Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Secondary Education (Physical Education)

The course is delivered by a consortium of 30 local secondary schools, covering 9 local authorities in the North East of England. Trainees graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and either a Professional or Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Those who exit with the Post Graduate Certificate in Education will also have gained 60 credits towards a Master�s degree. Completion and employment rates are exceptionally high.

Entry requirements

Applicants should usually possess the following: GCSE grade C or equivalent, in English and mathematics. Educational experience in science; for example by possessing GCSE Science (grade C or above); A Level Physical Education; BTEC National in Sport. A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent with a substantial sport or physical education content. A broad and balanced physical education, sport or dance background, particularly in activities associated with the National Curriculum for physical education. The ability to swim a minimum of 200 metres continuously using two different strokes. Work experience in a secondary school physical education department. Competence in Information and Communication Technology. Successful completion of the mandatory literacy and numeracy skills tests. In exceptional circumstances we will consider applicants with a 2.2 degree.

Course modules

The course is structured to ensure that all trainees develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required to teach the range of activities outlined in the KS3 and KS4 national curriculum for physical education and to teach examination physical education at KS4 and KS5. Trainees spend the majority of the year working in 2 contrasting placement schools. They also visit 2 other schools to gain experience of working with children who have SEND and EAL, work with a local independent school and a further education college and spend time in a high number of good and outstanding PE departments to receive subject specific training prior to placements. On average trainees spend time in 12 different physical education departments over the course of the year and this is something that we believe makes us unique.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Coach Lane Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7XA North East

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Admissions Office
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0191 243 7900