of entry for the course:

Suitability Declaration
You must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission suitability declaration form provided during the admissions process:

  • Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments.
  • Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations.
  • If you have ever been removed from a teacher training programme as a result of your behaviour, or would have been removed if you had not left the programme.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • You will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • You will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
  • Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
  • In addition to this all those who are made an offer of a place will be checked against the DfE children’s barred list.

Occupational Health Screening

You will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Other background checks
All applicants that have accepted an offer will also be checked against the prohibition list to ensure you are not:

  • Subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State.
  • Prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA).

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, please notify the Academic Administration team immediately by emailing

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Exploring And Developing Pedagogical Practice In Early Years And/Or Primary Education Credits: 30
Module:  Professional Practice In Primary And Physical Education Credits: -
Module: Reflecting On Professional Practice And Development In Early Years And/Or Primary Education Credits: 30

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is still to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2023/24 are £9,250 per year. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course.

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching, education and childhood studies courses (PDF, 257.5KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

To apply for this course visit GOV.UK Postgraduate Teacher Training

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