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Secondary Physical Education PGCE

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Full time


9 months

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Physical Education Sports / Physical Education Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools Secondary Schools (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Keep young people active at school with our Physical Education PGCE. At Staffordshire University, we’ll help you become confident teaching children new sports and encouraging teamwork. You’ll get experience on placement and develop your expertise on campus.

As a teacher of physical education, it is your responsibility to differentiate lessons to cater for all ages and abilities utilising the national curriculum to inform your teaching and ensuring all students make progress.

The course has been designed to help you understand how to support students from KS3, KS4 and KS5. You’ll develop the skills needed to inspire the young people in your class to continue with physical activity long after they leave the school.

Personal tutors will be a large part of your support network and will provide both subject specific and course specific training. They are there for support and guidance and this will range from; top tips when teaching your first lesson to developing questioning techniques.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PGCE Secondary Physical Education.


Assessment for your PGCE involves portfolio work, assignments, and observed classroom practice. We’ll often ask you to reflect on approaches you’ve used in the classroom and their effectiveness.

You’ll also be regularly observed by your school-based mentor and university tutor. Working with your placement schools, we’ll identify areas of professional practice that you find challenging.


With a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you’ll be ready to teach physical education in secondary schools across England.

Most of our graduates secure their first teaching position while on the PGCE, with many of them securing roles within our partnership schools.

After you’ve completed this course, you can join our Masters in Education. Your PGCE gives you Masters credits which means you’ll be fast tracked and can complete this course by the end of your second year of teaching.


This module is an impact action research project where you will identify a particular aspect of inclusion and evaluate the impact policies and practices implemented by your current placement school. You will learn how to conduct educational research and look at a variety of different methods of communicating your action research. This will enable you to compile a formal report justifying proposed practice developments regarding a specific aspect of inclusive practice at your placement, empowering you to make critically informed recommendations for improvement.¿ In terms of developing your inclusive practice, specific topics to be covered include:¿ Behaviour Equality, Diversity and Inclusion During this module you will also learn and develop your understanding of the following: How to conduct a small-scale research project Use of technology to create digital posters Critical use of literature and research Data methodologies and ethical considerations (differences between quantitative and qualitative data, methods of collection and interpretation of different types of data).

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Entry requirements

For this course, you need an Honours Degree with a 2:2 classification in Physical Education or a related subject and a GCSE grade C/4 or above in both English Language and Mathematics, we also expect you to be confident in technology. If your degree is not related to Mathematics but you have maths qualifications at Level 3 (A Level) then a subject knowledge enhancement course may be suitable for you. To find out more about subject knowledge enhancement courses.