Training to teach physical education (PE)

PE plays a vital role in promoting physical activities and a healthy lifestyle in a positive and enjoyable way for all pupils. As a PE teacher, you’ll be responsible for honing pupils’ abilities in a range of physical activities and sports – helping them to develop their personal fitness and learn important life skills.

By training to teach PE, you’ll learn a wide range of skills you can take into your new career. These range from teaching pupils about teamwork and getting involved in your placement schools’ sports teams, to learning how to manage classes during outdoor and indoor physical activities.

Once qualified, you’ll continue your professional development as you teach pupils how to plan, adapt and implement different tactics in a diverse range of team and individual games. You’ll work with young people to develop their sporting techniques, and have the chance to help them overcome sporting anxieties or a lack of fitness.

No two days will be the same. Your day-to-day teaching will cover a vast range of activities, including your favourite sports and those in which you personally excel.

In return, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary and fantastic opportunities for rapid career progression and pay rises. 

Course availability

Training to teach PE is a very popular career choice. That’s why schools and universities have limited places for 2017/18. We recommend you check the availability of training courses on UCAS Teacher Training and apply as soon as possible to stand the best chance of starting a course this year. 

You may also want to consider training to teach another subject, which may be possible whatever the subject of your degree with a subject knowledge enhancement course.

In 2016/17,


of trainee PE teachers had a 2:1 or first

Starting salary of up to


once qualified

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Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.