University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 17/05/2021 11:42:23

Named Award Title:PG Cert Primary Physical Education

Award Title for Each Award: PG Cert  Primary Physical Education

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Part Time
Campus:Ayr

School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Programme Leader:Steven McLean

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
Participants will typically hold a teaching qualification in Primary Education.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Candidates must be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Applications are required to be (or applicable to be) Registered Teachers with the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS).

Applicants will be required to supply two references in support of their application to join the programme. Therefore applicants will need to ensure, in good time, that their referees are willing and able to write a reference (letter of recommendation) on their behalf.

Referees should be in a position to provide an informed view of the applicant’s academic ability and suitability for their chosen programme of study and any other information they consider as being relevant to the individual’s application.

At least one of the referees should hold a position of authority within the applicant’s employer organisation so as to enable them to confirm that the applicant’s workplace context is consistent with the practical aspects of the programme and that the applicant has the support and permission to reflect on/refer to their work related activity throughout the programme (n.b. programme requirements associated with work related activity will be subject to compliance with UWS Ethical Guidelines so as to ensure confidentiality, privacy and anonymity of all participants involved in such activity).

In this respect, applicants are advised to supply their prospective referees with an overview of the programme so that they can comment on the individual’s ability to meet with the general demands of, and the specific practical aspects associated with, the programme. Please contact the Programme Leader for further, specific details.


Further desirable skills pre-application


General Overview

Who is the programme intended for?

The Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Education programme has been created in response to increased local, national and international interest in children’s physical education, physical activity, sport and well-being. The Pg. Cert in Primary Physical Education is designed as a professional learning opportunity for primary educators. It has been designed in collaboration with UWS' partner local education authority employers and teachers.

The Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Educatio provides practitioners the opportunity to develop enhanced, significant and sustained enquiry into their practice, as well as, supporting professional learning underpinned by on-going reflection. The programme should be of particular interest to primary school teachers wishing to develop a specialism in physical education. However, prospective students should be aware that this programme does not include qualified teacher status.

The Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Education links with our Career-Long Professional Learning (CPL) programmes and could allow participants to progress along several pathways within the suite of qualifications offered by the CPL Programmes. In the event an individual wishes to build on achievement of the Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Education award by continuing with a further programme of study towards a Pg. Diploma/M.Ed, then they may engage with the processes as set out via Regulation 2 of the UWS Regulatory Framework (Regulations for the Admission of Students: 2.13 Recognition of Prior Learning); completion of further modules could provide the individual with an opportunity to seek professional recognition/update (3-18 Scottish education sector only).

Course Structure

The Pg. Certificate in Primary PE will be delivered in a hybrid mode of learning. This approach uses an appropriate combination of online and on-campus activities, which varies according to the modules, learning outcomes, and needs of specific groups of learners. The structure of the programme will see three core modules run over the three terms within one academic year. Whilst it is recognised that these modules could be stand-alone and taken as option modules in other Masters programmes there is a clear benefit to the student experience for participants to undertake the modules in the following order:

1.  Pedagogy of Primary Physical Education

2.  Developing Quality Physical Education

3.  Aspects of Learning in Primary Physical Education

This outlined progression route will best facilitate participants’ skill development, personal development, self-reflection and application of knowledge. The successful completion of all three modules would result in the award of Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Education.

The main aims of the programme, encompassing the aims of the three modules, are to:

• develop and enhance participants’ knowledge, understanding and teaching skills in primary PE;

• support participants to think critically about their knowledge, understanding and teaching skills to enhance the delivery of quality PE;

• assist participants to support the on-going development of PE within their primary school, local cluster and educational authority; and

• enhance participants’ abilities to critically reflect in an informed way on their own practice to enact change in the delivery of quality primary PE.

