Physical Education

BA single honours Physical Education and Sport & Exercise Science 2016/17

This single honours programme gives students the opportunity to study the complementary disciplines of physical education and sport and exercise science. With an emphasis on the practical application of knowledge it will appeal to anyone who intends to follow a career in teaching, as well as those interested in pursuing careers in the sport, fitness, health and leisure industries. Through a focus on problem based learning and the provision of opportunities to engage in critical discussion the course will enable students to develop an informed perspective on critical issues relating to physical education and sport and exercise science.

This multidisciplinary programme critically examines the wider context of physical education at all ages and enables students to follow a pathway through the sport science disciplines of physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology. It is structured in such a way to allow for the focused study of key disciplines as well as the synthesis of physical education, sport and exercise science, theory and practical.

Students study core modules during each year of the course such as Orientation to Higher Education and Research (Year 1), Research Methods in Sport & Exercise (Year 2), and an Individual Study (Year 3). In each year of the course students also choose to study a number of elective modules relating to both the physical education and sport and exercise science disciplines. Elective modules available within the physical education discipline include: Inclusive Practices in Physical Education, Physical Education of Young Children, Sport Education, Pedagogy for Physical Activity, and Professional Experience in PE & Sport. Elective modules within the sport and exercise science discipline include: Psychology of Exercise & Health, Sporting Extremes, Nutrition for Sport & Exercise, Biomechanics of Gait & Injury, and Psychology of Sport Coaching.

In addition, as part of the programme students will have the opportunity to gain National Governing Body certificates from a range of sports.

This programme enables students to consider a variety of employment options within physical education, the fitness industry, coaching, sports development and management and more. For students interested in teaching, this programme provides the ideal platform to progress onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the School Direct routes in primary and secondary education. The Faculty of Education at the University is one of the largest and most successful providers of initial teacher education in the country. There are also opportunities for students to continue their academic study of physical education and sport science to a higher level.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU tuition fees for this course (with no PT option) are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government. **Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Overseas tuition fees for this programme may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. *Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Students develop their knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, subject specific skills and graduate skills through a coherent, progressive programme of lectures, seminars, practical application workshops, group work, laboratory work, peer teaching episodes, student-led sessions, video analysis, observations, web-based tasks, independent learning, investigative research, and tutorials. The range of strategies to be employed includes opportunities for direct teaching as well as opportunities for students to be more autonomous and responsible for their own learning.

Student knowledge and understanding are assessed through a range of assessment methods that might include: coursework submissions (such as essays, individual studies, case studies and portfolios), presentations, practical work, examinations and peer and self-assessment. Assessment procedures also provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their cognitive and subject-specific skills. Preparation of assignments also draws on students’ emerging graduate skills.

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UCAS code

  • XC36


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points
    Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. More entry requirement details.

    This course is also available with a Foundation Year for those who don't have the relevant entry requirements. Find out more about our Education Foundation Year.




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