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PGCE (PGCert) Secondary Education (Physical Education) with recommendation for QTS

Course Description

About the Course

Physical Education is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum from the ages of 5-16. As part of all children's education, Physical Education provides a crucial and exciting contribution to their education, development, competence and confidence in a range of physical activities both as part of the National Curriculum and throughout their life-course.

The Secondary Physical Education Courses at Brunel University London have a long standing national reputation for high quality Teacher Education.
The PGCE Secondary Physical Education course is very popular, drawing on outstanding expertise and experience in Education to build upon your commitment to the teaching profession and the subject area.
The course will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills, supporting you in becoming an outstanding teacher who will help young people to reach their full potential and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
The intensive programme combines courses in principles and methods of teaching with practical school-based teaching placements and students are assessed on both elements.


The course aims are to ensure that you are able to:

-Demonstrate an understanding of the vital role of the teacher and the school in ensuring excellence in the educational experiences of young people.
Undertake professional practice which enables you to evidence the Teachers’ Standards which facilitate the award of Qualified Teacher Status.
-Understand the relationships between Education, Physical Education and sport within current national and government frameworks, and critically reflect on the impact of these in the work of schools and the educational experiences of young people.
-Recognise the contribution that Physical Education as part of the whole school curriculum makes to the development of the individual learner and groups of learners.
-Think critically about what it means to be physically educated and how this informs curriculum planning and design within the subject area;
-Apply a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Physical Education National Curriculum to the planning of curriculum experiences for pupils in school.
-Demonstrate competence and confidence in your ability to teach across the contexts for pupil learning in the Physical Education National Curriculum range and content, applying principles of continuity and progression.
-Use subject knowledge and relevant course specifications to plan and deliver the 14-16 curriculum including examination and vocational courses.
-Demonstrate an understanding of the subject knowledge and specification requirements for the 16-19 curriculum.
-Utilise a range of teaching strategies to meet the identified learning needs of a wide range of pupils.
-Utilise a range of resources, including information and communication technology, to enhance pupil learning in Physical Education.
-Understand the importance of safe practice and safeguarding and apply these in working with young people both within and beyond lessons.
-Use a wide range of class management strategies to maximise pupil learning.
-Understand the principles of inclusion and apply these to ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils in the subject area.
-Understand national frameworks for assessment within the subject area and use these to support the recording and analysis of data, and the subsequent use of this to plan the next phase of learning.
-Raise the status of the subject area by demonstrating high standards of professionalism at all times.
-Understand the crucial role of professional learning for the teacher, the pupils and schools.


Please follow this link https://www.getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/

Course Content

This is a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) course, also known as Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert).

The course is organised in termly blocks which address both Education Studies and Physical Education Subject Studies, the understanding of which is developed as the year progresses.

Throughout the course, theory and practice are integrated in both the University and school contexts. The course is planned and delivered in partnership with Physical Education colleagues in local schools. The Teachers’ Standards are mapped to every aspect of course provision to facilitate the best possible opportunities to support the process of your professional learning.

In order to support your preparation for the course there are pre-course conditions set for every successful applicant to the course. This includes initial school experience tasks which require you to spend time in both primary and secondary schools.

School Experience
The course comprises three blocks of school experience, providing the opportunity to work in diverse and contrasting settings, to support you working towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards. School experience, organised in different ways, takes place in partnership schools selected for the quality of teaching and learning and the support offered to student teachers by experienced subject mentors.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirement

This course involves regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults. Where this is the case, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The application will incur a cost, subject to change, and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please email .

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course:

To read more about the Special Features of this course and Teaching and assesment, please follow this link http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgce-physical-education-secondary

Visit the PGCE (PGCert) Secondary Education (Physical Education) with recommendation for QTS page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK First or Second Class upper Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification (recognised by NARIC) is required in preparation for Masters level professional study.Applicants are also required to hold English, Maths grades A* to C or equivalent at GCSE level.In-house GCSE equivalency tests will be offered to applicants who have not studied through the UK education system. Applicants must meet the GCSE requirements at the point of application.In addition, applicants will need recent and relevant experience of state school education in England, either team teaching or observing with experienced teachers.

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time International students: £13,500 full-time

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