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PGCE Secondary Physical Education

Course Description

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. On the course you:
-Enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills.
-Learn how to teach PE.
-Learn about the wider role of teachers in school.
-Gain knowledge about schools and the education system.
-Apply your skills and knowledge on school placements.

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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-secondary-physical-education

School Direct

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. For more information visit: http://www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect

Course structure

Full time – 1 year. Starts September.

-Developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary physical education
-Learning and teaching in context in physical education
-Block placement 1
-Block placement 2

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.

Assessment: research projects, individual and group work, presentations and reports, preparing teaching materials and plans, teaching practice.

Other admission requirements

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in physical education or other educational activities If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/237

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page: http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/english-language-entry.html

*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Visit the PGCE Secondary Physical Education page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs. You must: hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of physical education or sports related studies; complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms; successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. See course description for further admission details.

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