PGCE Secondary Education with Physical EducationX9C6

    Course Overview

    Duration: 1 year full-time
  • Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Physical Education is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. PE teachers are not just excellent sports people. They provide opportunities for all people, regardless of experience or ability. Great PE teachers can motivate pupils to successful lifelong learning.

    During this varied PGCE course, trainees acquire a broad and deep understanding of a teacher’s daily activities in challenging and diverse settings. Furthermore, our PGCE PE trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.


    Collaborative learning and a strong culture of support underpin this PGCE, and trainees will enjoy a stimulating and effective learning environment from start to finish.

    At Plymouth Marjon University, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. Ofsted 2014 commented “The large majority of physical education trainees from both routes are already teaching at a consistently outstanding level”. If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & philosophies of learning
  • Inclusion in the secondary classroom: Appreciating diversity
  • Understanding the learner: A personalised approach to learning & assessment
  • Teaching placement

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Plymouth Marjon University is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas. You will find many of our graduates teaching in a variety of schools across the country.

The quality of our graduates is well recognised both locally and nationally and, as such, a very high proportion of graduates gain immediate employment or enrol on Masters programmes to further their studies.


ALUMNI OF PGCE Secondary Education with Physical Education

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Course Leader

When it comes to support and encouragement, there’s no better team to have on your side. You’ll find that your tutors challenge and support you in equal measure, in a bid to drive you forwards as a modern education professional. The team comprises decades of teaching experience and fascinating research specialisms.


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    Programme Aims

    The programme is designed to combine subject knowledge (including practical activities & sports science), professional attributes and professional teaching skills. The programme is challenging and intensive whilst being immensely enjoyable, we pride ourselves on building a strong culture of support within the group and work on the ethos of collaborative learning.

    The programme’s general aims are to:

    • Develop trainees’ critical and analytical thought, intellectual reasoning and practical skills in a range of diverse settings;
    • Help trainees from varied cultural and social backgrounds to fulfil their potential both intellectually and practically;
    • Provide a stimulating and effective learning environment in which trainees feel secure, motivated to learn and can demonstrate secure professional and academic knowledge, skills and understanding;
    • Prepare trainees for employment and further postgraduate study by equipping them with a diverse range of skills at Masters level through engaging in innovative and creative teaching and learning.

    OFSTED 2014

    • A key strength of the Partnership is "how well the partnership prepares trainees to make them employable, leading to all securing, and remaining in, teaching posts".
    • "Successful completion and employment rates are consistently high and well above national and regional averages."
    • "The enhancement part of the programme enables trainees to develop particular skills in a specific area; for many, this involves further development of subject knowledge to enable, for example, physical education trainees to teach another subject."
    • "The programme is well structured with a good balance between University and school based work that is clearly linked together so students see the connection between them. Content is very good and appropriate, helpful as it is, to ensuring trainees not only pass, but pass the course strongly." Tony MacFaddyen External Examiner 2014