Briefly, the content and aims of the three programme modules are as follows:

Module One: Pedagogy of Primary Physical Education

This module aims to provide participants with opportunities to critically reflect against the CLPL Standards regarding their current practice and pedagogy within primary PE. The module will develop participants’ knowledge of the pedagogy of primary PE exploring areas such as sport education and teaching games for understanding. Other current trends (nationally and internationally) within primary PE, their application in the school environment and their implications for practice will be explored through discussion, debate and personal responses. Participants will engage in reflective practice; identifying their own teaching philosophy, development needs and planning next steps for professional learning. Participants will enhance their knowledge of Mosston’s spectrum of teaching styles for PE and critically evaluate the application of these teaching styles within their own context. The 8 module focuses on the development of knowledge, understanding and teaching skills directly related to the participants’ needs and those of the primary school, local cluster and educational authority they work within. 

Module Two: Developing Quality Physical Education

This module focusses on enhancing participants’ knowledge and understanding of learning, teaching and assessment in supporting the delivery of quality PE within a primary school setting. This module will develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of developing quality PE by exploring areas such as challenge, enjoyment, relevance, coherence, personalisation, choice, depth, breadth and progression. This module aims to enhance participants’ teaching skills in delivering learning within primary PE that is planned, progressive and inclusive by considering topics such as the developing child, safe practice and adapted PE.

The module will provide participants with opportunities to develop broader knowledge of quality PE curricula and engage in reflection of their own practice within primary PE against the CLPL standards. This module will support participants to think critically about the traditional and contemporary place of PE within schools with particular emphasis on delivering the expected two hours of high-quality PE for each learner every week. The module will aim to support participants in providing effective, up-to-date and relevant teaching approaches and learning that can be applied directly to their primary school, local cluster and educational authority setting. 

Module Three: Aspects of Learning in Primary Physical Education

This module considers aspects of learning within PE and will support participants in developing a critical understanding of the Benchmarks and how they can be used to provide a broad range of relevant and realistic learning experiences across all levels of primary PE. This module aims to enhance participants’ teaching skills in delivering progressive learning contexts that are appropriate to the age and stage of the learner.

The module will challenge participants to develop progressive learning contexts by exploring topics such as cognitive skills, physical competencies, personal qualities and physical fitness. This module will support participants in developing critical reviews of global professional practice in primary PE. This module aims to support participants in the application of the Benchmarks to the delivery of PE within their own school environment, their local cluster and education authority. This module will require participants to apply their knowledge and skills developed as part of the previous modules to demonstrate their progress as a learner in relation to the CLPL standards. 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Education programme has a hybrid approach to learning. It has timetabled components within each of its three core modules. This will be in the format of practical workshops and engaging with UWS’ virtual learning environment (VLE) for online learning activities.

Programme participants will take part in an induction session as part of Module 1 (Pedagogy of Primary PE). This will incorporate engagement with support activities such as effective learning, the library, the VLE and student services.

All programme participants will attend/engage with weekly workshops within each module on a variety of topics, such as, teaching styles, teaching philosophies and aspects of learning. As part of these weekly workshops, the creation of opportunities for social interaction to share good practice is facilitated. These include use of case studies, discussion boards and feedback with teachers sharing planning, activities, and experiences with other course participants. The face-to-face workshops will support participants in the application of theory in practice for the practical environment of Physical Education. 

Since attendance at the workshops is linked to the summative assessment of the programme, participants are expected to attend/engage with all arranged workshops in the term.

There are no formal exams; all programme participants are assessed on the coursework of each module and are normally expected to demonstrate their overall competence in the area covered by one module before proceeding to the next. To qualify for the award of the University of the West of Scotland Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Education a participant is expected to obtain a satisfactory assessment in respect of all three modules. In line with the University's regulatory framework, coursework will be graded on the University standard A-E grading scale. A grade of A-C will be recorded as a pass. Grades D & E will be recorded as Fail. A maximum of one re-submission of coursework will be allowed in order for the performance to be upgraded to Pass.

Formative assessment and feedback are provided in part by the process of self-assessment, and in the tutorials and seminars, and also as part of the programme participants’ consultations with other members of the programme team. Any element of progress review and reflection on programme related issues should involve formative assessment and feedback. Tutorials with the programme participant’s tutor are the main settings for formative assessment and feedback. The programme participant will be assisted in identifying strengths and areas for development in their performance – in a discussion about completed course activities, for example – and will have the opportunity to review means of improvement. A main focus of the programme is to encourage reflective practice, with elements such as the drafting and review of a personal teaching philosophy.

