Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Primary Physical Education

This part-time course is for primary school teachers, and other suitably qualified staff currently working in primary schools, who teach physical education. It has been designed to improve your confidence and competence to teach physical education. This will involve you exploring your professional knowledge and understanding and engaging in debate on the factors which influence the nature and delivery of physical education in the primary school. The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Physical Education addresses a school priority area of physical education and the need for teachers to respond creatively to current and future developments. The course will be delivered outside of the normal school day and include evenings and weekends. Lectures will be based in Canterbury, however, if there is interest from a cluster of schools the sessions could be delivered locally.

Entry requirements

You will be in current employment at a primary school as either a class teacher or sports coach and have a relevant good first degree (1st, 2:1 or 2:2 classification) in either primary education (through undergraduate or postgraduate routes into teaching e.g. BA Primary Education, PGCE Primary Education or PGCE 7-14) or physical education.

Course modules

All modules are compulsory which include: Curriculum and Pedagogy (Year 1); Pedagogy and Assessment (Year 1); Leading Physical Education (Year 1); Learning Beyond the Curriculum (Year 2); Physical Activity and Health (Year 2); Independent Study (Year 2).

At the end of Year 1, having successfully completed three modules, if you wish you can exit the course and receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Physical Education.

Assessment methods

There are a range of assessment methods that include: oral presentations; reports; essays; portfolios. There are no written exams.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

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