Entry requirements

2:1 degree or above, awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification. More information about entry requirements can be found on the Teacher Education website.

Months of entry


Course content

We have a strong tradition of teacher education and a history of successfully producing teachers who are in great demand by schools and colleges in the UK and overseas. Loughborough University was recently ranked 2nd (out of all university-led teacher training providers in the UK) in The Good Teaching Training Guide.

We train secondary school teachers in Physical Education. The PGCE prepares students to teach the 11-18 age range and is offered as a full-time one year course. It provides practical professional preparation for teaching in secondary schools, and is designed and delivered in partnership with schools in up to 10 Local Authorities.

The PGCE represents the first year, and contributes to a half of an MSc in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), providing an opportunity for students to gain a relevant masters degree during your early teaching career.

Students have the opportunity to be taught and supervised by staff whose teaching and research excellence has been formally acknowledged as of national and international renown and to be at the cutting edge of educational innovation. Many of the staff who teach on the modules have written key text books in their area of expertise.

Programme modules
To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, students must obtain 90 credits from the following three core modules (generic and subject-specific professional studies), in addition to satisfactory completion of ‘Practical Teaching 1 and 2’ modules (in their specialist subject).

General Professional Studies 30

Professional Studies (Physical Education) 1 30

Professional Studies (Physical Education) 2 30

Practical Teaching (Physical Education) 1

Practical Teaching (Physical Education) 2

Research into Teaching and Learning 30

To be eligible for the award of the MSc in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), students must obtain a further 60 credits from the following modules:

Teaching Physical Education Research Project 60

Students wishing to gain their master’s degree after the PGCE will study a 30 credit module in Research into Teaching and Learning, block-taught over one week immediately after the PGCE, plus a 60 credit project module (via distance learning) usually in their second year of teaching.

Fees and funding

Please refer to the Teacher Education website for up-to-date financial information relating to training bursaries, tuition fees, grants, loans, and hardship funds.

Qualification and course duration

MSc with QTS /PGCE

full time
12 + 12 months

Course contact details

Fiona McLaughlin
+44 (0)1509 222762