University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Secondary Education (Physical Education)

The course examines the role of physical education in, and beyond, the National Curriculum. You develop an understanding of physical education as a subject, how it relates to pupils in school and wider society, along with learning how to apply knowledge from their 1st degree to teach pupils. The course includes 2 placements in different schools, in addition to observation practice in a primary school.

Entry requirements

A minimum of Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in physical education or a subject related degree. GCSE English and mathematics grade C must be in place at the beginning of the course. Recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK school. Criminal Records Bureau check, medical check, interview and test.

Course modules

Practical areas: athletics, swimming, games, gymnastics and dance; physical education (PE) theory, planning and evaluation; teaching styles and strategies, differentiation, assessment and reporting; modern developments in PE; theory and practice of teaching; professional studies including aspects of behaviour management and classroom management.

Assessment methods

There are no formal examinations and the continuous assessment is based on achieving the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status specified in the most recent government documentation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bedford Campus Bedford MK41 9EA South East

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