Loughborough University has a strong tradition of teacher education and a history of successfully producing outstanding teachers.
The Physical Education PGCE programme at Loughborough University prepares you to teach the secondary age range and is offered as a full-time, one-year programme. Rated outstanding by Ofsted, it provides practical professional preparation for teaching in secondary schools and is designed and delivered by staff in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in partnership with schools in up to ten local authorities.
The Loughborough PGCE is an 11-16 QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) course with post-16 enhancement. This means that you will experience teaching the 11-16 age range as well as post-16, and upon successful completion of the course you will be able to teach children across the full secondary age range in schools.
At the heart of the PGCE is the development of your teaching competences. The course lasts 36 weeks and two thirds of it will be spent gaining teaching experience in two different secondary schools where you will be supported by experienced teachers. For the rest of the time, you will work at Loughborough with tutors and teachers who will prepare you for your school experience and guide you in making the important links between the theoretical and practical components of the course.
The school-based part of the Course provides a programme of teaching and related activities to develop your competences in planning for, teaching, and assessing pupils, and undertaking whole school responsibilities.
The University-based part of the Course provides a framework and wider context for understanding teaching and learning, and opportunities for you to share and reflect upon your own and others’ experiences.
At the University you will study a generic General Professional Studies module and two subject-specific Physical Education modules.
The programme also contributes towards half of a master’s degree (90 credits) and provides an optional pathway to complete a full MSc. Individuals wanting to complete the full degree can do so on a part-time basis during their early teaching career