PGCE Secondary PE

PGCE Secondary Education Physical Education

We look forward to welcoming you to Plymouth Marjon University for your interview day and hope that you will gain much from the experience. The day is important for both you and for us, as it is important that we see if you are suitable for the course you have applied for, but equally that you find out if this is the place where you want to study.

During the day you have the opportunity to

  • look round the University
  • find out more about the course and meet tutors and other trainees
  • meet school leaders or teachers from our partnership schools who are also involved in the interview process

There are a number of different components to the day which will provide us with a full picture of your ability and skills. We want you to present yourself in the best light on the day and we aim to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Please read the information provided in the letter and on the website carefully so you come well-prepared for the different parts of the day. As this is a professional course, please come suitably dressed for interview.


The Interview
The interview provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your potential for training and the role of a teacher.  You will require a pen, in order to undertake some basic literacy and numeracy activities and appropriate sports kit (see below) for your practical assessment.

You should bring 2 copies of a lesson plan which you will not teach. It will form the focus of your interview and will be discussed in relation to he national curriculum, and the Government's current national priorities. The lesson plan should be for a 1 hour lesson of your choice at any Key Stage, e.g. Year 9 badminton.

All applicants will be interviewed by staff who work within the Secondary Teacher Education Partnership.  Questions will explore your communication skills, subject knowledge, awareness of teaching and learning and commitment to equal opportunities.  


Practical Assessments

1. Practical assessments will involve candidates taking part in a range of physical activities in the sport hall to   explore physical literacy, fundamental movement capabilities and personal characteristics. Part of this will be a leadership activity where you will be given an activity to plan and deliver on the day.

2. Subject knowledge assessments- during the practical session you will be involved in aesthetic, athletic and game activities which will enable  you to demonstrate your range of skills and understanding.

For these practical presentation and subject knowledge assessments you will need the appropriate sports kit.

  • Men:   White sports shirt, white/black shorts, socks and trainers
  • Women:   White sports shirt, games skirt/shorts, socks and trainers


 Literacy and Numeracy Assessment

  1. During the day you will be given a task to assess your ability to read, understand and provide a response to a written article which will be given to you on the day.  You will be expected to critically discuss the arguments presented within the article.
  2. The numeracy task will focus on the type of mental arithmetic and 'on-screen' questions in the Skills Tests to support your preparation to take this test. 


Criteria for Assessment
You will be selected based on the following criteria

  1. Knowledge, skills, academic background and prior experience
  2. Qualities, attitudes, ethics and values
  3. Aptitude for teaching
  4. Ability to communicate effectively

These criteria will be applied through all aspects of the day including the written activity, presentation activity, formal interview and how your present yourself on the day.

In addition judgments will be made on your health and physical capacity to teach as outlined here by the National College of Teaching and Leadership ITT criteria 2013.


Preparation for Interview
In order to prepare for the interview, all applicants for PGCE Secondary Education are asked to:

  1. Prepare for the activities stated above
  2. Access/read the National Curriculum for Physical Education available here 
  3. Complete the Subject Knowledge audit
  4. Complete the Education audit

The documents listed above should be scanned and emailed to at least 7 days before your interview date.


Professional Skills Tests

Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory skills tests in numeracy and literacy. Prior to being able to take up a place on an ITT course, applicants must successfully pass both Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests. It is essential that you take the time to familiarise yourself with the skills tests requirements, attempt practice tests and register for the tests at your local Test Centre.  

Applicants should register here as soon as you have applied for an ITT programme,   The university will check the status of completed tests on 30 June. We would expect you to have passed the tests by this date unless there are exceptional circumstance, in which case a new date can be negotiated with the Admissions team.


We look forward to meeting you!