I’ve always had a passion for sport and this course enabled me to blend work at school and learning at university to enhance my practical and theoretical subject knowledge.


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If you have a relevant foundation degree, this course will provide you will the skills and knowledge required to achieve a full BA Honours.

Like our Physical Education and Physical Activity foundation degree, this course allows you to work while you learn – attending formal study one day per week. Work-based research means you can apply the taught theories directly to your activities outside of the course, and our team has close links with organisations like Kent Sport which adds another dimension to your studies.

Once complete, you will not only have the skills and knowledge to drive your career in physical education, you will also have the formal qualification to go with it.

Why Study Physical Education and Physical Activity?

During this course, you'll be able to develop a high level of skills and knowledge in physical education theory and practice, so that you are prepared to enter a variety of exciting careers.

Whether you're considering becoming a PE teacher or want to follow a career such as coaching, this diverse course will stretch your body and mind, helping you reach your full potential.


Entry requirements

Ideally, applicants should have some experience of teaching or supporting learners; be employed or working voluntarily for 10 hours per week in a relevant setting.

You will be required to have a recent satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you don't already have this you can apply for one through your organisation.

If you meet most of these requirements but not all, you may still be eligible to apply. Please see Further Entry Requirements section for more detail.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

All about the course

You'll study six 20 credit modules during the course. These include:

  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Issues, Values and Perspectives
  • Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport
  • Physical Activity, Health Enhancing Physical Education
  • Independent Inquiry
  • Global Perspectives and Critical Cultural Pedagogies.


Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will study six modules. For each module there will be a number of work-related tasks, additional readings and/or online resources i.e. film clips and an assignment.

You will spend approximately 10 hours a week learning in the workplace. Learning at the University will be spread over 36 days per academic year, equating to one day per week.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

The staff who teach on the course are highly qualified and are either lecturers or senior lecturers. All have significant experience in the delivery of physical education and physical activity and you'll also benefit from talks by guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds.

You can build on your foundation degree whilst continuing to work in education, sport or fitness. Requiring just one day of teaching per week, you will gain a full BA Honours degree and open up a variety of exciting career possibilities.

Rich LittleProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

Each module is assessed in two ways. The first is related to the work based tasks completed in your setting. The second varies in nature across the modules, and may include essays, case studies, literature review, annotated bibliography, problem based learning task, writing a report, completing a portfolio, completing a risk assessment, research project, short term plan, generation of lesson resources for teaching and coaching, and planning delivering and evaluating a sport event.

The Independent Inquiry module does not have any work based tasks assigned and is graded solely on the research project submission.

Both aspects are graded and contribute to your overall module mark.

Your future career

Participants on the current courses are employed in schools or coaching environments while they study.

This course has challenged me and enabled me to develop my knowledge and understanding which has helped me to benefit the students I currently work alongside. The lecturers constantly provide support, reassurance and understanding along the way.

BrookePhysical Education and Physical Activity student


Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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