University of Wolverhampton Physical Education with History (3CYY)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/teaching

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Course summary

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

The PGCE in Secondary Education is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.

The aim of the Physical Education with History course is to develop thoughtful teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school by providing a balanced physical education programme. We also want to inspire a generation to become physically literate and active by providing well prepared, high quality physical education experiences for all students. In addition to this, you will also be able to effectively teach the History curriculum as a second subject. As a trainee you will learn how to teach Physical Education and History to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching Physical Education and History through a combination of university-led and school-led training.

Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level.

School placements

One of our strengths is that we have a vast network of high quality partnership schools in which to place you for the extended school placements. We ensure that you receive high quality school-based training by selecting schools with highly trained mentors and a proven track record of excellent trainee outcomes. We will also take other factors into consideration when placing you, such as your geographical location and transportation, to provide you with the best possible experience in a convenient and suitable setting.

The University-led elements of the course take place at our Walsall Campus. Our PGCE starts in early September and ends in June, and it is an intensive academic and professional training course that effectively prepares you for your first teaching post and beyond.

The course comprises of two periods of University-based teaching – September to October and January to February and two extended school placements in your subject specialism (October- December and February - June) . The programme also includes a short Primary school placement and additional opportunities for a range of enhancements to your course; for example, experience of teaching pupils with special educational needs or teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in physical education with history 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.

We will only consider the University of Wolverhampton equivalency test/s.

Personal qualities

You will have to possess a real interest and aptitude for physical education and history and an ability to think creatively about presenting the subjects to others. Above all, you will need a real commitment to the education of young people and a desire to inspire a generation.

Other requirements

Once you have a Conditional Offer, you will need to complete a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,000

About the training provider

‘Be Informed, Be Inspiring, Be Influential’

The University of Wolverhampton is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, with many of our graduates going on to work within the region. Our tutors are all experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Further Education / Post Compulsory Education.

OFSTED RATED GOOD

Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.

Access to free Professional Skills Test Support.

High quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment.

A clear progression to the Early Careers Framework and Master’s degree study, with opportunities to use PGCE credits to embark upon further study following successful completion of the course.

Access to leading research in the field of Education that enables trainees to develop as reflective practitioners.

OFSTED May 2021 said: “The partnership provides effective training, both in the university and partner settings, that prepares trainees well to teach their subjects. Trainees learn how to apply relevant research to their teaching. They become reflective practitioners, committed to ongoing professional development. Trainees are also well prepared for the realities of teaching.”

“Staff provide excellent support. University tutors provide effective help with issues such as managing workload and maintaining good mental health and well-being. In partner settings, mentors help to develop trainees’ teaching skills while providing strong professional role models.”

Interview process

Once your application has been received, your readiness to train to teach is individually assessed. If you meet the entry requirements, you will be offered an interview where you will be required to sit a subject-specific audit, undertake a practical performance and also a group discussion.

The audit is designed to identify your strengths and areas for development. You will be sent information on how to prepare when you are notified of your interview.

The main purpose of the interview is to:

  • give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
  • explore your subject strengths and areas for development
  • assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • assess your readiness to train to teach
  • assess knowledge and understanding of the range of physical education specifications in schools
  • answer any of your questions about the course.

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

We have a dedicated Student Support and Wellbeing department within the university offering support services in:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: Staff are equipped in supporting students who have mental health needs, or students with an Autism Spectrum Condition. Often, these difficulties overlap and therefore we are here to support you with your overall wellbeing whilst at university.

  • Disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties: Including Specific learning difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Mental Health conditions, Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger syndrome, Sensory disabilities including those affecting sight or hearing and Long term medical conditions

  • Counselling: Help is offered in developing your strengths, making decisions and developing the skills and resources to cope. As counsellors, we help you to find the answers.

  • Chaplaincy : Whether you are a person of faith, someone who is searching, someone with questions and doubts, or of no faith, you are welcome in our Chaplaincy building and to receive the support of the Chaplaincy team. We are a team of multi-faith Chaplains and between us we cover all of the University sites.

Find out more at www.wlv.ac.uk/ssw

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@wlv.ac.uk
Telephone
01902 321000
Website
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/teaching
Address
Gorway Road
Walsall
United Kingdom
WS1 3BD

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).

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