Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School
Physical Education (39YP)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Birmingham City University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

If this is a subject you’re knowledgeable and passionate about, our Secondary Physical Education PGCE will allow you to become a highly skilled graduate teacher with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, enabling you to demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice. You will be trained to become a confident and reflective practitioner, and will be able to teach contemporary methods and practices. You’ll learn techniques to inspire students with Physical Education, making it enjoyable for all and ensuring they’re equipped with skills and understanding they’ll need for a positive approach to physical activity in the future.

Interview process

You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews include:

  • exploration of curriculum knowledge
    • discussions about relevant experiences
    • a presentation or small teaching exercise
    • written task

We also look for:

  • good communication skills
  • potential / suitability to be a good teacher
  • robustness to cope with the demands of the course

How school placements work

You will spend two-thirds of your time – at least 120 days – working in schools on block placements gaining valuable real-life experience in schools. The 120 days will be split over a minimum of two placements. You will gain direct teaching experience and work with experienced practitioners in the classroom. School placements are predominantly in West Midlands secondary schools. You will be assigned a trained mentor and/or a tutor while on placement, who will support and guide your work, as well as provide training and feedback.


The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.
  • GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics at the point of enrolment.
  • For entry onto a teaching course you’ll need to pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you are able to enrol. Full entry requirements can be found on the page for each course on our website: www.bcu.ac.uk/education

Personal qualities

An opportunity to demonstrate how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills?

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit, successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfying all other safeguarding checks required for this course. While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

About the training provider

Welcome to the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School. Driven by our ethos of Inspire, Lead, Transform, Grow we aim to recruit and train excellent teachers to meet local need and beyond. We offer teacher training at both primary and secondary phase, across our 3 tier system of first, middle and high schools. We work with partner schools in Uttoxeter and across Staffordshire. Our teaching training is rooted in excellent classroom practice. With a strong emphasis on developing teaching pedagogy, supporting all learners to achieve and developing outstanding subject knowledge at both primary and secondary phase. As a Lead School we work with the following providers.

  • Primary Teacher Training. Accredited by Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education.
  • Secondary PE. Accredited by Birmingham City University.
  • Secondary English, Maths, MFL, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography and Art and Design. Accredited by The John Taylor SCITT.

By choosing to train to teach with us, you will receive personalised and supportive programme. We are based at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, where our team of teaching school staff have significant experience and expertise in teacher training. You will be working with leaders in teacher education who are driven to ensure that every child succeeds and who are outstanding teachers. This is a truly exciting time for us at the ULTTS, if you are passionate about the education of every child and want to make a difference, come and join us on our journey. (www.ultteachingschool.org.uk) We look forward to hearing from you.

About the accredited body

At Birmingham City University’s School of Education and Social Work we never give up in our aspirations for tomorrow’s teachers. For us it’s about life chances. Our student teachers will be ‘the village’ it takes ‘to raise a child’. Training more teachers than anyone else in the region (HESA, 2016), we educate Birmingham, teaching generations of professionals to teach generations of young people.

We deal with the landscape around us, adapting to society today, not the way it was or the way we might wish it to be. We know perspiration and perseverance.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Uttoxeter Learning Trust Teaching School welcomes applications from people with disabilities. We have have full access and facilities for people with disabilities.

Contact details

01889 561820
Thomas Alleyne's High School
Dove Bank
ST14 8DU


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