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PGCE Secondary Physical Education (PE) placement

PGCE Secondary Physical Education (PE)


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 Year Full Time

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UK university for Education
Top 25
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5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • Normally candidates will have an?honours?degree at 2.1 or above where the content can be demonstrated to be at least 50% physical education
  • All candidates must have achieved at least a ‘C’ / 4 in?GCSE?English and Mathematics and having the equivalent qualification in science is an advantage.?
  • Some experience of observation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable.
  • Successful candidates are those who are able to demonstrate a genuine interest in sport through personal performance and the coaching of young people.
  • It is an advantage to hold governing body coaching awards.?
  • You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.
  • GCSE?Equivalency:?We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full?GCSE?course?however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to?enrol?for the full?GCSE?course, please contact?Admissions?to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.


2021/22?UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester?alumni applying for a?PGCE?degree, there will be a £1,000 bursary available.

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Course content


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Course overview

Are you looking to become a secondary school teacher? The PGCE in Secondary Physical Education (PE) offers a one-year, full-time route to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). After completing this degree, you can begin your promising teaching career.

Course structure

During?the course, you’ll split your time between placements in schools and university-based training including Subject Study and Professional Studies modules:

  • Subject?Study?– you’ll develop your knowledge of the secondary school curriculum. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to deliver creative?lesson plans to?achieve the best progress for the children you teach.
  • Professional Studies?– explore modules that will develop skills as an effective teacher including behaviour management, child protection, applying for teaching positions and more.
  • School placements?– we know the best place to build your confidence and expertise as a teacher is in the classroom. That’s why the majority of your time will be spent in schools. You’ll complete two main teaching placements in contrasting schools as well as completing short placements in other educational contexts.?Scroll down to?'School placements'?to find?out?more.?

Why study this course?

  • Qualify as a teacher in one year - this course includes Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), allowing you to teach in any state-funded school in the UK and beyond
  • You can specialise your teaching qualification in the subject area you’re passionate about
  • Access to excellent practical facilities
  • The course will allow you to teach Key Stages 3 and 4 as well as A level (ages 11 to 19)
  • You’ll gain teaching experience in two contrasting school?placements
  • You’ll be taught at Masters level – this means you can carry 60 Masters level credits forward to a full Masters level degree
  • We are offering a £1000 bursary?for Chichester alumni students continuing their studies with a?PGCE

What campus is this course based on?

The subject study modules are based on the Bishop Otter Campus in Chichester.?These are complemented by a Professional Studies programme which takes place on the Bognor Regis Campus.

Course start date

This course starts in?September.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester?

We offer you?some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities?both academic and recreational?at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room?and a fitness?centre.?In addition?there is a sports hall.?Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome,?lano?sand dressed?astro?turf?and a grass rugby pitch.


  • Sports dome -?Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports
  • Sports hall -?Used for basketball, netball,?trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate?frisbee.
  • Fitness suite -?Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder - Available for any student to use after an induction and when?Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Floodlit?lano?sand-dressed?astro?turf?
  • A top of the range?Lano?sand-dressed?astro?all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets?
  • Sport Science Laboratories - Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs -?Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.
  • An environmental chamber - Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space -?Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for?students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Where this can take you

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.? At the end of the year, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.? Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools.?

Further study

After you graduate from your PGCE, you can choose to progress to a Masters degree:

Jon Mills, PGCE PE Subject Leader, Senior Lecturer:

"After probably one of the toughest years education has ever faced, the PGCE PE secondary specialists celebrate their last day at University before starting their new teaching posts in September. Congratulations!"


Indicative modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.


The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.?

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

Meet the lecturers

Our?programmes?are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their?profiles?to see who could be teaching you

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

DBS and School Experience costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required?to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which?needs to be?paid for?before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course, you will spend 24?weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised ?in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which ?can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute?will not?usually ?exceed?1 hour?from your term-time address to the placement school (assuming your term-time address is within our partnership area).?

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use?whilst on school experience as?schools are not required to provide these.?

Financial help available from the University

Our Finance pages provide details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.


Our Schools Partnership?network

We work with hundreds of partnership schools and?organisations?covering a wide area including?West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, East Sussex and the Surrey border. These partners are based in rural and urban settings and cover a varied range of school types.?

How the placements work

Around 70%?of the course is spent in school, with your time divided mainly between two contrasting placements. You'll also complete a?week's training in a primary school (Key?Stage 2). Gaining experience in a mix of settings will help you to develop the skills required to confidently start a career in teaching.?

The University will find?placements?for you.?Great care is taken to place you in schools that will support you?and prepare you thoroughly for a career in teaching.?

Support?during your placements

School?experience is invaluable?to trainee teachers. That's why we take steps to ensure you are well?supported. We provide mentor training in our partnerships schools so you can learn from and build relationships with?serving teachers. You'll also have the full support of the teaching staff at the University while you're out on placement.


If you have any questions about this course, please contact Dr Suzie Everley,?PGCE Physical Education Coordinator, at? ?or?Jon Mills,?PGCE Admissions Tutor, at? more information.


Applying to?this course

To apply to this course, you'll need to submit your application directly through Apply for teacher training.?For more advice on how to apply, visit the Get into Teaching website.

Personal statements tips

Your personal statement should include information about yourself, why you want to teach, what sparked your passion and details of any related teaching experience. Take a look at some helpful personal statement?tips from?the Get into Teaching?website.