PGCert Secondary Education (Physical Education) with recommendation for QTS
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About the Course
Physical Education is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum from the ages of 5-16. As part of all children's education, Physical Education provides a crucial and exciting contribution to their education, development, competence and confidence in a range of physical activities both as part of the National Curriculum and throughout their life-course.
The Secondary Physical Education Courses at Brunel University have a long standing national reputation for high quality Teacher Education. The PGCert Secondary Physical Education course is very popular, drawing on outstanding expertise and experience in Education to build upon your commitment to the teaching profession and the subject area. The course will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills, supporting you in becoming an outstanding teacher who will help young people to reach their full potential and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
The intensive programme combines courses in principles and methods of teaching with practical school-based teaching placements and students are assessed on both elements.
The course aims are to ensure that you are able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the vital role of the teacher and the school in ensuring excellence in the educational experiences of young people;
- Undertake professional practice which enables you to evidence the Teachers’ Standards which facilitate the award of Qualified Teacher Status;
- Understand the relationships between Education, Physical Education and sport within current national and government frameworks, and critically reflect on the impact of these in the work of schools and the educational experiences of young people;
- Recognise the contribution that Physical Education as part of the whole school curriculum makes to the development of the individual learner and groups of learners;
- Think critically about what it means to be physically educated and how this informs curriculum planning and design within the subject area;
- Apply a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Physical Education National Curriculum to the planning of curriculum experiences for pupils in school;
- Demonstrate competence and confidence in your ability to teach across the contexts for pupil learning in the Physical Education National Curriculum range and content, applying principles of continuity and progression;
- Use subject knowledge and relevant course specifications to plan and deliver the 14-16 curriculum including examination and vocational courses;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the subject knowledge and specification requirements for the 16-19 curriculum;
- Utilise a range of teaching strategies to meet the identified learning needs of a wide range of pupils;
- Utilise a range of resources, including information and communication technology, to enhance pupil learning in Physical Education;
- Understand the importance of safe practice and safeguarding and apply these in working with young people both within and beyond lessons;
- Use a wide range of class management strategies to maximise pupil learning;
- Understand the principles of inclusion and apply these to ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils in the subject area;
- Understand national frameworks for assessment within the subject area and use these to support the recording and analysis of data, and the subsequent use of this to plan the next phase of learning;
- Raise the status of the subject area by demonstrating high standards of professionalism at all times;
- Understand the crucial role of professional learning for the teacher, the pupils and schools.
EnquiriesInformation on available funding.
All applications for PGCert programmes have to be made online through UCAS Teacher Training (UTT)
UCAS Code: X9C6.
Taught Programmes Office
School of Sport and Education
Uxbridge UB8 3PH
Tel: +44 (0) 1895 267156
The course is organised in termly blocks which address both Education Studies and Physical Education Subject Studies, the understanding of which is developed as the year progresses.
Throughout the course, theory and practice are integrated in both the University and school contexts. The course is planned and delivered in partnership with Physical Education colleagues in local schools. The Teachers’ Standards are mapped to every aspect of course provision to facilitate the best possible opportunities to support the process of your professional learning.
In order to support your preparation for the course there are pre-course conditions set for every successful applicant to the course. This includes initial school experience tasks which require you to spend time in both primary and secondary schools.
The course comprises three blocks of school experience, providing the opportunity to work in diverse and contrasting settings, to support you working towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards. School experience, organised in different ways, takes place in partnership schools selected for the quality of teaching and learning and the support offered to student teachers by experienced subject mentors.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirement
This course involves regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults. Where this is the case, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The application will incur a cost, subject to change, and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- As a leading centre of education and with roots in teacher education dating back to 1798, we provide first class teacher education that is internationally recognised. We are still a leading institution in developing new flexible routes into teaching.
- A Brunel PGCert is a widely recognised symbol of quality teacher education which accounts for our high employment rates.
- Staff are nationally and internationally recognised for their research, and liaise with government and other agencies on education policy issues.
- Brunel has a national and international reputation for physical education and sport.
- Brunel offers state-of-the-art sports facilities. Every form of training facility, indoor and outdoor, is available on-site or within easy reach, and we host numerous high-quality sporting events of our own. For example, we have our own indoor athletics centre, an outdoor athletics track and field facility, two sports centres, an exercise studio and fitness suite, indoor climbing wall 3rd generation all weather pitches, and netball and tennis courts. We also have access to a 50 metre swimming pool in Hillingdon within walking distance of the campus.
- The University has a national reputation for its strength in sport and many of our students, including physical education students, compete at both national and international level.
- You can take advantage of free access to our excellent University Academic Skills service, ASK.
- We have an award winning Placement and Careers Centre.
- Our library has been nominated for national awards for its outstanding provision.
- We have an on-site volunteering opportunities through our Brunel Volunteers provision.
- Our Disability and Dyslexia Service team have an excellent track record of support for students.
- Our Union of Brunel Students provides you with a range of additional support and a broad range of extra-curricular opportunities and social events.
- There is excellent University-wide access to PCs and the Internet, as well as free loan of media equipment and music/recording studios, and web space on the University server.
- You will benefit from an established partnership between Brunel and a variety of educational institutions and local schools.
- Brunel education degrees offer multicultural placement learning opportunities. For example, our location in West London and our diverse and well-established schools network means you will gain highly-valued placement learning experience in vibrant multicultural schools.
- The School of Sport and Education is host to a number of research centres, including the Brunel Able Children’s Centre. The process of learning is informed by cutting-edge research by staff in the strands of: Education, Identities and Social Inclusion and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with Pedagogy and Professional Practice.
