Taught course

Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

An honours degree 2:1 or above (a 2:2 will be considered with extensive school experience), awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status 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 10 Local Authorities.

The PGCE represents both a standalone qualification and the first year (contributing half the credits) of an MSc in 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 in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status element of the MSc in 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 masters’ level which, in addition to their Loughborough PGCE, will position them strongly in the broad field of physical education teacher.

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 masters 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 masters study you can enroll onto the Research into Teaching and Learning module. This module is worth 30 credits and is completed prior to you starting their NQT year.

Following your NQT year you will enroll 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    MSc with QTS, PGCE.

Course contact details

PG Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 222762