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Physical Education and School Sport BA (Hons)

UCAS code: X390

Discover the theory behind physical education and sports activities in schools and the wider sporting community. Master the fundamentals of learning and develop engaging teaching techniques. Put your knowledge into practice and inspire young people to stay active with this hands-on course.


Course length: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Sport and Physical Activity
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Sport and Physical Activity
Physical Education students sit cross-legged and blindfolded on the floor, reaching out to touch a ball.

Do you have a passion for sport and inspiring young people to get active? Our physical education and school sport degree will give you the tools to promote the benefits of movement. Our course combines theory and practical sessions, giving you the opportunity for hands-on learning in our outstanding sports facilities.

We’ll help you build on your skills and sporting know-how year on year. You’ll become confident working in a school setting in children’s physical activity and health, or youth sport. Start with the basics of the developmental processes, from birth to physical maturity. Then combine this with an understanding of movement skills.

We’ll explore areas like growth and movement development. We’ll look in-depth at the complexities involved with physical activity such as the impact of children’s backgrounds and their learning environments. Everything you learn will align with the fundamentals of teaching young people. You’ll develop skills in critical evaluation and data analysis, and graduate with key transferable research skills.

With a broad understanding of the key age groups, you’ll know the key similarities and differences between them. This course is the perfect springboard for a career in youth sport or children’s physical activity and health. Or if you decide you want to teach, you’ll be ready to move on to a PGCE.

10 CIMSPA CPD points logo BA (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport is endorsed by CIMSPA

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Learn a language option available

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

In the first year, you’ll learn how to promote the positives of living a healthy, active lifestyle. We’ll cover school-based health activities and the different approaches and techniques for delivering physical education and school sport. Study children’s growth and development, and the factors that influence their engagement with physical activity. You’ll apply your skills across a number of practical activities, learning how to underpin practice with theory.

Compulsory modules:

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Children and Young People's Movement Science
Children and Young People's Physical Activity and Health (1)
Critical Enquiry and Academic Skills
Practical Physical Education Teaching: Games
Psychology of Physical Education and School Sport
Applied Knowledge of Physical Education Teaching: Theory

We’ll explore the social factors that influence experiences of health and physical education. You’ll also delve into the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical principles underpinning physical education. Take a look into the minds of young people and how to motivate them to move. Analyse models-based practice, and how this can improve teaching in physical education. We’ll introduce the research process so you can devise research questions on a topic of your choice and explore sampling techniques.

Compulsory modules:

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Applied knowledge of Physical Education Teaching: Models
Children and Young People's Movement Science (2)
Children and Young People's Physical Activity and Health (2)
Research Methods
Practical Physical Education Teaching: Dance and Gymnastics
Sociology of Physical Education and School Sport

Your final year puts theory into practice. Extend your understanding of special educational needs and disabilities and develop teaching skills. You’ll also get the chance to be hands-on and complete a work placement. Using your established research skills, you’ll complete a dissertation in an area of physical education and school sport that interests you. Optional modules also provide the chance to scrutinise issues of power and control in educational environments.

Compulsory modules:

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Applied Knowledge of Physical Education Teaching: SEND
Practical Physical Education Teaching: Individual Activities

Two of:

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Applied Psychology for Physical Education and School Sport Teachers
Children and Young People's Physical Activity Development
Professional Practice and Work Placement
School Realities of Physical Education

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

A wide range of methods will be used to help you learn including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, presentations, directed independent study, research and ICT based learning. For each module you will have a module booklet and access to an electronic learning resource area that tells you what sessions are about, what to read, how you will be assessed and coursework guidance.

You will undertake a work-based placement during the final year of the programme.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is varied. You will learn to write essays, undertake projects, prepare poster presentations, plan/deliver/evaluate teaching sessions and propose and write a piece of original independent research. We use formal written examinations from time to time, but they never account for more than 50% of the marks for any module.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by highly experienced and enthusiastic staff with a wealth of experience of working within a physical education context.

The programme team are at the forefront of national and local developments in the subject and are actively involved in research projects that influence the way in which PE and school sport develops.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Physical Education or a Science subject.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Closed to international applications for September 2023.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

Discover our accommodation


Wilson CentreBased in the Wilson Centre, the Department of Sport and Physical Activity places a strong emphasis on practical work underpinned by outstanding facilities. There are dedicated laboratories in performance analysis, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, musculoskeletal, biochemistry, vision analysis, sleep, exercise and performance, and functional rehabilitation, as well as a sports therapy clinic.

Extensive use is also made of the on-campus leisure facilities which include top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. Our sports centre boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms.

Where you'll study

Wilson Centre

Sports Centre


Tuition fees

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The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

You’ll leave Edge Hill prepared for a wide range of career pathways in physical education and school sport. The most popular career pathway for graduates of this course is to work as a PE teacher in secondary schools, following the completion of a PGCE.

Your skills can also be transferred to the sports industry or similar occupations. Some students may also choose to complete a Masters or go on to start their own business.

After their time in the classroom, previous students have fulfilled exciting roles such as:

  • Physical Education Lecturer
  • Secondary School Science Teacher
  • Physical Education Officer
  • Education Mental Health Practitioner
  • Subject Coordinator of Physical Education
  • Trainer in a corporate gym

Kickstart your career right away or take some time to further your studies. A PGCE in Secondary Education is a common postgraduate study option. You could also complete a PGCE in early years or primary education – and you’ll be well placed to become the Physical Education subject lead within a school.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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