University of Bedfordshire
Master of Physical Education (Secondary) (with QTS) MPhysEd
University of Bedfordshire

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Teacher Training

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Teacher Training at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25500 £25000 £30500
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £27000 £22500 - £27500 £24000 - £33500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Teacher Training

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25479 £24514 £28116
25-75 percentile range £23782 - £28383 £18792 - £27897 £20130 - £32846

Course Description

We offer the unique opportunity to study for England’s first Integrated Master’s Degree in Physical Education with QTS! You can opt to study at one of two levels – BA (Hons) Physical Education (with QTS) [X1C6] or MPhysEd (Integrated Master’s) (with QTS)

Train for a career where you will inspire and influence young people - giving them the motivation, confidence, competence and understanding to lead a physically active life. Develop your understanding of teaching and learning, and apply it in practice via placement in each year of study, supported by a mentor and university-based staff. Become an outstanding teacher of Physical Education with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), competent to teach a range of physical activities to children aged 11-16 (16-19 with enhancement).

Learn through classroom experience, applying theory to your teaching practice to develop the skills to teach young people in the secondary education phase Study the scientific principles of physical education and sport, with applied practical activities (eg athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, health, swimming, outdoor and adventurous activities)

Why choose this course? Develop your expertise in the classroom with the support of a strong partnership between the University and your placement school Gain a qualification that includes recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Explore issues in teaching, learning and assessment Benefit from an experienced University teaching team 95% of recent graduates were in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2018) The course has achieved 100% overall student satisfaction for 4 consecutive years (National Student Survey, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Years 1, 2 and 3 are identical in both the BA (Hons) and MPhysEd programmes Year 4 offers study and assessment at BA (Hons) (level 6 undergraduate study) or MPhysEd (level 7 master’s study) Year 4 units are taught to all BA (Hons) and MPhysEd students, with the assessment requirements differentiating the final degree award achieved Year 4 units have the same assessments in terms of content and word length, but the submitted work will be graded using either level 6 (BA) or level 7 (Integrated Master’s) criteria. Tutor support provides flexibility in achievement of either the BA (Hons) or MPhysEd qualification Study for MPhysEd is subject to achieving at least a 2:1 (>60%) in Year 3 units Completion of the MPhysEd requires a deeper knowledge in your chosen specialism(s) and differentiates yourself in the teaching profession. The course also allows you to access undergraduate funding to gain two-thirds of a Master’s degree, avoiding an unnecessary Postgraduate Master’s Loan Our research suggests that the Integrated Master’s qualification will further enhance our graduate’s already excellent employability and career progression opportunities Completion of the MPhysEd qualification provides 120 credits at Master’s level, two-thirds of the credits required for a full Master’s degree. There will be future potential, following graduation, to complete an additional 60 credit dissertation to achieve a full Master’s Degree

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Master of Physical Education (Secondary) (with QTS), MPhysEd you will study the following course modules.


Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Master of Physical Education (Secondary) (with QTS) MPhysEd at University of Bedfordshire

100% Teaching Professionals
0% Welfare and housing associate professionals

The assessment strategy is based upon the premise that critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives as they apply to your own teaching is an intrinsic element of best teaching practice. Throughout the course, therefore, you will continually be encouraged to explore what is known about teaching and learning, and to demonstrate independence and creativity in evaluating the relevance of that knowledge in your own context. Assessed work will be directly applicable to your future role as a teacher and predominantly include essays, reflective writing, reports, presentations and portfolio. During your placements you will be assessed directly against the Teachers’ Standards. In years one and two you will complete in-class tests to assess your developing knowledge and understanding. Sound subject knowledge is a fundamental quality of an effective teacher and you will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to ongoing development of that knowledge throughout the course. Also key to the course is a focus on the development of research informed teaching, culminating in an extended systematic study of your own practice (action research project/dissertation). For study at level 7 (Integrated Master’s) your work will need to consistently evidence your ability to critically analyse and evaluate practice, methodologies and research. By embedding the professional requirements for Qualified Teacher Status within the academic requirements of the degree, the course supports you in developing the qualities which define the University of Bedfordshire Graduate Teacher: an independent, reflective, creative, innovative, collaborative and resilient professional who is committed to ongoing personal and professional development. The assessment for this course seeks to support you in developing your understanding of the interplay between theoretical perspectives and practice based experience. You will be developing your skills of research and evaluation, critical thinking, creativity and independence. The themes for your reflective writing are developed from local and national priorities and, therefore, allow you to develop the evidence of your understanding of values and principles underpinning the Teachers’ Standards as they apply to your working context. (Superficial statements of performance against the standards oppose the principles which underpin this course and are not accepted). By building your reflections around these themes, you will generate rich evidence which can contribute to the assessment of your professional performance. Hence, the assessment items are intrinsically connected and, in combination, allow you to demonstrate your achievement of all learning outcomes. The Profile Review Point is the process by which the mentor reviews your progress in your teaching practice. The Teachers’ Standards (2012) provide the framework by which this progress is judged and are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities which define the level at which you meet the standards. The Teachers’ Standards Descriptors are included in School Experience documentation. Formative use of assessment is embedded throughout the course and is a principle which we would expect you to adopt in your own teaching. You will be supported to become familiar with self- and peer-assessment approaches and to make effective use of feedback on both academic and practice-based aspects of the course, to identify targets for your ongoing development and plan actions to address them. Engagement with published research is a fundamental aspect of the course and you will be supported in developing skills of critical analysis of the literature. Rigorous attention to referencing conventions is, therefore, essential and you will be required to adopt the Harvard system. You will be supported in developing your understanding of plagiarism and poor academic practice to ensure that your work meets the highest standards of ethics.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Teacher Training

Qualification requirements

Including grade B in A-level PE.

104 - 112 UCAS Tariff points

104 - 112 UCAS Tariff points - a sports related course is preferable.

Sports-based pathway preferable.

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in Mathematics and English We are happy to consider applicants with alternative qualifications and/or work experience. If you would like to check if your qualifications will be accepted please contact the Admissions Team.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 5.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Master of Physical Education (Secondary) (with QTS), MPhysEd, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Master of Physical Education (Secondary) (with QTS) MPhysEd

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
International £13200 year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Bedfordshire in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Bedfordshire in related subject specific rankings.


    • #36 
    • #47 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #70 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #34 
    • #301 
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

See all 14 university rankings of University of Bedfordshire

About University of Bedfordshire

The University of Bedfordshire is a publicly funded university located in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, England. One of the main campuses, in Luton, is home to the university’s Business, Media, Art & Design, Science, Computing, Law, Psychology, and Social Sciences schools. The Bedford campus is just a twenty minute walk from the town centre, and is home to the Primary Education, Secondary Education, Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, and Tourism schools.

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