Postgraduate PGCE

Primary Education (5-11) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status - Physical Education

Use your passion for sport to lead and develop physical education within primary schools.

Primary Education (5-11) with Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status - Physical Education

Course Overview

  • UCAS code

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    38 Weeks
  • Start date

    05 Sep 2022

You’ll choose from two training models*:


  • Study on-campus
  • Develop your theoretical knowledge informed by the very latest research
  • Supported by expert teaching staff
  • Extensive placements organised by the university
  • Placements will fit around your university lectures and seminars

School Direct

  • Learn on the job in your provider school(s)
  • Supported by experienced teachers and mentors
  • Underpin your practical learning with university study

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Train to be a primary school teacher with a specialism in physical education, teaching children aged five to 11
  • Study all primary stage national curriculum subjects, with a focus on English, mathematics, science and PE
  • Explore established educational theories alongside new ideas, concepts and developments
  • Learn to promote, shape and develop the teaching of PE within a primary school setting

*Both routes lead to a PGCE with 60 master’s credits on successful completion. There will be three assignments across the year, each leading to 20 master’s level credits.

School Direct lead schools and alliances:

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages.

Funding your studies
There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website.

Your teaching experiences
You’ll develop your confidence, identity and style thanks to a critically reflective learning approach. You’ll learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

Your induction
You’ll have the opportunity to attend an outdoor experience during induction, where you’ll meet your tutors and fellow trainees. Through this experience, you’ll start to develop your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire your teaching.

Refining your practice
A range of practical teaching experiences designed to enhance your professional development will complement rigorous academic study on campus. You’ll be supported on campus by expert tutors who will help to refine your subject knowledge and teaching practice. 

You’ll gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds, limiting your travelling time and giving you more time to prepare your lessons. You’ll complete three teaching placements in at least two schools, receiving support from your school mentor and university tutors.

NQT module
We’ll continue to support you even when you’ve graduated. On successful completion of your course, you’ll be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, offering you another valuable element of support as you start your teaching career.

Our teaching history
We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll be supported by an experienced course team determined to see you flourish as an innovative teacher. You’ll become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and swapping ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips. 

In 2017, we became one of only 25 universities to have their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.

Why study Primary Education with Physical Education at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Fantastic placements opportunities
  2. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  3. Start on your path in becoming Qualified Teacher Status accredited
  4. Dedicated pastoral care team
  5. Teaching facility solely for teacher training courses which mimic real-life nursery and primary school settings
  6. Strong and meaningful partnerships with schools and community organisations

PGCE Primary Education (5-11) with QTS: Louise Nelson Hear from course leader Louise Nelson as she talks about the course.