PGCE Secondary Physical Education

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“I chose UEA for my physical education PGCE because of the outstanding reputation it holds nationally for teacher training.”

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Stimulating young minds and watching pupils grow in confidence and achieve their full potential – that’s what secondary education is all about.

Our PGCE Master’s programme closely interweaves school and university-based training. Over 38 weeks, you’ll spend at least 120 days (minimum 24 weeks) on school placement and 60 study days in structured learning at UEA.

Our course will provide you with the opportunity to research and evaluate the latest thinking in good teaching practice, helping you understand the ways pupils learn. It will enable you to develop your own strategies to make teaching physical education a satisfying, engaging, and fun experience.

You’ll graduate ready to teach high quality, fully inclusive physical education. And you’ll be able to give your pupils the skills and confidence to take part in physical activity both in and out of school.

Overview

Our one-year, full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Physical Education programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach physical education to pupils aged between 11 and 16 - plus the option of additional experience of A-Level physical education teaching. Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.

You’ll spend your time on the course exploring the pedagogy of teaching the full range of national curriculum activity areas for physical education. You’ll get to grips with the range of physical education qualifications available, and you’ll learn to prepare pupils for GCSE and A-level physical education, as well as vocational qualifications such as leadership awards in the physical education curriculum.

As part of our programme you’ll also have the opportunity to take both the British Gymnastics Secondary Teachers Award and the Rugby Football Union’s 'Rugby Union in Secondary Schools' course. We also offer a range of subject knowledge enhancement opportunities with options to gain national qualifications, including:

  • Lawn Tennis Association Secondary Teacher’s Award
  • Badminton England Secondary Teacher’s Award
  • Rounders England Teacher’s Award
  • British Gymnastics Trampolining Teacher’s Award
  • England Basketball Teacher’s Award
  • England Basketball Level 1 Refereeing and Level 1 Table Officiating
  • England Handball Secondary Teacher’s Award

Secondary schools are demanding but tremendously rewarding environments to work in. You’ll be teaching pupils as they mature from early adolescence to adulthood. And our programme will teach you how to make an effective contribution to the work of the school beyond PE.

Course Structure

UEA’s PGCE programme combines university-based learning on our Norwich campus with teaching placements at our partner schools across East Anglia.

During your placements you will work at two different schools, so you’ll gain a broad range of experience and insight into different types of schools.

Your university-based training will include seminars, lectures and practical workshops. You’ll discuss and reflect on your school experiences with your fellow students, while learning more about the theory and practice of teaching.

The physical education course will explore teaching and learning pedagogy across the range of national curriculum activity areas, including athletics, dance, gymnastics, games, swimming, and outdoor and adventurous activities.

You’ll spend time focusing on pupil assessment and progression, then put this into practice by planning and identifying strategies to encourage positive pupil participation and achievement. You’ll learn how to promote equal opportunity, understand special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and how to address controversial issues.

Teaching and Learning

We take a collaborative approach to your learning, and place an emphasis on ongoing reflection, and taking every opportunity to put the theory into practice. You will work closely with both your UEA tutors and your assigned mentors at your placement schools.

In line with the professional expectations associated with a PGCE course, you will wear the UEA physical education kit whenever you are training at the university or at your placement schools.

Studying for this professional qualification comes with independent study requirements, both while you’re at UEA and also while on school placement.

You will be expected to prepare for curriculum and professional development sessions. You’ll also study independently throughout the course, researching and writing your Master’s-level assignments.

You’ll also be required to carry out an ‘audit’ of your own subject knowledge, as you work to become familiar with the breadth of national curriculum content.

Assessment

You’ll complete assignments that are designed to prepare you to be an effective teacher. These relate directly to your professional knowledge and understanding, as well as your teaching experience on your school placements.

Throughout your time in schools you’ll benefit from regular observations of your teaching along with a professional dialogue to ensure you’re always learning and developing. Our helpful guidance and constructive feedback will help strengthen the quality of your teaching and improve your pupils’ learning.

