PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Physical Education (11-16 years)

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

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Key course details

Location Kendal, School Direct
Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Do you have a passion for physical education and sport? Why not put it to good use and inspire secondary school pupils to overcome a lack of fitness and improve their physical performance in fun and creative ways?

Couple your zest for sport with our highly-rated PGCE Secondary Education in PE and become a physical education teacher. You will learn the National Curriculum framework and explore a range of aesthetic, artistic, body management and body conditioning activities, as well as a diverse range of team and individual games to develop young people’s sporting techniques.

And, our tutors will support you to plan, resource and deliver engaging lessons to all secondary pupils, regardless of their age or ability.

Plus, our course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built in, so you can apply for a position as a secondary school teacher the minute you graduate.

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Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our PGCE Secondary Education: PE is based at Kirkbie Kendal School, Kendal, so you will get more than 50% of your teacher training in a school, giving you essential first-hand experience into teaching.

It also means that you will be able to get involved directly with sports teams, gaining a wealth of experience managing outdoor and indoor PE classes.

Our PGCE Secondary Education in PE falls in line with the Department for Education (DfE) guidelines, so you can expect to do a minimum of 120 days in schools giving you the essential hands-on experience you need for future employment.

But, you won’t be dropped in the deep end. You will start by working with individual groups of pupils in school and gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes to reach the required standard of professional practice.

  • £1000 cash payment and other benefits for September 2018 enrolments. Read more
  • Our excellent partnerships with schools in Lancashire and Cumbria enhance your placement and job prospects
  • A high number of our students get offered jobs from teaching placements
  • Experience three contrasting school placements where you can put the theory you learn in lectures and seminars into real-world practice, giving you valuable work experience
  • Our academic tutors have worked as secondary teachers and within education and know what it is like to be a professional teacher, so their first-hand experience will support your learning
  • Tutors are active researchers in education, so your learning will be up-to-date and fresh with the latest thinking, technologies and practices
  • A personal tutor will support you throughout your studies and your subject mentor will support your professional development at your placement
  • Easy access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment providing easy online access to course material, as well as our library, well stocked with education books and journals you need for research
  • Free use of classroom props and learning aids that you can use on placements to enhance your teaching
  • Become a highly-qualified subject-specialist
  • Use of our excellent campus sports facilities and access to new and modern social and study spaces, technology and facilities

Our Lancaster campus is also home to our Learning, Education and Development (LED) research centre, where our tutors are involved in leading and publishing high-quality educational research to inform educational practice and policy.

During the past 100 years, with our founding institutions St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, we’ve gained a great track record for inspiring and training teachers.

It doesn’t matter whether you have physical prowess or not, as long as you’re committed to becoming a great teacher, we welcome applications from potential students who want to enhance children’s fitness and learning.  

So, bring your passion for PE and let us help ignite your career inspiring young people, building their self-esteem and boosting their physical confidence and abilities.

Course locations

PGCE Secondary Education: PE is based at Kirkbie Kendal School in Kendal. Students on the core university PGCE will train together with Kirkbie Kendal School Direct students. Both routes are taught together in parallel, and have an identical training, teaching and assessment experience.

This course is also available through School Direct at a variety of schools in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

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Graduate destinations

With QTS built into the course, you'll be able to apply for a position as a secondary school PE teacher straight after graduation. You may also consider entering further and higher education establishments to lecture on PE and/or sports related courses. This sometimes requires the acquisition of a qualification at masters level.