Taught course

PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education

University of Wolverhampton · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You will have to possess a passion for physical activity and be able to work with all ranges of ability. In addition you will need: A good honours degree in Physical Education or a highly relevant Physical Education or sport based degree (content 50% or above) A good level of personal performance across the range and content of the National Curriculum Physical Education Programme of Study Teaching/coaching qualifications to support depth and breadth of National Curriculum activity areas You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this. GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics (level two numeracy or literacy are not equivalent).

As competition for places is very strong, increasing numbers of applicants are combining these minimum requirements with additional features such as: A high grade in a subject related course from the 14-19 curriculum (GCSE, A Level Physical Education, BTEC) Competency in ICT through formal qualifications or experience A first aid qualification Safeguarding children accreditation

Interview and Selection

Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination. The main purpose of the interview is to: give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it explore your subject strengths and areas for development assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English arrange a partnership school visit as necessary assess knowledge and understanding of National Curriculum for Physical Education in schools answer all of your questions

Months of entry


Course content

  • If you want to become a Physical Education teacher then this course will prepare you to work in schools and to deliver high quality lessons for all pupils. The aim of the physical education course is to develop thoughtful teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school by providing a balanced physical education programme. Completion of the course will award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.
  • You will learn to draw on the theoretical principles underpinning physical education, and how to use this knowledge in your teaching. You will contribute to the teaching of traditional activity areas of the wider range and content of the National Curriculum for Physical Education key stage 3 strategy as well as traditional examination PE courses within the 11-16 programme. We aim to provide a range of experiences, including post 16 teaching.
  • Typical modules may include:
    • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
    • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
    • Further development through planned classroom activities
    • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
    • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject
    • Generic pedagogical topics including PSHE

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

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