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Course Level:Postgraduate
Next Start Date: September 2023
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:X9C6

About the Course

Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of physical education, with the knowledge and skills to put innovative teaching approaches into practice to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Through the course, you examine the role of physical education in - and beyond - the National Curriculum. You develop an understanding of physical education as a subject; how it relates to pupils in school and wider society; and how to apply the knowledge gained in your first degree to teach pupils.

You will attend subject-specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop your awareness and understanding of general professional issues. Areas of study include practical application; PE theory; planning and evaluation; teaching styles and strategies; differentiation; organisation; assessment; and reporting.

When you successfully complete the course, you achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to work in a school as a teacher. You are also well placed to pursue further awards such as Chartered Teacher Status.

Intermediate qualifications available

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

Why choose this course?

  • Study at our Bedford campus, home to one of the largest education providers in the UK with a long and established history of teacher education
  • Benefit from our well-established links to more than 500 schools across the eastern region, a network that puts us at the forefront of educational developments
  • Learn to apply your subject and theoretical knowledge to practical areas of teaching expertise including different teaching approaches; planning and preparation; and managing the physical education lesson
  • Be able to evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice and use your evaluations to inform your future actions
  • Hone your skills of critical self-evaluation and gain confidence in analysing your own practical experience during your school placements
  • Engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective and research-informed practitioner
  • Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings while enhancing your own sense of independence
  • As well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), completing the course also offers you up to 60 Masters’ level credits with opportunities for further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels
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Course Leader - Dr Paul Sammon

I am a highly ambitious, dynamic and experienced educator, passionate about supporting the next generation of teachers with the knowledge and skills to provide all children and young people with a positive physical education experience.

My current role as a teacher educator primarily involves leading the PGCE Secondary Physical Education course and coordinating a number of units on the BA/MPhysEd (Hons) Physical Education (secondary) (with QTS) course.

 
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Units

  • School Experience 1 (EDC177-6) Compulsory
  • School Experience 2 (EDC178-6) Compulsory
  • The Curriculum Specialist (Secondary Physical Education) (EDC173-6) Compulsory
  • The Evidence Informed Curriculum Specialist (EDC176-6) 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 ongoing development of that knowledge throughout the course in preparation for the final assessment. Also key to the course is a focus on the development of evidence informed teaching, culminating in an extended systematic study of your own practice. By embracing the professional requirements for Qualified Teacher Status within the course it supports you in developing the qualities which define the University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher: an independent, reflective, creative, innovative, collaborative and resilient professional who is committed to ongoing personal and professional development. The assessment for this course seeks to support you in developing your understanding of the interplay between theoretical perspectives and practice based experience. You will be developing your skills of reviewing and evaluation of evidence, critical thinking, creativity and independence. The themes for your evidence informed writing are developed from local and national subject priorities and, therefore, allow you to develop the evidence of your understanding of values and principles underpinning the Teachers Standards as they apply to your working context. By building your work around these themes, you will generate rich evidence which can contribute to the assessment of your professional performance: the Profile Review Points. Hence, the assessment items are intrinsically connected and, in combination, allow you to demonstrate your achievement of all learning outcomes. The Profile Review Point is the process by which the mentor reviews your progress in your teaching practice and offers this evidence to your university tutor to review against all the other evidence that they see of you on the course. The Teachers Standards 2012 provide the framework by which this progress is judged and are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities which define the level at which you meet the standards. The Teacher Standard descriptors are included in the School Experience unit assessment information. Formative use of assessment is embedded throughout the course and is a principle which we would expect you to adopt in your own teaching. You will be supported to become familiar with self- and peer-assessment approaches and to make effective use of feedback on both academic and practice-based aspects of the course, to identify targets for your ongoing development and plan actions to address them. The passing of all four units will mean the course will recommend you to the TRA for QTS. In exceptional circumstances, approved by the head of school, it may be possible for recommendation for QTS to be made without completion of all four units. This option is not an automatic entitlement. Engagement with published research is a fundamental aspect of the course and you will be supported in developing skills of critical analysis of the literature. Rigorous attention to referencing conventions is, therefore, essential and you will be required to adopt the Harvard system. You will be supported in developing your understanding of plagiarism and in the use of Turnitin as a means of ensuring that referencing requirements are satisfied. The Teachers Standards 2012 publication is available at https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-00066-2011 (accessed 05/08/18)

Why the School of Teacher Education?

  • 100% satisfaction with Physical Education (Secondary) NSS 2021
  • Professional expertise in all 4 phases of Teacher Education

PGCE Entry Requirements

  • Normally a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in the subject for which you are applying to teach or a degree of which at least 50% is in that subject
  • A levels in the subject and/or related subjects are desirable
  • A standard equivalent to a grade 4 (or GCSE A to C) in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
  • To have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0 if your first language is not English and you do not have GCSE grade C in English
  • Meet all safeguarding requirements including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check, Fitness to Practice, Suitability to Train to Teach, and all other safeguarding checks required at the time of application

Fees and funding

The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 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

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 2021/22 is £9,250.

The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £12,900. (International students are not eligible for any extra government funding for the PGCE.)

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 2021/22 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

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 2021/22 is £9,250.


The PGCE tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £12,900. (International students are not eligible for any extra government funding for the PGCE.)

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

Extra costs for this course

You will need to pay for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge.

You need to budget for additional travel costs for your teaching placements during your course.

Extra Costs

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

How to Apply

UK students applying for this postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via GOV.UK - Department for Education

European 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 a European 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 this postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via GOV.UK - Department for Education


European 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 a European 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