Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Physical Education, 11-16)

You’ll develop knowledge and practical skills in dance, gymnastics, swimming, athletics, games and outdoor and adventurous activities and take part in a variety of practical sessions in specific activities which are included within the typical school PE curriculum. In addition to this, you’ll take an accredited First Aid course and opportunities will be provided to take part in some coaching and officiating courses which will be organised within the local schools partnership.

Alongside practical work you’ll develop knowledge and understanding of pupils' physical and motor development and expectations in fundamental motor skills. You’ll also gain a comprehensive knowledge of Programmes of Study and Level Descriptors in the National Curriculum Orders for PE, including progression from Key Stage 2.

In addition, you’ll develop an understanding of progression in PE and how Level Descriptors and Core Tasks can be used for target setting and monitoring progress. Knowledge of the specifications for public examination courses at GCSE, AS/A2 level, GNVQ and other post-16 courses will also be promoted.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a minimum 2.2 honours degree in Sports Studies, Sports Science or PE.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

We recommend that you gain some experience within a secondary school, especially one that has obtained any national governing body coaching awards.

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Course modules

University training
Within this one year programme you’ll have a combination of University based activities, which cover the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching PE, and school based phases. These school phases are in two main blocks with a six week phase from November until the Christmas break and a longer second phase commencing in February until June.

School training
You’ll undertake additional school phases, in accordance with the PGCE Secondary Programme Structure and Content, which will build on and reinforce the school based education. You’ll plan, teach and assess PE lessons across the full range of subject activities, taking into account health and safety factors and pupils' physical and motor development.

You’ll spend time in school in specific PE departments and also in schools developing your professional values and practice when considering the general roles and duties which are required for all teachers within the secondary sector.

Residential course and building subject knowledge
At the start of the programme there is a week long residential course which deals with the area of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. This is followed by a further week of courses to boost your subject knowledge covering other activity areas within the PE National Curriculum.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • tutorials at key points across the year;
  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
  • blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
  • observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments;
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
  • School phase reports and observations;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

Five Progress Review Points are held each year. These assessment points review your attainment, professional learning and SMART target setting.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 13,300 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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