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PGCE Secondary Physical Education

Course Description

All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for updates.

Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of physical education activities.

An ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.

Excellent inter-personal skills.

An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenge of teaching in a Secondary school.

An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers.

Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to Equal Opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment.

Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges.

Rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, this course equips trainees with the skills and competencies to teach Physical Education at secondary level (11-18) with confidence. Training makes use of well-equipped facilities on campus and works in close partnership with local schools and colleges.

Trainees will study all aspects of Physical Education from a teaching perspective, including philosophy, class management and organisation, teaching styles, assessment for learning, short and medium term planning and the implementation of current initatives in PE in schools.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

This course will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints in Manchester. See http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields

You will enage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There will be a focus on:

Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
Working in multi-professional teams
Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
Learning and teaching strategies
Managing students' behaviour
Planning and evaluating students' learning
Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

It is expected that trainees will find employment in UK secondary schools, but career opportunities also exist in overseas schools and in organisations, such as the police, armed forces, leisure industry and sports governing bodies.

Trainees receive sustained support in their attempts to secure employment and many of our graduates now hold positions of responsibility in our partnership schools.

The Faculty of Education also offers a range of programmes to Masters level, including Education, Inclusive Education and SEN and Educational Leadership and Management. Our Education and Social Research Institute, ranked in the UK top 10, provides opportunities to study to PhD level.

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher, you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings and start to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community. Your placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, city academies, comprehensive and selective schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.

Special Features

. National reputation in secondary initial teacher education based on an effective partnership and wide range of specialisms 24 out of 36 weeks training spent on teaching practice placements in at least two schools
. Successful completion includes 60 Masters Level CAT points (one third of a Masters degree)
. Access to alumni support programme for NQTs

Visit the PGCE Secondary Physical Education page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally 2:1 or above, or equivalent which supports the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for physical education. Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school. GCSE English Language and Mathematics Grades C or above, at point of application. You will need to have appropriate experience in UK Secondary schools undertaken in the two years prior to admission. This should include involvement in the learning and teaching process with school students and work shadowing in order to understand the wider day-to-day role of the teacher.

Course Fees

UK and EU full-time students: £9,000 · Non-EU full-time international students: £12,500

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