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.
Although QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is not awarded until the completion of the course, you can apply for a position as a secondary school teacher during the year in readiness for taking up a teaching post the following September.
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Besides being able to apply for a position as a secondary school PE teacher, 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 Master’s level.
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PGCE Secondary Education: The core PE programme is based at Lancaster campus.
This course is also available through School Direct at a variety of schools in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Why Choose University of Cumbria
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.
You will have opportunities to get involved directly with sports teams, gaining a wealth of experience managing outdoor and indoor PE classes.
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.
- £1,000 cash payment and accommodation scholarship for UCLAN, Lancaster University, University of Salford and Queen Mary University of London graduates wanting to enrol on one of our campus-based teacher training programmes. More information here.
- 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 two 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
- 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.
You will develop the skills required to teach across the spectrum of activities in the National Curriculum for PE, acquiring the knowledge, skills, understanding and professional standards necessary to teach pupils within Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and beyond.
We build a strong foundation of experiential learning in the school environment, complemented by a comprehensive support system of mentoring and guidance.
You will experiment with a range of teaching styles and strategies, and while you may bring an expertise to one activity area, you'll learn to teach all six key activities with confidence. You will learn about the physical education curriculum, from the framework provided by the National Curriculum through to the individual lesson plans that teachers use to support learning in their classrooms.
Sessions in university support you in finding out how to use ICT effectively in your lessons, how to mark books and assess work, and how the new Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculum is structured.
- Learning Across and Beyond the Curriculum
- Investigating Learning
- Developing Learning
- Professional Skills
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
Please see the selection criteria section below.
- A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge.
If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.
- GCSE grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Preference will be given to those who hold these qualifications at the point of application.
- A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course.
- Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course
- Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement.
- Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.
- A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.
- Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level.
- At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.
- There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.
Making your application
DfE Find postgraduate teacher training https://www.gov.uk/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses and DfE Apply https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training provide all the information you need about applying for postgraduate teacher training courses in England. You will find information on universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to 3 course choices initially in Apply and may continue to select one course at a time in Apply Again if you are not successful in your initial choices, or wish to change them. You need to select the correct campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus.
Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
- A Ambleside
- B Brampton Road, Carlisle
- E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
- F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
- L Lancaster
- T University of Cumbria in London
- Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
- Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.Student Finance
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc.
Resources and facilities
Our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment and PebblePad webfolio provide easy online access to course information, course materials, relevant web links and an online discussion board. We have a well-stocked library and Learning Gateway for a flexible study pace, and you can also take advantage of Library and Student Services (LiSS), which provides learning resources, equipment, student advice, skills training and study space.
To enhance your physical learning, you'll have access to a modern sports hall, a specialist gymnastics floor area and full-sized, floodlit AstroTurf pitch.