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PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with Computer Science

PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education with Computer Science

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1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Physical Education Teaching (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools Secondary Schools (General) Computer Science

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course?

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

The PGCE in Secondary Education is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.

The aim of the Physical Education with Computer Science course is to develop thoughtful teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school by providing a balanced physical education programme. We also want to inspire a generation to become physically literate and active by providing well prepared, high quality physical education experiences for all students. In addition to this, you will also be able to effectively teach the Computer Science curriculum as a second subject. As a trainee you will learn how to teach Physical Education and Computer Science to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements.

Career Paths

The PGCE in Secondary Education leads to recommendation for QTS, and enables you to take up a qualified teaching post in a secondary school.

In secondary schools you could be considered for a Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR), which may comprise any of the following:

  • Leading a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • Leading the achievement of a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • Leading a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)

Later, you could progress to a senior leadership position such as a deputy or assistant head and head teacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the leadership and management of a school and the education its students receive.


The purpose of this module is to enable you to enhance your specialist skills as a teacher of your subject. You will undertake a critical analysis of one aspect of subject pedagogy, then developing your creativity in planning, teaching and assessment of learning activities associated with this aspect. This will require you to undertake a classroom based investigation into the teaching of your subject and apply theoretical ideas in the classroom, and review evidence of your impact on pupils? progress within this one aspect of your subject. Although a significant proportion of the teaching associated with this module will be delivered through university-based sessions, the research will be undertaken during your school placement, supported by school-based subject tutors and professional tutors.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You will have to possess a real interest and aptitude for Physical Education and Computer Science and an ability to think creatively about presenting the subject to others. Candidates will be expected to teach physical education topics such as gymnastics, swimming and athletics. You will also be expected to have good curricular knowledge of Computer Science. Above all, you will need a real commitment to the education of young people and a desire to inspire a generation. Also you will need: To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. For example Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of science (BSc) etc. or similar . They are sometimes known as 'undergraduate' or 'first' degrees. To have achieved a standard equivalent to Level three qualification in Computer Science (If you require confirmation or clarification regarding your level three qualification. To have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics. To have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach, which will include as a minimum both an interview and audit of your subject knowledge.

University information

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on being a career-focused university, with extensive business links across a wide range of industries. It has a 98% employability rating for its postgraduate students and offers over 150 postgraduate qualifications. Located in the heart of England, Wolverhampton is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, less than 20 minutes to Birmingham with London, Manchester and Liverpool in easy reach on the...more