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Physical Education 11-18

This  GUTP Physical Education PGCE prepares trainees to teach PE across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. This would include teaching GCSE, A level and BTEC courses. This course is carefully tailored to meet the Teachers’ Standards and includes training on:

  • The National Curriculum
  • GCSE, A level and BTEC specifications
  • Lesson planning and teaching strategies Assessment Strategies
  • Classroom management
  • Ensuring pupil progress
  • Managing behaviour
  • Use of ICT to enhance learning
  • Health and safety
  • Teaching invasion games
  • Teaching athletics and a variety of other sports dependent on the school setting

Training for each subject is undertaken through a number of twilight sessions and subject training days held in the various schools throughout the academic year during the normal working week.

Support during the course

The Physical Education PGCE is co-ordinated and managed by an experienced PE teacher from one of our partner schools ensuring that your training is up-to-date and relevant to schools. This ensures you the best start in your teaching career. You will also have a dedicated School Based Tutor on both your school placements and a dedicated Link Director. These key staff are there to support and guide you through the course and into your ECT (early career teaching) years.

Entry requirements

Potential trainees will need a relevant degree and grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English (this would equate to a grade 4 or above for the new GCSE). Relevant experience working in the physical education field may be considered. Strong A level qualifications would be an advantage as many PE teachers also teach a second subject.

Physical Education with an Ebacc subject

In addition to our core Physical Education PGCE we are also able to offer an alternative route into teaching. In order to be eligible for this route you will need an A level grade C or above in an Ebacc subject (English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Science, Computer Science, Modern Foreign Language). Trainees on this route qualify to teach Physical Education, but are also supported in developing subject knowledge and given teaching experience in their second subject in readiness for teaching.

Pre-course reading

Exam boards used by the schools in which you may train include AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJE. Click on the links below to access these sites.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like further information.

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Contact Information

The Grand Union Teacher Training Partnership

c/o Sponne School

Brackley Road



NN12 6DJ

Tel: 01327 350284 ext 7253