University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Secondary Education (Physical Education)

This course can lead to a fulfilling career as a secondary school physical education (PE) teacher. With qualified teacher status built in, you�ll be able to apply for a position in secondary school immediately after graduation. With excellent resources to help you excel, students have access to our blackboard virtual learning environment and PebblePad webfolio as well a modern 4-badminton-court sports hall, a specialist gymnastics floor area and full-sized, floodlit astroturf pitch. Available at university and through School Direct.

Entry requirements

A minimum UK 2.1 Honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification; your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2015. If you don�t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2015. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2015. Representative sporting Honours (at county, regional or national level) and recognised Governing Body Awards in a range of National Curriculum activity areas. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than 3 years since academic study. A broad and balanced physical education, sport or dance background, particularly in activities associated with the National Curriculum for physical education. At least 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism is recommended. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established university procedures. During interview the applicant�s relationship between degree study, personal experiences and aspects of the National Curriculum will be explored thoroughly. Applicants will be required to demonstrate their subject knowledge through a peer teaching task, group discussion and complete a written task relating to the National Curriculum for Physical Education, as part of the interview process.

Course modules

Modules include: Meeting young people�s needs within and beyond the curriculum; classroom research for beginning teachers; curriculum development.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Presentations, written assignments, small-scale classroom research projects, assessment of in-school practice, portfolio of evidence of professional practices, self-assessment, peer assessment and formative assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West
School Direct LA1 3JD

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