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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Sep
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
UCAS Code:2N2K
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an effective and confident teacher of physical education in primary schools.

Partnerships with local schools give you opportunities to put theory into practice on placements, supported by experienced teachers and academic staff as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

  • Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an inspiring teacher of young children, able to draw on secure understanding of theories about Primary teaching and learning - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
  • Explore your understanding of teaching and learning, supported by experienced Primary teachers, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and developing curricula; honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement planning
  • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
  • Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
  • Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a Primary Education setting, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

The University's Bedford campus is home to one of the largest education providers in the UK. In addition to offering University of Bedfordshire core PGCE places we work in close partnership with schools and academy trusts to deliver School Direct routes.

The quality of our provision is based on a long and established history of teacher education. We boast an impressive record for training teachers, and enjoy, in many cases, a 100 per cent graduate employment rate.

You will be trained across the 5-11 age range, developing the skills and experience necessary to teach core and foundation subjects in a variety of ways. And with a particular focus on physical education. You will attend subject specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop awareness and understanding of general professional issues, the content of the National Curriculum and practical issues such as lesson planning and assessment.

You will be supported to develop your knowledge and understanding of the school PE curriculum and to apply your pedagogic and subject knowledge creatively in preparation for your role as a future leader of learning in physical education. You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective practitioner.

We have well-established links with more than 500 schools across the Eastern Region means that we also share their expertise with you.


  • Ofsted – we are a ‘Good’ provider with Outstanding in Quality of leadership and management across our partnerships.
  • Professional expertise in all 4 phases of Teacher Education
  • 500 partnerships with schools, colleges and other settings
  • 100% satisfaction with Early Childhood Education, NSS 2020

Units

  • Evidence Informed Primary Teacher (Level 7) (EDC145-6) Compulsory
  • School Experience 1 - The Primary With Mathematics Teacher (EDC158-6) Compulsory
  • School Experience 2 - The Primary With Mathematics Teacher (EDC161-6) Compulsory
  • The Reflective Primary Teacher (Level 7) (EDC139-6) Compulsory

The assessment strategy is based upon the premise that critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives as they apply to your own teaching is an intrinsic element of best teaching practice. Throughout the course, therefore, you will continually be encouraged to explore what is known about teaching and learning, and to demonstrate independence and creativity in evaluating the relevance of that knowledge in your own context.

Sound subject knowledge is a fundamental quality of an effective teacher and you will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to on-going development of that knowledge throughout the course. In addition, key to the course is a focus on the development of evidence informed teaching, culminating in an extended systematic study of your own practice.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

  • English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Science GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • School-based experience
  • You must possess a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0
  • All applicants should have recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK school in the phases for which they are applying, a minimum of 10 days is expected (e.g 5 days in KS1 and 5 days in KS2 OR 5 days in KS1 and 5 days in EY)
  • All entrants must have passed the professional skills tests prior to entry

Fees and funding

The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250.

You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for PGCE tuition fees.
See www.gov.uk/student-finance
A limited number of bursaries are available for Primary PGCE courses.
See www.gov.uk/teacher-training-funding

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.

The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £12,650. (International students are not eligible for any extra government funding for the PGCE.)

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and funding


The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250.

You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for PGCE tuition fees.
See www.gov.uk/student-finance
A limited number of bursaries are available for Primary PGCE courses.
See www.gov.uk/teacher-training-funding

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.


The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £12,650. (International students are not eligible for any extra government funding for the PGCE.)

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student