Please note: we have received large numbers of high-quality applicants who have accepted our offer of a place on our Secondary PE PGCE programme for September 2021. As a result, our Secondary PE PGCE course for September 2021 is now closed for applications. This is to ensure a high-quality experience and school placements for our trainee teachers.
Applications for our September 2022 will open in October with a brand new application process. To be notified about when applications open - and upcoming open events that will discuss the changes to how you apply - please make sure to submit an enquiry.
Our Physical Education (PE) PGCE course continues the tradition of producing outstanding practitioners of secondary PE.
- This programme is rated 'outstanding' by the government (OFSTED)
- Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Master’s degree credits
- Innovative and supportive tutors who lead learning in St Mary’s Olympic standard facilities.
- Strong focus on subject knowledge development, including exploration of alternative activities and an embedded OAA field trip, alongside innovative curriculum design. Theoretical concepts & pedagogy delivered through practical sports settings to enhance subject knowledge.
- Outstanding school collaboration and sharing of good practice – including our community schools’ SEND project – hot seating of good practice – aquatics day - focused school visits.
Why study Secondary Physical Education (PE)?
You will be assessed on your ability to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range, with opportunities for A level and BTEC teaching also included in the programme as appropriate.
By studying the course you will gain experience across a diverse range of secondary school settings and activity areas throughout the course.
Why St Mary's?
The PE PGCE course covers all aspects of physical education teaching and learning, with an emphasis on creative practice for use in school. There is a strong emphasis on using and developing a range of physical education models, as well as planning for the whole ability range to ensure that all pupils are able to make progress.
The experienced physical education tutors work in close partnership with trainees and the placement schools, developing collaborative practice embedded throughout the course.
If you wish to study for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies you will be able to complete several of the modules during your PGCE year. This certificate is often a requirement for teaching in a Catholic school.
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Our PGCE programmes include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Master’s degree credits. A large part of the programme is spent in assessed school placements that our School Partnership team will arrange for you, based on your home residential address.
QTS is required to teach in all state-maintained schools in England.