Postgraduate prospectus

Secondary Education Physical Education, PGCE

Interested in teaching sports? Want a rewarding career as a PE teacher? Begin your training at Greenwich with a PGCE in Physical Education at secondary level.

High-quality PE and sports are vital for keeping young people physically fit and able. Our popular course provides specialist training in teaching physical education and sports. We aim to develop PE teachers capable of working effectively across a range of teaching and practical activities in secondary school settings.

We provide you with essential knowledge and skills in this important area of education, such as the professional, statutory and regulatory requirements within the PE sector. Your training takes place in two different secondary schools and in university environments. By the end of your studies, you will be a confident, competent and effective teacher of physical education with the ability to reflect on both theory and practice.

This course is now closed for September 2022, but we are still accepting applications for September 2023.

Department

School of Education

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

Home fees

* 2023 starters pay the 2022/23 fees.

2022/23 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training in secondary education as 'Good' in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.
  • Graduates receive a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Our philosophy is to train PE teachers to develop children and young people holistically through the medium of physical activity.

Secondary Education Physical Education, PGCE


Want to find out what studying Secondary Education Physical Education at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Samuel Coombes.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our PGCE in Secondary Education Physical Education. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. 100% of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Got a question?

To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

Apply via DfE Apply.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Further information about entry

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

  • Attend a Selection Day
  • Pass Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2022/23. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2022/23 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Teaching

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes two contrasting school placements. There is also a residential trip near the start of the course.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 18-20. Lectures are normally attended by 100-110, and seminars/tutorials by 18-20.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and lesson planning. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including sports societies.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job.

Assessment

Continuous assessment of classroom skills and teaching effectiveness builds evidence towards meeting the Teachers' Standards. There are also written assignments with opportunities for Master's level credits in the postgraduate version.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, photocopying, travel as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes two contrasting school placements.

How long is my placement?

Placement A is from October to December and Placement B is from January to June.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

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

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.