Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Physical Education

This course aims to develop dynamic and inspiring teachers of Physical Education, equipped with the skills required to adapt teaching to the needs of today’s students. You will learn to become a reflective practitioner, with an ability to develop and teach an exciting and innovative Physical Education curriculum, appropriate for Secondary School students. As part of our enrichment offer, you will experience a number of alternate activities, which will engage both male and female students. In addition, we have developed strong links with the Duke of Edinburgh organisation and you will be offered the opportunity to gain a variety of qualifications which are viewed highly by school leaders. You can look forward to a programme which engages with partner schools and encourages staff to contribute their particular areas of strength. You may work with Special School Leaders, Disability Organisations, The Football Association or Assessment Officers to mention a few. This ensures we offer a current and relevant programme supported by partner schools.

During your training you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for Physical Education, emphasising the application of theory to practice. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences allow you to develop and share, with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will explore signature pedagogies such as questioning, demonstration and modelling for our subject.  Sessions will help to deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Physical Education in  the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will explore the importance of your subject in the holistic development of young people and the appreciation of an active lifestyle to engender an ethos of ‘physical activity for life.’ A focus on the concept of physical literacy encourages you to be critical of what and how you teach, to ensure that students continue to be physically active after leaving school. These sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn in Physical Education.

The subject knowledge sessions focus on areas of weakness to help you gain knowledge and confidence to teach a range of activities across the curriculum.  Audits to determine the exact content of the programme ensure that a course suitable for each year’s cohort can be delivered and that trainees thoroughly enjoy these ‘active sessions’. Misconceptions are addressed and trainees are encouraged to experiment with new and alternative pedagogies, to help them be confident to step out of their comfort zone and take risks.

Entry requirements

You will usually have a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Physical Education related discipline with at least 70% of the content in Physical Education and significant experience working with children and young people.

Course modules

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
  • a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, you will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards required will be based on co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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Key information

Campus or study location: 
IM Marsh campus
Contact: 
Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0151 231 5090