BEd (Hons) Physical Education - Secondary Ed (with QTS)X1XH

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Our unique Physical Education teacher training course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at secondary level. Plymouth Marjon University is highly regarded for the excellent quality of its teaching graduates. The course is carefully structured to equip trainee teachers with real-world skills and to deepen their passion for teaching. It also trains teachers in educational leadership and resilience, meaning their graduate teachers progress quickly. This progression is reflected in their salary growth compared to graduates from other universities with our graduates being the top earners in the South West and Wales (Source: Department of Education, 2017).

    Trainees study the scientific principles of Physical Education and sport, and are afforded the room to explore these through practical activities. Developing a wide range of subject knowledge from Outdoor Education to aesthetic activities is a key feature of the programme. This intensive course blends theory and practice helping trainees to understand how children learn best.

    Through school based placements in our partnership schools and placements in other educational settings, trainees enjoy ample contact with qualified teachers and students. This enables them to gain a wide range of experience and a healthy understanding of what the profession looks like in the current climate. Analytical thinking is encouraged and developed, ensuring that we deliver passionate newly qualified teachers who have a desire to drive their profession forward.

    With a clear focus on national priorities and current developments in education, we are confident that our Physical Education graduates are well prepared for teaching today.

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1st Year
  • Becoming a teacher
  • Foundations in PE
  • Athletic activities in the national curriculum for Physical Education
  • An introduction to anatomy, physiology & health
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities in Physical Education
  • Practical aspects of Physical
  • Education (striking & fielding, target & net games)
  • Pedagogical & scientific principles of Physical Education
  • Applying & evaluating pedagogical principles
  • Four weeks of school-based training
2nd Year
  • Curriculum & pedagogy
  • Physical Education in context
  • Scientific aspects of Physical Education
  • Scientific & social aspects of Physical Education
  • Assessment & wider-curricular responsibilities
  • The aesthetic curriculum:gymnastics & dance
  • Invasion games in the national curriculum in Physical Education
  • Eight weeks of school-based training
3rd Year
  • Small scale research enquiry
  • Secondary education, schools, learners & teachers
  • Developing reflective practice in secondary teachers
  • Current ideas & issues in Physical Education
  • Diversity in Physical Education
  • 25 weeks of school-based training

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Plymouth Marjon University is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West and London. You will find many Plymouth Marjon University graduates teaching in a variety of schools across the country.

The quality of graduates is well recognised both locally and nationally and, as such, a very high proportion of graduates gain immediate employment or enrol on Masters programmes to further their studies.

ALUMNI OF BEd (Hons) Physical Education - Secondary Ed (with QTS)

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Course Leader

This course is led by Julie Stevens, Jackie Arthur and Hannah Wood. Your course leaders will challenge, inspire and motivate you to be the best teacher you can be. The team comprises decades of hands-on teaching experience and extensive related research specialisms to deliver valuable knowledge and support to our trainees.


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