Postgraduate courses in Sports and Physical Education Teaching

If you have excellent communication skills, like to work with students in helping them to live a healthy and active lifestyle, have a passion for teaching, patience and strong leadership skills then this could be worth considering.

There are a number of postcourses in PE teaching in the UK. Have a look and see if this is an area you would like to delve into. 

What is sports and physical education teaching?

Sports and physical education teaching provides students with learning opportunities through the medium of movement and contributes to their overall development. Such activities, development and movement can help children to lead more full, active and healthy lives. They will gain an understanding of activities and develop skills. 

As a teacher in this area you will plan lessons and activities and ensure you deliver them in a fun and interesting way to students. You will ensure students are participating and getting the most out of lessons while understanding what activities and classes work best and which ones do not. You will keep up to date on the student’s progress and attend parent-teacher meetings to keep parents up to date also. 

You will also write reports and keep up to date with different teaching methods and updates in activities. Your main role is to encourage children to participate and enjoy physical activities in order to promote a healthy and active lifestyle that has been instilled in them from a young age. 

As a PE teacher you will work normal school hours Monday to Friday. You will work school hours from around 9am-4pm. If you are working as a substitute teacher you will have to be more flexible with your time in order to be able to work at short notice. 


There are quite a number of music courses to choose from across the UK. Some courses offer the opportunity to study part time and full time and under current Covid-19 restriction, some universities may have their own plans. It is important to research a specific course in full.

Secondary Physical Education PGCE

Postgraduate courses in this area will give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in becoming a sports and PE teacher. You will learn to differentiate lessons to cater for different ages and physical needs and learn to implement the national curriculum in your class. Modules include Teaching Practice, Subject Knowledge for Learning and Teaching, Educational and Professional Issues and Learning and Teaching in Subject. 

Physical Education with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS)

A postgraduate course in this area will see you complete research methods, a school-based research project and studying your theory in order to gain your teaching status. This master’s degree will allow you to delve into the work of Physical Education, learn teaching methods, develop your skills and broaden your knowledge in order to become a successful and effective PE teacher. 

There are many different courses in this area that have the same course title but some courses may differ in their exact content and areas covered so be sure to research your desired course in detail. 

Entry requirements

Each course may differ in their specific entry requirements, however, most require an honours  degree (2.2 or above). Some courses may prefer a 2.1 honours degree while others require a 2.1. Some will also request an honours degree in a relevant field while others will accept any form of an honours degree. 


Your salary as a teacher of any kind is influenced by many different factors. These include your location, your experience and your exact employment type. Secondary PE teachers earn around £32,000 annually. Your entry level salary will be lower and closer to the £23,000 mark but with experience and time, your salary will rise. Some salaries can reach as high as £45,000. All figures are based on estimates and are intended to be used as a guide only. 

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Skills and requirements 

Skills and requirements helpful in this area include:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of health and exercise
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Leadership skills
  • Time management skills
  • Organisation skills
  • The ability to teach a class
  • Ability to adapt communication to individuals or groups
  • Strong verbal skills
  • Patience 
  • A friendly manner
  • Welcoming
  • A people person 
  • Strong planning skills
  • Creative
  • Determined

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