University of Worcester
Primary (Physical Education Subject Specialism) (3DP6)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
16 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

We offer Primary PE teachers:

  • High quality programmes and excellent innovative, research-informed teaching
  • 60 credits at Masters level
  • An internationally respected route into a career in teaching
  • Personalised levels of academic and teaching support from University tutors and school mentors
  • Support for newly qualified teacher induction
  • A beautiful, riverside cathedral city located 30 miles south west of Birmingham with excellent road and rail links

The course offers:

  • School experience in a wide variety of primary settings, including Special Schools
  • Excellent preparation to teach all National Curriculum subjects
  • Opportunity to train as a Physical Education teacher in the primary phase
  • A grounding in primary pedagogy across the whole curriculum
  • Research-informed teaching

During the course, you will:

  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop in classroom settings
  • Manage different patterns of organisation and styles of teaching to best support effective learning and provide equality of opportunity for all children
  • Develop an understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disability through the application of inclusive teaching practices
  • Develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and teaching competence which will enable you to observe, plan, teach, organise and assess children's progress and learning across the full primary range
  • Develop a clear framework for your own professional values and demonstrate a critical and reflective attitude towards your practice
  • Engage in educational research by undertaking a small scale school-based research project in Primary Physical Education

Indicative course structure (subject to adaptation):

  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice: Covers a wide range of the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become an effective, self-evaluating practitioner
  • Subject Specialist Research: A small scale, school based enquiry
  • Subject Studies: English, mathematics, science and computing, art, design and technology, geography, history, languages, music, PE, RE, SEND subject knowledge and pedagogy
  • Specialist subject studies: covers a range of research and ideas exploring the challenges and concepts of teaching PE
  • School Experience: 120 days minimum

By the end of the course you will be a PE Primary school teacher who will have access to collaborative professional development and extensive CPD opportunities including Masters programmes for NQTs and experienced teachers.

As well as this Primary (Physical Education Specialist) PGCE (3DP6), we also offer Primary (5-11) (X104), Primary (3-7) (X124) and Primary (with Mathematics) (2RP4).

Interview process

Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process that includes an initial check to ensure that all entry requirements are met. A member of the academic team will then consider the personal statement and decide whether to offer an interview.

At interview, you may be asked to:

  • Complete tasks, including a written task
  • Engage in observed professional discussions on a current educational topic
  • Engage in discussion with primary lecturers/school partners on a range of education-related questions. You will be encouraged to discuss current issues in primary and early years education, policy and practice.

Applicants invited for interview will receive a comprehensive interview pack with detailed information about the day. We want all our applicants to feel prepared and ready for the interview process.

Applicants will be informed of the interview panel's decision once all the necessary paperwork has been processed. Applicants can track their progress through the UCAS website.


For your application, you will need two references.

How school placements work

We work very closely with our extensive range of partnership schools, to provide you with high quality, carefully chosen placements that, alongside your taught programme, prepare you for your first teaching post and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction period.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,300

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, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

For the PGCE PE Specialist Pathway, the cost of specialist PE clothing should also be considered and this is likely to be around £40.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. More information and guidance on costs are available from the Home Office. You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Degree or equivalent:

Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification in Physical Education or a closely related area.

Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.

Other degrees are welcome - you should demonstrate through your application the relevance of your experience and commitment to the Physical Education pathway.


Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry onto the course.

Personal qualities

Successful candidates will display a range of professional and personal characteristics including:

  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team and a commitment to collaborative practice
  • The ability to critically reflect on developing professional practice
  • The ability to engage in high level professional discourse regarding the theory and practice of teaching and learning
  • Excellent levels of oral, written and presentational communication skills
  • The ability to engage, motivate and inspire the hearts and minds of young learners
  • Perseverance, resilience and autonomy as a learner
  • A dedication to research-informed teaching

Other requirements

All teacher training applicants need to have passed the Numeracy and Literacy Professional Skills Tests before the start of the course.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks. In addition, the Regulatory Body requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach.

School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior experience. At this point we will discuss with you whether additional school experience would support you in deciding that teaching is right for you.

About the training provider

The University of Worcester has a long-standing reputation for training excellent, highly employable teachers. Personalised academic and professional tutoring, from a range of experienced tutors and mentors, ensures that you will be supported throughout your course and in transition from trainee to teacher. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.

You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of geographical locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher, as part of your training.

Our PGCE courses offer Master's-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.

Our Primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.

Trainee teachers at Secondary level can choose to add depth to their qualifications by involvement in additional enhancement programmes in key areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; working with learners who have English as an Additional Language; developing expertise in Citizenship; developing skills in a second STEM subject; preparing to be Education Leaders, or developing skills in Technology Enhanced Learning.

At Secondary level we also offer pre-training Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in a range of subjects for those who need them.

Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.

We can provide assistance through:

  • Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
  • Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
  • Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
  • Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
  • Limited loans of equipment
  • Confidential advice and support for students and staff
  • Training and awareness raising workshops
  • Assistive technology

Contact details

01905 855000
Henwick Grove


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