University of Chester

University of Chester

Primary Education (Physical Education Specialist)

Professional placement in schools is a central feature of the course, with a minimum of 120 days spent working on placement in at least 2 different schools; the school and University-based training is delivered by a range of lead practitioners; in partnership with Manchester United Foundation and National Governing Bodies students are helped to prepare for, and learn from, this work with teachers and children; the University of Chester is working with Ashton on Mersey and St Mary and St Paul's teaching schools to educate teachers through a new primary physical education (PE) specialist programme; the aim of this initiative is to improve the participation and skills of primary pupils in PE and school sport and to be at the forefront of a new and exciting Government initiative; at the heart of the programme is a vision of the teacher as a skilled professional, ready to enter the profession with confidence and equipped to make a significant contribution to the education of children now and into the future; this degree enables students to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in both key stage 1 and key stage 2 (school years 1 to 6) with a primary PE specialism; students also complete a PGCE qualification.

Entry requirements

Minimum Honours degree of 2.1 or 2.2 from graduates who can demonstrate exceptional sporting or school-based experience; candidates should have a minimum of GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English language, mathematics and a science (preferably combined); relatively recent experience in a mainstream, state-maintained primary school; ideally, this would be a school that delivers the English National Curriculum and, as a guide, we would expect the applicant's experience to be 10 working days minimum.

Course modules

Teach English, mathematics, science and computing; lead high quality PE and sport provision within Primary schools; support other Primary teachers to develop their skills in delivering PE/sport; lead regional sports initiatives to improve Primary PE or sport.

Assessment methods

Assessment of school-based work is undertaken through observation of performance and by formal reports which are used to set individual targets; trainees are assessed against the requirements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); university-based work is assessed through written assignments and audits of subject knowledge; the course provides guidance on undertaking assessments at Master�s level, and students receive full feedback in order to enable students to work to the best possible standard; all trainees must complete the DfE Key Skills tests of competence in English, mathematics; these may be taken at any registered centre and must be passed in order to are admitted to the programme


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Riverside Campus Chester CH1 1SF North West

Key information

PGCE Admissions
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01244 511000