Summative assessment decisions within all modules of the Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Education are based on judgments against criteria for each assessment. Criteria for formative and summative assessment will be outlined in the support materials for each module, this will include an indication of how the formative activities are linked to the summative assessment. An opportunity to discuss criteria will be offered during the assignment briefing session. The arrangements and criteria for summative assessment are carefully set out for each module, and the work submitted as evidence for completion of these requirements is graded within the system described above. Summative assessment determines whether the programme member has demonstrated appropriate competence in the area covered by the module and has satisfactorily met the requirements for all the learning outcomes.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

In general terms all aspects of delivery, coursework and assessment provide participants on the Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Education with opportunities to develop academically, personally and professionally in line with the aspirations set out via UWS’ graduate attributes.

More specifically, participants will develop and enhance their employability skills in the areas of Knowledge and Understanding; Applied Knowledge and Understanding; Generic Cognitive Skills; Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills; Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others, as encompassed by SCQF Level 11. They will develop and enhance these skills in ways specific to and of direct relevance to their own professional context and to the demands and issues inherent within current and anticipated developments in the area of Primary Physical Education.

In line with UWS guidance and protocols for Personal Development Planning (PDP), elements of personal and critical reflection are embedded via coursework and assessment across the programme taking into consideration that the participants embarking on the programme already have to maintain a CPD portfolio and undertake Annual Career Reviews as part of their contractual duties. Therefore, we aim to balance the wishes of the University in this area with the need to avoid overload and possible intrusion upon the participants’ professional obligations.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

This programme relates to a participant’s existing professional context and fits within the University’s definition of Work Related Learning (WRL).

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

For the purposes of this programme, this equates to the following:

In addition to the general expectations outlined above, specific engagement and attendance requirements are set out via individual module handbooks. Each handbook also includes a detailed module timeline so as to enable learners to manage their study time accordingly; to plan and review their progress against timescales and deadlines at regular intervals. In this respect, attention is drawn to the ‘student learning hours’ assigned to study at this level (as indicated via individual module descriptors) and any learner who faces challenges in keeping pace with individual module requirements should notify the relevant module tutor. Seeking support and advice from the programme leader is also encouraged.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate critical understanding of key local, national and international policies, theories, concepts and principles that cover and integrate most, if not all, of the main areas of Primary Physical Education
A2Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key policies, theories, principles and concepts as they apply to the local, national and international primary physical education contexts
A3Evaluate existing discourses, approaches to teaching and professional practices within the local, national and international primary physical education contexts

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Apply the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with Primary Physical Education to build on existing professional practice
B2Employ discourses, approaches to teaching and professional practices associated with Primary Physical Education appropriate to their local context
B3Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of the discourses, approaches to teaching and professional practices associated with Primary Physical Education

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Using appropriate written and verbal methods, communicate about issues, processes and practices associated with Primary Physical Education
C2Engage in professional dialogue with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists about issues, processes and practices associated with Primary Physical Education
C3Demonstrate a critical understanding of how to use a range of technology and social media to support the development of quality primary physical education
C4Undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of numerical and graphical data in order to inform approaches to and developments in the delivery of Primary Physical Education

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to local, national and international policies, theories, concepts and principles which are at the forefront or informed by developments at the forefront of Primary Physical Education
D2Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues associated with Primary Physical Education
D3Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, understanding and skills/practices associated with Primary Physical Education

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities relating to Primary Physical Education
E2Employ strategies to take responsibility for own work and work as a leading member of a team, in a range of contexts to develop and enhance practice relating to Primary Physical Education
E3Engage with local, national and international academic literature, policy and resources relating to Primary Physical Education
E4Reflect critically on own and others’ roles and responsibilities relating to Primary Physical Education

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11EDUC11099Aspects of Learning in Primary PE20  check mark
11EDUC11100Developing Quality Physical Education20 check mark 
11EDUC11101Pedagogy of Primary Physical Education20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

Individuals who successfully complete and pass all three modules (equating to 60 Credits at SCQF Level 11) will be eligible for the award of Pg. Certificate Primary Physical Education.


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.



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