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Age phase: 11-16 with post-16 enhancement

Our PGCE in Secondary Physical Education is delivered with the highest expectations, informed by research, evidence and collaboration with many external partners.

You’ll be taught by energetic, innovative, and experienced tutors who bring a wealth of different experiences, expertise, and passions to the PE sessions. Our curriculum is carefully sequenced and considers what subject knowledge you’ll need to successfully teach PE – this builds cumulatively over the year through three phases and results in excellent outcomes.

On this course, we nurture your potential, not only in progressing towards a teaching qualification but in your confidence, competence, and ability to achieve a successful career.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Gain a greater understanding of how pupils learn in PE from tutors and mentors with strong previous experience.
  • Learn valuable transferable skills in assessment, officiating, competition, and the conditioning of games whilst taking part in sport and parallel learning.
  • Grow your confidence with authentic learning experiences before putting these into practice using specific aspects of teaching on placement.
  • Increase your subject knowledge and employability with a variety of National Governing Body and teacher's awards.
  • Develop your knowledge for teaching PE through a well-designed curriculum
  • First class support and guidance from tutors and mentors from within a strong partnership of schools.

NB Physical Education is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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Opportunities to enhance your learning

  • PE exclusive second subject enhancement activities.
  • Additional placements with specific focuses on EAL, SEND, ethnic minorities and post 16 teaching.
  • Further access to a wide range of coaching awards and qualifications at reduced costs. Additional time to complete these qualifications is offered.

I have learned skills I never thought I would. Despite only being half way through the academic year, if I compared myself to when I started, The difference is massive

Trainee - Autumn Term Evaluation

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/level 4 at GCSE in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) (or 2021 entry, applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer equivalency tests if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants, until they achieve the required standard.
  • 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. NB Interviews will continue throughout 2020 and be conducted online. Applicants will be contacted directly with more details.

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsB@worc.ac.uk

 

Other information

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.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

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Cara Brincat

Cara Brincat

“I really like the fact that I had two, contrasting, teaching placements on this course. The facilities were incredibly different in the schools that I worked in and it made me adapt my teaching. When I go into my new employment, I now know that I can teach in whatever facilities they have. The assignments on the course also really supported our teaching practices and helped to move us forward.

Rugby is my passion, and I play in Allianz Premiership for Worcester Warriors Women. I’m going to continue this alongside teaching. I’ve got a full-time job starting shortly as a PE teacher.

The support from my Personal Academic Tutor has been amazing. They support you all the way through the course and act as a first point of contact. This was particularly useful for balancing my Rugby with my studies.”

Sophie Tandy

Sophie Tandy

“I loved a lot about this course and we had really interesting placements. Our placements allowed me to develop consistency in my teaching and really target specific aspects of my work. We’ve had loads of different and varied assignments. I didn’t do a teaching undergraduate degree and this course has allowed me to widen my opportunities of what I want to do in the future. The facilities and support from tutors have also been fantastic.

I’m so pleased that I was able to pursue my dedication to my sport whilst studying, and I currently play Rugby for Gloucester Hartpury in the Allianz Premiership. I have previously played for England 7s.

I’ve recently got a job, starting in September, and will soon by a full-time teacher. I will continue with my sport alongside this.”

Ella Powell Davis

Ella Powell

“The amount of support I was given as a high-level sports person to balance both my PGCE and playing sport has been incredibly helpful. Although the course is challenging, it does make you a better teacher and a better all-round individual. I’ve learnt so much about myself as well as developing as a teacher.

In September I have a full-time permanent job secured which I will combine with playing High-Level Netball and International Netball. I currently play Superleague Netball at WASPS Netball and I’ve recently been selected for the Welsh International squad. We are building-up for the Commonwealth Games next year in Birmingham, which I’ll hopefully be selected for. The school I’m going to work in are really supportive in balancing this against my first ECT years with them.”

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

“I’m passionate about Rugby, I’m currently playing for Gloucester-Hartbury Women in the Women’s Allianz Premiership and I’ve got 14 caps for England. Throughout the course, I liked developing my own teaching strategies and skills within the placements. This September I start a full time PE teaching role. Hopefully, within my teaching career, I can continue to create a balance with playing Rugby Internationally and for the top league within the Women’s Rugby Premiership.

