Students will fully explore the fundamentals of physical education and sport pedagogy, including applied practical skills, child development, pedagogical skills, sport policy and practice. Practical and academic studies analyse the effects of exercise on the body and undertake a range of physical activities experienced at different levels and ages of pupils.

Degree Content

This degree programme provides the transferable skills required to work in either the public, private or voluntary sectors. Work placement opportunities exist on a weekly basis within local primary and secondary schools, sports clubs and groups, to enable the development of practical skills and teaching capabilities. UCFB has partnered with schools and academies to provide these opportunities.

Placements are a regular theme of the degree programme and students are expected to reflect on their experiences in their assignments. DBS checks are a requirement for students going into schools on work placements.

Students will explore the national curriculum at primary and secondary school level and be involved in the full range of practical areas; major games, swimming, athletics, gymnastics, dance and outdoor and adventurous activities so that they will have a complete background to move onto PGCE teacher training or be a community sport leader if they so wish. The programme will also consider key youth sport issues such as the obesity crisis and the need to promote physically active lifestyles.

From 2016, students can also enrol at UCFB Etihad Campus in Manchester

Graduates of the BA (Hons) Physical Education degree will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University.

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UCFB degrees fall under three subject benchmark statements – General business and management (2007); Hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism (2008); and Psychology (2010). Visit the QAA website to access each of these benchmark statements.

Download the BA (Hons) Physical Education Programme Specification.

Physical Education BA (Hons) Modules


Semester 1

Games & Athletic Activities+

Games & Athletic Activities

In this module you will develop understanding of fundamental athletic movements and games skills as well as developing your fundamental delivery skills. As a prospective Physical Education teacher, sports leader or youth community coach you will need the ability to teach in several sports, games and movement areas. This module is the opportunity to introduce, appreciate and understand the significance of movement development and start to explore fundamental movements that underpin sport and physical activity.

Sport Pedagogy & Skill Acquisition+

Sport Pedagogy & Skill Acquisition

This module will study the evidence base and science concerning the practice of how best to teach and how people learn. Students will consider the specifics of how to teach sport within the wider context of using sport for general education. There will be an opportunity to share, review and reflect on students’ own experiences of physical education and youth sport. The module will consider the influence of background knowledge and experience, the situation, and the environment, as well as the learning goals set by the teacher / coach and the sports student.

Students will explore the knowledge and understanding to facilitate effective and efficient learning in the individuals they teach or coach. This module will directly link different aspects of pedagogy and skill learning theory with practical teaching activities. Students will also develop an awareness of the wider issues in teaching including youth sport policy and ‘Olympism’.


Semester 2

Assessment & Curriculum Design+

Assessment & Curriculum Design

This module will develop core understanding of curriculum design and assessment. You will particularly explore the different approaches to physical education and investigate how delivery and assessment changes across the key stages. You will look specifically at approaches to curriculum design.

In addition to the exploration of curriculum innovation, you will address how curriculum changes have evolved and identify varying methods of assessment and how data is used.

You will evaluate up-to-date recommendations and look at “life after levels” in line with current educational reform.

Fundamental Sports Science within Physical Education+

Fundamental Sports Science within Physical Education

This module explores fundamental elements of sports science in relation to physical education. You will be introduced to the basics of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology and demonstrate how these key themes can be delivered across different key stages and at examination level. You will explore the main body systems and the effects of exercise and specifically look at some of the fundamentals of biomechanics and movement. In addition, you will look at how performance and participation are affected by psychology and psychological factors.


Semester 1

Working with Children+

Working with Children

This module will explore the roles and responsibilities that are inherent in the day to day working with children and the need for safeguarding and child protection legislation. Case studies of working with children, including teaching and coaching will be examined. You will explore the challenges of supporting children’s physical and emotional wellbeing, overcoming challenges, looking after their rights, and helping to enable children to develop into successful and fulfilled adults. There will be consideration of the child development process and as an underpinning part of sports teaching and coaching you will also explore learning difficulties and disabilities.

Gymnastics & Dance+

Gymnastics & Dance

This module builds on movement and teaching skills explored in earlier studies and leads you on to a critical understanding and of gymnastics and dance in the context of Physical Education, the National Curriculum (particularly Key Stage 1 and 2) and in youth sports development. Through practical application, experience and demonstrations you will explore and gain knowledge and an understanding of expressive movement, choreography and skill acquisition in dance and gymnastics. By end of the module you will be empowered to deliver competent sessions to children.


Semester 2

Research Methods+

Research Methods

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of research principles, a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and appropriate analysis for these. This will enable the student to develop the research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an independent research project. Students will be provided with support in developing their writing style to incorporate citations and make use of referencing.

