Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Secondary Education (Physical Education)

Main features of the programme:

  • Within the course the pedagogical aspect of National Curriculum PE are considered as well as key stage 2/3 links and school community links together with other professional discussions.
  • According to student evaluations tutors and mentors are the real strength of the Cardiff Met PGCE PE course.  They are knowledgeable and supportive.  In addition trainee teacher are very good at supporting peers and are used to working collaboratively.
  • There is an opportunity for one student each year to undertake an international placement in either Switzerland or Portugal. This is an exciting and rewarding experience.
  • Seminars, workshops, lectures are the main method of instruction.
  • University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching effectively.
  • We provide regular mentor meetings which allow you to ask questions and discuss topics/issues further.
  • You will receive feedback on your progress and lesson observations at regular points during the course.

The programme is mainly school based in line with government requirements with 24 out of 36 weeks spent in partnership schools, where student teachers work with a subject specialist (the subject mentor) and a senior member of the school staff (the senior mentor). The university-based modules comprise of initial professional development and curriculum studies in the subject in which the student teacher is specialising.​

Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met's PGCE Secondary programme.

Entry requirements

At least a 2.1 degree from approved university in sports-related area of which at least 1/2 must be physical education; plus grade B in GCSE mathematics, English language, and grade C in science; interview which involves tests in literacy and numeracy and a comprehension task; entry is also subject to a satisfactory health check and satisfactory criminal records check.

Applicants for PGCE PE are required to have carried out a significant amount of work experience in secondary school PE departments, ideally in a different school to the one they attended. Evidence of this should be highlighted on the UCAS application within the personal statement.

Course modules

Modules include: professional development; curriculum studies in physical education.

Assessment methods

Student teachers will be assessed both on practical teaching and academic assignments. The latter is assessed at Masters level and affords student teachers 60 credits at 'M' level. A pass is required for both school and university based modules. Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of student teachers' competence against statutory standards.

There is no formal end of programme examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2017 £ 9,000 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cyncoed Campus Cardiff CF23 6XD Wales

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Key information

Student Recruitment Team
Telephone number: 
029 2041 6044