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PGCE Secondary Education - Physical Education

PGCE Secondary Education - Physical Education

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Sports / Physical Education Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This course is open to trainee teachers who wish to qualify to teach Physical Education at Key Stages 3 and 4. The course is run both in the University and in conjunction with local partnership schools. The course incorporates periods of university-based and school-based work. The balance between school and university enables you to develop your subject knowledge whilst developing the skills required to play an effective role in the work of a school or college department.

This is achieved by a range of approaches that include practical workshops, seminars, lectures and demonstrations, fieldwork and micro-teaching activities, independent and group research and through reading and writing activities. Recent trends in teaching and learning approaches are emphasised including the application of information technology, and you will participate in the design of fieldwork, project work and assessment. We believe that this is best done by working from your own subject knowledge and skills while also having the ability to teach material from the sciences which lie beyond your specialism.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A degree awarded by a British university or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, plus O level or GCSE at grades A*–C (or equivalent) in English language, and mathematics (for both Primary and Secondary) and in science, preferably a double or triple award, for Primary only. Experience of working with children in a paid or voluntary role and experience in primary or secondary classrooms required. For both Primary and Secondary pathways, you must have passed the government’s Professional Skills Tests before commencing the course: An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check required.

University information

The University of Southampton is spread across five campuses in the city, and is the largest university in the South East of England. There is also an additional site in Winchester, and another in Malaysia. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University was also awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework...more