Course leader Will Katene carried the Olympic flame as it passed through Exeter. Will has also been recognised by the Higher Education Academy with a National Teaching Fellowship award. This prestigious award is given in recognition of excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

PGCE Secondary Physical Education (PE)


St Luke's Campus, Exeter


The programme lasts 36 weeks and consists of University-based studies and school-based work.


Physical Education (PE) at Exeter is widely recognised as a leading PE course nationally. In the latest Teaching Agency Performance Profile statistics, 92 per cent of our PE trainees who were awarded QTS gained a teaching job and 98% of our PE trainees were awarded QTS.*

The course is constantly evolving and changing to take account of: (a) the latest research both in PE and the wider educational landscape, (b) internal quality assurance mechanisms such as student teacher evaluations, school-based teachers' evaluations, peer reviews and, (c) external quality assurance mechanisms such as recent Ofsted inspection findings, external examiner's reports to keep the course vital, stimualting and moving forward.

The course is run by a team of highly-qualified and experienced tutors who have a real passion for their subject and genuine love of working with trainees. Training to become a PE teacher is a demanding and challenging process; at times exhausting, other times exhilarating. The course will make great demands upon your energy, your intellect, your time and upon your own personal organisation.

We place considerable importance on student teachers collaboratively learning and teaching both during university taught sessions and in partnership schools as well as developing high levels of independence, individuality and initiative. The course includes taught lectures/workshops/practical sessions and directed or independent study tasks to meet your own professional development needs as well as the needs of the modern day PE teacher. You will, for example, acquire, understand, develop and apply existing and new knowledge of content, pedagogy, learners, learning and the curriculum both in PE and the wider educational context.

1. Content: the concepts, principles, facts and skills of a subject, discipline or activity (eg gymnastics, biomechanical principles of movement) and the inter-relationships between these subjects, disciplines or activities;

2. Pedagogy: innovative and creative ways of communicating or transmitting content knowledge that makes it interesting and comprehensible to the learners (eg, collaborative learning and teaching between student teachers);

3. Learners: learners and their characteristics, abilities, attributes, attitudes, diverse needs (eg gifted and talented pupils, Endlish as an additional language pupils), strengths and weaknesses;

4. Learning: educational theories of how learners think and learn (eg, Vygotsky’s social constructivist theory);

5. Curriculum: both the current National Curriculum for PE and the new Secondary PE Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 as well as GCSE syllabus/specifications and AS/A2 syllabus/specifications.

We strongly advise applicants to apply early to avoid disappointment!

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