Gain a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of physical education and school sport needed for a career as a physical education (PE) teacher. Your studies also prepare you for roles in the wider area of school sport provision and development and the education sector. You develop your knowledge and understanding of • the concepts, processes and content of the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level for PE • how PE and school sport can contribute to developing confident, successful learners • contemporary issues that influence the wider context of PE and sport in schools and in surrounding communities • the broad range of programmes in the current physical education and school sport environment • strategic knowledge and understanding of key policies and developments affecting the provision of physical education and youth school sport for young people In your final year, you complete a project of your choosing, from a traditional dissertation to a work-based project with a school or business. Previous projects have looked at current topics like • inclusion and disability support in mainstream PE • girls' PE participation • teaching styles and approaches of PE teachers • coaches and sports specialists' delivery in primary and secondary school sport settings. At the end of the course you have the necessary professional skills, knowledge and abilities to apply to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at any university or any of the other school-based routes like School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Teach First and School Direct, towards gaining qualified teacher status. **Placements and work experience** This is a practical course, and you work on real projects throughout your time here. We have very strong links with local schools – many have our former students working there as PE teachers. From your first weeks on the course, you have opportunities to work with schoolchildren in practical sporting activities. In your second year you take a six-week work placement. You have access to a lot of support in finding the right placement for you, and we support you during your time there by keeping in touch and visiting you where appropriate. Previous students have found placements in schools and other educational organisations. Some have worked for regional and national organisations or professional sports clubs such as Sheffield Wednesday FC and Sheffield United FC, delivering youth sport strategies and programmes. Others have recently completed their placements abroad, including one teaching football in Dubai and another teaching rugby in Fiji. Our links with the Youth Sport Trust mean you can access their 'Learn to Move' training and accreditation as part of the course. **Facilities** You have access to excellent teaching facilities and you spend much of the course using the world-class facilities at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. It is our official sport campus, and the training base for Jessica Ennis-Hill and many other Team GB athletes, including the GB boxing and table tennis teams. You gain aquatics experience at Ponds Forge International Aquatics Centre and complete an outdoor and adventurous residential trip in the Lake District at Lake Coniston. You can also run outdoor activities for schoolchildren in the neighbouring Peak District. **Expertise** You are taught by educators, coaches and policy makers who have valuable experience of physical education and school sport. Alongside our teaching staff we have created a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Mentor scheme which enables second year students to mentor first year students and assist and facilitate learning. This has been tremendously successful and extremely beneficial for the first year students receiving guidance from the second years, as well as for the second years in reinforcing their own learning and in providing them with fantastic leadership opportunities.