All your assessments will be moderated by external examiners from other universities and you will be assed against both the Teachers’ Standards and Master’s-level criteria.

After the course

Our graduates go on to have great success in their careers. Alongside your PGCE, you’ll gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.

Career opportunities for qualified teachers are more diverse than ever before. Within a few years of joining the profession you could find yourself being promoted into a role with subject leadership and pastoral responsibilities, and progressing into senior leadership roles after experience of middle management.

We are committed to supporting you beyond your training year and work closely with schools and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction bodies to identify and provide support during your NQT year.

Career destinations

  • Teacher
  • Deputy head teacher
  • Head teacher
  • Management
  • Tutor
  • Communications

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9

PGCE Secondary Course: Teaching Physical Education

Competition for places on the course is tough. We are looking for high quality applicants with a good honours degree (minimum 2:1) in physical education, sports science or sports studies related degrees, which should include some modules based on education, pedagogy or coaching. You must also be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the National Curriculum  for physical education. You should have sporting knowledge, expertise and personal competence across a range of the main activities in the physical education curriculum. You can show this through personal performance at a high level, a portfolio of National Governing Body Awards or through time spent volunteering or working in a secondary physical education department. You will also need a valid lifesaving qualification prior to embarking on the PGCE programme.

Your passion should be to inspire young people, not just to do well at school, but to keep engaged in physical activity for the rest of their lives.

Your study on the programme will combine practice and theory in curriculum and professional development sessions. You will work closely with UEA tutors and mentors in your placement schools.

You will graduate as a confident, reflective teacher of high-quality physical education. Your time on the course will be devoted to exploring the pedagogy of teaching the full range of activity areas that form the National Curriculum for physical education. Your understanding of the many different qualifications available to pupils will keep growing throughout the course. You will learn to guide pupils through GCSE, A level Physical Education and vocational qualifications, including leadership awards in the physical education curriculum. When you're finished, you will enter the workforce ready to teach high quality, inclusive physical education. You will give pupils the skills and confidence to take part in physical activity both in and out of school.

A distinctive feature of the course is the inclusion of the British Gymnastics Secondary Teachers Award and the Rugby Football Union Rugby in Secondary Schools course. In addition, you can take advantage of our subject enhancement opportunities. You’ll have the chance to strengthen your subject knowledge and Curriculum Vitae through national qualifications in the following activities:

  • Lawn Tennis Association Secondary Teachers Award
  • Badminton England Secondary Teachers Award
  • Rounders England Teachers Award
  • British Gymnastics Trampolining Teachers Award
  • England Basketball Teachers Award
  • England Basketball Level 1 Refereeing and Level 1 Table Officiating
  • England Handball Secondary Teachers Award.

In line with the professional expectations associated with the PGCE course, you will wear the UEA physical education kit whenever you’re training at the University, and in your placement school.

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Physical Education or a related subject.
  • Degree Classification 2:1 or above.
  • Special Entry Requirements Please see below.

Entry Requirement

Degree requirements

Applicants are required to have achieved a degree or its equivalent* by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September in physical education, sports science or sports studies. As a general guideline, approximately 50 per cent of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach.

GCSE requirements

Before making your application you must have a GCSE pass at Grade C or its equivalent* in English Language and in Mathematics.

*Please note: It is up to the discretion of the individual Initial Teacher Training provider as to whether an appropriate level has been satisfactorily achieved. We therefore strongly urge candidates with equivalent qualifications to check with us that these are acceptable before making their application.

Pre-Application classroom experience

From February 2018, applicants are not required to have gained any prior experience within a school. 

Although not a requirement, time spent in a school could help you to gain valuable insight into the role of a teacher, how teaching and learning takes place within the classroom, and help you to decide whether teaching is the right profession for you. It is recommended, that where possible, you gain some school experience prior to application.

It would be most useful if experience could be gained across the Secondary age range in your chosen subject area.

