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Secondary Education Physical Education, PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • If you have a passion for physical education and want to teach in secondary schools, this PGCE is the choice for you
  • Our philosophy is to train PE teachers to develop children and young people holistically through the medium of physical activity
  • Your initial teacher education will take place in both school-based and university environments.



High-quality physical education (PE) in schools is vital in the development of physically literate people in modern society.

The quality of teacher training in secondary education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted's report for Initial Teacher Education in 2016. The report identified "trainees' and NQTs' breadth of subject knowledge and the ability to reflect on their teaching. This ensures that they clearly focus on promoting pupils' learning."

Our highly popular programme will provide you with essential, specialist training in the teaching of physical education. Our training will ensure you will become confident and competent practitioners in a secondary school setting. We aim to develop PE teachers who are able to work effectively across a range of pedagogical areas and practical activities.

Your training

We will provide you with essential skills and depth of understanding in this important area of education. Your training includes developing understanding of professional, statutory and regulatory requirements within the PE sector. Training will take place in two different secondary schools and in university environments.

At the university, we promote concepts such as equity and inclusivity of practice. We see these as being essential in nurturing the full potential of children and young people regardless of age, (dis)ability, gender or ethnic background. Such concepts, together with the notion of teaching children and young people holistically through the medium of physical activity, are important and progressive features of our programme.

Your studies

During your studies with us, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching profession in general and in relation to your subject specialism within the secondary school sector.

You will be supported in developing a range of transferable skills related to teaching, learning and assessment. Our expert lecturers will help you gain an understanding of inclusive learning environments that respond to the diverse needs of all pupils. You will also develop the ability to work with other adults in a variety of school settings.

By the end of your studies with us, you will become a confident, competent and effective teacher of physical education with the ability to reflect on both theory and practice.


  • 98% indicated that the programme prepared them for teaching learners across a range of abilities
  • 98% indicated that the programme helped them secure employment
  • 84% were employed within 6 months of completing the programme (SED, 2015-16).

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

In addition to completing and submitting an application through UCAS, candidates must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Pass Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

It is also recommended that applicants spend some time observing in a secondary school before interview.

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Extra information


Continuous assessment of classroom skills and teaching effectiveness builds towards a professional development portfolio. There are also written and practical assignments with opportunities for Master's-level credits in the postgraduate version.

Professional recognition

Graduates receive a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.


Graduates are equipped for careers working in secondary schools and other educational settings.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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