Learning at Worcester has given me an opportunity to develop within a new career path, alongside my Rugby, and I now feel so confident that I can go into school and help children with various different sporting interests and their own experiences.”

Emily Harris

Emily Harris

“I feel very proud to be graduating. My time at University of Worcester has been crucial in shaping me, not only as a person, but as a teacher. The sense of community is a real asset and I can't imagine studying at a different institute for my PGCE.”

“The support that was offered in terms of securing a teaching post and during my NQT year is so appreciated. I do not know of another university that values and supports its alumni like the University of Worcester.”

Bryony Gunn-768

Bryony Gunn

“I’ve wanted to be a PE teacher in a Secondary School for as long as I can remember,”

“Receiving my PGCE qualification was essentially the moment I had been waiting for since forever. When you achieve something you’ve been wanting to achieve for a very long time, you can’t help but feel proud of yourself.”

"The university was very supportive and the PGCE module leaders gave us ample opportunities to develop ourselves despite the pandemic locking down the country. I cannot thank the university tutors enough for ensuring that as a cohort we were not at a disadvantage to previous cohorts and truthfully, some of the tasks we were assigned during the pandemic have shaped my teaching today.”

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

  • 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.
  • Be introduced to and re-visit areas of teaching in our 5 carefully crafted curriculums; subject knowledge, planning, meeting the needs, assessment and examination in PE.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research about how children learn – most university teaching sessions will model or demonstrate classroom practice currently used in school.
  • Deepen your understanding of subject specific pedagogy by engaging with literature, much of which is written by practising history teachers and university tutors.
  • In school, learn by initially observing and then practising the skills of teaching in a safe and supportive environment. Benefit from opportunities to share and learn from your fellow trainee teachers.

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: PSHE and Citizenship, Developing a Second Subject, English as an Additional Language, Teenage Mental Health, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Technology Enhanced Learning.  In addition we also offer an Aspiring Leaders programme. 

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; 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?

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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

"The approachable nature of the tutors and accessibility of a range of information enables progression... none of the sessions are repeated and I feel that we are constantly moving forwards."

Trainee, Autumn Term Evaluation

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Assessment

  • 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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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David Woodward

Dave is the PGCE secondary subject lead for physical education. He spent over 10 years in secondary teaching. His experience includes teaching in secondary schools, working in close collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust and he was also a professional mentor in a Worcester University partnership school before joining the tutor team in 2018. 

He has been the subject lead since 2020. He is an examiner and moderator for Edexcel/Pearson GCSE PE. Dave has presented at TEAN conferences and had several articles published in AfPE journal as well as writing a chapter on mentoring for ‘The A-Z of School Improvement through PE and Sport’. He is an external examiner at Liverpool Hope University and is currently working towards his Masters’ qualification.  He is a fellow of the HEA.

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross Physical Education Charlotte is a member of the PGCE secondary physical education tutor team. She spent over 16 years in secondary education, before moving into a career in ITTE in 2020. Her experience includes middle management roles in school as Head of Department, Head of Year and Lead Practitioner of Teaching and Learning.

Charlotte’s research interests include examining Physical Education and empowering learners through taught differentiation. She has written a case study for ‘Teach Well’ (2021) focusing on the Enhancement Activity (PSHE and Citizenship) that she leads for the secondary course.

Charlotte is working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Additionally, Charlotte teaches undergraduate physical education on the primary course.

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Kim Hibbert-Mayne

Twitter: @UW_PGCE_PE

Kim is the coordinator of the PGCE secondary professional studies programme and a member of the PGCE secondary physical education tutor team. She has worked in education for the last 14 years as a physical education teacher in secondary schools before embarking on a career in teacher education in 2015.

Kim has experience teaching on the PGCE primary route, has been the subject lead for Secondary PE and is now a sport-specialist for the PGCE in Further Education. Her studies towards an MA in Education and other research projects have predominantly focused on areas of social psychology. Kim is particularly interested in how an individual's identity affects their experiences within the teaching profession. She is a fellow of the HEA and an external examiner at the University of Chichester.

 

Careers

Where could it take you?

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  • Great employment prospects
  • 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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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £14,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You may be able to 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.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, trips, 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.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Apply now

Applications for PGCE courses should be made online through the government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for detailed information on how to apply for a PGCE.

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

Course code: X9C6

Training provider code: W80

 

 

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

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David Woodward

Personal Academic Tutor