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The aim of the course is to prepare students for teaching in a variety of present-day school situations. Emphasis is placed on developing teaching competences in the full range of National Curriculum requirements for Physical Education and Health Education. Read more
The aim of the course is to prepare students for teaching in a variety of present-day school situations.

Emphasis is placed on developing teaching competences in the full range of National Curriculum requirements for Physical Education and Health Education. The main elements of the Physical Education course are based on

outdoor activities.

In Health Education the elements are

substance use and misuse;
sex education;
family-life education;
health-related exercise;
food and nutrition;
personal hygiene;
the environmental and psychological aspects of health education.

The Physical Education course also includes extra-curricular activities, safe practice, and first aid.

All applicants must have at least three coaching qualifications in the specific areas of activity in National Curriculum Physical Education, i.e., hockey, netball, rugby, soccer, gymnastics, dance, swimming, tennis, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities, basketball, and cricket.

The course also involves professional studies through which students will gain an understanding of whole-school issues, counselling, personal and social education, and school experience.

The Physical Education/Health Education course is open to students holding a degree containing a physical education element of not less than 50%.

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This course prepares graduates to teach in secondary schools. As well as gaining a PGCE, students are assessed against the national standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Read more

Course in brief

This course prepares graduates to teach in secondary schools. As well as gaining a PGCE, students are assessed against the national standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Physical Education covers the six National Curriculum study areas of athletic activities, dance, games, gymnastic activities, outdoor and adventure activities, and swimming. The course also includes health-related exercise and the teaching of accredited courses in physical education which both constitute part of the repertoire of skills that the contemporary physical education teacher must possess.

The opportunity to undertake masters level study within the course facilitates progression to an MA Education award after completion of the PGCE.

Course structure

The course comprises four strands: subject study/subject education, education studies, placements and professional development
The subject study/subject education strand builds upon existing subject expertise and provides students with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the specialist subject in the secondary school context, allowing them to formulate their own rationale for teaching. Students consider pedagogical issues within curriculum development, and the learning and teaching strategies pertinent to the specialist subject, regularly reflecting upon, analysing, recording and evaluating their own learning experience. Students have the opportunity to develop a creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation within their specialism, and the capacity to improve practice.
The Education Studies strand is common to all subject routes of the course and takes place both at the university and while on placement as a means of enabling students to develop practical competences supported by relevant, analytical skills.
Teaching under supervision, on placement, occupies approximately two-thirds of the course. The university works in partnership with schools and colleges to provide a high quality programme of support ensuring a sound relationship between theory and practice. There are two placements in two different schools/colleges with the opportunity to visit further schools/colleges as part of the 'Peer Observation' programme.

Professional Development is linked explicitly to all strands of the course and is designed to enable students to evaluate critically and reflect upon their learning in order to make improvements. Students are expected to gather and justify evidence of their achievements on a regular basis and, in the light of this, develop and implement improvement plans.
Career prospects are excellent: most gain their first teaching posts in secondary schools as soon as they qualify.

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On this course you have the opportunity to take part in a number of activities to help in your development as a Physical Education teacher.
This reflects the nature of the role of the contemporary teacher of physical education and prepares you to teach a more reflective curriculum based on individual needs and pupil activity choices in schools. These activities include:

Inclusive festivals:
As part of your induction programme you prepare a series of activities for pupils with moderate, profound and multiple learning difficulties. Activities will include Boccia, New Age Kurling, Goalball, Parachute games and dance.
Gifted and talented days:
You will organise gifted and talented days for school pupils. You help pupils to identify and solve problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature. This includes activities in which success is judged on how efficiently and safely challenges are overcome.

Outdoor adventure days:
You will facilitate a day of onsite outdoor and adventurous activities for pupils. You learn how to teach realistic and achievable onsite outdoor and adventurous activities to secondary school pupils without the need to take pupils offsite or use specialist equipment and facilities.

Active student volunteer programmes:
With the Active Student volunteer programme you provide out-of-school-hours activities for local primary school pupils. The activities include swimming, lifestyle activities, trampolining and gymnastics.

Orienteering festivals
As part of the Outdoor Education module you will arrange and manage an orienteering festival for pupils in a local park. You learn how to facilitate and manage a large sporting event whilst at the same time gaining important professional experience of teaching orienteering skills and techniques to pupils.

Team building days:
You will organise team building days for school pupils. Pupils will take part in a series of physical challenges and activities that promote communication skills, problem-solving and decision-making through trust games, orienteering, and team building.

Alternative activities:
On alternative activities days you teach secondary school pupils a variety of alternative activities including Kinball, Street Surfing, Rockitball, Goalball, and teaching and learning using the Nintendo Wii.

Physical Education interview days
Potential students who would like to teach Physical Education in Secondary Schools will be invited for an interview before an offer is made. The interview will have both a practical and formal element.

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As a secondary school teacher in Physical Education, you’ll face heavy demands on your mind, body and time. Read more
As a secondary school teacher in Physical Education, you’ll face heavy demands on your mind, body and time. This programme is carefully designed to prepare you fully for the physical and mental challenges you will face, giving you the skills and stamina necessary to become an assured and high quality teacher of this subject.

You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, which immerses you in the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies. The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further deepen your own subject knowledge.

If you have a degree in or featuring Physical Education, want to inspire a love of sport in secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16 and are passionate about boosting their physical and mental abilities, this is the programme for you.

What will I study?

You’ll start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:

- Knowledge of essential educational theory.
- Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including theoretical and physical challenges and games.
- Strategies to develop trainees’ abilities in a wide range of sports, including dance, gymnastics, athletics, swimming and various outdoor and adventurous activities.
- Understanding of the curriculum.
- Ability to plan lessons effectively.
- Good working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools.
- Greater subject knowledge and professional and academic skills.
- Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.

You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools, colleges and other settings, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

You will also have the chance to develop your physical abilities and build strong support networks with your fellow trainees on a residential visit to a specialist outdoor pursuits centre as part of the course.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of PE.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a dedicated team of knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and supportive tutors who have the welfare of their trainees as a number one priority.

All of the tutors on the programme are experienced teachers of Physical Education who will model good practice and encourage you to develop your own teaching style.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS status and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Physical Education.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.

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