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You will need:
- usually a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Physical Education related discipline with at least 70% of the content in Physical Education and significant experience working with children and young people.
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
- to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
- to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching
- A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
- Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview
- RPL is not accepted on this programme
- IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)
- If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event
Months of entry
This course aims to develop dynamic and inspiring teachers of Physical Education, equipped with the skills required to adapt teaching to the needs of today’s students. You will learn to become a reflective practitioner, with an ability to develop and teach an exciting and innovative Physical Education curriculum, appropriate for Secondary School students. As part of our enrichment offer, you will experience a number of alternate activities, which will engage both male and female students. In addition, we have developed strong links with the Duke of Edinburgh organisation and you will be offered the opportunity to gain a variety of qualifications which are viewed highly by school leaders. You can look forward to a programme which engages with partner schools and encourages staff to contribute their particular areas of strength. You may work with Special School Leaders, Disability Organisations, The Football Association or Assessment Officers to mention a few. This ensures we offer a current and relevant programme supported by partner schools.
During your training you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for Physical Education, emphasising the application of theory to practice. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences allow you to develop and share, with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will explore signature pedagogies such as questioning, demonstration and modelling for our subject. Sessions will help to deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Physical Education in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will explore the importance of your subject in the holistic development of young people and the appreciation of an active lifestyle to engender an ethos of ‘physical activity for life.’ A focus on the concept of physical literacy encourages you to be critical of what and how you teach, to ensure that students continue to be physically active after leaving school. These sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn in Physical Education.
The subject knowledge sessions focus on areas of weakness to help you gain knowledge and confidence to teach a range of activities across the curriculum. Audits to determine the exact content of the programme ensure that a course suitable for each year’s cohort can be delivered and that trainees thoroughly enjoy these ‘active sessions’. Misconceptions are addressed and trainees are encouraged to experiment with new and alternative pedagogies, to help them be confident to step out of their comfort zone and take risks.
Information for international students
Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Fees and funding
Please see the course page for more information.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time10 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090