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 Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary Education offers initial teacher education to develop thoughtful and reflective 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.

This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This Physical Education route sits within an exciting range of Secondary Education subjects we offer within the Institute of Education.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.

An extensive range of accredited and organised courses and opportunities in PE are available to our trainees at subsidised rates.

SECONDARY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Primary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.

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 schools 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 teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.

PGCE: programme structure

Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.

The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.

120 days (24 weeks) of the 36 week PGCE course 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. During the second attachment a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.

Why Wolverhampton?

Why become a student in the Institute of Education?

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.

You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from the heart of the town. Our Education and Teaching buildings are fitted with interactive whiteboards, lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a Starbucks coffee shop.

Who will teach you on this course?
All of the staff that teaches you on this course have experience within the field having worked in Secondary Education and now work in teacher education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research.

The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments.

  • We work with around 200 secondary schools from across the entire West Midlands region and beyond.

  • Modern sports facilities (find out more)

  • Access to regular Professional Skills Test Support.

We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.

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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

Successful completion of the PGCE Secondary Education course leads to recommendation to NCTL for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will then allow you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school.

  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
    • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
    • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
    • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Find out more about further research study that can be taken after completing this Masters award.

What skills will you gain?

Successful completion of the PGCE Secondary Education course leads to recommendation to NCTL for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will then allow you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school. You will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase with primary and post-16 enhancement.

This course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching your subject in two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development.

You will 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.

Who accredits this course?

This course leads to recommendation towards the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 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.

Entry requirements

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

o A first honours degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification (a 2:1 classification or above is expected).

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 and be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification. You will be required to provide evidence of your original GCSE qualifications.

o 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.

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

You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.

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 A first aid qualification

o Safeguarding children accreditation

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

Interview and Selection

Once your application has been considered by 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/audit.

The main purpose of the interview is to:

o explore your subject strengths and areas for development

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

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

o arrange a partnership school visit as necessary

o answer all of your questions

Please view further information regarding interview information

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin after 2013/14 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course.

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme through UCAS Teacher Training.

Find out more about Professional Skills Tests and the support we offer.

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.

Clearance Checks

If you have been successful at interview and been given a conditional offer, you will need to complete a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

SECONDARY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

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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