Physical Education


Become a Physical Education teacher

Teaching doesn’t just happen in the classroom. As a teacher of Physical Education, you’ll be using the sports field to build positive relationships between your pupils and the benefits of physical activity.

Their physical and mental wellbeing is very important. Making sure young people, of all abilities, nurture a healthy attitude towards sport and exercise is crucial for their personal development.

Your role is to make Physical Education important and inclusive. You will also build your pupils’ confidence and instil the value of a healthy lifestyle that will serve them long into the future.

She Enjoys Teaching
"You wake up and you don’t know what you’re going to meet and that makes it exciting, interesting and enjoyable." Stuart MacDonald – Teacher at Bouroughmuir High School

What being a Physical Education teacher covers:

  • Organising and setting lessons
  • Monitoring the progress of pupils
  • Working with pupils to guide their development and share that progress with parents and caregivers
  • Manage behaviour in the classroom and sports field
  • Organise sport events and matches with other schools
  • Planning, supervising and leading study trips.

Take that next step into Physical Education

It’s a career choice that comes with a good starting salary and great opportunities for progression. To begin your journey, you need to have a degree in a suitable sports subject plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or have studied a degree that combines sports-related studies and education.

This subject, as with others in the Curriculum for Excellence, can be delivered through Gaelic Medium Education. There are lots of benefits to teaching in Gaelic and we have more information about how to take this route into teaching.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) and
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

Universities you can study in

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Physical Education at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider for the most up-to-date information.

The University of Strathclyde also offer a pathway into Gaelic Medium Education. Find out more about the opportunities and benefits of teaching in Gaelic.

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