100% of Physical Education and Sport & Exercise Science graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies
You will take 5 core modules plus one optional module. Optional modules will be offered subject to cohort size and you may choose to take a module which relates to your overall degree choice.
Optional module choices are made in the second semester and become the last module taken.
However, you are not locked into the choice of overall course but may choose to change pathways at the end of the Foundation Year (Year 0). Alternatively, you may choose to take a Certificate of Completion and apply to another degree course, subject to entry criteria.
- Introduction to Education
- Applied Literacy, Numeracy and Science Skills for Education
- Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education
- Personal and Career Development
- Introduction to Human development through the Lifespan
The core modules you will study are:
Learning Through Practical Activity (20 credits)
The module aims to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of how learning occurs through practical activities. The focus will be on your observations, analysis and performance in a range of settings, including individual and team activities. You will develop an understanding of physical development and its impact on learning. The module will provide a core practical experience that you can use to explore concepts and themes from across your field of study in physical education and sport and exercise science.
Orientation to Higher Education and Research (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an orientation into Higher Education and to introduce you to research within the context of Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Science. You will learn to develop study skills, independence, and time management skills, as well as developing an awareness of university structures and support. You will be encouraged to debate, discuss and analyse, to build on your pre-existing study skills. You will explore the process of and the importance of research and allows you to engage with information, to help you develop an analytical approach to your studies.
You will then choose further modules from these likely optional modules:
Physical Education likely optional modules
Introduction to Pedagogy (20 credits)
In this module you will be introduced to the "how" of learning. Topics may include the potential for challenging social norms, the importance of fostering self-esteem and making the point that pedagogy is what teachers do, the knowledge they require and the values that underpin their teaching.
Foundations of Physical Education (20 credits)
This module aims to provide you with a theoretical foundation to learning and teaching physical education in primary and secondary schools. The module seeks to introduce you to key issues, values and concepts and enable you to engage with theoretical aspects. You will begin to consider the purpose of and meanings transmitted through physical education.
Sport and Exercise Science likely optional modules:
Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
This module will provide you with an introduction to the fundamental psychology that underpins our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise settings. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress are examined with reference to behaviour in the sport, exercise, and the physical activity setting. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour are also explored, along with cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between exercise participation and health and wellbeing.
Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the biomechanical basis of sport and exercise, through practical laboratory experiences underpinned by scientific theory. The module provides a foundation in the analysis of human movement, covering basic movement terminology, functional anatomy and principles of movement. By using laboratory work, you will apply fundamental biomechanical concepts to the study of human movement in sport and exercise.
Sport and Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
The module will introduce you to key topics in physiology, including energy systems, the process of muscle contraction and the cardiorespiratory system. Laboratory practical work provides you with the opportunity to explore the physiological effects of these systems during exercise. You will study the anatomy and physiology of gross structures and the responses and adaptations of these structures to sport and exercise training. You will use our state-of-the-art laboratories to enhance your learning through a practical experience.
Sport, Culture and Society (20 credits)
An understanding of sociology can be very useful in order to study and investigate sport, culture and society. Your experience will begin by exploring the historical development and management of modern sport from its folk roots. You will study a number of social factors in sport such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and disability encouraging an understanding of the social problems and social issues associated with sport. Various theories that can help conceptualise sport and exercise as a social phenomenon are then examined in relation to globalisation, national identity, deviance, the media and the environment which help to develop a critical sociological approach to sport, physical education and leisure.
The core modules you will study are:
Exploring Research (20 credits)
You will be provided with the knowledge to equip them to design reasoned hypothetical research projects with or about children, young people or adults. You will be introduced to the most appropriate data collection and data analysis methods as well as ethical considerations. You will also formulate research questions and hypotheses where appropriate, and learn to recognise particular methodological issues such as researcher reflexivity. You will also develop an understanding of how research methods and investigative research projects can support your career development.
Practical: Concepts and Applications (20 credits)
This module is the core practical experience which will enable you to develop and apply your subject knowledge and understanding to a range of practical activity areas. You will develop a conceptual understanding of the tactical, technical and physical concepts and their application across a range of practical activity areas.