If you are able to gain classroom experience prior to submitting your application there are a number of ways in which this can be achieved:

Contact Your Local School
Try contacting local schools where you live to see if you are able to arrange a time to observe some lessons, or register with the DfE School Experience Programme to help book school experience through their online portal.

University Career Schemes
Candidates who are currently studying at University may be able to participate in Teaching Schemes organised by the University. UEA offers two such schemes for those looking to teach at Secondary level. Discover Teaching aims to offer support to local schools.  Please contact discover.teaching@uea.ac.uk for further information.

UEA also offers Student Mentoring through the Student Ambassador Scheme, which aims to contribute towards raising the aspirations of year 9 school students, particularly those from backgrounds with no family history of further or higher education. Mentors provide students with academic and personal development support through mentoring sessions, educational activities and visits to UEA. Please contact outreach@uea.ac.uk for further information.

Knowledge of the National Curriculum, key contacts and useful links

Applications are considered on an individual basis and being able to demonstrate a strong level of knowledge about the National Curriculum and current issues affecting teaching is advantageous. These educational links will provide you with some useful points of contact to help to get you started.

Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

Disclosure of Criminal Background for Those with Access to Children
All applicants for the PGCE course will be required to obtain an EnhancedCriminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The enhanced disclosure will be used to assess suitability for the programme and information provided may be discussed with the external members of the School's Safeguarding Sub-Committees. Candidates are responsible for payment of the DBS fee. General information about this process can be obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service Website.

Satisfactory Health Check

You will need to demonstrate your fitness to teach by completing an Occupational Health Questionnaire Form.  You will need to return it to the Occupational Health Service at UEA. This will give us information about any special needs you may have, and enable us to assess whether the University and placement areas will be able to provide support. It is therefore, in your interest to provide full answers to the questions.

Students for whom English is a Foreign Language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. Other tests such as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

PGCE Admissions Team
Email: edu.pgce.admiss@uea.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 592855

Skills tests

All candidates starting the PGCE are required to pass the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process before starting the course.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Fees for the PGCE programme will be £9,250 for Home/EU students and £19,000 for International students for entry in September 2018.

Maintenance grants (UK Students Only)

If you are normally resident in England you may be entitled to receive a Maintenance Grant. All candidates from the UK should contact Student Finance England or tel: 0845 300 5090 for full information on Maintenance Grants.

Training incentives

Please contact the Department of Education website for further details.

Living expenses

Approximately £9,135 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

How to Apply

Making your application

Candidates are required to apply via the UCAS Teacher Training (UCAS). This is the central "clearing house" which deals with all applications for PGCE courses across the country. There is no specified deadline for any of our teacher training courses. However, all candidates are advised to apply as early as possible in the application cycle.

Referees

You are advised to ensure that your referees are available to submit their references immediately upon request (usually electronically via UCAS Teacher Training). Your chosen institution will not receive your application until both referees has submitted their references. Please see the UCAS Teacher Training Referee Guidance for information on selection. NB: Candidates are required to supply an academic referee as their first reference if they have completed their studies in the last 5 years.

Preparing your application

Candidates are encouraged to prepare thoroughly. Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with our PGCE Teacher Training Prospectus and the information available from the Department for Education and related educational establishments. These sources will help you to gain knowledge of the current issues facing teaching, specifically in the subject area for which you are applying. During interview you will be expected to be able to answer questions about these issues, and what has prompted your desire to choose teaching as a career.

Candidates are normally chosen on the basis of their application form, references and an interview.

Equal opportunities

The University of East Anglia operates an equal opportunities admissions policy. We aim to ensure that no applicant receives less favourable consideration on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin or religious belief. More on equal opportunities...

See also: UEA PGCE Equal Opportunities Document

Students with a Disability (including Dyslexia)
The University welcomes students with disabilities and is working towards the provision of an inclusive environment for all its students, staff and visitors. More on disability support.

Further information

To request further information and to be kept up to date with news and events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

PGCE Admissions Office
Email: edu.pgce.admiss@uea.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 592855

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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