PGCE and ProfGCE in Secondary Education Physical Education

Key information

Why choose this course?

You'll benefit from our experience as a leading regional of Initial Teacher Training and an excellent reputation as a training provider among local employers, achieving high scores in all our Ofsted inspections. Upon completion of the course, graduate employment is high with many going onto fulfilling teaching careers.

Rated Good by Ofsted 2023, the Ofsted report highlighted that ''The University of Hertfordshire ITE programme is thoroughly planned and carefully sequenced. This ensures that the curriculum is ambitious and provides trainees with the knowledge and skills to teach their chosen subject effectively''.

The programme is structured to enable you to develop the skills required by a secondary physical education teacher, and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to secondary practice.

The strengths of our PGCE secondary programmes are the high levels of pastoral care and support we offer trainees. We also have effective partnerships with schools which enhances trainees' subject knowledge and conceptual understanding of teaching and ensures our trainees achieve good levels of attainment.

In addition, this qualification is worth 60 Master's-level credits (one third of a Master's degree). Following completion of the PGCE you can top-up part-time to a Master's degree in Education.

What's the course about?

This Masters level professional training programme will introduce you to the requirements for teaching physical education to the 11-16 age range and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. Where appropriate, you'll also have opportunities to experience then post 16 provision will be available.

You'll be introduced to the principles and theories of secondary teaching through both subject studies and a developing professional practice course. Training is undertaken in partnership with local secondary schools.

We are looking to select trainees who:

  • have the passion, commitment and enthusiasm to teach in secondary schools
  • are resilient and able to work under pressure
  • have good subject knowledge to train to teach in the area they are interested in.

It is also possible to apply via a partner school and study this course through our School Direct programme

What will I study?

A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used, including on-campus teaching and hands on experience in a school environment.

On-campus tutor led sessions will include lectures, seminars and workshops, where active participation is encouraged. You'll also spend twenty-four weeks of the programme in local partnerships schools. This gives you the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a team of practising teachers who lead key sessions as well as support you in your school-based training where you develop your classroom expertise.

The programme includes opportunities to visit different educational contexts, including a primary school and a special needs school.