North East Partnership SCITT (Physical Education) Physical education (2LFK)

PGCE with QTS full time

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This Ofsted outstanding course is full-time and lasts 40 weeks from September to July. It is delivered by a partnership of more than 40 schools covering 10 local authorities in the North East of England. John Spence Community High School; a Specialist Sports College, is the lead school.

The course consists of 4 inter-related modules:

  • Professional Placements

You will gain teaching experience in 2 contrasting schools. Placement 1 starts in September with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 6 week block between November and December. Placement 2 starts in January with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 12 week block between February and June.

  • Curriculum Studies

In this module you will develop your subject-specific knowledge and pedagogy. You will gain practical and theoretical experience in all areas of the National Curriculum for PE at KS3/KS4 and of examination PE at KS4/KS5. You will learn about safe practice, child development, how children learn, planning, adaptive practice, measuring progress, assessment, pedagogical theories to support practice, ICT to enhance learning and how literacy and numeracy can be incorporated into lessons. These sessions are delivered by expert colleagues from partnership schools.

  • Professional Studies

In this module you will develop your knowledge of education through a programme of conference days focusing on topics that are at the forefront of policy and practice. These include; safeguarding and child protection, pastoral care, working with parents, behaviour management, pupil memory, assessment, inclusion, teaching and learning, character education, equality and diversity and literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. Time is also allocated to preparing for employment. These sessions are delivered by middle and senior leaders in partnership schools.

  • Curriculum Project

For this module you will carry out a small scale action research project during your final placement. You will agree a focus with your tutors based on an area of interest, a development need in your placement school or current research in PE.

Successful trainees exit the course with QTS plus a PGCE from Northumbria University. Placement performance is assessed against your mastery of the ITT curriculum and the teachers’ standards for the award of QTS. For the award of PGCE you will complete two coursework assignments plus your action research project and have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters credits.

School placements

We work with more than 40 schools covering 10 local authorities in the North East of England; including schools as far north as Northumberland and as far south as Middlesbrough.

You will gain teaching experience in 2 of these schools:

  • Placement 1 starts in September with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 6 week block between November and December.

  • Placement 2 starts in January with 2 serial days each week followed by an observation and planning period then a 12 week block between February and June.

You will have a subject mentor, a professional mentor and a link tutor to support you on placement.

You will progress from observation to collaboration to independence and from a 60% to a 70% per timetable to an 80% timetable on your final placement.

Placements are organised with as much sensitivity to your personal circumstances as possible using the following criteria, although educational circumstances always take precedent:

  • Experience across the 11-18 age range. It is guaranteed that at least one of your placements will offer some post 16 experience
  • Experience in 2 contrasting schools
  • Experience gained prior to starting the course
  • Specialisms that the schools can offer you to develop gaps in your subject knowledge
  • Location of the schools in relation to where you live. If you have the use of a car/bike or if you will be using public transport, this will be taken into account.

In addition, you will visit 2 other schools to gain experience in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and those who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) plus spend some time in a primary setting.

Trainees also complete a ‘core subjects mini module’ where they gain experience of teaching a core subject to KS3 students as part of their placement module. This is successful in ensuring trainees ‘stand out’ against other PE applicants when applying for teaching posts at the end of the year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking for individuals who are well qualified with relevant and up-to-date experience and who have interests and talents that would enhance children’s learning experiences. You should be enthusiastic, hardworking, resilient, happy to ‘think outside the box’ and have well developed organisation and communication skills. You will need to be able to use your initiative, manage workload and work cooperatively and effectively with others. You must be passionate about a career in teaching and enjoy working with young people, building warm relationships that promote learning.

Other requirements

  • A broad and balanced PE, sport or dance background

  • The ability to swim 200 metres continuously using two different strokes

  • Work experience in a secondary school is desirable but not essential

  • Competence in ICT

  • Have met the government’s requirement in terms of health and physical capacity to train to teach, and have enhanced DBS clearance

Fees and financial support

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

Tuition fees for 2023/24 will be £9,250. You can choose to pay these as a one-off payment or to take out a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England.

For more information on tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and grants, please visit: Gov.UK and Student Loans Company. Information about bursaries can be found on the Department for Education website.

Financial support from the training provider

You will be provided with an iPad and keyboard for the duration of the course.

In addition, we will fund you to gain a wide range of additional teaching qualifications and national governing body awards, including; mental health, first aid, cricket, kinball, frisbee, handball and trampolining. These additional qualifications and awards give you an advantage over other applicants when applying for jobs at the end of the year.

We also have contacts for holiday work at sports camps.

About the training provider

If you want to be a secondary PE teacher train with the prestigious North East Partnership SCITT (previously the Northumbria University PGCE). We are the top PE provider in the North East and one of the top in the country.

  • We have achieved our fourth consecutive outstanding Ofsted judgement.
  • We are consistently ranked in the top 10 providers nationally in the Good Teacher Training Guide and in 2015 were ranked first.
  • We are the largest provider of secondary PE in the North East and one of the largest in the country.
  • Our trainee outcomes are exceptionally high; completion rates, attainment grades and employment.
  • As a single-subject SCITT we can really focus on developing your subject-specific knowledge and pedagogy.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain additional teaching qualifications and NGB awards at no extra charge, including; mental health, first aid, cricket, kinball, frisbee, handball and trampolining.
  • You will have the opportunity to teach a second subject at KS3.
  • Training is completely school-centred. We work with over 40 schools in the North East and a significant number of these, support the programme delivery.
  • We have exceptionally strong support mechanisms. We have a mental health and well being lead. You will have a subject mentor, a professional mentor and a link tutor. A large cohort of trainees means you are never working alone.
  • You will exit with QTS and a PGCE which includes 60 Masters Credits.

Interview process

To apply to the North East Partnership SCITT you must use the DfE Apply for Teacher Training system:

  • Course Code: North East Partnership SCITT (Physical Education) – N55 2LFK.

Applications can be submitted from October 11th for a September entry the following academic year. For the 2023/24 academic year we hope to recruit 30 secondary PE trainees. As demand for places is very high interested applicants are advised to apply as early as possible.

The DfE system will automatically forward applications to the programme team who will send an email acknowledging receipt.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview day at one of the partnership schools; these days will consist of a group task, a literacy task, a numeracy task, a teaching episode and a formal interview. The interview panel will comprise representatives from partnership schools and the SCITT Recruitment Lead.

You will be notified through the DfE portal of the outcome of your interview.

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

We are committed to providing an environment in which you are treated fairly and with respect, regardless of any disability.

Disabilities are catered for on a case by case basis. Any trainee with an impairment or health condition (physical or mental), which may affect their ability to train to teach, will be referred to occupational health and any reasonable adjustments will be made for their training year.

We acknowledge that some of you might find the academic side of the course a little challenging, especially if you have been out of full-time education for a while or suffer from dyslexia, and provide a range of support to cater for this.

In addition, we have a mental heath and well-being lead who works with you throughout your training year.

Contact this training provider

John Spence Community High School
Preston Road
North Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE29 9PU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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