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University of Wolverhampton

Secondary Education Physical Education – School Direct (Training)

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

If you want to become a physical education teacher then this course will prepare you to work in schools and to deliver high quality lessons for all pupils. The aim of the physical education course is to develop thoughtful teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school by providing a balanced physical education programme. Completion of the course will award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.

You will learn to draw on the theoretical principles underpinning physical education, and how to use this knowledge in your teaching. You will contribute to the teaching of traditional activity areas of the wider range and content of the National Curriculum for Physical Education key stage 3 strategy as well as traditional examination PE courses within the 11-16 programme. We aim to provide a range of experiences, including post 16 teaching.

Entry requirements

  • A degree in physical education or similar with at least 50% of the content in PE.
  • A range of NGB accreditations to support the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of competence and confidence in your own subject knowledge .
  • Recent experience of shadowing teachers in secondary school PE.
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Please consult the following guidance on GCSE and equivalent qualifications for entry to initial teacher training courses before applying. If your qualification is not listed please contact us for clarification.

Interview and selection

Once your application has been forwarded to school and university subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered a university interview and a school assessment.

The main purpose of the university interview is to:

  • give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitment to it
  • explore your subject strengths and areas for development
  • assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
  • answer all of your questions.

The main purpose of the school assessment is to allow you to visit the lead SD school to ascertain on the one hand whether you would like to spend the majority of your school-based training in this environment, and on the other hand, whether the school would like to train and, potentially, to employ you.

Course modules

Over the one year course, you will undertake up to 60 days of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you will spend at least 120 days training in schools.

Your University tutor will be available to assist you throughout your training, and your lead SD school will ensure that you have high-quality school placements where you will learn from experienced teachers.

Teaching on the course will model a range of teaching strategies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and personalised learning. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigations, other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills.

All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus where we have state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Typical modules may include

  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘collaborative’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of Information Technologies in the teaching of your subject.

PGCE: programme structure

Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.

The course comprises of main and second school placements together with periods of University-based tuition. 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools.

Additional training will take place in partner schools other than your SD 'placement' schools such as a Primary school experience and enhancement opportunities in special school settings. Support is available throughout your training from your university tutors and from a team of experienced teachers accredited by the University as your School Direct tutors.


2018/9 fees for this course have not yet been agreed.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time International 1 Years

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