Liverpool John Moores University
Physical Education: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE
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.
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.
To join this PGDE, you should have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Physical Education-related discipline with at least 70% of the content in Physical Education. The degree classification should be at 2:1 or above.
You should also have:
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification) prior to interview.
- A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 4 weeks work experience in a UK Secondary school is required prior to interview
Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.
You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at Getting into Teaching.
If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
The University element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:
- Professional Practice (a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
- Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
- Subject Pedagogy in Physical Education (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
- Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
- Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
- Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes)
Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.
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 observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.
A range of Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website.
If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.
To encourage graduates to train as Science, Technology Mathematics and Languages teachers, Bursaries of up to £25,000 may be available.
Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.
Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:
- a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
- a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
- a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
- a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back
For International student fees, please contact the department.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Fee locale||Course duration|
|PGDE||Full-time||£ 9,250 (Whole course)||Home/EU||1 Years|
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