Taught course

PGCE Secondary - Physical Education

Institution
Durham University · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

At UCAS you can apply for this course using the following code: X9C6

  • The equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of sports or a similar subject. If your degree is from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
  • School, town, county, regional or national high level sports performance, preferably in morethan one sport
  • A demonstrable an interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
  • Have experience of working with young people in a 11 – 16 school setting and in a coaching setting
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
  • Pass the QTS Skills Tests by the first day of the course

Please note that you MUST also:

  • Be able to swim 400 METRES
  • Be able to participate and understand the rules governing track and field athletics
  • Be physically fit enough to participate in all subject knowledge and developmental activities sessions e.g. trampolining training.

You MUST include confirmation of the above on your application, personal statement and reference, or you will not be invited for interview.

We welcome applicants who have been pro-active in developing their subject knowledge in:

Games

Invasion, net/wall and striking & fielding for KS3

and KS4

Gymnastics

Floor, apparatus work, Trampolining

Dance

Contemporary, educational

OAA

Team Building Activities

Orienteering

Problem Solving

Athletics

Track & field

Please note that if you have played a sport to a high level you are advised not to concentrate on that sport in gaining National Governing Body or Initial Teacher Training qualifications.

Your professional and interpersonal qualities and your commitment to teaching will be considered when making an admissions decision. Candidates who meet the criteria, will be invited to a selection day. Selection days will involve individual interviews with a pre-prepared presentation element and tests to assess written English and other skills.

Successful candidates will receive an offer conditional upon successful medical and criminal record checks. The latter is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and full instructions on how to apply for a DBS Disclosure will be provided.

If you have a criminal record of any kind, you may contact the School of Education DBS Manager, Caroline Emery, for further advice and information. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.

We strongly encourage you to register for the DBS Update Service, which lets you take your certificate from one employer to another without having to apply for a new check. Please note, all DBS Enhanced Disclosures for our students must be processed by Durham University unless you have applied to the Update Service.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.

Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the course.

Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.

Integrated into the Course are university sessions, school experiences and OAA activities. An undoubted strength of the Course is the excellent partnership that exists between the university and schools. The course has been devised by the University Tutor and Physical Education specialists in local schools to prepare you to teach Physical Education to the full secondary age and ability range.

Whilst in University you will follow a structured PE programme which will involve sessions reflecting good practice. Sessions, therefore, feature discussion, collaborative work, experiential learning, the examination and analysis of materials but especially the active participation of members of the group. There will be an obvious focus on all PE activity areas (games, gymnastic activities, dance, athletic activities, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities) throughout the course.

The design of the PE course also takes into account the simultaneous delivery of the PI lectures programme. It therefore complements and reinforces the generic and subject specific principles, skills and techniques required of the competent teacher. Through critical reflection on current teaching practices, as well as your own teaching and research, you will be given the opportunity to develop into a more effective PE teacher, progressively improving the quality of your preparation and classroom practice, to become a physical educationalist for the future.

As part of your course, you will complete 3 Teaching placements (one of which you will arrange yourself) in a variety of local schools. This will comprise a minimum of 120 days to meet the minimum requirement for QTS.

Structure:

The course is organised as three modules:

  • Professional Issues in school based education
  • Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
  • Self-directed Study.

Fees and funding

UK students
9250
International students
19250

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Enquiries
Email
study@durham.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0)191 334 1000