Being a Physical Education teacher
PE teachers help children develop healthy relationships with sport and exercise. They also promote healthy lifestyles, team work, and positive attitudes towards nutrition.
To teach PE at secondary level you’ll need 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.
Four-year university courses 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 Grade) 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.
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.
Holly Mathie – Physical Education Teacher at Hazlehead Academy
“The fantastic support and educational experience from my Physical Education teachers when I was at school gave me aspirations to become one myself. I feel I bring enjoyment for the pupils and my colleagues with a fun attitude to learning and working.
"Physical Education is a subject that is extremely diverse in terms of pupil ability and activities. Each day presents different circumstances, for myself and the learners. There are always new challenges but that’s what makes it interesting.
"While it’s fantastic having elite performers in your classes, the pupils who fight to overcome struggles in Physical Education are often the most rewarding to work with. Assisting them with the slightest improvement in any activity is of great significance and importance to their development and confidence.
"Teaching isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle. If you give it the dedication, passion and positive attitude it requires to thrive, you will have an enjoyable and rewarding life-long career."