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Become a PE teacher at secondary level. This option combines an honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so that you can start teaching as soon as you pass the course.
National Student Survey 2022
Three A-levels at grades BBC or above
Or BTEC triple grades DMM or above
Or Access 30-42 D/M with minimum 18D
And GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or grade C or above
All candidates are required to attend an interview with representatives from schools as well as university tutors
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and trainees. All trainees are expected to share this commitment and demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct.
UCAS points 112
UCAS code X1XH
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Three years full-time
Our unique Physical Education teacher training course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at secondary level. The course is carefully structured to equip trainee teachers with real-world skills and deepen their passion for teaching. It also trains teachers in educational leadership and resilience, enabling graduate teachers to progress quickly in their careers. This progression is reflected in their salary growth; five years after graduating, our education graduates are the sixth highest earners from any university in Wales and England (Source: LEO data, Department for Education, July 2018).
Trainees study the scientific principles of Physical Education and sport and explore these through practical activities. Developing a wide range of subject knowledge, this intensive course blends theory and practice helping trainees to understand how children learn best. When trainees are secure in their specialist subject they may choose to develop a second subject, making them more versatile and employable.
Through school based placements in our partnership schools and placements in other educational settings, trainees enjoy ample contact with qualified teachers and students. This enables them to gain a wide range of experience and a healthy understanding of what the profession looks like in the current climate.
Feedback from students about the course is consistently very positive, and the course achieved 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2022.
Analytical thinking is encouraged and developed, ensuring that we deliver passionate early career teachers who have a desire to drive their profession forward. With a clear focus on national priorities and current developments in education our PE teacher training graduates are well prepared for teaching today.
What is it really like to study BEd PE?
Rhian: I would say what I enjoy most about my course is the theory is linked with the practice. So the placements that we go on are really useful, but also we have a lot of practical experiences with schools coming to us. So that gives us a lot more time to plan and evaluate our lessons. And it just gives us so much time on task really, which is good.
Cameron: I enjoy the practical side of it. And also going out on placement, learning on the job is better than being stuck in the classroom really.
How is Marjon helping you to develop as a teacher?
Rhian: A lot of the modules, although in third year are our modules are decreased significantly because, obviously, we're on placement a lot more, the modules that we do are very specific to what we need to improve on. So one of the modules would be diversity in the curriculum, which deals with a lot of modern issues. And it keeps us up to date with what's going on in the outside world whilst we're obviously at university.
Cameron: At the placement experiences you learn from other teachers as well, so it's really good for that. And also through that academic side as well, they teach you the theory behind it, which is also really good. Yeah. Helps you progress.
What has been the highlight so far?
Rhian: In my third year, my first placement, just being able to take a class on my own and receiving an outstanding in some of my lessons.
Cameron: Probably winning a rugby game for my first time because I've been working with a year seven group for a while and actually, winning a tournament actually. Yeah, that was probably a highlight.
What is the support like?
Rhian: It's really good. I'm a sports' scholar, so a lot of the time I have to take off of placement or off of lectures, because I've got to deal with international commitments. But the university helps me massively, with catching up on lectures and they put things online for me, the lecturers work on a one-to-one basis. So they're really, really helpful there too.
Cameron: Yeah, you get loads. You can email the mentors and tutors and they get back to you within the same day, you can arrange meetings and that. There's loads of facilities with the library, librarians obviously, offering loads of opportunity to go and see him as well. Yeah. There's loads of opportunities.
Thinking about your future in teaching, what are you most looking forward to?
Rhian: Just the variety of experiences that I'm going to have. So taking sports teams away and just working with a wide variety of pupils, different age ranges, I'm really looking forward to it.
Cameron: Yeah. I think just being a teacher, really. Just getting to know kids. Yeah. And just making an influence on people's lives. Yeah, going forward.
Enhancement means you can pick up a second specialist subject when you qualify to teach
Study in small groups with access to world class facilities
On-site sport and health centre, pool, gym and sports therapy clinic
Easy access to teaching and coaching qualifications to enhance your subject knowledge and career prospects
Variety of teaching and assessment styles designed to enable you to find your own strengths
School based training in every year and 26 weeks on teaching placement in the final year
“ In our first year we learnt the foundations of teaching, behaviour and how to manage a classroom. We also learnt about non-invasion games like tennis and badminton and learnt different drills we could teach children. In our second year we went on a placement and also did a special needs placement to learn practices from teachers in different learning environments. We also looked at drills to teach invasion games like football and rugby. Third year is largely placement-based but we are also engaging with current issues in education.”
