Physical Education (BSc Hons)


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Our lecturers are skilled, qualified and active in their profession

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Develop your interest in primary or secondary physical education (PE), teaching pupils with special educational needs, or school sports development. You will study a range of activity areas, undertake a work placement each year through our network of over 65 education providers, and tailor your degree through optional modules. We train our students to be adaptable and outstanding practitioners, which is why 95% of our graduates are in employment or further training within 6 months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2014/15). We're also rated 95% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017).

You will develop your teaching of a range of activities – from football to zumba and parkour. In your first year you'll explore the purpose of PE, lesson planning and delivery, and inclusive practice. In practical sessions you'll examine innovation in games teaching, applied sciences and 'physical literacy', developing competence and confidence in children through PE.

In your second and third years you'll have the opportunity to take modules linked to outdoor adventure activities – athletics, swimming, adapted PE and more – including a field trip to an outdoor education centre in the Brecon Beacons. Your final year focuses on refining your teaching practice, developing your teaching of GCSE and A-level courses.

Our lecturers are highly qualified, with experience and achievements ranging from qualified teachers and specialist sports coaches to research-active scholars and curriculum development consultants.

Study style

The course includes a balance of theory and practical learning. You'll be assessed through practical sessions, podcasts, coursework, presentations and post-placement reflection exercises.

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

ABB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeC604


  • PE Teacher in primary or secondary education
  • Teacher in special schools
  • School sports development
  • Teaching assistant/learning support worker

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Student Focus

Louise Fensome

I’m the Students’ Union (SU) education officer. It’s awesome!

I really enjoyed the practical element of my degree. My favourite module was Inclusive Physical Activity. It helped me to learn how to include everyone I’m teaching. The course was great for confidence building. I worked in different educational environments. I did two placements, one in a secondary school teaching PE and one coaching football. I played futsal and football with the SU. We never lost a varsity match with the women’s football team!

Industry links

We work with over 65 education providers throughout Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, many of whom our students complete work placements with, and who join us for careers events and guest speakers in lectures. We're also home to the annual Physical Education Conference, held at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. This event attracts education practitioners from across the southwest of England to share best practice and enhance teaching.

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Develop skills in a range of sports areas

Develop your teaching of a range of activities – from traditional sports such as football, cricket and tennis to activities such as ultimate frisbee, zumba and parkour. You will graduate with the ability to engage a diverse range of young people through a range of activity areas.

PE teaching career

Ideal preparation for a PE teaching career

This course is the ideal platform to progress onto a teacher training qualification such as a PGCE. However, our graduates also move into a range of other careers such as roles within community sports partnerships and national governing bodies of sport.

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Match your work placement to your career goals

Our sports placement team will work with you to find work placements that suits your career goals and sports interests. 100% of our students say that their placements add value to their course (NSS 2015).

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+44 (0)3330 141414

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