Taught course

Physical Education PGCE

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree in a relevant subject (one in which a significant proportion of the content is Physical Education/Sports Science/Sport Pedagogy/Education related) awarded by a UK higher education provider or a recognised equivalent qualification.

GCSE grade 4 (C) or above Mathematics and English (or equivalents).

Please note: In accordance with the Department for Education ITT criteria for entry for initial teacher training, qualifications in key and functional skills at level 2 are not equivalent to GCSEs. We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs or candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Months of entry


Course content

Our PGCE Physical Education programme provides practical professional preparation for teaching the 11-18 age range and is designed and delivered in partnership with schools across a number of local authorities.

Loughborough University has a strong tradition of educating and developing teachers. We have been consistently rated as an outstanding teacher education provider by Ofsted and our graduates are in great demand by schools and colleges in the UK and internationally.

The PGCE Physical Education programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and competences required to meet the Teachers’ Standards and achieve Qualified Teacher Status by the end of their training.

More specifically, it aims to develop knowledgeable, confident and reflective secondary school subject-specialist teachers capable of making a positive difference to the education and lives of young people.

The programme is full-time and delivered over 36 weeks. Two thirds of your time will be spent in schools where you will be supported by expert teachers to apply your knowledge to practice and develop your teaching competences. This will include extended placements in two different secondary schools alongside additional school-based experiences.

For the rest of the time, you will work at Loughborough University with specialist academics, tutors and teachers. Here, you will cover essential general and subject-specific content, as well as critique relevant theory, research and practice, enabling you to link theory and practice.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme carries 90 credits towards our full MSc in Education degree (180 credits).

Our MSc in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status degree is offered on a part-time basis following the Postgraduate Certificate in Education year and provides another exciting professional development opportunity for early career teachers looking to further enhance their knowledge and future career prospects.

How to apply

All applications for the programme should be made through the Department of Education and not through the Loughborough University website.

Information for international students

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see our website for a list of master's degree funding and scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 222762