If you have a passion for sport and wish to teach at secondary school or college level, then our PGCE Secondary Physical Education course is an ideal option for you. This full-time, one-year course is designed to train you as a confident and inspiring secondary teacher. At the end of this one-year degree, you’ll be ready to confidently begin teaching PE in a secondary school. Our PGCE Secondary Physical Education course offers you the chance to build knowledge of your chosen subject area and wider professional teaching skills such as lesson planning, learning strategies, behaviour management and more. This is achieved through a balance of study of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by the teaching profession, the fundamentals of the national curriculum, and a dedicated focus on the development of your understanding of the role of a secondary school teacher. In addition, you will gain vital hands-on experience of working within the classroom through our 24-week placement programme, which will develop your confidence and competence to teach effectively. After successful completion, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so that you can begin working as a teacher in a secondary school. The University of Chichester has been training teachers for over 180 years and we look to train employable professionals who can get out there and make a difference. You will be taught by experienced physical education specialists and our dedication to small teaching groups allows you to develop strong professional relationships with the University teaching team. On this course you will:
- Specialise in teaching PE.
- Gain Qualified Teacher Status upon completion of the course that will allow you to teach PE in secondary schools in England and Wales.
- Develop your competence and confidence working within the classroom environment.
- Gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the teaching profession.
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.
We use strategies that are designed to enable you to effectively master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge and understanding that will inform your teaching practice. You will join lectures and small seminars led by experienced tutors, in which discussion and debate are key to developing your knowledge and skills. Many of our staff have a strong background within education and use their experience to inform their teaching, as the help your development into a professional and capable teacher.
Honours degree 2:1 or above where the content can be demonstrated to be at least 50% physical education. GCSE C/4 in both English and Maths. 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. You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector. GCSE Equivalency: We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept. If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.
Fees and funding
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