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PGCE Secondary Physical Education (PE)

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training.  Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.

Our PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range.

The Physical Education route is designed to build on prior experience to equip all students with the specific subject knowledge and skills that will enable them to become effective teachers of Physical Education across Key Stage 3 and 4 and Post 16.

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Entry Requirements

Typically, candidates will have an honours degree with a classification of 2.1 or above.

All candidates must have achieved at least a ‘C’ / 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics and having the equivalent qualification in science is an advantage. 

Some experience of observation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable.

Successful candidates are those who are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in sport through personal performance and the coaching of young people.

It is an advantage to hold governing body coaching awards and to have experience of working in schools.

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Course content

The subject study modules are based on the Bishop Otter Campus in Chichester. 

These are complemented by a Professional Studies programme which takes place on the Bognor Regis Campus.

Course fees for 2017/18 £9250

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.  At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.  Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools. 

Indicative modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Teaching and assessment

The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments. 

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24  weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

Contact us

Dr Suzie Everley PGCE Physical Education Co-ordinator S.Everley@chi.ac.uk Jon Mills PGCE Admissions Tutor J.Mills@chi.ac.uk