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University of Gloucestershire

Physical Education

BSc (Hons)
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Full Time
Course length
4 Years
Oxstalls, Gloucester

Course overview

The course has a clear focus – we want you to think beyond the traditional physical education (PE) curriculum and to become agents of change in the environments you go on to work in. While traditional activities are integral to the PE curriculum, they don’t suit everyone, so we have scope for more inclusive, innovative and challenging activities to be considered within the school environment.

We’ll help you develop knowledge and understanding in a range of activities, both traditional and non-traditional. We want to develop your interest in both primary and secondary PE to allow you to become a teacher, leader and educator for the future – who inspires young people to participate in PE, physical activity and sport. Throughout the course you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of a broad and varied range of topics based in theory and practice.

We have a progressive programme helps you develop throughout the course. Initially you’ll plan and deliver engaging sessions to ensure you can be inclusive but still challenging for your participants. We’ll look into teaching approaches, inclusive delivery and potential barriers to participation. Moving forwards into your second year we ask you to consider your philosophy of teaching and engage with a broader range of theories. In your final you’ll refine and reflect on your development and consider classroom-based aspects of the PE curriculum delivered in schools. In your second and third years you also get some choice of modules to allow you to specialise in certain topics and areas of interest.

The course is designed to prepare students for various careers including postgraduate teacher training schemes. Our students are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE course at the University of Gloucestershire*.

*subject to meeting minimum course entry requirements and places being available at the time of application.

Study style

Our lecturers are highly qualified, with experience and achievements, including qualified teachers who have taught within schools. The course includes a balance of theory and practical learning throughout the three years. While the style of delivery will vary across modules, we’d like you to join in with your learning and take part in discussions, debates, tasks and practicals throughout the course. This helps you to not only learn theory, but how apply it within practice too.

Assessments are broad and varied. Each module is different in terms of the number, weighting and length of assessments. We acknowledge the importance of varied practice in the workforce and therefore have assessments that provide a range of experiences for our students. These include some key features you’ll need if you move into teaching, so we primarily use assessments that are coursework based. Some examples include practice delivery of leading sessions, lesson and teaching resource design, presentations, essays, podcasts and more.

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Entry requirements

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    • 104 – 112 UCAS tariff points, BCC – BBC at A levels, MMM – DMM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS check.

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Fees and costs

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Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester C619 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Oxstalls, Gloucester C619 TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Oxstalls, Gloucester C619 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Throughout your 3 years of study, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside teaching professionals. We have strong industry links, both locally and nationally – supporting you in your development,  providing new opportunities and experiences, and allowing you to put theory into practice.

We also have employability weeks delivered by the Student Futures Team – take part in workshops, enhance your CV and develop your practice. Each year this initiative is broad and varied, enabling you to consider a more holistic approach to your education beyond the academic course content. Students often use these weeks to develop their subject knowledge or listen to speakers who can enhance their professional profile.

Graduates from this course can go on to work as secondary PE teachers or primary school teachers (following PGCE), special educational needs teachers, independent/international school teachers, police and armed forces.

Our students are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE course at University of Gloucestershire*. They can also enter a wide range of graduate programmes.

*subject to meeting minimum course entry requirements and places being available at the time of application.

Study a highly ranked course

Our sports courses are top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects.

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Develop skills in a range of subject areas

The course has a clear focus – we want you to think beyond the traditional physical education (PE) curriculum and to help you become an agent of change in your future work environments. As such we cover a broad range of subject that can include zumba, parkour and outdoor education activities.

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Prepare for a PE teaching career

This course allows you to develop the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to progress onto teaching training. Equally, our graduates are also able to move into other broad and varied careers with the skills they gain on the course.

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Specialist sport and exercise facilities

Our specialist teaching and research laboratories will enhance your learning. You will apply your knowledge and skills allowing you to work with both professional sports people and with clinical populations.

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Sports Lab


Placement modules are a key part of the course, giving you work experience alongside industry professionals in a range of educational settings. Students find these experiences valuable in their development throughout the course. These opportunities give you a place to practise your knowledge and understanding in a real-world environment. They’re also a chance to develop links with the community and employers that work within the sector.

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