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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.

Key features

  • 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.

PGCE Secondary PE student with pupils in a sports hall

Taster evenings

Our PGCE taster evenings gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in teaching taster activities, and find out about student life. The upcoming dates are:

  • 4 December 2018, 5pm-7pm
  • 5 February 2019, 5pm-7pm
  • 19 March 2019, 5pm-7pm
  • 7 May 2019, 5pm-7pm

These events are designed for those considering applying for the course, rather than those who have already applied. To request a place email or complete this enquiry form.

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.

For more information please contact Kim Hibbert-Mayne or David Woodward


I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career.

Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE Secondary graduate

Register your interest

Enter your details and we will keep you up to date with all you need to know to apply for a PGCE place:

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • 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          

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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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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles, in partnership with school mentors who have excellent current practice in your specialist area
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Practical and theoretical learning and teaching strategies modelled
  • Support with planning, differentiation, assessment and much more
  • A range of PE specific models, units of work and resources
  • Sharing good practice sessions with peers about learning & teaching activities
  • Gain a range of teaching awards and NGB qualifications
  • Additional visits to schools and colleges
  • Present to colleagues within and beyond the University
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career.


  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies. 
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship – Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language -  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects (100% of the cohort of 2015 are currently in teaching jobs); our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

  • 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_Woodward

    David Woodward

    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-hibbert-mayne-university-worcester

    Kim Hibbert-Mayne

    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?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in the academic year 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in the academic year 2019/20 is £13,300 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 courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

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 £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 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


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS


Part-time route

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.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Secondary PGCE Office

Personal Academic Tutors

Kim Hibbert-Mayne
01905 855466

David Woodward   
01905 855533