Grey Court Training School Physical education (A212)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

You will learn how to teach PE to students aged 11-16, and observe teaching to students aged 16-18. Teaching is also about instilling a passion for your subject into young minds. We will support you to develop your teaching skills to be able to convey your knowledge effectively in order to enthuse your students about learning and making progress in your subject.

Course structure: The course structure is progressive. First, you observe the experienced teachers, then you start to team teach, leading short parts of their lessons, and finally you the lead to teach the whole lesson. Throughout your placement, you are guided and supported by a trained and experienced mentor whom you will meet weekly. You will also have at least 1 day a week at the university in the first term, to focus on the theories of teaching and learning PE in schools.

Professional studies: You will also have in school weekly training sessions, meeting all the trainees together. learning about practical tips and theories to teach effectively and support your understanding to enable you to develop your strategies to meet the Teachers Standards.

Time spent in school: You will be in school Monday to Friday (with Wednesdays at St Mary’s for the first half of the course). Your timetable to be on average 7 to 9 lessons in your first placement and up to 16 lessons in the second placement.

Assessment: You are assessed through formal lesson observations weekly, as well as informal lesson observations. The teachers observing will provide some feedback to enable you to make progress and meet the Teachers Standards termly.

You will need to write your own lesson plans, with support from our mentors, and colleagues in your department. The university will guide you for the assignments you will need to write.

Locations: You will train in 2 different schools, and we will do our best to place you as near as possible to your home address.

School placements

Placements: You will have 2 placements in 2 different schools.

Schools selection: Within the Alliance and South West region network of schools. All placements are within faculties and departments who are experienced in training teachers.

Average distance: We try our best to place you as near as possible to your home address.

Age ranges: You will be teaching students aged 11 to 16 and observe KS5 lessons if possible.

Partner schools: 10 partner schools within Richmond and Kingston boroughs, and 6 schools withing the South West London Teaching School network.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in physical education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Why train with us? “The quality of training at the Grey Court School is first class” Ofsted January 2018 Grey Court Training School Alliance is a group of good and outstanding schools to work, train and learn. We provide a supportive, outstanding and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with the universities of St Mary’s, King’s College London, Kingston, Brunel and Goldsmith. The Grey Court Training School Alliance is a partnership of 10 schools, secondary and primary, across the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston , many of which have achieved good and outstanding ratings. Our partnership of schools is led by Grey Court School and includes a variety of mixed secondary and primary schools, a faith school ,a girls’ school and one independent school.

Our partner schools are:

All our mentors are qualified teachers, and trained mentors with great expertise to share and train you as you prepare to enter the best job in the world! Our trainees have said “Training with the Great Court Alliance was an outstanding experience”.

You can find some of our past events on Eventbrite, search for “Grey Court School”. We hope to be able to offer some “Get into Teaching” events from the Spring Term 2022. Please check Eventbrite regularly.

Interview process

The interview panel: You will be interviewed at school by the Acting Grey Court Training School Director and the Head of PE of the school. 4-6 students will also be part of the interview panel as you will be asked to prepare and teach them a 15 minutes mini PE lesson. We are interested in your potential to teach and interaction with youngsters and do not expect to see the finished article.

Second interview: St Mary’s will also request an interview.

Other interview elements: You will also have a tour of the school, and may be asked to complete a written task.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Working in partnership with the universities, we support candidates with disabilities and other needs.

All our student teachers are assessed to evaluate their “fitness to teach” as part of their enrolment process.

In the past we have successfully trained student teachers with

  • dyslexia
  • mental health conditions

Grey Court Training School is a very supportive and inclusive environment to train and work in. We are very proud or out well-being policy and provision for our school community.

Our trainees are always invited to join a range of fun extra-curricular activities for staff, such as football, yoga, Zumba and many more.

Contact this training provider

Ham Street
TW10 7HN

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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