About the course
Our 38-week, full-time PGCE Secondary Physical Education programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach Physical Education to pupils aged between 11 and 16 – with Post-16 Enhancement, giving optional experience of A level Physical Education teaching.
Our course will provide you with the opportunity to research and evaluate the latest thinking in good teaching practice, helping you understand the ways pupils learn. It will enable you to develop your own strategies to make teaching Physical Education a satisfying, engaging, and fun experience.
Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.
Find out more about this course and School Direct at UEA
Interviews are part of the formal selection process. You will need to present yourself well, come prepared, and dress smartly. Your interview day will include:
- An introductory talk
- An individual interview
- A written task
You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:
- Working with small groups of pupils
- Giving a presentation
- A group interview
- Literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge questions
How school placements work
UEA’s PGCE Secondary programme places great emphasis on practical skills and the realities of classroom teaching.
You will be based in schools two-thirds of the 38-week programme (120 days).
The programme begins with structured observation in both secondary and primary schools in your local area.
During the two extensive placements in our partnership schools, you’ll gain a broad range of practical teaching experience. You will learn to put ideas and theory into practice as you work in university and your two placement schools.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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Prior to submitting your application, you will need:
- A GCSE pass at grade C/4 or equivalent in English language and mathematics
- IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in each component or equivalent, if your first language is not English
Prior to beginning the course, you will need to have achieved a degree or its equivalent. As a general guideline, approximately 50% of the degree should be relevant to the subject you’ll teach. A degree classification of 2:1 or above is required in Physical Education, Sports Science, or Sports Studies.
Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.
Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.
Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.
Prior to commencing the course, applicants must also obtain:
- An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
- A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
About the training provider
UEA is a top UK university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We're ranked among the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). The 2020 Guardian University Guide ranked UEA 4th in the UK for Education.
The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is internationally recognised for the quality of its educational research. Our research has made a difference in schools across the country, influencing approaches to managing classroom behaviour, understanding students' motivation, and creating effective communities for learning.
All of our PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. You'll be well-supported throughout your PGCE, both during your time on placement and on campus.
Imagine a career where you inspire, motivate, and unlock the full potential of those around you. Teaching is something that can truly make a difference.
Training with disabilities and other needs
UEA operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities.
All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete a health declaration form. If this reveals a need, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments, which may include particular school placements, and other support and monitoring during the course.
Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA's Wellbeing Service
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University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
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