University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Secondary Education (Physical Education)

Like the PGCE the PGDipEd leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers 120 credits at Master�s level; thus following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, students can return to complete an MEd in Teaching Studies; the course aims to develop students� teaching ability to ensure they can facilitate learning in the pupils in their care; the sessions explore different aspects of teaching and involve a balance of theoretical and practical activities; students are helped to become aware of issues related to teaching including: planning units of work and lessons; assessment strategies; teaching and learning styles; students cover the 6 activity areas of the National Curriculum as well as the examination and vocational opportunities in physical education; student teachers are developed and guided to recognise and correct pupils' common misconceptions; students are introduced to a range of equipment, resources and technology which can be utilised to maximise learning opportunities; students spend some time on residential activities and where possible the University hosts nationally recognised teaching, leading or coaching courses.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualification of which at least 50 per cent is sports or physical education relevant to the National Curriculum; the University recommends that applicants hold at least 3 qualifications in teaching, leading or coaching activities relevant to the National Curriculum; in addition to this applicants are required to have a grade C in GCSE mathematics and English, or equivalent, on application; students must also provide a satisfactory medical form; complete an enhanced CRB or police check, including registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA); complete a declaration of Suitability to Teach; adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Course modules

The course consists of 5 phases: preparation (university and some school-based activities); school placement 1 (7 week placement in school); development (university and 1 week in a 2nd school); school placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); completion (2 further weeks in 2nd school and 2 weeks in university).

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a number of methods including: written assignments; 2 teaching placements; the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course is assessed at Master's level and successful completion awards 120 credits.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
0121 414 5488