Physical Education likely optional modules:
PE in Educational Contexts (20 credits)
You will be introduced to a range of issues which apply to learning and teaching in physical education by exploring those factors which impact upon physical education thinking, provision and practice. The module will provide you with a balance between theory and practice that enables you to develop your understanding and ability to plan, lead and evaluate learning experiences for in a physical education context.
Inclusive Pedagogy (20 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to the issues of inclusion in education and adapted physical activity and how they apply in physical education. The module aims to combine a theoretical approach with practical engagement to challenge students to consider and experience a full range of issues related to inclusion, special education needs and adapted physical activity.
Contemporary Issues in Physical Education & School Sport (20 credits)
You will explore a range of issues which apply to physical education and school sport. You will study the dominant discourses related to social identities and consider how historical influences impact upon physical education and contemporary practice. Relevant literature and empirical research as well as sociological theory will be used to critically explain and analyse contemporary issues. You will reflect on the contribution of physical education and school sport to wider society through a range of cultural, political, professional and personal lenses.
Learning in Alternative Environments (20 credits)
You will explore the role of the outdoors in learning and examine the contribution that adventure, risk and challenge make to learning and development. You will be introduced to a range of principles, which apply to learning in alternative environments away from the usual physical education setting to include outdoor and adventurous activities.
Sport and Exercise Science likely optional modules:
Psychology of Sport (20 credits)
A range of factors influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams, you will explore these factors to understand, promote and enhance sport performance. Psychological phenomena currently addressed on the module include individual motivation, confidence and anxiety and such social psychological processes as group motivation and cohesion, the nature of the group environment and the components of effective leadership.
Psychology of Exercise and Health (20 credits)
You will investigate a number of the psychological factors that are associated with the adoption of and adherence to active lifestyles. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. You will also explore the motivational effects of music in exercise settings.
Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
There are many roles within the sport sector which require well-qualified people to teach, develop and enable others to successfully execute skilled movements. This module provide you with insight into some of the factors which influence the acquisition and performance of perceptual and motor skills in sport. You will develop an understanding of selected cognitive and ecological methodologies to skilled performance. These theoretical approaches to skill acquisition will be used to critique the design and organisation of current coaching practice.
Biomechanical Analysis of Movement (20 credits)
Biomechanical principles that influence physical performance are explored in this module. Through the application of selected theoretical concepts to sport and exercise contexts you will develop your competency in the scientific techniques used to evaluate biomechanical aspects of exercise. This module currently focuses on biomechanical principles of motion (conservation of momentum, impulsemomentum relationship, workenergy relationship), covering topics such as linear and angular kinematics and kinetics, forces and impulse, loading and injury, projectile motion, and fluid dynamics. It also includes an analysis of selected sports skills, and further develops your practical laboratory experience and use of selected analysis programs.
Sport and Exercise Training (20 credits)
Selected physiological factors which influence physical performance are identified in this module, and methods used to enhance these factors are investigated in the context of both sport and exercise. You will explore the physiological factors of fitness, investigates technology and methods to collect, analyse and interpret the data from specific fitness assessments, and considers the role and limitations of training theory.
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
You will explore the interaction between nutritional factors and physiological function associated with sport and exercise performance. The module investigates current thinking on key nutritional principles, investigates methods of data analysis in this field, and explores the efficacy of common dietary practices used in sport and exercise to promote health and performance.
Identities and Lifestyles in Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
This module will consider the cultural meaning and significance of sport and exercise in selected societies. Specifically, you will explore the nature and characteristics of sport and exercise subcultures by focusing on selected sociological themes and issues such as violence, drugtaking and overconformity to the ‘sports ethic’ and investigate the symbolic nature of the body in sport and exercise.
The core module for this year is:
Either Individual Study 1 (20 credits) OR Individual Study 2 (40 credits)
These 20 or 40 credit modules offer you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic or issue related to either physical education and/or sport and exercise science. You will be able to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed at levels 4 and 5 and further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies, as appropriate.
Professional Experience in Physical Education & Sport (20 credits)
You will be provided with opportunities to develop key skills and knowledge gained from observing/working in industry with sector professionals and to analyse and reflect on personal and professional development requirements relating to employability enhancement. Through the module, you will gain practical skills such as interview technique, forming and managing relationships and CV writing.