They will be introduced to Academic Journals and will use these to inform their understanding of the research approaches used in the sector. This will also serve to familiarise the learners with the role of Journals in their wider study. The final aspect of this module will introduce hypothesis testing, with learners making use of a computer package to undertake simple statistical tests commonly used within their subject area.

Contemporary Issues in Physical Education+

Contemporary Issues in Physical Education

You will critique the most up-to-date literature and resources surrounding contemporary issues within physical education and education in a wider context. In line with educational reform you will investigate key organisations/agencies surrounding education and the role and purpose(s) they have.

The module will give a key insight to government directives and legislation and the impact this can have on schools and agencies involved in education.


Semester 1

Group & Behaviour Management+

Group & Behaviour Management

This module builds upon previous pedagogical knowledge and perspectives. You will gain a critical understanding of how groups are formed and how they evolve. You will cover the issues that can arise with managing groups and the different behaviours that can be presented as a result. You will explore how group dynamics evolve as well as strategies for managing various types of behaviour. This will support the effective management of behaviour and learning in relation to young people and aid you in becoming proficient in organising different groups for best effect, cohesion and the support of learning.

Swimming & Outdoor Education+

Swimming & Outdoor Education

This module builds on your core understanding of the physical education curriculum and sports teaching skills to include the teaching of swimming, developing a school swimming syllabus and the appreciation of educational activities (such as orienteering) utilising the outdoor environment. A key part of the national curriculum, these activities will provide both theory and practice to enable you to engage with and understand how individuals interact with outdoor physical environments and how to develop a school’s outdoor education syllabus.


Semester 2

Youth Physical Activity & Health+

Youth Physical Activity & Health

This module equips you with the knowledge and understanding to help and support schools, groups and individuals in their lifelong appreciation of the need for engagement with physical activity and health focused fitness education. You will examine the research on effects of activity and inactivity on the health of an individual and consider current patterns of physical activity and sporting participation both in the UK and globally, with the aim of widening your perspective beyond the school/coaching setting and building additional health promotion skills. You will integrate theory with practice, reflect critically on its implications and share knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate of current issues and guidelines.

Research Project+

Research Project

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity for independent learning through the completion of an individual, extended research project. The project requires a high level of individual application and commitment to research and enquiry. It provides students with the opportunity to identify, reflect upon and explore a topic that has implications for their own professional development.


* Modules listed above may vary depending on changes to the syllabus.

Applications are welcomed from students with a genuine passion and ambition to work in the football and sports industries.

The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is a 96 UCAS point score under the new UCAS tariff system for 2017 entry.

Other minimum requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved one of the following:

  • A minimum of 2 A Levels including two C grades
  • A BTEC Extended diploma grade MMM
  • A BTEC Diploma grade DD
  • A combination of BTEC and A-Level qualifications with at least two C graded A levels or Merit graded BTEC equivalents.
  • International Baccalaureate (minimum of 28 points)
  • An Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate subject at Distinction level
  • An Access Course: minimum of 60 credits, including at least 45 at Level 3
  • An equivalent level 3 qualification

Applicants should have a strong GCSE profile, including English at Grade C, or equivalent and Maths at Grade C (specifically for Football Business & Finance, Sports Business & Sports Law and Sport Psychology).

Other qualifications, including overseas, may be considered. Applicants for whom English is a second language should have achieved IELTS 6 or equivalent for entry into Level 4.

We also welcome applications from mature students who may not possess the above qualifications but may have relevant experience.

All applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong interest in working with children and young people in a range of physical activities. Students will need to be able to apply the underpinning principles of teaching and learning theory to create positive experiences for young people. Their knowledge of how young people grow and develop will ensure they can maximise performance and develop positive attitudes to lifelong participation in physical activity.

Entry with advanced standing

Students are normally expected to start at Level 4, but can be admitted to any level of the course which is considered suitable, after portfolio review and interview, using the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). Under this arrangement, a student may apply to have previous academic credits or other learning or experience taken into consideration. Such applications are considered by the Faculty CATS committee and must be supported by the Academic Department.

Scholarships & Bursaries

A limited number of scholarships and bursaries are available for 2015. Visit the undergraduate scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

If you have any further questions regarding entry requirements, please contact us at admissions@ucfb.com.

This degree responds to the changing demands of physical education, combining both the practical and theoretical study of the techniques and skills involved in the teaching and learning of sport. Students will learn the skills to be an effective sports leader, and can aspire to career opportunities in roles including sports coach, teaching assistant, nutritionist and sports teacher.

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