PGCE - Secondary - Physical Education
What makes PGCE Secondary Physical Education at Worcester so special?
This well-established and well-regarded course is underpinned by tutor experience, a research-informed approach and strong school partnerships. Each trainee’s journey is unique. You will begin the process of reflection as early as the interview. You will then have joint responsibility, with support and guidance from tutors and mentors, for making and monitoring your progress against the Teachers’ Standards. This ownership provides you with self-awareness and the individualised focus needed to carve the most effective learning route.
Opportunities for you to enhance your learning include:
- Additional activity enhancement, teaching awards & NGB qualifications during university sessions
- Further access to a wide range of NGB sport awards and qualifications at reduced costs with additional completion time
- Additional placements with specific focuses on EAL, ethnic minorities and Post 16 teaching
- Second subject advice and development
- Encouragement and the freedom to challenge ideas, innovate and take risks.
- Aims of outstanding progress and outcomes
- Transfer of in-depth subject knowledge and pedagogical experience
- Ethos of high expectations, resilience and reflectiveness
- Focus on employability and career success
- Exceptional support and guidance from tutors.
NB: Physical Education is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.
Have you got an A level in Biology?
We have additional PGCE - Secondary PE places available for those people who have an A level in Biology at grade C or above.
If you successfully gain a place on this route you will be expected to complete an 8 week Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. This is a pre PGCE course which offers a £200 bursary per week.
I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career.
Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE Secondary graduate
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What qualifications will you need?
- Honours degree (normally 2:2 or higher) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate physical
education or sport related area.
Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
- Grade C/4 at GCSE in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of application
- A range of teaching and coaching experiences and qualifications are desirable
- School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them
Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk
If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.
You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.
Professional skills tests
All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.
The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.
The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge.
Support we offer
We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on the course. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we will also provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy.
Find out more about our skills tests workshops and support.
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding
Specialist Subject Opportunities
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
- School experience in a range of settings.
- Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
- University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
- Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
- Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
- Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
- One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services
- Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
- Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
- The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.
Meet the team
Get to know the academics who will teach you on this course:
Dave joined the University of Worcester in April 2018, having had eleven years of experience working in a local secondary school. Experience includes working as a Professional Mentor, a Director of Sport and in supporting PGCE trainees and NQTs. He has an extensive range of coaching experiences and qualifications. In his spare time, his pursuits include running and cycling over the Malvern Hills. Teaching was an early passion for Dave and he now hopes to instil this enthusiasm in the students he meets.
Kim previously trained at the University of Worcester, taught PE and mentored Worcester trainees. Now tutoring and lecturing on the PGCE Secondary PE course, she enjoys working with determined trainees to maximise their impact on learning through PE. She has particular interests in the breaking-down of knowledge, the education of emotional intelligence and physical activity for wellbeing.
Where could it take you?
- Great employment prospects (100% in 2015)
- Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
- Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
- A large number of our trainees secure jobs in partnership schools and now mentor current trainees while they are on placement
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How much will it cost?
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in the academic year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in the academic year 2018/19 is £12,100 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Teacher training funding
You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled. Most course are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.
Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.
Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport and sometimes, these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.
You will be expected to purchase a University top that costs between £20 - £30.
We offer accredited courses during taught subject session times with a variable cost of between £50 - £75 for the year. There are many other nationally accredited courses available throughout the year with reduced costs that vary depending upon the course. These courses are optional and will depend on your the developmental needs. We recommend that you undertake National Governing Body awards and accredited courses in order to increase your opportunities for employment.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS Teacher Training
UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses
UCAS TEACHER TRAINING CODE:
X9C6Apply now via UCAS
You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.
The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.
The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.
For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.
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