BEd Primary Education - Physical Education (with QTS)A9P2

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • This new programme gives students the opportunity to experience a range of primary subjects as well as gaining the skills and expertise to lead and develop Physical Education in primary schools. At the end of the course you will be qualified to teach across both Key Stages 1 and 2 and have particular expertise and experience in teaching Physical Education. Integrated Qualified Teacher Status means you can launch your teaching career immediately after finishing your studies. Many of the modules will be shared with the Primary Education programme along with focused teaching from Physical Education specialists, using the university’s world-class sporting facilities.

    The University works in close partnership with a large number of different types of schools and school-based activities and working with children in different contexts will form a key part of this exciting programme. This comprehensive course is carefully structured to provide you with the skills and subject knowledge to teach the National Curriculum core subjects along with Physical Education. Specialism modules from year 1 and a defined focus on teaching these subjects on all placements will enable you to build confidence and expertise from the start. There will also be a strong emphasis on supporting extra-curricular activities in schools to promote health, physical activity and well-being for all pupils.

    Along with these subject studies, you’ll develop a thorough grounding in all the major skills and issues of education including special educational needs and disabilities, behaviour management, setting high expectations and identifying pupil progress, planning and assessment, managing the teaching and learning of a classroom team, child development and learning through play.

    By combining academic study and practical experience in a range of placement settings in the south west, London and abroad, you are fully prepared to embark on your NQT year. Opportunities also include working in special schools, outdoor centres and other educational settings or leading specific projects with children and young people from a range of backgrounds. The comprehensive placements give our grads a huge confidence boost when they start work, and so they are quickly offered leadership positions. As a result the latest data shows that Marjon teaching graduates are the top earners in the South West and Wales (Source: Department of Education, 2017).

    Assessment on this programme is by coursework only and a range of creative assignments enable you to demonstrate your ability to apply theory to practice. Support for academic study is provided throughout enabling you to develop both your academic and professional skills. Throughout the course, students will take part in creative assignments to demonstrate their understanding and appreciation of putting theory into practice. As a participant, you’ll receive ample opportunity to highlight your own qualities through making resources, taking part in discussion seminars, giving presentations, writing essays and completing practical Physical Education activities.

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All modules are compulsory to provide good coverage across all the key areas.

1st Year
  • Foundations of learning literacy and numeracy
  • Child development & early learning
  • Professional studies & first teaching practice (20 serial days and 4 week block)
  • Professional skills of the teacher
  • Curriculum studies: core subjects
  • Pedagogical and scientific principles of Physical Education
2nd Year
  • Inclusion & primary education
  • Professional studies: developing as a teacher
  • Curriculum studies: developing core subject knowledge
  • Managing medium-term teaching & learning
  • Second teaching practice (8 serial days and a 6 week block)
  • Practical aspects of Physical Education – game-based learning
  • Curriculum studies: deepening core subject understanding
  • Enhanced placement - up to 3 weeks in a different educational setting
3rd Year
  • Final teaching practice (10 week block)
  • Dissertation with Physical Education focus
  • Practical aspects of Physical Education – health-based learning
  • Professional studies: current issues for the teacher

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The reputation of our trainees, both within and outside of immediate partnership schools in the South West, has resulted in high employability rates, with the University ‘seal of approval’ being recognised by headteachers across the country. Ofsted (2104) praised the University’s ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’. Many students undertake their teaching practices in London or abroad, therefore your qualification from Plymouth Marjon University will enable you to be a serious consideration for any first post.

Over 90% of our trainees go on to secure teaching posts locally, nationally or abroad which is above national rate. Others go on to further postgraduate study or research posts within Higher Education. Some of our trainees have gone on to establish themselves as freelance specialist teachers in their field of expertise.

Course Leader

The overall course leader is Sally Eales and the programme team is made of up of highly enthusiastic and experienced tutors, all of whom have a range of experience teaching in different types of schools. The team includes ex-headteachers, senior managers, advisory staff and subject experts. PE specialists from across the university also lead and support modules. All are engaged in research, working with schools, teachers and pupils, presenting at conferences, writing books and supporting schools with continuing professional development.