Physical Education (Secondary Teaching) - PGCE


Bangor University College of Human Sciences

Full time See Course PGCE 1 year full-time

About the course

On successful completion of the PGCE, Physical Education (PE) Associate Teachers (ATs) will have a secure understanding of the pedagogy of PE and how the subject contributes to the promotion of lifelong engagement in health enhancing physical activity.

“Physical Education is the planned, progressive learning that takes place in school curriculum timetabled time and which is delivered to all pupils. This involves both ‘learning to move’ (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and ‘moving to learn’ (e.g. learning through movement, a range of skills and understandings beyond physical activity, such as co-operating with others). The context for the learning is physical activity, with children experiencing a broad range of activities, including sport and dance.”

PE ATs will be encouraged

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At least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in an area related to subject of study.


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Emily Williams

I am from a small town and did not want to be overwhelmed by a large cite lifestyle so Bangor was the perfect choice for me. Bangor is a perfect in-between and the Psychology course is one of the best in the UK so I knew I would love it. The range of modules the course covers is wonderful and the fact you can specify within your third year really allowed me to find which areas of Psychology I enjoyed the most.

The people in and around Bangor are so welcoming and you really feel part of the community. Also the location! Walk or drive in any direction and you're guaranteed to find some spectacular scenery.

I loved Bangor so much I decided to stay and do my Masters here. As part of my current course (PGCE Primary) I have completed two 10 weeklong placements within primary schools near Bangor. This has given me the opportunity to develop my teaching abilities in a real life setting and use what I have learnt in lectures and apply this knowledge.


Elliot Ward

The scenery and setting in Bangor are second to none in my opinion. Being able to pop over to some of the amazing beaches on Anglesey is a huge plus. You always see people you know out and about which is nice! I’m vice-president of the ukulele society and also play an active role in the sailing club in addition to being part of the golf club as well. The atmosphere in all of these clubs is one of friendliness and I encourage anyone that comes to Bangor to join some societies! Life in Bangor is really laid back thanks to the amazing setting. There are loads of places to explore in the surrounding area and some incredible walks and views to be had!

Support is great here there is always someone you can email with any kind of problem. There are peer guides who will show you around the town, personal tutors who will know all about your course, not to mention the email buddy system. You never feel like you’re alone as there’s always someone you can get in contact with! You get plenty of opportunities at Bangor, by taking a module I managed to get a summer internship with the lecturer, which was extremely rewarding.

I've enjoyed conducting my own research the most. It was a significant challenge but I learnt a vast amount about the research process. Additionally I got to test real stroke patients which was a very rewarding experience. I think the opportunities such as summer internships and excellent modules Bangor has given me an edge over the other competition.



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