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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Physical Education

Course Description

Physical Education is just as important as academic study. Through promoting positive attitudes to exercise and healthy lifestyles, you'll help children remain in top condition at school and throughout life. We offer everything you need to make it as a successful PE teacher, helping children improve their physical performance in fun and creative ways. If you have a genuine desire to teach, a commitment and enthusiasm for working with adolescents, and a love of physical education and school sport, we look forward to working with you.

You'll help contribute to the development of problem-solving skills and self-esteem in today's youth, enhancing their physical confidence and abilities. We believe that physical activity should be combined with the cognitive processes involved in making decisions and selecting, refining, evaluating and adapting skills and movements. If you share these values and beliefs, then take the first step towards a future as a successful PE teacher inspiring the athletes of tomorrow.

Course outline

You'll develop the skills required to teach across the spectrum of activities in the National Curriculum for PE, acquiring the knowledge, skills, understanding and professional standards necessary to teach pupils within Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and beyond. We build a strong foundation of experiential learning in the school environment, complemented by a comprehensive support system of mentoring and guidance.

You'll experiment with a range of teaching styles and strategies, and while you may bring an expertise to one activity area, you'll learn to teach all six key activities with confidence. You will learn about the physical education curriculum, from the framework provided by the National Curriculum through to the individual lesson plans that teachers use to support learning in their classrooms. Sessions in university support you in finding out how to use ICT effectively in your lessons, how to mark books and assess work, and how the new Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculum is structured.

Graduate destinations

With QTS built into the course, you'll be able to apply for a position as a secondary school PE teacher straight after graduation. You may also consider entering further and higher education establishments to lecture on PE and/or sports related courses. This sometimes requires the acquisition of a qualification at masters level.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Preference will be given to those who hold these qualifications at the point of application and all successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016.

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement. Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level.

We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Physical Education page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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