Physical Education likely optional modules:
Pedagogy for Practical Activity (20 credits)
This module is designed to give you a theoretical and practical background for your career in teaching physical education or sport. The module aims to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of pedagogy and practice in teaching practical activities. You will focus on how teachers arrange the learning environment and how this knowledge enables pupils to acquire intended learning outcomes. A range of pedagogical models will be explored to illustrate approaches to learning.
Principles of Educational Assessment (20 credits)
You will develop a deeper understanding about the aims and purposes of educational assessment in general and the physical education contexts. You will be asked to look at issues of assessment in a number themes including educational assessment as moral practice and assessment as a means of social control and reproduction.
Perspectives, Values & Beliefs in Physical Education (20 credits)
You will expand your thinking beyond the issues introduced in the Contemporary Issues in Physical Education module in Year 2 by exploring the range of values and beliefs about how physical education should be contemplated, taught and practiced. The range of perspectives which derive from academic thinking and dominant discourses will be studied in order to encourage critical reflection upon the varied ways in which Physical Education is understood within society and implemented within the curriculum.
Leading in PE, Physical Activity and Sport (20 credits)
You will develop your understanding of leadership and management and how this may be applied to a practical environment. This module will explore the key theoretical and practical considerations required in leading physical education, physical activity and sport.
Sport and Exercise Science likely optional modules:
Applied Sport Psychology (20 credits)
The module offers you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic in the sport and exercise sciences. You will build upon knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two to design, carry out, analyse and write up an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with an interest in your area of study.
Psychology of Sport Coaching (20 credits)
The module examines the processes and principles of coaching both adults and children in sport. You will gain significant theoretical and practical experience of different approaches to coaching practice and the application of coaching ideologies in a variety of sports. The module probes coaching research and current issues in coach behaviour, currently including such topics as the coach-athlete relationship, coaching styles, modes of communication, and motivational climates.
Applied Exercise and Health Psychology (20 credits)
This module will provide you with an opportunity to investigate the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well-rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.
Applied Technique Analysis (20 credits)
This module focuses on the analysis of technique with distinct focus on the technologies used to develop sports equipment and to evaluate performance and training. You will critically appraise selected sports skills, sports footwear, with consideration of sport specific injuries, culminating in an evaluation of a sporting performance underpinned by appropriate theory and research in biomechanics.
Sporting Extremes (20 credits)
You will consider specific aspects of exercise physiology associated with selected sporting extremes and their potential impact upon an individual’s ability to perform strenuous physical exercise. These currently include the physiological considerations of participating in sport and exercise at extremes of age and environmental conditions, as well as some of the physiological parameters governing the limits of human training/performance capacity.
Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)
This module provides insight into the origins of physical activity and health. You will develop a critical understanding of the link between physical activity and various forms of ill-health. This currently includes cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, lung disease, obesity, diabetes and renal disease. A laboratory practical series will prepare you to conduct a cardiopulmonary exercise test, assess coronary heart disease risk profile and provide appropriate physical activity/exercise prescription.
Nutritional Strategies for Sport & Exercise (20 credits)
You will explore nutritional strategies associated with enhancing health, exercise and sports performance. The module will investigate established and contemporary strategies based around broad themes of body weight loss and weight gain and the nutritional challenges faced by specific clients. There will be focus on pre/during/post exercise nutritional strategies and you will consider practices that are (and are not) supported by a volume of scientific literature.
Rethinking Sport, Health and Body Cultures (20 credits)
This module requires you to think critically about the social construction of the body and identity amongst dominant cultures in sport, physical education and leisure. The oppression and inequalities present in embodying a range of identities in sport, physical education and leisure are explored in this module, these include gendered bodies, sexual bodies, disabled bodies and ‘cyborg’ bodies. You will explore the historical underpinnings that inform how we conceptualise the body in contemporary society. You will investigate how the body may be theorised and the pressures of having the ‘perfect’ body amongst discourses that promote the antifat ethic and the moralisation of health and wellness.
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. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.