X7KS14 PGCE Secondary - Physical Education PGCE Postgraduate Taught 2021
Please note: 2020-21 courses may be affected by Covid-19 and are therefore subject to change due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Summaries of course-specific changes resulting from the impact of Covid-19 will be provided to applicants during August 2020.
For the latest information on our plans for teaching in academic year 2020/21 in light of Covid-19, please see www.durham.ac.uk/coronavirus
The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.
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.
Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.
Integrated into the Course are university sessions, school experiences and OAA activities. An undoubted strength of the Course is the excellent partnership that exists between the university and schools. The course has been devised by the University Tutor and Physical Education specialists in local schools to prepare you to teach Physical Education to the full secondary age and ability range.
Whilst in University you will follow a structured PE programme which will involve sessions reflecting good practice. Sessions, therefore, feature discussion, collaborative work, experiential learning, the examination and analysis of materials but especially the active participation of members of the group. There will be an obvious focus on all PE activity areas (games, gymnastic activities, dance, athletic activities, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities) throughout the course.
The design of the PE course also takes into account the simultaneous delivery of the PI lectures programme. It therefore complements and reinforces the generic and subject specific principles, skills and techniques required of the competent teacher. Through critical reflection on current teaching practices, as well as your own teaching and research, you will be given the opportunity to develop into a more effective PE teacher, progressively improving the quality of your preparation and classroom practice, to become a physical educationalist for the future.
As part of your course, you will complete 3 Teaching placements (one of which you will arrange yourself) in a variety of local schools. This will comprise a minimum of 120 days to meet the minimum requirement for QTS.
The course is organised as 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 in two parts, prior to each of the two extended teaching practices. The teaching is related to those classroom-based issues such as the psychology of learning, the law, curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment and is followed up in subject groups and during school placements The block practices in the Autumn and Spring allow for practical opportunities for full professional development where there is a progression from observation, structured activities and group work to whole class work.
Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum and Self Directed Study 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, particularly those that impact on the success of children as learners. The Self Directed Study module draws on students’ experience during weekly visits to schools and their own small scale action research, and links this to critical engagement with published educational research.
These Masters modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.
On successful completion of the course, student teachers will have 90 credits and QTS.
Course Learning and Teaching
You will be required to submit two MA level assignments and an evidence portfolio illustrating how you have achieved the teaching standards. Whilst on school placement you are required to supplement subject and pedagogical knowledge through a series of ‘study’ and ‘focus’ tasks. A learning journal detailing your development as a teacher is also a requirement of your training.
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.
Subject requirements, level and grade
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
- A demonstrable an interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
- Have experience of working or volunteering with young people in a coaching setting
- GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC.
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 professional and interpersonal qualities and your commitment to teaching will be considered when making an admissions decision. Candidates who meet the criteria, will be invited to a selection day. Selection days will involve individual interviews with a pre-prepared presentation element and tests to assess written English and other skills.
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.
English Language requirements
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How to apply
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£21,730.00 per year|
|Home Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|Island Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£21,730.00 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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