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BSc (Honours) Physical Education and School Sport

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)

Physical Education and School Sport

Develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of physical education and school sport, enhancing your ability to apply them in a variety of educational settings.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? C603
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Develop your understanding of the National Curriculum for Physical Education (PE) in primary, secondary and further education.
  • Put yourself in a strong position to apply for teacher training and postgraduate study.
  • Develop the interpersonal skills you’ll need to practice in educational and managerial settings.
  • Explore contemporary issues that influence the wider context of PE and school sport.

PE teachers can transform young people's lives. On this course you’ll prepare for a rewarding career by studying physical education and school sports – including practical activities, sport science, sociology, philosophy, research and developing professional practice.

The foundation year is suitable for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for an honours degree or who wish to have further preparation before starting a degree course. You will undertake study in relevant areas of science or social science to provide you with a grounding knowledge and prepare you for progression onto your chosen degree pathway.

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Student View

Watch student Hollie Barton talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Kirsty Hemingway talk about this course.

In your foundation year, you will study 4 modules that have been specially designed to prepare you for the degree pathway in your chosen area. The assessments for the course have also been designed with flexibility in mind and allow you to complete assessments on topics that you are interested in and relate closely to your chosen degree pathway.

You’ll learn through problem-based, collaborative frameworks which prepare you for professional work. The course is structured around a combination of taught, directed and self-directed learning opportunities. You’re expected to undertake multiple roles – with our supportive staff helping you to build your skills.

You’ll also have the opportunity to study and work abroad –gaining hands-on experience of the education environment –  with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • practical workshops
  • work placements
  • coursework
  • phase testing

Course leaders and tutors

Julie Binney
Julie Binney
Senior Lecturer

Julie has been a Senior Lecturer in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity since 2002

Applied learning

Work placements

There’s a mandatory six-week (minimum) placement in an appropriate setting, which is a significant component of the course. You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. 

These school-based opportunities could include early years, primary PE, secondary PE or further education colleges. With the support of your tutors you’ll decide which of these sectors best suits your professional goals. You’ll then personalise your learning pathway through activity-based learning, alongside teachers and leaders in the schools.

Live projects

You can also work on projects with various companies during this course. These might include school sport partnerships and sports clubs, who often lead and manage projects in wider sport and coaching organisations. You’ll likely be working on live projects with sport development and coaching professionals in local community settings.

This provides you with the opportunity to apply theory to real-world practice, further enhancing your employability and professional skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake additional placements, internships and volunteer roles across a range of activities.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • secondary education
  • primary education
  • further education
  • leadership and managerial roles
  • project management
  • the police
  • the armed forces
Student success story

Our industry links provide superb opportunities for our students. Here, two undergraduates talk about how placements at Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday have brought them closer to their dream jobs.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work in a variety of world-class sports facilities including

  • the English Institute of Sport
  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
  • the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Science

Learn more about your department

Find out about the Sports and Physical Activity subject area at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

From at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ or general studies.


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• An approved Access to HE Diploma in a sport related subject. Normally we require 15 of the level 3 credits to be graded at distinction.

You also need to demonstrate an ability to
• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

* GCSE English and mathematics equivalents accepted are:

• equivalency test from

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Professional Practice One Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Games - Practical Activities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Gymnastics - Practical Activities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Thinking Sociologically And Philosophically Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Outdoor And Adventurous Activities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Science Of Physical Education And Coaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Aquatics And Dance - Practical Activities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Athletics And Health-Related Exercise Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing Professional Practice Two Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods In Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport Science Two Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Politics Of Physical Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Practical Pedagogy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing Professional Practice Three Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project In Sport Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Health And Exercise Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pe Spaces, Identity And The Body Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Physical Education As A Tool For Social Control/Change Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Science For Teaching Gcse/A'level Pe And Btec Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023 are £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Sport and physical activity courses (PDF, 255.9KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

Student satisfaction

This course scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey.


How do I apply?

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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