You can choose to train to be a teacher of PE with the Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) by age range and/or location.
- Secondary level (11-16 yrs) courses are available based at either the main site in Preston or at our Blackburn campus.
- Secondary with post 16 (14-19 yrs) course is available at our Cardinal Newman campus in Preston
Select the correct location for your chosen course.
Please note, places are severely limited. However, additional places are available for those who can offer an *EBacc subject also. You must have a grade C or above at A Level in that subject and should contact us directly as such applications are dealt with on a case by case basis.
*EBacc subjects are:-
Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Sciences, Modern Languages.
When you train with the Catholic Teaching Alliance the PGCE programme in your chosen subject will give you the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the PGCE award. The PGCE carries 60 credits at Masters Level which could later contribute towards a Master’s Degree in Education (180 credits). Our programme is run in partnership with the University of Cumbria. Alongside school based training, you will also undertake two 30-credit masters level modules, to gain a PGCE. These modules are taught by the University of Cumbria lecturers, who work closely with our school direct programme team, to ensure that theory and practice are closely entwined to really inform your teaching and give you a useful toolkit to take forward in your career.
As a summary, your PGCE course will include
- 2 separate placements in contrasting schools/colleges
- 12 Pedagogy for Learning (PfL) days when you will learn about teaching your subject. These will take place mainly at the University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus and are spread over the year.
- A block of training days before the start of each placement and once a week during the first term, delivered by experienced professionals, the majority of whom are outstanding practitioners in our alliance schools and colleges.
- Two modules connected to the PGCE that are assessed by the submission of four written assignments, spread throughout the year, on teaching and learning in your subject and wider educational issues.
Training days, other than PfL days, will be delivered either at your principal campus, or at alliance providers in that area.