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Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism Level 5

Build on your knowledge and confidence to deliver outstanding Primary Physical Education (PE).

This course is aimed at primary school teachers and higher level teaching assistants who are looking to raise the standards within primary school physical education. Complete this 6 day course and contribute to improving the overall delivery of the physical education curriculum within primary schools.

Blended learning, York campus

  • Course leader – Simon Kumar
  • Duration – 6 days
  • Dates and times

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Course Fees

£1,000 per person

£900 per person for 2 or more delegates from the same organisation

Course information

Who is this course for?

There are several different groups this qualification would benefit:

Group Is this course suitable?
Primary school teacher with QTS or GTCS Yes
Primary school teacher without QTS or GTCS Yes*
Primary school teacher with QTLS Yes*
Primary school teacher with PTLLS, CTLLS and/or DTLLS Yes*
University student on a degree that leads to QTS Yes
Higher level teaching assistant within a primary school Yes*
Teaching assistant with 2 years experience delivering PE across Key Stage 1 and 2 Yes*
Secondary school teacher No
Further education lecturer No
Coach** working within a primary school as a teaching assistant (should have minimum 5 years experience delivering PE across Key Stage 1 and 2) Yes
Employee of an external organisation linked to a primary school No

*On completion of the qualification these individuals will be PE specialists. You will still be required to be supervised by a QTS accredited teacher in your role in raising standards of PE teaching. This course does not qualify you to become a PE teacher.

**Coaches are still required to have a minimum of a Level 2 qualification in any of the sports and activities that they assist in raising the standards of PE teaching within.

What will I learn?

Teaching will cover 6 main topics:

  • Developing your own ability as a primary school physical education specialist
  • Understanding primary school physical education
  • Principles of pedagogy in primary school physical education
  • Planning for continuity and progression in primary school physical education
  • Using assessment to impact on learning and progress in primary school physical education
  • Teaching primary school physical education

How will I learn?

You will complete 45 guided learning hours with a tutor and 96 independent learning hours, including the completion of individual learning tasks.

The guided learning hours will take place over 1 half day and 5 full days. Your tutor will guide you through content which you will access through York St John University's online learning platform. There will be some flexibility on when this material can be accessed, although we recommend setting aside assigned days for study.

Although you will be expected to carry out some work within your own time, additional release time will be needed for some of the tasks, including a half day prior to the course to complete a pre-course task and a half day to complete final assessment tasks.


Assessments will be a mixture of formal written assignments, group based tasks, and group discussions. You will also be required to arrange 2 observations of your PE teaching by a colleague or senior leader within your own school during the course.

Session times

The first day is a welcome event in which we will introduce you to the course. We will also cover some of the content in this session.

Following this, you will start each of the other 5 study days with an introductory session from 9.30am to 11.00am. Throughout the rest of each day, you will be provided with time to work through pre-recorded course materials and complete online tasks. You will finish each day with a round up session from 4.00pm to 5.00pm, in which the assessment task for that unit will be explained.

Level 6 Primary School Physical Education Subject Leadership

Continue to upskill and complete an additional 2 day course to achieve a Primary School Physical Education Subject Leadership Level 6 Award.

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Course leader biographies

Simon Kumar, Lecturer in Children, Young People and Education

Simon graduated from York St John University with a first class degree in Sports Studies BA (Hons). After completing a Masters in Practitioner Research, Simon is now undertaking a Professional Doctorate of Education. After teaching in primary education as a teacher specialising in Physical Education for a number of years, Simon became a lecturer at York St John University in 2015. Simon also has a background in disability sport development, personal training, sports coaching, secondary school sport development, and the Armed Forces.

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