Taught course

Secondary Physical Education

University of Bedfordshire · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check You must possess a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in the subject for which you are applying to teach or a degree of which at least 50% is in that subject A levels in the subject and/or related subjects are desirable Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have IELTS with an average score of at least 6.0 All applicants should have recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK school in the phase for which they are applying All entrants must have passed the professional skills tests prior to entry

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of physical education, with the knowledge, skills and practical approaches to put innovative teaching approaches into practice - working both independently and collaboratively; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

Key features

The University's Bedford campus is home to one of the largest education providers in the UK. We have well-established links with more than 500 schools across the Eastern Region which means that we are constantly at the forefront of educational developments. The quality of our provision is based on a long and established history of teacher education.

During the course, you will examine the role of physical education in, and beyond, the National Curriculum. You will develop an understanding of physical education as a subject, how it relates to pupils in school and wider society, along with learning how to apply knowledge from your first degree to teach pupils.

You will attend subject-specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop awareness, and understanding, of general professional issues. You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective practitioner.

Areas of study include: practical areas, PE theory, planning and evaluation, teaching styles and strategies, differentiation, organisation, assessment and reporting.

You will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and up to 60 Masters level credits

Career opportunities

Local and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destinations surveys show that 90% of graduate teachers will have secured full-time teaching posts to begin in the year of graduation, with a further 9% working in part-time teaching positions.

The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development.

On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda and to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings..

Areas of study may include:

    • The Professional Teacher
    • The Reflective Teacher*
    • The Research Informed Teacher*
    • The Subject Specialist (Secondary PE)
  • *denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level

Information for international students

Students who do not have GCSE grade C in English need to have average score of 6.0 IELTS, including an individual score of at least 6.0 on each of the four areas.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0300 3300 073