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PGCE Primary (5-11) PE Specialist with QTS

Become a classroom primary teacher with a specialism in physical education on this professionally focused course. As well as dedicated PE tutition, you gain an up-to-date knowledge of core Key Stage 1 and 2 subjects including English, science and mathematics. You develop your teaching skills and confidence during placements with local and regional primary schools, and take part in a summer school PE and sport programme leading to nationally recognised qualifications in a range of sporting areas.

Course length 1 Year
Location City Campus
UCAS 2MZY Course code

Course description

This course prepares you for a career as a skilled primary teacher, specialising in physical education. You gain qualified teacher status in Key Stages 1 and 2, along with a PGCE qualification.

Your learning is based on an equal balance of physical education and the core aspects of the primary curriculum. You receive extensive training in English, maths, science and primary practice, alongside specialist PE teaching tuition and experience.

Key areas of study include • PE, primary teaching, learning and assessment • inclusion • English • mathematics • science • foundation subjects and religious education • researching primary education • personal and professional development • the role of the teacher.

During the course you develop your teaching skills and confidence during professional placements in at least two schools across the two key stages.

You also take part in a compulsory summer school, designed to enhance your coaching skills. This can lead to nationally recognised coaching qualifications in a range of sports.

Throughout your studies you receive guidance and support from a team of lead practitioners and dedicated university and school-based tutors. You also benefit from the input of National Governing Bodies.

If you have a 2.1 degree or above and complete this course, you may be eligible for a £4,000-9,000 teacher training bursary .

Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Entry requirements

This course is subject to approval

2017 entry requirements

Typically you need

• GCSE grade C in English and mathematics and science, or equivalent*. You must already hold theGCSE requirements before applying for the course.

• a 2.1 degree or above, or a 2.2 degree plus evidence of wider experience in a sport or UK school setting

• it is desirable that you have at least 15 days recent foundation stage or primary UK school teaching experience with five of these days as continuous teaching (gained in the two years before your application)

• to successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring 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) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

As you will be working with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

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. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

* GCSE science equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

• OCR National Level 2 Science

• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Full-time – one year
Starts September

Typical modules may include


You study • PE, primary teaching, learning and assessment • inclusion • English • mathematics • science • foundation subjects • researching primary education • personal and professional development • the role of the teacher


The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools with professional and curriculum studies.

You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher. The second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.

The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.

Assessment Your academic work is assessed through coursework using a variety of assessment methods. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school-based mentors.


This course prepares you for roles including • primary classroom teacher • primary PE specialist based in one school, delivering all PE lessons • primary PE co-ordinator • primary PE specialist working across a number of schools.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £9,000 for the course

For the course fee and further information on scholarships please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 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 information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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

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