What Ofsted say
"the attainment of student teacher in mathematics and physical education is outstanding"
"highly qualified university staff who are expert in their field and model best practice"
"highly reflective student teacher who demonstrate secure subject knowledge and effective management of pupils’ behaviour based on positive relationships within lessons"
"high quality recruitment, selection and induction of student teacher"
"outstanding resources to support both training provision and opportunities for extending the education experience of student teacher and enrichment for pupils in local schools"
"effectiveness of the highly qualified leadership team in responding to national initiatives and driving forward innovation"
"the emphasis on increasing student teacher’ understanding and knowledge of national initiatives, such as managing pupils’ behaviour in lessons and addressing the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, is exceptionally good"
"the ability of the provider to both anticipate and respond to change is outstanding"
The PGCert course carries 60 Master’s Level credits and requires you to successfully complete three formally assessed pieces of academic work during the year:
- A 1500 word written assignment related to general professional issues;
- A poster presentation proposing a small scale research project based in school;
- An oral powerpoint presentation of the completed small scale research project.
The Master’s Level credits provide an excellent foundation for future academic and professional study.
You are also required to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards in both sustained school experiences. In order to do this you will be expected to keep a School Experience File.
As the PGCert is a professional course, full attendance is required.
Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status will be made by the Secondary PGCert Examination Board for all those who successfully demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards as shown in the requirements for University and school-based work.
The Brunel PGCert is a recognised symbol of quality and the Secondary courses have an excellent reputation both nationally and locally. This is reflected in our high employment rates, and the feedback from past students, our partner schools and government agencies.
The course receives very positive evaluations and feedback from students, the overwhelming majority of whom are successful in achieving the first teaching posts of their choice. We have an extensive network of former students and other colleagues who hold positions of responsibility in UK schools which also helps our graduates when it comes to finding the right job. We are also delighted that many of our former students return to work with us as mentors, as they develop in their professional careers.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time
International students: £13,000 full-timeFees and Finance: Full Time PG Cert Education Students 2012/13
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Pre-professional Course Attributes
- The ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English. If selected for interview, you will be expected to interact effectively with university tutors and school colleagues and demonstrate the potential to form positive and productive relationships with colleagues and pupils in schools and in professional learning contexts.
- Professional Skills Tests. In order to gain the award of Qualified Teacher Status, all prospective student teachers are required to pass the skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy (further details below).
- An awareness of the Teachers’ Standards (DFE, 2012).
- An enthusiastic and energetic approach which communicates clearly your commitment to teaching and working with young people.
Pre-professional Course Knowledge
- An undergraduate degree related to the field in which you intend to teach. Normally this should be a 2.1 classification or above. We consider relevant higher degrees.
- Maths and English grades A* to C or equivalent at GCSE level.
- Modules within your degree course should provide a foundation of preparatory knowledge for the subject you are applying to teach.
- An informed personal philosophy on the aims of your subject area, drawing on relevant reading and research.
- An understanding of statutory requirements for your subject area within the state funded school sector.
- An awareness of recent government policy or initiatives in education and your subject area.
Pre-professional Course Skills
Recent and relevant experience of state funded school education in England through team teaching or observing with experienced teachers. This should normally be pre-professional teaching experience where you have had the opportunity to develop relationships with a group(s) of pupils over a sustained period of time.
- Recent and relevant experience of state funded school education in England through team teaching or observing with experienced teachers. This should normally be pre professional teaching experience where you have had the opportunity to develop relationships with a group(s) of pupils over a sustained period of time.
- Professional Skills Tests - via the main application cycle, Brunel University will accept applications for PGCert courses within Education prior to completion of the Teaching Agency Skills Tests. If you are offered a place on one of the courses and have yet to meet the requirements of passing the Skills Tests then your offer will be conditional on passing these tests by the 30 June.
Apply 2 will be dealt with on a case by case basis, however the expectation is that you have already passed the required tests at the point of application to Brunel University.
- Pre-professional preparation school experience should be across two Key Stages of education i.e. Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
- Evidence that you have planned, delivered and reflected on teaching or coaching episodes to pupils or young people in either educational contexts or within a learning community.
The Application Process
This is a very popular course and fills up quickly. All applications are dealt with in the order that they are submitted and the course closes as soon as it is full.
Following receipt of your application from UCAS, there are three stages:
Stage One: Application forms are screened by the Admissions Office for status, degree classification, school experience and GCSE requirements. In the case of overseas qualifications, Brunel International may be consulted about the equivalence of those without British qualifications;
Stage Two: Applications will then be passed to Admissions Tutors for the PGCert course you are applying to. The form will be scrutinised according to the criteria set out above and will be used to form the basis of questions if you are invited for interview;
Stage Three: Those applicants successful at stage two will be invited to Brunel. This stage of the process will involve an introduction to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCert) course within the context of the Brunel Partnership; an interview with University and school-based staff; and document checks by Admissions staff. In addition there will be subject specific activities which will include some of the following: a written exercise; a subject knowledge audit and/or test; a presentation; a group discussion; a practical movement assessment; a teaching episode where you will be required to teach a small group of fellow candidates. Further details will be provided if you are invited for interview.
Following the interview we will consider all components of the process and Brunel Admissions will inform you of the decision as soon as possible.
It is important to note that the criteria outlined above are the ones we will use in assessing your application. Judgements are based on considerable experience within the Secondary Brunel Partnership which is validated by regular quality enhancement procedures.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
- TOEFL Paper test: 600 (TWE 4.5) PBT
- TOEFL Internet test: 100 IBT (R20, L20, S20, W20)
- Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.