Taught course

Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject (one in which at least 50% of the content is Physical Education/Sports Science) awarded by a UK higher education provider or a recognised equivalent qualification. A 2:2 will be considered with extensive school experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our PGCE Physical Education programme prepares you to teach the 11-18 age range and is offered as a full-time, one year programme. It provides practical professional preparation for teaching in secondary schools and is designed and delivered in partnership with schools in up to ten local authorities. The programme also offers 90 credits towards an MSc Education degree with a clear pathway to complete your master's within two years of teaching.

The PGCE represents both a standalone qualification and the first year (contributing half the credits) of an MSc Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This therefore provides an opportunity for you to gain a relevant master’s degree during your early teaching career.

On completion of the 36-week long PGCE Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status element of the MSc Education, successful graduates will be qualified to teach children aged 11-18. This course is taught through the outstanding School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.

Following the successful completion of a research methods course and a school-based research project, successful graduates will be qualified to master's level which, in addition to your Loughborough PGCE, will position you strongly in the broad field of physical education teaching.

We have a strong tradition of teacher education and a history of successfully producing outstanding teachers who are in great demand by schools and colleges in the UK and overseas.

You will have access to both the University’s outstanding sports facilities for the taught element of the course and a partnership of more than 40 schools in the region for the school-based element of the course.

The structure of the MSc in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Physical Education has been uniquely designed to allow you to gain QTS and complete your master's degree by the end of your second year of teaching, at the same time as keeping your first year of teaching (Newly Qualified Teacher year) free from any academic commitments.

The first year of the degree is the PGCE (90 credits), at the end of which if you are eligible and you decide to continue with your master's study, you can enrol onto the Research into Teaching and Learning module. This module is worth 30 credits and is completed prior to you starting the NQT year.

Following your NQT year, you will enrol onto the final module - the Teaching Physical Education Research Project. This is a distance learning module and involves one-to-one supervision with researchers of international renown. Importantly, this project module offers you the opportunity to continue your professional development by conducting research on a pedagogical innovation and development in the context of teaching physical education relevant to your work context. This module is worth 60 credits and completes the 180 credits required for the award of the MSc in Education with QTS Physical Education.

Who should study this programme?

These are some of the strengths and characteristics required to support you to pursue your teaching career:

  • Communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • A desire to bring out the best in people
  • Resilience, energy, stamina, and a willingness to shoulder responsibility
  • Flexibility and a willingness to adapt and get to grips with new developments
  • Self-awareness

How to apply

All applications for the PGCE programme should be made through UCAS.

If you wish to apply for the MSc Education, please click here.

Information for international students

See our website for information for international students.

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

Fees and funding

See our website for further information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Qualifications available: PGCE, MSc with QTS

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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