“The support from the lecturers is outstanding. The range of theory and practical learning is top drawer and allows you to build amazing subject knowledge. The school placements give you insight into what it takes to be a PE teacher. On this course I’ve personally developed greater self confidence and I’ve learnt how to achieve high standards of academic work.”
“I enjoy being able to learn through practical experience on placements as you are learning on the job in the profession you are going into. I’ve received lots of guidance from lecturers and mentors. Tutors are easily to access and they understand how to accommodate your needs. There are excellent facilities to enable me to gather wider research.”
“I like the ratio of practical to theory as it allows you to develop your skills as a teacher. We have specific workshops that give us the best chance to succeed, looking at things like how to write essays or do academic referencing. The lecturers are amazing and will support you both personally and professionally.”
Is it possible to influence children to engage with lifelong physical activity?
Can schools impact the health of children and adolescents?
Can you teach maths or literacy through physical activity?
Could high quality physical activity in schools save the NHS budget in decades to come?
How do you engage the disengaged with physical activity and sport?
Could less 'traditional' activities such as yoga or street surfing motivate more children?
“ The programme continues to apply a clear and coherent approach to trainee development that scaffolds subject knowledge and pedagogical development appropriately. There is opportunity to develop subject knowledge, specific skills as well as teaching practice. The programme continues to react to changes in the sector and remains current in content providing students with an excellent grounding to enter the teaching profession.”
“One of the most significant factors in regards to preparation for work was the school based training placements that I completed throughout my 3 years at the university. Not only that but the broad range of topics we covered ensured that we had the appropriate baseline skills for teaching and the means to develop in whichever way best suited us. The university staff provided endless amounts of support which is helped by the open door policy and willingness to help at any hour of the day!”
Marta is now working as a PE teacher.
On completion of this programme you will be a fully qualified teacher of Secondary Physical Education. You may also choose to do an enhancement in a second subject, Key Stage 5, Primary or Special Education, to enhance your employability as an early career teacher (ECT).
Ofsted (2014) praised the University’s ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’. Over 90% of our trainees go on to secure teaching posts locally, nationally or abroad which is above national rate. Others go on to further postgraduate study or research posts within Higher Education.
Some of our trainees have gone on to establish themselves as freelance specialist teachers in their field of expertise.
Includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions in the sports science lab, practical sessions to develop subject knowledge in PE and conferences. 38 weeks of placement experience, across six blocks in different educational settings.
Includes portfolios, presentations, essays, blogs, portfolios, exams, practical skills assessment, teaching practice and a final research project.
Hannah Wood studied Applied Sports Science & Coaching (with ICT), then took a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education and a Masters in Education (all at Marjon). She then taught for ten years at a local secondary school teaching PE and being promoted to Head of Girls PE, as well as spending four years as a pastoral leader as Head of House. She has been working back at Marjon for eight years, where much of her contact time is working with trainee PE teachers. One of her main research interests is in mentor and mentee relationships; expectations, roles and responsibilities of each; a passion that she brings to the course recognising the often informal mentoring role that PE teachers particularly can play in young people’s lives.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
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Clare graduated from Marjon as a PE teacher and returns as a lecturer following a very rewarding career teaching PE, mentoring trainee teachers, being Head of KS3 PE, House Leader and Assistant Head of Sixth Form.
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Secondary Initial Teacher TrainingView profile
Julie Stevens taught in secondary schools as a teacher of Physical Education in Devon, Cornwall and Sussex, worked for the LEA education department advisory service and the Youth Sport Trust. She has been teaching in universities for over 10 years with a focus on Initial Teacher Training in all subjects, with a specialism in Physical Education.
Lecturer of Physical Education and Teacher Education for Marjon Teacher Education Partnership. Previously a leader and teacher of PE in the UK, the Middle East, Malaysia, and China. Interested in mentoring and coaching trainee teachers and mentors, physical education curriculum design, knowledge-rich curriculum, and constraints-led approaches.
For tips about every stage of the teacher training journey, from making your application shine to securing your first teaching role, see the how to get into teaching guide.
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