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Are you passionate about teaching Physical Education? Our PGCE programme is designed to prepare you for a successful career as a secondary school teacher, specializing in PE for ages 11-18. In partnership with local authorities, this one-year, full-time programme offers practical training and 90 credits towards an MSc Education degree. With two-thirds of the course spent gaining valuable teaching experience in secondary schools, you'll be supported by experienced teachers. Our School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, ranked 1st in the world for sports-related subjects, will equip you with a broad pedagogical knowledge base. Join us and embark on a rewarding journey in education.

About the course

Our PGCE Physical Education programme provides practical professional preparation for teaching the 11-18 age range and is designed and delivered in partnership with schools across a number of local authorities.

Loughborough University has a strong tradition of educating and developing teachers. We have been consistently rated as an outstanding teacher education provider by Ofsted and our graduates are in great demand by schools and colleges in the UK and internationally.

The PGCE Physical Education programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and competences required to meet the Teachers’ Standards and achieve Qualified Teacher Status by the end of their training.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:2 degree in a relevant subject (a significant proportion being Physical Education/Sports Science/Sport Pedagogy/Education related) from a UK higher education provider or recognised equivalent qualification.
GCSE grade 4 (C) or above Mathematics and English (or equivalents).
Note (see website): qualifications in key and functional skills at level 2 are not equivalent to GCSEs. We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs or candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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Where will I study?

Where is Loughborough University


Student Profiles


Choosing to study a master’s at Loughborough was an easy decision. As the number one university in the world for both academic sport and sports participation, I would highly recommend studying your Secondary PE PGCE here.

Sport has always been my passion and I was excited to study and teach it at a PGCE level. When I researched the course, lecturers, and opportunities offered here, I thought they looked incredible and far beyond any other university.

Being at Loughborough University has easily been the best 4 years of my life. The university is excellent at making learning relevant to students and providing practise opportunities due to the amazing facilities, top lectures, resources and placements available. I’ve developed my knowledge, learnt so much and had the best experiences on my course. It’s been amazing to meet so many people with similar interests.

Every lecturer at Loughborough is exceptionally knowledgeable and approachable, so all explanations are clear and questions comfortably answered. Lots of lecturers had released their own literature, completed research themselves or had several years first-hand experience in the field, which was extremely helpful and allowed me to utilise their knowledge and expertise.

I had an exceptional undergraduate experience at Loughborough and knew that the PGCE course here is famous for lecturer expertise and how it projects students in the future. I found the transition from UG to PG study comfortable and there was lots of support to help with areas I found tricky.

To help my transition into the PGCE course, I also worked a Saturday job at a local School to increase my confidence teaching and leading. It felt amazing to inspire students and watch their enjoyment grow for the sport – I even ended up winning the league with my team!


In addition to Loughborough’s fantastic reputation for the course I wanted to study, I had always wanted to study at the University after attending athletics events at the track as a child.

I chose to study a PGCE as I required a Postgraduate qualification to continue with my new career path of becoming a teacher.

I had a four-year gap between my UG and PG courses so I while initially found the transition back into education difficult, it ultimately very rewarding. The lecturers and facilities are incredible, and I’ve really enjoyed my year at Loughborough.

I attended several different schools as part of my placement training on the PGCE programme. I am really proud of the positive praise I received from both students and teachers at those schools and how I made a positive impact on the student’s education.

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