BSc (Honours) Physical Education and School Sport

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Physical Education and School Sport

Physical education can transform lives. Inspire the next generation by developing your knowledge and skills in physical education and school sport.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £16,655 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112-120 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? C603
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Prepare for a fulfilling career in education, school sport, physical activity, and health
  • Learn teaching techniques from experts and find out how to make young people passionate about movement
  • Access world-leading facilities such as Ponds Forge and the English Institute of Sport
  • Apply your practical skills and knowledge in real-life situations with work placements
  • Develop the skills to succeed in sport, health and educational environments

Are you driven by a love for sports and want to help people to embrace physical activity? On the Physical Education and School Sport course, you will explore a wide range of topics to prepare you for the world of physical education and school sports – from practical activities and developing professional practice to sport science, sociology, philosophy and research.


Employability

97% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Student satisfaction

This course scored 90% for teaching satisfaction in the 2023 National Student Survey.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

At Sheffield Hallam we prioritise practical learning through teaching, working and doing. Our experienced staff have all worked in education – from primary to secondary and post-16. You’ll be learning from the best, and they’re here to guide you through your degree, developing your digital capabilities, critical thinking and inclusive approaches that value equality and diversity. 

You’ll combine theory with hands-on projects in our exceptional sports facilities – giving you true-to-life experience and excellent preparation for a rewarding career in a range of roles. The course is also carefully designed and aligned with professional teaching standards. You’ll gain the professional expertise and knowledge to be well-positioned for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

You learn through:

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops 
  • A virtual learning environment (VLE) 
  • Work-based learning experiences
  • Placements
  • Field trips
  • Practical activities in both simulated and in-situ environments
  • Independent study 
  • Research opportunities

Key themes

We’re dedicated to helping you develop your sports skills and knowledge – alongside the confidence to support children's physical activity and health in schools. 

You’ll explore theoretical, philosophical and practical aspects of physical education and school pport – gaining insights into the roles of physical education graduates in sports, physical activity, and broader professional settings. Topics include teaching strategies, physical education delivery, education policy, reflective practice, sport and exercise science, philosophy, sociology, professional standards and safeguarding.

You’ll learn how to investigate contemporary issues that shape the broader context of PE and school sport by actively engaging in school-based work. In turn, you will enhance your comprehension of the National Curriculum in relation to sport and physical education across all education levels, gaining a holistic understanding of the field.

Course support

The course is designed to help you demonstrate your learning outcomes – with authentic assessment activities relating to real-world scenarios, your specific goals and your skills development. 

Throughout your studies, various individuals will support your learning and target setting – guiding you towards resources for academic, professional and personal development. 

These support roles include: 

  • Course and Module Leaders
  • Your Academic Adviser 
  • Your Student Support Adviser
  • Your Employability Adviser 
  • Central services like counselling, Library and IT

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 

Often, students undertake their placements within school settings - secondary and primary. The course prepares students to apply for ITE.

There’s a mandatory short placement at the end of your second year. Over a minimum of 120 hours, you will be learning while you work and preparing to progress into employment after you graduate.

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement (25 weeks minimum) or multiple placements between your second and final years. This gives you further valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

We connect students with schools and education facilities at all levels – in the UK and abroad. In the past, this has included short placements in Spain and Tanzania, plus opportunities to study abroad. 

Field trips

On field trips you will be able to understand how your learning is applied first-hand to real-world situations, gaining valuable insight into working practice. These include away days and outdoor learning activities. 

Past students have taken outdoor activity trips to Manvers Waterboat Centre and Whitely Woods, and there’s the chance to visit Fiji, working alongside Fijian communities and Fijian youths as part of Think Pacific. You’re also able to use the incredible facilities here in Sheffield – from Ponds Forge to the English Institute of Sport.

Guest lectures 

You will get the chance to learn from external speakers, including members from The Art of Being Brilliant, which is an organisation focusing on 'Mental Wealth', confidence building and resilience in our student population. You’ll also learn from school-based staff and PGCE staff from within the university who will provide a realistic mock interview before you apply for teacher education courses.

You’ll hear from specialist industry experts who share context-specific examples of the knowledge, skills and behaviours you will need for your career ahead. Topics include mental health, confidence building and resilience – as well as mock interviewers from schools and PGCE courses at Hallam to help you get ready to apply for teacher education after you graduate.

Networking opportunities 

Your employability is enhanced by the involvement of employers and industry partners – from the real-world projects you complete to the opportunities to make professional connections and build networks at careers fairs and workshops.

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UNIPRO Football Coaching

At Sheffield Hallam you’ll have access to UEFA licensed football coaching from UNIPRO Football Academy. This programme is delivered independently of your degree at an additional cost.
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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • School and college education 
  • Pastoral roles
  • Special educational needs
  • Teaching Assistant roles 
  • PE Technician roles
  • Head of PE roles
  • Departmental lead roles 
  • Activity-specific school sport – e.g. dance, gymnastics, swimming, outdoor and adventurous activities 
  • Leadership and management 

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for: 

  • PE Teaching roles in secondary education 
  • Teaching roles in primary education (non-specialist and specialist PE) 
  • The tertiary education sector 
  • Public service organisations 
  • National and global federations of sport

Equipment and facilities

You’ll have access to world-class facilities and equipment to develop your knowledge and skills in the delivery and analysis of physical education and school sport. Our sport-specific training facilities and research laboratories include:

  • The UK Sports Institute
  • The Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park
  • Physiology and biomechanics labs for movement and physical activity analysis
  • A strength and conditioning teaching lab
  • A physical activity suite
  • A performance analysis suite, video analysis and motion capture
  • An environmental chamber
  • Sport psychology consultation rooms

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

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

  • BBC-BBB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification in Health or Science qualification.
  • Distinction overall from a T level qualification in Health care Science.

  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ or general studies.

GCSE

  • 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 www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

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.

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.

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


Modules

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: Foundations Of Coaching And Teaching Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundations Of Professional Practice In Pe And School Sport Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Nature And Purpose Of Physical Education And Sport Coaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Science Of Physical Education And Sport Coaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Practical Pedagogy Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice In Pe And School Sport Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Science And Health In Physical Education And School Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Alternative Physical Activities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Analysis Of Sport And Games Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Event Management For Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exercise Prescription For The Prevention Of Disease Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport As A Tool For Social Change Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports Club Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports Facility Management Simulation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Technology For Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Testing And Analysis In Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Independent Project In Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pe Spaces And Social Change Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Approaches To Talent Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Coach Education And Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Economics And Finance Of Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Entrepreneurship And Innovation For Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exercise Prescription For Long Term Conditions Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Health Promotion Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Innovative Practical Pedagogy Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Major Sport Events Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Nutrition For Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Performance Analysis Of Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Programming And Prescription Of Training In Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Psychology Of Sport And Exercise Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport And The Media Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Sport, Brands And Culture Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Sport Data Analytics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport Injury Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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, 432.5KB)

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

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.

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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.

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