Edge Hill University Physical Education (X9C6)

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

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/subject/postgraduate/education-and-teaching/

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Course summary

Role models are so important when it comes to keeping young people active. Will you rise to the challenge in the classroom? You’ll be eager to showcase your enthusiasm for physical education in schools and share the benefits of movement on the body and mind.

Our PGCE Secondary Physical Education course will prepare you for the rigours of teaching physical education in secondary settings. You’ll already have an undergraduate degree in a related area, so we’ll focus on helping you develop the skills you need to engage young people with the subject.

We’ve designed this course so you can combine learning on campus with practical experience in the classroom. You’ll spend 26 weeks on placement in school settings. Whenever you need support or feedback, you can turn to your subject specific tutors and school-based expert mentor. We’re here to help you become the best teacher you can be.

Discover the most effective ways of delivering your lessons and captivating your students. At the same time, develop your understanding of subject specific approaches, classroom management, adaptive teaching and the different ways pupils learn.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

We work with a range of schools and settings across the North West predominately, working with just over 200 settings in 2021/22 There may be opportunities beyond the North West, but this is considered on a bespoke basis and includes distance placements such as Cumbria and The Isle of man and the opportunity to be placed from an alternative address e.g. Northern Ireland.

Trainees are placed with children aged 11 to 16 years and undertake assessed placements in at least two different settings. All trainees engage with additional experiences during the programme including Key Stage 2 and transition, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, post-16 teaching and learning and working with learners for whom English is an Additional Language

Hands-on classroom experience, opportunities to further subject knowledge and establishing a wide range of exciting, innovative and interactive teaching methods are integral to the programme. Trainees develop their own learning skills and reflect upon, and take charge of, their own development as a trainee teacher. Trainees gain knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ. The essential strategies for the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management, along with an understanding of the education system, and of the wider professional role of a teacher in school are embedded throughout the trainees’ journey.

The placement pattern is an A-B-A pattern for the majority of trainees, with A being the home placement where the majority of training takes place, and B providing a contrasting experience.

Trainees are allocated to placements based on a range of criteria including their geographical location, but also in relation to their training needs and requirements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in Physical Education.

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.

If you are applying to Edge Hill University and don’t have the GCSEs required for entry onto one of our PGCE courses, one of our equivalency programmes may be for you.

The equivalency tests offer you the opportunity to demonstrate that you satisfy our entry requirements for GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above.

We offer tutor-led revision courses or standalone tests for applicants who feel they do not need tuition.

All tutor-led revision courses are delivered online, prior to sitting an exam on campus. You can choose to sit our standalone tests either on campus or at Holy Cross College & University Centre on selected dates throughout the year.

For more details visit our website.

Personal qualities

When you apply, you are expected to have:

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher

  • Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English

  • Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence

Other requirements

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Fees and financial support

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

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For more details visit our website.

Financial support information for international students can be found here.

Financial support from the training provider

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE and PGDE students.

You can also make the most of your student experience and take advantage of career enhancing opportunities by applying for financial support from our Student Opportunity Fund.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit our website.

About the training provider

Edge Hill University is based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester.

Whether you’re looking to train to teach or already working in the children’s workforce, we offer a range of PGCEs in early years, primary and secondary education, as well as a PGDE in further education. Our PGCEs and PGDE are complemented by a comprehensive professional development portfolio for teachers, those supporting teaching and learning, and others working in schools and educational settings.

If you’re a graduate seeking a career in teaching, you can study a broad-based early years or primary initial teacher training programme, specialise in primary mathematics or primary physical education, choose from a variety of secondary subject areas, or prepare for a role in further education or the lifelong learning sector. If you want to join a PGCE in secondary education but lack the required subject knowledge, we may have a suitable subject knowledge enhancement course for you.

Whichever age range or specialism you choose, your programme will combine expert tuition with significant time spent in schools and other settings, enabling you to gain extensive practical experience and become increasingly confident in the classroom.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

The Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University.

Learning Services provides support to students with a specific learning difficulty – SpLD, such as Dyslexia.

We encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise about:

  • Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study

  • Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions

  • The benefits of a Student Support Plan

  • Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility

  • Reasonable adjustments to support your study

  • Exam modifications and alternative assessments

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • Support whilst on placement (e.g. access and transport)

  • Disclosure and Confidentiality

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • PEEPs and Emergency Action Plans

Some students decide to wait until they have started their studies before coming to see us, but contacting us before you start is the best way to make sure that support you may need is in place.

Contact this training provider

Email
study@edgehill.ac.uk
Telephone
01695 657000
Website
https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/subject/postgraduate/education-and-teaching/
Address
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP

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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