Teaching Primary Physical Education - Level 5 Certificate
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A sustainable solution for high quality physical education.

The Level 5 qualification in Teaching Primary Physical Education is a bespoke course designed to enable teachers and higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs) to assist in raising standards in primary physical education.

Developed by the Association for Physical Education (afPE) and Sports Leaders UK (SLUK), the qualification is recognised by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It is an effective use of the primary physical education and sport premium, leading to a confident workforce capable of delivering high quality physical education.

The course is open to all classroom teachers and HLTAs. Plymouth University has a strong tradition in training primary classroom practitioners as well as primary physical education specialists, which will ensure that all delegates are ably supported and mentored. Experienced course tutors, supported by leading researchers in physical literacy, ensure that the Plymouth University Level 5 qualification provides a unique and essential professional development opportunity.

You will learn:

  • To develop your subject knowledge and how to deliver high quality physical education in your setting.
  • To understand the requirements of National Curriculum Physical Education.
  • About the principles of pedagogy, child development, individual needs, and assessment in primary physical education.
  • About the importance of nurturing every child on their physical literacy journey.


Training days and times​ Focus​ Practical focus​
30/09/15, 9am-6pm Physical literacy and physical education; structuring progression in EYFS, Key Stages 1&2; National Curriculum content and progression  Games - invasion
21/10/15, 9am-6pm Child development; nurturing children’s engagement with physical activity; teaching core stability through SDM and gymnastics; exemplifying progression through gymnastics  Gymnastics and Sherborne Developmental Movement (SDM)
25/11/15, 9am-6pm Effective teaching: good or outstanding; lesson planning; assessment for learning; examining differentiation and competition; identifying assessment opportunities  Athletics​
27/01/15, 9am-6pm Teaching strategies leading to outstanding practice; developing observation skills; questioning and modelling  Games - striking/fielding; net/wall
20/04/16, 9am-6pm Teaching aesthetic movement; developing cross curricular links; differentiation and assessment for learning in dance  Dance
15/06/16, 9am-6pm Health and safety (including swimming); planning annual programmes and units of work; outdoor and adventurous activities; next steps OAA
Various dates (optional) Bonus session - practical introduction to swimming teaching Swimming and water confidence


£1,200 (discount available for Plymouth University partnership schools).

How to apply

Purchase this course via the University's eStore

More information

Please contact course administrator Vee Thompson for further details or to make a booking.