Taught course

PGCE Secondary Physical Education

Newman University · Department of Teacher Training

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Entry requirements

All entrants must hold an Honours degree in a relevant subject (normally 50% subject content of an honours degree), or a recognised equivalent qualification. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application. For entry onto a teaching programme you will be required to pass the Skill tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to commencement of the course. Please visit the Department of Education (DfE) website for further information. Potential applicants would benefit from engaging in School Experience within a secondary mainstream setting, within their chosen subject specialism. Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) requirements for Initial Teacher Training by successfully completing an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring System (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

If you are passionate about Physical Education, this course will equip you with the skills to provide secondary school students with an understanding of the subject in both a practical and theoretical way. The course is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflective practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them. You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge of key issues surrounding the teaching P.E including the change in curriculum priorities and external influences. The use and application of different and appropriate teaching styles are addressed when looking at specific activities. In addition, the programme is designed to develop you as professional physical educators confident in challenging misconceptions and teaching with passion and authority.

This one-year course provides you with the comprehensive training needed to teach physical education. The PGCE in Secondary P.E is a 36 week, full-time course, designed to enable you to meet the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Fees and funding

UK students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    PGCE routes at Newman University provide two opportunities. A Postgraduate Certificate of Education which includes 60 credits at Masters level is initially followed by all students. A Professional Graduate Certificate of Education at Level 6 can be followed by applicants who demonstrate effective classroom practice but whose academic record is not suited to Masters level work.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Liz Plummer
+44 (0)121 476 1181 ext 2315