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PGCE Secondary – Physical Education

The following information has been put together to highlight the main features of the PGCE Secondary: Physical Education programme and to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have from students looking to apply.

For more detailed information about the PGCE Secondary: Physical Education programme at Cardiff Met, please refer to the UCAS Teacher Training website.


Main features of the programme:

  • Within the course the pedagogical aspect of National Curriculum PE are considered as well as key stage 2/3 links and school community links together with other professional discussions.
  • According to student evaluations tutors and mentors are the real strength of the Cardiff Met PGCE PE course.  They are knowledgeable and supportive.  In addition trainee teacher are very good at supporting peers and are used to working collaboratively.
  • There is an opportunity for one student each year to undertake an international placement in either Switzerland or Portugal. This is an exciting and rewarding experience.
  • Seminars, workshops, lectures are the main method of instruction.
  • University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching effectively.
  • We provide regular mentor meetings which allow you to ask questions and discuss topics/issues further.
  • You will receive feedback on your progress and lesson observations at regular points during the course.


Why study PGCE Secondary: Physical Education at Cardiff Met?

  • We are situated on an attractive campus at Cyncoed with high quality resources for Education students.
  • Option to submit assignments, undertake teaching placements and IPD groups through the medium of Welsh.
  • Financial incentives to train (training grants are available) and also to train through the medium of Welsh (training grant and Gloywi Iaith sessions).
  • We have placement schools throughout South Wales, so you do not have to move to the Cardiff area to study/ undertake your school placement.
  • Excellent and well-established partnerships with English and Welsh medium placement schools. 
  • Sharing of good practice and resources.

  • University sessions allow students to "regroup" and take time out from school regularly to discuss progress, challenges and successes in a supportive environment – you are not thrown in at the deep end and forced to sink or swim!

    For further information about the programme and any specific enquiries relating to entry requirements, assessments and interview process, please refer to the main PGCE Secondary course overview and the UCAS Teacher Training website. Alternatively please contact:
    Fiona Diffey
    PGCE Secondary Physical Education Programme Leader
    029 2020 5894