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The University of Wolverhampton

PGCESecondary Education Physical Education

Why choose this course?

If you have a passion for learning and sport this course will support you becoming a Physical Education teacher.

The aim of the Physical Education course is to develop thoughtful teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school by providing a balanced Physical Education programme. Inspiring a generation to become physical literate and active, by providing well prepared high quality Physical Education experiences for all students.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase.

    You will learn to draw on the theoretical principles underpinning Physical Education, and how to use this knowledge in your teaching to ensure student progress. You will contribute to the teaching of the National Curriculum for Physical Education key stage 3 and 4, as well as traditional examination PE courses within the 11-18 programme.

    All course modules provide examples of good practice in learning and teaching, embedding a variety of teaching and learning methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will reflect upon these methods as you develop your own teaching repertoire and assess the impact on student progress - you will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development.

    Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced subject mentors.

    You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, school-based projects and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills via mentor and tutor observation.

    PGCE: programme structure

    Starting in September and ending in June the full-time route is the quickest and most condensed way for trainees to qualify and obtain QTS.24 weeks of the PGCE course (total of 36) will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms.

    The course comprises of a two day professional placement in mixed subject groups, two extended school placements in your subject specialism and two periods of University-based teaching – September to October; January to February. The programme also includes a Primary school placement and post 16 enhancement. Furthermore additional opportunities for a range of enhancements are offered (for example coaching awards, experience of special educational needs and teaching pupils with English as an additional language).

    We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools. The University based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.

    Typical modules may include:

      • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
      • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
      • Further development through planned classroom activities
      • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
      • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject
      • Generic pedagogical topics including PSHE

Why Wolverhampton?

  • One of Britain's largest and most established providers of teacher education. A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment

  • Modern sports facilities (find out more)

  • Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.

  • Access to regular Professional Skills Test Support.

  • State of the art education and teaching building, with teaching rooms fitted with interactive whiteboards, two lecture theatres as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.

What our students think

Matt - PGCE PE graduate

Matt Winzor

Following on from his PGCE with us (during which he had to cope with a severe injury to his knee), Matthew began work as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at Deansfield Community School in Wolverhampton. In his NQT year, Matthew won a national award for being an 'Inspirational Educator' from the Company of Educators Charitable Trust.

Matthew has been instrumental in developing interest and participation in rugby at the school, including running after-school clubs for the sport. He has also promoted sports such as volleyball, fitness and cricket which had either not been played for a while, or not at all. Due to his commitment to out of school hours work, the school currently has between 50 and 70 boys per week attending sports clubs, playing fixtures and going on sports related trips.

Career path

The PGCE Secondary School Teaching course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary education.

In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:

o a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum

o a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator

o a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (ie personal guidance)

Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a Deputy or Assistant Head and, of course, Headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive

Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase with primary and post-16 enhancement.
  • If successful, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which represents 60 Masters-level credits.
  • The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching Physical Education in two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development.
  • Become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.

  • Professional skills required to achieve Outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.

  • Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.

Who accredits this course?

    • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
    • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.
    • An extensive range of accredited and organised courses and opportunities in PE are available to our trainees at subsidised rates.

Entry requirements

You will have to possess a passion for physical activity and be able to work with all ranges of ability.

In addition you will need:

o A good honours degree in Physical Education or a highly relevant Physical Education or Sport based degree (content at least 50% or above). You will be required to provide evidence of your original degree qualifcation.

o A good level of personal performance across the range and content of the National Curriculum Physical Education Programme of Study.

o Teaching/coaching qualifications to support depth and breadth of National Curriculum activity areas.

o GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent (Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations & be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department for clarification). You will be required to provide evidence of your original GCSE qualifications.

- You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts, either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this.

As competition for places is very strong, increasing numbers of applicants are combining these minimum requirements with additional features such as:

o A high grade in a subject related course from the 14-19 curriculum (GCSE, A Level Physical Education, BTEC)

o Competency in ICT through formal qualifications or experience

o A first aid qualification

o Safeguarding children accreditation

Interview and Selection

Once your application (submitted via UCAS) has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination.

The main purpose of the interview is to:

o give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it

o explore your subject strengths and areas for development

o assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English

o arrange a partnership school visit as necessary

o assess knowledge and understanding of National Curriculum for Physical Education in schools

o answer all of your question

Please view further information regarding interview preparation

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.

Please note that:

Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.

You will need to complete once you have a Conditional Offer, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

We wish you every success with your application.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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