PGCE Secondary - Physical Education
1 year full-time
The PGCE Secondary PE course is the first phase of three-year entitlement for beginning teachers. The first phase of the entitlement is the Core Content Framework and this is embedded into all of our ITE courses. The PGCE Secondary PE course is accredited by the DfE, and upon successful completion you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). During our last Ofsted Inspection we were graded as “Outstanding” for all aspects of our provision.
Subject pedagogy (how to teach the subject for understanding) is explored in an innovative university / partnership model known as the POD (Professional Opportunities and Development). The ITE course is delivered using a blended approach and is research informed.
The process starts with an online interactive resource which introduces a weekly theme e.g., behaviour management, assessment, SEND and inclusion (all of which are components of the Core Content Framework).
The theme is then expanded upon in relation to your specialism in a Teaching and Learning Community (TLC) and finally theory and application come together in the POD (Sedgefield Community College, King James 1 Academy and St Bede’s School and Sixth Form College).
Beginning teachers work in classrooms in POD schools with expert staff to develop knowledge and strategies that can be drawn upon during their own teaching placement. Subject knowledge is enhanced through work with subject specific University staff and with subject experts from the POD setting.
You will follow a structured PE programme which will involve sessions
- Reflecting on how to be an effective PE teacher and what constitutes good practice
- There will be an obvious focus on NC PE activity areas (games, gymnastic activities, dance, athletic activities, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities) throughout the course.
- Teaching PE by thinking outside of the box, teaching to develop understanding
- Discussion, collaborative work, experiential learning, the examination and analysis of materials but especially active learning through participation in activities with other members of the group.
The course is organised into three modules:
- Professional Issues in School-based Education
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
- Self-directed Study
The Professional Issues in School-based Education relates to the Teacher Standards and is delivered through the Research Related Professional Practice curriculum (RRPP).
The RRPP is designed to bridge the gap between research and professional practice. It encourages trainees to focus on key subject specific threshold knowledge linked to deep thinking in terms of how to teach in order to have maximum impact on pupil learning.
Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum and Self-directed Study assignments are studied at Masters Level. The Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum Module draws on the international research expertise within the School of Education enabling student teachers to engage critically in issues relevant to the classroom and school community, particularly those that impact on the success of children as learners.
The Self-directed Study module draws on aspect of teaching and learning in a small-scale action research piece of work, and links this to critical engagement with published educational research.
These Masters modules provide an opportunity to consolidate theoretical knowledge, through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught during a Reflective Practitioner Conference. In addition to covering Teachers’ Standards, these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.
On successful completion of the course, our beginning teachers have 90 credits and QTS.
Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part-time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the course.
The course is delivered full-time, starting in early September and continuing over 10 months. During this time, you will experience a blend of University teaching interwoven with school experience.
Please note that the course does NOT run to university terms
As part of the PGCE course, you will gain a significant amount of school experience, usually around 120 days over the course of the year. Durham University Partnership has schools across the north east region and students are required to travel independently to these. The Partnership Team work hard to ensure that travel expectations are reasonable.
The University sessions will be delivered as a blended approach with some online teaching, asynchronous and synchronous, as well as face to face opportunities. Lectures provide supporting frameworks of key theories and concepts with follow up seminars and workshops being used as peer-assisted learning opportunities and dialogic approaches to teaching and learning. The seminar mode of delivery reflects the nature and approach to teaching in the classroom and supports the additional aspects of professional development programme.
Throughout the year students are encouraged and required to work in teams which will enhance cohort cohesion as well as support professional and academic development. Students will therefore learn from their peers as well as their academic and professional tutors. Students will be able to analyse a range of classroom perspectives and stakeholder viewpoints, triangulating between theory, practice and policy.
Our playing facilities both are excellent. The Graham Sports Centre covers about forty-four acres. Here there is a sports hall, indoor rowing tank, squash courts, multi-gym, physiotherapy centre, athletics track, Astro-Turf floodlight pitches, tennis courts, numerous soccer, hockey, rugby and cricket pitches, as well as a lacrosse pitch. These playing facilities have also been used as the site of the World Cross-Country Championships.
The Racecourse playing fields are situated close to the City Centre and cover about twenty acres. These include a cricket ground, rugby pitch, football and hockey pitches, as well as two fives and two squash courts in the Racecourse pavilion. The Racecourse cricket ground has been used by Durham County Cricket Club for first class fixtures and also hosted the Australian tourists.
At UCAS you can apply for this course using the following code: X9C6
- The equivalent of a UK 2:2 honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of sports or a similar subject. If your degree is from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
- School, town, county, regional or national high level sports performance, preferably in more than one sport
GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved by the time of application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC (ecctis.co.uk/naric/).
- Have experience of working or volunteering with young people in a coaching setting
Please note that you MUST also:
- Be able to swim 400 METRES
- Be able to participate and understand the rules governing track and field athletics
- Be physically fit enough to participate in all subject knowledge and developmental activities sessions e.g. trampolining training.
You MUST include confirmation of the above on your application, personal statement and reference, or you will not be invited for interview.
We welcome applicants who have been pro-active in developing their subject knowledge in:
Invasion, net/wall and striking & fielding for KS3
Floor, apparatus work, Trampolining
Team Building Activities
Track & field
Please note that if you have played a sport to a high level you are advised not to concentrate on that sport in gaining National Governing Body or Initial Teacher Training qualifications.
Your interpersonal qualities and your potential to achieve professional skills relating to the Teachers' Standards will be considered when making an admissions decision. Candidates who meet the criteria, will be invited to an interview. The interview process will involve an individual interview with a pre-prepared presentation element and a series of tasks designed to illustrate your potential to meet the Teachers' Standards by the end of the course.
Successful candidates will receive an offer conditional upon successful medical and criminal record checks. The latter is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and full instructions on how to apply for a DBS Disclosure will be provided.
If you have a criminal record of any kind, you may contact the School of Education DBS Manager, Caroline Emery, for further advice and information. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.
We strongly encourage you to register for the DBS Update Service, which lets you take your certificate from one employer to another without having to apply for a new check.
Please note, all DBS Enhanced Disclosures for our students must be processed by Durham University unless you have applied to the Update Service.
Fees and funding
Full Time Fees
|Home students||£9,250 per year|
|EU students||£22,250 per year|
|Island students||£9,250 per year|
|International students||£22,250 per year|
The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).
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Scholarships and Bursaries
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