Moray House School of Education and Sport

Programme Structure

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Entry requirements / Programme structure

Course Description (2022-23)

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops.

Courses are assessed in a variety of ways to suit the learning outcomes and develop the professional skills required for the workplace. There is also an expectation that students will maintain a professional portfolio during all four years of the programme and engage in professional learning to address areas of development.

Programme Aims

Physical education aims to provide children and young people with learning experiences that enable them to gain the knowledge, motivation and competence to live a physically active life.

It enables them to develop physically, morally, intellectually and socially within an educational context where pupils are valued and cared for.

The role of physical education in primary and secondary schools

  • Physical Education forms part of the core curriculum and is also offered as national qualifications.
  • It offers a range of physical activities within, and beyond, the curriculum to engage children and young people in purposeful, worthwhile, enjoyable and enriching learning experiences.
  • It addresses a broad range of educational objectives through well planned and developmentally appropriate physical education programmes.


Programme Structure

Year 1

The focus is on pre-school and primary school contexts. This starting point is important because children’s early experiences in physical education set the foundation for their engagement with lifelong physical activity. Placements in year 1 are in a primary school.  

Year 2

The focus is extended into the early years of secondary school. Contemporary perspectives on holistic learning, and adolescent development, further extend student understanding of lifelong physical activity promotion. Placements in year 2 are in a secondary school.

Year 3

The focus is on wider educational issues, such as social justice, inclusion, and national qualifications. Placements in year 3 are in a secondary school.

Year 4

The focus is on the educational future(s) of physical education. It will develop the personal visions of students, including a practitioner enquiry into a selected topic, so they can productively shape the subject area in the future. Placements in year 4 are in a secondary school.

Professional Placement

Professional Placement courses comprise Practicum Strands that address classroom knowledge and skills; and experience of planning, managing, organising, assessing and evaluating pupil learning and taking on the role of a class teacher for increasing periods of time.

School-based learning takes place in placement schools. All Student teacher placements are allocated via the national Student Placement System (SPS) that is hosted and maintained by GTC Scotland. Student teachers are not permitted to arrange their own placements independently.  Placements in Scotland are matched via SPS using an automated process.  Schools, Local Authorities and Universities work together to complete this process successfully. 

More information about SPS and the allocations process

Moray House School of Education and Sport has established partnerships with six Local Authorities. Our Local Authority partners are City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian.   Whilst the majority of placements are usually located within the partnership authorities, students may be placed in independent schools and other local authorities across Scotland. You should not normally be required to travel more than 90 minutes each way for your School placement from your stated term time address.  This means that all student teachers at all ITE institutions must be prepared to travel up to 90 minutes to their placement school, although students will be placed closer wherever possible.    

Key local authorities

Place2Be partnership

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Teachers today are faced with a range of mental health needs in the classroom, and yet traditionally they receive very little training in this area, or support to cope with the emotional impact that the role may have on them. A unique strategic partnership between Moray House School of Education and Sport and children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, provides a unique resource to student teachers at Edinburgh. The approach is informed by Place2Be’s 25 years’ experience supporting the wellbeing of pupils, families and school staff in schools.

Building on a successful two-year pilot – this partnership continues to increase knowledge, understanding and skills around children’s mental health for student teachers and the initial teacher education programmes across Moray House as a whole. As a core element of the partnership, our dedicated Place2Be clinician will provide direct support for student teachers, via a reflective space known as ‘Place2Think’. These sessions aim to build emotional resilience and to promote the need for teacher self-care.

Through this unique partnership, we will equip teachers with the skills they need for a rewarding career and to produce mentally healthy classrooms benefitting everyone’s mental health.

Place2Be at Moray House

Kathleen Forbes

Place2Be Clinician

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport

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