Physical Education (BSc Hons)

Physical education student teacher.

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Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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Prepare yourself for 21st-century teaching. Develop your interest in primary or secondary school physical education (PE), school sports development or in teaching children with special educational needs.

What is this course about? Gain an in-depth understanding of high quality teaching with a range of practical modules including; Teaching Games, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Athletics, Swimming, and Alternative Activities in PE. You will also analyse and practice a range of teaching approaches with the chance to tailor your degree to your career goals and interests with optional modules that you can view in the course map.

Level 4 - Your first year serves as the foundation for your development as a teacher covering much of the base knowledge needed to be an effective teacher. Explore the purpose and value of a well-designed PE programme, how to plan and deliver engaging and effective lessons and how to ensure your teaching is inclusive yet challenging. Plenty of practical experience will be found in your Teaching Games and Physical Literacy modules as well as opportunities to develop knowledge in Health Related Exercise, Adapted Physical Activity, Gymnastics and Dance.

Level 5 - Building on the knowledge gained at level 4, here we challenge you to develop your own teaching philosophy based on your experiences and values. You will explore a range of teaching models and learning theory. More practical experience is offered in Athletics and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities alongside the opportunity to create a unit of work to be used in a school as one your flagship assessments. The opportunity to tailor your programme with optional modules is a key feature of the course.

Level 6 - Your final year focuses on refining your teaching through reflective practice with additional opportunities to develop your teaching of GCSE and A-level courses. Your dissertation is a final year research project based on a topic of your choice which provides a fantastic opportunity to develop expertise in a specific area. Practical experience continues in the Alternative Activities (Parkour, Golf, Skate boarding, and mountain biking to name a few) and Swimming modules.


Throughout your degree there are opportunities to develop your CV through the enhancement programme. We offer a range of courses each year from coaching qualifications, such the FA Primary/Secondary Teachers Awards, to workshops and guest seminars on key topics. The perfect preparation for a career in teaching.

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Study style

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. The course includes a balance of theory and practical learning. You will typically be in timetabled sessions for 16-18 hours per week. Debates, discussions, problem solving tasks and real world scenarios form a large part of our approach to teaching on the course.

You will be assessed in each module that you take usually with 2 or 3 pieces of work. The majority of our assessments are through coursework that will range from practical teaching episodes, lesson design, teaching resource design, presentations, DVD production, essays and many more. We vary assessment methods to allow students to develop a range of skills that will be essential in a teaching career.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Human Structure and Function' to 'Outdoor & Adventurous Activities'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

96 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

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

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeC604
BSc (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageC619


  • Secondary PE teacher (following PGCE)
  • Primary school teacher (following PGCE)
  • Special educational needs teacher
  • School sports development
  • International or Independent school teaching
  • Sports Entrepreneur
  • Performance Director

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Student Focus

Ruth Friswell

The course has enabled me to successfully progress on to a PGCE to fulfil my dream of being a secondary PE teacher. I gained industry experience in a range of placements and school based opportunities within modules. This gave me the confidence that what I was learning on the course could transfer directly into the real world.brAs well as placement opportunities through 'Your Future Plan', course tutors help you get experience with local schools and coaching companies. I have been on several placements which have been vital when developing and expanding my teaching and instructing capability.

Industry links

With a dedicated placement experience in each year of the course you can gain real world experience alongside industry professionals in a range of educational settings. Our dedicated placements team will help arrange your placements and monitor your progress whether in a secondary PE department, primary school or a specific provider based on your own interests. 93% of students agree that their placement experience was valuable to their learning (NSS, 2017).

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Staff Profile

Jordan Wintle

"It's fantastic to work alongside students who want to inspire the younger generation." Jordan Wintle is a nationally recognised industry expert with over 10 years' experience working in schools. He was awarded the Universities' Most Inspiring Lecture Award at the 2016 Student-Led Staff Awards and represented GB in the Age Group Sprint Duathlon World Championships 2016.

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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).

School of Sport and Exercise

Our School of Sport and Exercise degrees are based in our new international-standard sports arena and state-of-the-art labs. You'll be challenged and supported by experienced coaches, therapists and scientists, building strong skills for employability and for lifelong learning.

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