Taught course

Secondary Physical Education

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement is a relevant honours degree.Applicants normally need to have a degree classification of 2.2 or above. Relevant degrees could be from a wide range of subjects including; physical or outdoor education, dance, sports studies and sports science. In addition, you need GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. It is possible to take a test set by the institution if you have a GCSE Grade D or equivalent.

You are advised to gain relevant experience of schools, for example by observing PE lessons. You should bring to the course an enthusiasm for PE, and should have a desire to engage students and improve standards in the subject. You should be interested in working in urban schools with a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Life experiences and personal qualities also influence the selection of trainees for this course. We look for trainees with some experience of working with young people in the field of sport and physical activity.

Months of entry


Course content

This PGCE prepares you for teaching at Key Stage 3 and 4 (11-16 year olds) and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - you have the added benefit of studying in London with increased placement options and career choices when you graduate.

This full-time course prepares you for teaching Physical Education at Key Stage 3 and 4. The overriding objective is to support trainee teachers in working towards and attaining the standards necessary to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

By the end of the course you will have developed expert subject knowledge and an understanding of all aspects of Physical Education.

You will understand the new National Curriculum programmes of study and the Key Concepts that run through them. You will be aware of distinct teaching styles and be able to select an appropriate style for each teaching episode.

The course aims to train teachers committed to improving their own practice. We will work collaboratively to critically evaluate common practice to empower trainees combining the best practice from different approaches to the subject. We aim to support trainees in becoming teachers who consistently deliver high quality Physical Education, often in challenging schools.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202