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PGCE Secondary Physical Education

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Teacher Training Secondary

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11-to-16 age range, which qualifies you to be a teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. Where possible, we also give you the chance to gain experience in the 11-to-18 age range.

At the University of East London we believe every child is entitled to a high-quality PE curriculum which places their physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs at the core of its purpose. 

As a PE student teacher, you will develop into someone who can be responsible for honing pupils’ abilities in a range of physical pursuits – helping them to develop their personal fitness and a healthy, active lifestyle as well as important life skills.

Our state-of-the-art SportsDock facility offers ideal on-site learning facilities in which to develop your teaching skills.

There are three elements to secondary training with us: subject studies, general professional studies and school-based training. It differs from courses offered by other universities in that it is very much subject-based. 

Our ethos is based on collaboration, not competition. We encourage you to work collaboratively just as you will when you qualify and start working in a school.

Contact us

If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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90%

of trainees in a teaching post within six months

The overall proportion of our Secondary PGCE teacher trainees who are in a teaching post within six months of completing the course. Ahead of the sector average.

100

partnership schools

The number of secondary schools we work with across East London and into Essex in which our students undertake full placements. When they gain employment, most of our students secure jobs within our partnership schools.

SKE

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

We are proud of our longstanding practice of supporting non-traditional students. Our pre-course subject knowledge enhancement courses allow you to reinforce your degree with the subject knowledge you need to qualify as a specialist teacher.

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Fees and funding

What's on offer?

Home and EU students studying for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) may be eligible for a tax-free bursary from the government, worth up to £30,000. These are paid in ten instalments from October to July, directly to your UK bank account, starting in October each academic year.

Who's eligible?

As a PGCE student, your eligibility for financial support and the amount you receive depends on the subject you plan to teach - as well as your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.

For more information on the funding available visit the Get Into Teaching website.

How do I apply?

Please submit completed PGCE Bursary application form either at Docklands/Stratford Student Hub or post to Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART), University of East London, Docklands campus, 4-6 University Way, London, E16 2RD.

Please refer to the PGCE Guidance Notes for information on eligibility, payment details and implications of leaving your programme with regards to the PGCE bursary.

Refer to the application form to provide bank details to receive bursary payments, where eligible. If for any reason you decide to defer or withdraw from your PGCE programme email thehub@uel.ac.uk promptly to prevent any overpayments which will be reclaimed.

Applications will be available from August 2018.



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•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here

If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk








The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444





Tuition fees
UK/EU
£9,250
A Tuition Fee Loan may be available to help you with this cost.
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.













Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.








Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk






Tuition fees
International
£12,480

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

From
Degree
Minimum 2.2 Honours degree or above in the subject area applicant plans to teach.

All applicants MUST have GCSE English and Maths grade A*-C.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

The entire interview process lasts about three hours. During the interview you will be asked to talk about a current educational issue.  Please ensure you have done some research into current educational issues in advance of the interview.  You could, for example, read recent editions of the Times Educational Supplement. 

Our aim is to find out as much as we can about your attributes, skills, knowledge and understanding in order to shape training opportunities for you, should you be offered a place on the programme. 

Your responses to these tasks and activities will be considered alongside all the other evidence to assess your suitability for the Secondary PGCE programme.

During the individual interview you will be given the chance to talk with a tutor about the programme and any other issues that are relevant.

Applicants must pass a Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy prior to starting the course.

Please look at http://www.uel.ac.uk/cass/teachertraining/secondary/offerholders/qts/ for more information.

You will need to demonstrate through the application form and at interview that you:

  • can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
  • possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher
  • have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the Teachers’ Standards


The process of selection will involve:

  • scrutiny of the GTTR form
  • a Literacy task
  • a task specific to your subject
  • an assessed collaborative activity

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity.

As you will have close contact with children and/or vulnerable adults on the PGCE programme, you will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure Certificate. You will be contacted directly by the UEL Applicant Checks Officer in the Admissions Office with further details of the process and a disclosure application form.

School Direct Salaried trainees must complete a DBS application with your employing school and also get health clearance from your employing school.

You need to complete this check before you start the programme because you cannot go on any school visit if your form has not been returned.

Trainee teachers can refer to the attached UCET guidance  and the Guide to Disclosure and Health Screening Procedures relating to DBS checks and teacher trainees.

Further details can be obtained by emailing the Applicant Checks Officer at crbappchecks@uel.ac.uk

It is a legal requirement that you are assessed as fit to teach in order to be given an unconditional offer on our programmes. Teaching is a demanding activity and there are fitness requirements set by the Department for Education for applicants to teacher training.  

Maitland Medical undertakes the screening process for physical and mental fitness to teach. An online questionnaire must be completed and a fee of £55.00 must be paid upon submission. You will need to contact Maitland Medical at mail@maitlandmedical.co.uk or phone 0208 295 8250 if you need a paper questionnaire or guidance on the process. Full submission and payment details are included on the questionnaire.

Maitland Medical will notify UEL when an assessment has been made so that we can update our records. These records will be checked prior to your placements to ensure that you are fully cleared to attend.

