Gain experience teaching both primary and secondary physical education.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D.
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
A DBS check is required.
Applications from non-traditional learners are encouraged and their acceptance will reflect their work experience and ability to adapt to work at the required level. In addition, preference will be given to applicants with the following:
UCAS points 96
UCAS code XC63
Duration 3 years full time.How to apply for this course
If you enjoy being physically active and you want to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with children and teenagers, you may be perfect candidate for a career in PE teaching. This degree programme takes a developmental approach to physical education so if you are unsure of which age range you wish to teach, this programme will allow you to gain experience in both primary and secondary education.
The course has links to numerous schools across the South West which will allow you to develop a robust understanding of physical education through hands on experience of teaching across the three years of your degree. You will study in world-class sports facilities at the University including our BASES accredited sports science laboratory, climatic chamber, 25m swimming pool and numerous 4G and astro-turf pitches. BA (Hons) Physical Education is taught by experienced academics within physical education alongside other experts in the field.
This course includes a 100 hour PE placement during second year. This can take place in either a primary school, secondary school or special educational needs school. There is also an opportunity to carry out 50 hours in a primary school and 50 hours in a secondary school, expanding your breadth of knowledge and allowing you to make informed decisions about your future career.
You don’t need Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) skills prior to starting the course. In order to achieve QTS you will need to follow this degree with a PGCE or School Direct programme.
Study at our world class Sport & Health Centre.
Study in small groups with like-minded individuals and wide range of expert tutors.
100 hours on placement in a range of schools and colleges.
Easy access to additional qualifications to enhance your career prospects.
Variety of teaching and assessment styles enable you to find your own strengths.
Gain experience of teaching PE at both primary and secondary levels to inform your career choices.
“I enjoy the family feel which the course and university create. Being a small group you make such good friends to support you and have a laugh with. The lecturers take a big interest in knowing and developing you. Going coasteering and teaching pupils each week is an amazing opportunity. Throughout 3 years I have never been bored! The next stage is to start my PGCE. With the support from the amazing lecturers I feel I am ready to take the next step in hope of becoming an outstanding teacher.”
“I really enjoy the practical nature of the course. It is really beneficial to learn the theory and then put this into place so I can completely understand how it works. I’ve enjoyed the range of modules, from outdoor adventure education to sport science I feel that a huge spectrum has been covered. The course has given me first hand opportunities to work with primary and secondary students. Having experience of both allowed me to decide that primary education is the one for me.”
“The course enabled me to become more confident and competent as a teacher. Following a successful work placement, I was able to gain invaluable experience, skills and connections with local schools, which led to me gaining paid employment supporting learning in PE lessons in primary schools. With this experience I can happily say I have received offers from all the postgraduate teacher training providers I applied to for my Primary PGCE next year, with Marjon being my chosen destination.”
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“ It has been an absolute delight watching our children in Gym Club thrive from week to week with regards to their gross motor skills. The children's listening and attention skills, confidence and resilience also thrived. This has been particularly evident with the children from less advantaged households. Equally the male role models have had a great impact on our male children and also on those from our single parent families. Opportunities like this are fundamental.”
Most graduates are likely to join a PGCE or School Direct postgraduate programme to become a teacher in either primary or secondary education. Your skills and experiences on the programme could also help you move into other roles in education, coaching, sport, sport development. There is also opportunity to go onto further postgraduate study through a range of Masters’ programmes.
“ Our first year was mainly learning the basics of teaching. We looked at how students develop physically as they grow up and how attitudes to exercise might change. During the second year we learnt how to deliver a diverse range of sports through hands-on practical experience with our lecturers. In the third year we’re fine-tuning our teaching and we have had a lot of chances to practice our skills in a practical environment. We’re also learning about how to deliver sport to those with special educational needs.”
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Includes lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions, offsite visits and direct experience of teaching children and young people both on campus and in schools.
Includes presentations, essays, blogs, portfolios, exams, practical skills assessment and a final written dissertation.
Erica is a qualified teacher, she teaches Physical Education and is interested in talent identification and development, physical activity and paediatric health and the development of physical literacy in young children.View full profile
Clare graduated from Marjon as a PE teacher and returns as a lecturer following a very rewarding career teaching PE, mentoring trainee teachers, being Head of KS3 PE, House Leader and Assistant Head of Sixth Form.
Associate ProfessorView profile
Kass is a qualified PE teacher who has taught in schools, colleges, and universities in New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and the UK. He is a member of the University of Toronto’s Suffering, Pain and Ethics Lab Scientific Team. His research examines experiences and practices in physical activity health promotion, sport, and physical education.
Hannah Wood studied Applied Sports Science & Coaching (with ICT), then took a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education and a Masters in Education (all at Marjon). She then taught for ten years and now teaches at Marjon, mostly working with trainee PE teachers. One of her main research interests is in mentor and mentee relationships; expectations, roles and responsibilities of each; a passion that she brings to the course recognising the often informal mentoring role that PE teachers particularly can play in young people’s lives.
Please note that if it is your intention to enter the teaching profession and continue your studies at postgraduate level, you will need to pass the Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) skills tests prior to starting a PGCE or School Direct programme. The course includes a 100 hour PE placement in the second year, usually taken in a local school or college. You don’t need QTS skills tests prior to taking part. In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will need to follow this degree with a PGCE or School Direct programme.