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PGCE Secondary Education: Physical Education

University of Wolverhampton · Institute of Education

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Entry requirements

You will have to possess a real interest and aptitude for physical education and an ability to think creatively about presenting the subject to others. Candidates will be expected to teach physical education topics such as gymnastics, swimming and athletics. Above all, you will need a real commitment to the education of young people and a desire to inspire a generation. Also you will need:

  • To have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.
  • To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
  • Teaching/coaching qualifications to support depth and breadth of National Curriculum activity areas.
  • To have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach, which will include as a minimum both an interview and audit of your subject knowledge.
  • To have taken and passed the professional skills tests prior to entry.

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)
  • A first aid qualification
  • Safeguarding children accreditation
  • A good level of personal performance across the range and content of the National Curriculum Physical Education Programme of Study.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

The PGCE in Secondary Education is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.

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. We also want to inspire a generation to become physically literate and active by providing well prepared, high quality physical education experiences for all students. As a trainee you will learn how to teach physical education to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching physical education through a combination of university-led and school-led training.

Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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