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Our foundation year enables you to enter our BSc Physical Education and Sport & Exercise Science course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements.

This course is perfect for those who want to get a wider view of physical education, sport and the science behind them.

You can choose a work experience setting that interests you and you'll have the chance to use advanced sports labs through which you’ll be able to conduct performance-related experiments and put theory into practice.

Why Study Physical Education and Sport & Exercise Science with Foundation Year?

This flexible course will enable you to develop a high level of skills and knowledge in physical education, and sport and exercise science theory and practice, so that you're prepared to enter a variety of exciting careers.

Whether you're considering becoming a PE teacher or want to follow a sports-related career such as a development officer, coach or therapist, this diverse course will stretch your body and mind, helping you reach your full potential.

During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to education and human development and you'll develop the skills needed to study at degree level.

As you progress through the course, you'll have opportunities to work with or observe professionals and industry experts and will use your experience as a basis for developing your skills and knowledge.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

The foundation year will help you develop the transferable skills you need to undertake research, reflect on your learning, and communicate effectively in speech, writing and other format. You'll learn about aspects of education and human development, and you'll gain study skills to help you throughout your degree.

In Year 1 of the degree, you'll develop your practical and professional experience in physical education. You'll study physical development and its impact on learning and you'll develop and apply your subject knowledge and understanding to a range of practical activity areas. 

As you progress through the course, you'll build your scientific knowledge, and analytical and research skills to prepare you for an individual study focusing on a specific area of interest to you.

You'll have the flexibility to choose from optional modules, meaning you can tailor the course to suit you as you work towards your chosen career.

This course is one of only a few in the country to offer the combination of Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Science as single honours.

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 be taught through a combination of real and virtual lectures, seminars, practical sessions, labs, workshops and tutorials. You will typically have around 10-14 contact hours per week. Your actual contact hours depend on the optional modules you select.

Seminars and tutorials in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and other sessions. In addition, you will meet with your personal academic tutor on a regular basis.

In physical education sessions, you will have access to a range of indoor and outdoor facilities including two sports centres, Astroturfs and a dance studio. In sport and exercise science sessions, you will be able to use laboratories housing ‘gold standard’ equipment including an altitude chamber, brain imaging equipment (EEG), reaction timers, cardiac screening equipment and 3D imaging.

There are also opportunities to get involved in paid and voluntary activities as part of the University's consultancy unit ‘SportsLab’ that provides scientific services for sports people. 

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

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, planning practical activities and preparing for workshops, seminars, coursework and examinations.

Each module tutor will direct you toward specific readings and/or activities to complete before and/or after class to support your learning and development. Your allocated personal academic tutor will help you review your performance, and support your independent learning.

During the final year of study, you'll complete an individual study (dissertation),  where you will work under the supervision of a member of the academic staff who you will meet regularly.

Your overall workload typically consists of 10-14 teaching hours per week. You will undertake 15-20 hours of independent learning and assessment related activity per week for each module. During each semester you will normally study three modules, so each module will have a 10-12 hour commitment per week.

The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics, supported by specialist professional services and a highly skilled technical team. They have a range of expertise and experience across the breadth of disciplines in physical education and sport and exercise science.

The majority of staff hold teaching and academic qualifications (i.e. doctorate or Master's), with a small number of staff working towards achieving this standard. Staff are research-active and many are at the forefront of their research fields in the UK and beyond, and have substantial experience in delivering research led and research informed teaching.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching some module content in their areas of expertise, and assist with peer learning. However, the vast majority of delivery is undertaken by an experienced academic team.

This course is designed to equip you with the skills to promote healthy active lifestyles and sporting performance, exploring areas as diverse as bio mechanics, psychology and sociology. This opens up a diverse range options for your career or further education.

Matthew LightProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

The course frequently provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of subject disciplines informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Many modules contain practice or 'formative' assessments or similar submissions for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Formative or practice assessments and submissions are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

The formal or 'summative' assessments on each module are planned to take account of two inter­dependent aspects - the acquisition of relevant theory / principles, and the development of both academic and practical skills.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations (oral and practical), individual study (dissertation) and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Depending on your module choices you may also be assessed through a range of methods, including individual and group presentations, problem based learning tasks, portfolio, case studies, essays, scientific reports and examinations. These are planned to take account of two interdependent aspects:

  • The acquisition of relevant theory and principles
  • The development of both academic and practical skills

Assessment procedures will build on your newly acquired knowledge and skills as well as the process of developing skills and your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in the world of work. 

75% Coursework
10% Written exams
15% Practical exams

Your future career

The Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Science degree opens up both primary and secondary routes into teaching, through PGCE or Schools Direct, and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. You may wish to continue your studies on the MA Physical Education and Physical Activity by Research.

It also prepares you for roles in sport, physical activity, health and fitness and the leisure industry. In addition it provides an excellent foundation for careers in the public sector, including the medical professions (cardiac rehabilitation, physiotherapy and health promotion), while both the armed and police forces look favourably upon our graduates.


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £885 per module £1,535 per module


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