St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Physical Education (C6XC)

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.

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


About the course

The Physical Education (PE) PGCE course at St Mary’s University continues the tradition of producing outstanding practitioners of secondary PE. Trainees are assessed on their ability to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range, with opportunities for KS5 academic PE teaching as appropriate.

Trainees will gain experience across a diverse range of secondary school settings and activity areas throughout the course.

Applications will be accepted from individuals that have a 2:1, or above with an ’ in line’ degree classification. You can apply to our Secondary PE PGCE course with a 2:2 ‘in line’ degree classification but your application should also highlight an understanding of Secondary PE curriculum.

The course covers all aspects of PE teaching and learning, with an emphasis on creative practice for use in school. There is a strong emphasis on using and developing a range of PE models, as well as planning for the whole ability range to ensure that all pupils are able to make progress. The experienced PE tutors work in close partnership with trainees and the placement schools, developing collaborative practice embedded throughout the course.

Some distinctive features of the PE PGCE provision at St Mary’s University include: -

  • Theoretical concepts & pedagogy delivered through practical sports settings to enhance subject knowledge.

  • Extensive school collaborations & sharing good practice

  • Embedded CPD and reduced costs coaching/umpiring courses, examples include Trampolining / Handball / Parkour / FA Secondary Teachers Award

-Exploration of alternative activities and innovative curriculum design

  • OAA Field trip / SEND project / Aquatics themed day

  • Use of technology and IT to enhance PE practical and theory delivery

  • Strong PE community including PE mentors and local PE departments

-Opportunity for candidates with relevant qualifications to pursue a ‘PE with eBacc’ course of study, enhancing ongoing career opportunities.

  • Tutors are forward thinking and underpin delivery with research informed practice; active participants in London providers working party

For further information about PE, please contact the PGCE tutors:

Kirsty Harding -

Emma Newman -

St. Mary’s University has been graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted for the Secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Come and meet us. The university runs ‘Getting into Teaching’ open events every month. Book a place via We also host a ‘drop in’ session on the ‘First Thursday’ of every month between 1.30-3pm at the university’s coffee shop.

Interview process

Once we are confident you have met the course entry requirements, we carefully examine your personal statement. This is your opportunity to convince us that you have seriously thought through your journey into teaching in terms of motivation and a genuine understanding of what being a teacher really means.

You will almost certainly find it helpful to refer to prior learning and classroom experiences and reflect on the implication of what you saw, heard or experienced.

Within your statement, it is often helpful to connect your prior academic and/or work experiences to the skills and attitudes required for teaching.

On the interview day - we want to get to know you a little better and for you to get to know us.

The components that make up the day include : -

  • English writing activity
  • Subject knowledge assessment
  • Small group discussion activity
  • 3 minute presentation justify why your subject is part of the curriculum
  • Interview

The Admissions Tutor will host the day and explain the structure of the course, school placements, the Enhancement placement, Masters Modules and assessments.

We look forward to meeting you and supporting you to become an outstanding teacher of children.

How school placements work

St. Mary’s University is in partnership with over 150 schools - many of our trainees go on to become NQT’s in these partner schools.

You will gain experience in TWO different school settings through the course. You will be school-based for a minimum of 120 days.

We take into account your personal accommodation postcode when looking at placements. Students with declared disabilities will have these taken into account when allocating school placements.

Across your training you will have experience of working in Key Stage 3 and 4. There is usually the opportunity to experience post 16.

An experienced teacher acts as mentor during the school placement and contributes to your overall assessment as a new teacher.

We have the strongest commitment to student teacher support, regularly visiting student teachers in school over the duration of the course to quality assure the placements.

We see tutors retaining contact with student teachers while they are school-based, away from University as a major factor in our support success.

The consistent support available for students has been recognised by Ofsted in 2011 and again in 2019 as outstanding.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,730

Home/EU Tuition Fee of £9250 is subject to change based on approved Fee changes. For further details - please visit the University website pages on Fees and Student Finance:


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.

Financial support from the training provider

St. Mary’s University Alumni are able to receive a discount on the PGCE Tuition fee:


International students may be able to apply for a St. Mary’s University International Scholarship: (



GCSEs or their standard equivalent:

GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in Mathematics and English

If you do not meet the above entry requirements - we are able to offer candidates the opportunity to sit the St. Mary’s University GCSE Equivalency Test, but we do not accept Equivalency Tests from any other organisation.

Degree requirement (or equivalent qualification) : 2:2 degree classification and above will allow you to access the government bursary.

Demonstrate that you have made a fully informed decision

Further details of entry requirements:

Personal qualities

During the interview and selection process, you will take part in a variety of tasks that will allow you to evidence that you have thought carefully about your motives for becoming a teacher and can demonstrate that you have some emerging capability to reflect on what being a teacher means.

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching, working with and supporting children and an understanding of the resilience needed for teaching.

Other requirements

School observation

At St Mary’s University, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning, can be really insightful and informative.

DBS check

Successful completion of a physical and mental fitness to teach and a Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required for teacher training.

About the training provider

St. Mary’s University is graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted for both Primary and Secondary teacher training. We would love to meet you!.

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Where to find us: ( Student Life: (

Teaching students at St Mary’s have very high employment statistics, with many securing jobs in in our partnership schools.

Student feedback and our recent Ofsted report regularly highlights the quality of the pastoral care provided through their training programmes and the support offered by partner schools.

St. Mary’s University is situated in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham - a leafy part of Greater London (5 minute walk from Strawberry Hill mainline from London Waterloo) and good local bus links for other central London connections.

Public Transport:

We have recently celebrated 165 years in Education in south west London. St Mary’s is London’s second largest teacher training course provider, with a significant proportion of our 6,000 students training to teach on primary and secondary initial teacher training courses.

Key Facts Close partnership between the University and partner schools in all aspects of the course Educational theory closely related to practical reality of the classroom Bespoke personal tutor support Strong focus on subject knowledge development Support for those with an area of interest in SEND and EAL High employability rates for PGCE Trainee Teachers Ongoing support into your NQT year and your career beyond Ongoing Masters study opportunities at discounted rates

Training with disabilities and other needs

St. Mary’s University has a fully supportive and well-resourced Student Wellbeing service to support trainees with disabilities and other needs.

At interview, we encourage candidates to disclose any additional needs requiring support so that early support can be in place for the PGCE course.

For further information on Disability Access: (

Contact details

020 8240 2394
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill, Twickenham
Richmond upon Thames


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