Trainee teachers with special needs and/or disabilities are very successful on our programmes particularly when they disclose their needs before registration. If you do have a particular need or disability we strongly encourage you to disclose this as soon as possible so that we can assess the level of support you may need and to which you are entitled.

Trainee teachers can refer to the attached UCET guidance  and the Guide to Disclosure and Health Screening Procedures relating to DBS checks and teacher trainees.

Further details can be obtained by emailing the Applicant Checks Officer at crbappchecks@uel.ac.uk


Applicants who have not obtained a GCSE award via a recognised exam board such as AQA, Pearson Edexcel or OCR will need to sit a recognised equivalency test. You will have the option to state if you are applying for an Equivalency Exam on your UCAS application.


UEL equivalency test

Applicants holding an offer at UEL conditional on GCSE English, Maths or Science will have the option of sitting our internal GCSE Equivalency Test. The Equivalency Tests are valid for our institution and PGCE programmes only. Employers may not accept in lieu of a full GCSE qualification award.

Further information (including available dates, cost and how to book) will be sent if we can offer you a place.

A Star Teacher’s Equivalency Exam

A Star Teachers offer a number of equivalency tests – Further information is available at https://courses.astarteachers.co.uk/shop/

Non-UK qualifications

GCSE equivalent qualifications taken outside the UK will be assessed in line with NARIC and NCTL guidance.


If you hold a degree or qualifications from a non-UK institution, you must verify their equivalence through the National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (NARIC). Please go to http://www.naric.org.uk for information on their services.



You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

We will support you to develop as a great PE teacher who can bring the subject to life by devising and delivering a diverse range of engaging lessons that educate and excite all pupils. 

You will gain a range of skills, from teaching pupils about teamwork and getting involved in your placement schools' sports teams to learning how to manage classes during outdoor and indoor physical activities.

Once qualified, you will continue your professional development as you teach pupils how to plan, adapt and implement different tactics in a diverse range of team and individual games. 

You will work with young people to develop their sporting techniques and have the chance to help them overcome sporting anxieties or a lack of fitness.

You will also learn about children and child development in the core Active Inquiry and Technology-Enhanced Learning modules.

 If the topic is behaviour management, for example, your seminar group discussion will look at what managing behaviour means for a PE teacher compared to an English teacher or a design and technology teacher.

What you'll study

Developing subject expertise and subject specialism 
School-Based Learning: Reflections on Practice 
Research informed practice
Securing Pupil Progress
Active Inquiry and Intervention: impacting upon Pupil Progress 

How you'll be assessed

To pass your PGCE and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, you have to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards.

While the course is modular, the emphasis is on the whole process of your development as a teacher. So, rather than a fragmentary approach, there is ongoing assessment, charting the often subtle transformations in your knowledge and understanding, and your practical skills.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Physical Education student teachers undertake a residential outdoor activities trip at the start of the course.

We are superbly equipped for PE training. Initial Teacher Training is based in the purpose-built Cass School of Education and Communities with specialist facilities available at our SportsDock complex, community venues such as Copperbox on the nearby Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and partner schools. 

The university-based training initially consists of weekly lectures on themes that are then developed in seminar groups. You will work both in subject-specific groups and in mixed-subject groups.

We organise our training so that it feels like a school. We teach students mainly in small groups of 30 rather than in large lecture halls of 150 or 300 because it is important that you have plenty of time in your subject groups.

Your subject tutor will be like your form tutor at school. We believe that we should model good practice to you so that you can learn by example.

You will undertake long placements in contrasting schools, totalling 24 weeks. We work in partnership with over 100 schools and colleges to provide a high-quality programme of support. 

You will be on placement from week three, so right from the beginning of your training you will have a strong link between theory and practice.

While an experienced teacher will be in the classroom with you, it is you who will be planning the lessons and teaching the lessons. You will start by observing the teacher, then helping. By the end of the Secondary PGCE course, you will be teaching 60 per cent of a normal teacher’s timetable.

You will have the opportunity to visit additional schools and settings. For instance, if your first placement is in a mixed comprehensive school in Barking & Dagenham, then you might go to a single-sex faith school in Havering for your second one.

Our tutors and subject mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement as you learn to teach.

 

Your future career

The Secondary PGCE course at the University of East London was designed in 2001 in conjunction with the local authorities to address the secondary education teacher shortage in east London.

The partnership works with input and support from the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Redbridge.

It means that our graduates are represented in virtually every secondary school in east London. Some are now deputy heads or in senior management roles in schools that are taking our current trainees for their placements.

Across all subjects, from maths to modern languages, our teacher training graduates are acting as mentors to those following in their footsteps.

The partnership means that you have a head start when it comes to securing a teaching post in east London at the end of your training.

Both local authorities and individual schools visit our campus regularly to meet our trainees and advertise available vacancies.

You may also decide to undertake further study at the University of East London, either at the end of your course or after gaining teaching experience, perhaps specialising in Special Educational Needs or taking our MA Leadership in Education.

We also offer the opportunity for doctoral study to further develop your teaching knowledge and expertise.

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