This course prepares you for a career as a skilled primary teacher, specialising in physical education. You gain qualified teacher status in Key Stages 1 and 2, along with a PGCE qualification.
Your learning is based on an equal balance of physical education and the core aspects of the primary curriculum. You receive extensive training in English, maths, science and primary practice, alongside specialist PE teaching tuition and experience.
Key areas of study include • PE, primary teaching, learning and assessment • inclusion • English • mathematics • science • foundation subjects and religious education • researching primary education • personal and professional development • the role of the teacher.
During the course you develop your teaching skills and confidence during professional placements in at least two schools across the two key stages.
You also take part in a compulsory summer school, designed to enhance your teaching skills.
Throughout your studies you receive guidance and support from a team of lead practitioners and dedicated university and school-based tutors. You also benefit from the input of sporting National Governing Bodies.
If you have a 2.1 degree or above and complete this course, you may be eligible for a £4,000-9,000 teacher training bursary .
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.
The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools with professional and curriculum studies.
You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher. The second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.
The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.
Your academic work is assessed through coursework using a variety of assessment methods. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school-based mentors.
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This secondary teacher training course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach physical education (PE) in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.
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We help you to develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. While studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach PE. You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for personal development.
School placements are central to the course. You complete teaching placements in two 11–16 or 11–18 schools. This allows you to experience the progression from Key Stage 3 to 5. A university-trained mentor supports you when on placement. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.
We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area and many of our students are offered teaching jobs in their placement schools.
Your placements are complemented by university and academy-based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study, tutorials and assessment.
During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.
If you are studying for a PGCE you may be entitled to a tax-free bursary. For further information about financial support please see the funding pages on the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.
You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.
We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.
We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.