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Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism 

Qualification open to teachers and teaching assistants to assist in raising standards within primary school education

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About the course

The Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism is a recognised qualification aimed to upskill primary teachers and members of staff holding responsibilities for PE to improve the overall delivery of the physical education curriculum within primary schools. On successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to assist in raising the standard of primary school physical education teaching in your school.

The qualification teaches you how to understand the requirements of the physical education national curriculum, the links between the principles of pedagogy and child development and how using a range of activities can impact on ‘good or better’ teaching and learning within primary school physical education.

You will also learn how to develop plans for units of work that cover the primary school physical education curriculum and that use assessment to impact on learning and progress. You will deliver, teach, evaluate and review the plans for units of work and will learn how to use the outcomes of the unit of work to inform future planning. 

Although there is a practical element to the course, you will mainly be covering theory in the taught session, with the view to putting this into practice in your place of work. 

This course has an average learning time of 141 hours which includes 45 tutored guided learning hours and 96 independent learning hours.

Course structure

There are five units of the qualification:

  • 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.


Future dates will be announced soon.


Successful delegates will be offered the opportunity to advance on to the Level 6 Award in Primary School Physical Education Subject Leadership and gain Master’s level credits (optional). This will be an additional qualification taught at UEA over a further two days. 

Contact information

T 01603 591451