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BSc (Honours) Physical Education and School Sport

Develop your teaching, learning and leadership skills and gain a thorough understanding of physical education.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS C603 Course code

Course description

What you study

Gain a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of physical education and school sport needed for a career as a physical education (PE) teacher. Your studies also prepare you for roles in the wider area of school sport provision and development and the education sector.

You develop your knowledge and understanding of

• the concepts, processes and content of the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level for PE

• how PE and school sport can contribute to developing confident, successful learners

• contemporary issues that influence the wider context of PE and sport in schools and in surrounding communities

• the broad range of programmes in the current physical education and school sport environment

• strategic knowledge and understanding of key policies and developments affecting the provision of physical education and youth school sport for young people

In your final year, you complete a project of your choosing, from a traditional dissertation to a work-based project with a school or business. Previous projects have looked at current topics like • inclusion and disability support in mainstream PE • girls' PE participation • teaching styles and approaches of PE teachers • coaches and sports specialists' delivery in primary and secondary school sport settings.

At the end of the course you have the necessary professional skills, knowledge and abilities to apply to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at any university or any of the other school-based routes like School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Teach First and School Direct, towards gaining qualified teacher status.

You also gain the skills and knowledge to begin a career in areas related to strategic physical education and school sport and other wider roles in education.

Placements and work experience

This is a practical course, and you work on real projects throughout your time here. We have very strong links with local schools – many have our former students working there as PE teachers. From your first weeks on the course, you have opportunities to work with schoolchildren in practical sporting activities.

In your second year you take a six-week work placement. You have access to a lot of support in finding the right placement for you, and we support you during your time there by keeping in touch and visiting you where appropriate.

Previous students have found placements in schools and other educational organisations. Some have worked for regional and national organisations or professional sports clubs such as Sheffield Wednesday FC and Sheffield United FC, delivering youth sport strategies and programmes. Others have recently completed their placements abroad, including one teaching football in Dubai and another teaching rugby in Fiji.

Our links with the Youth Sport Trust mean you can access their 'Learn to Move' training and accreditation as part of the course.

If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.


You have access to excellent teaching facilities and you spend much of the course using the world-class facilities at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. It is our official sport campus, and the training base for Jessica Ennis-Hill and many other Team GB athletes, including the GB boxing and table tennis teams.

You gain aquatics experience at Ponds Forge International Aquatics Centre and complete an outdoor and adventurous residential trip in the Lake District at Lake Coniston. You can also run outdoor activities for schoolchildren in the neighbouring Peak District.


You are taught by educators, coaches and policy makers who have valuable experience of physical education and school sport.

Alongside our teaching staff we have created a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Mentor scheme which enables second year students to mentor first year students and assist and facilitate learning. This has been tremendously successful and extremely beneficial for the first year students receiving guidance from the second years, as well as for the second years in reinforcing their own learning and in providing them with fantastic leadership opportunities.

Our world-class Sport Industry Research Centre conducts research into physical education that feeds directly into your lectures. Our researchers talk to you about their current case studies, giving you exclusive access to the very latest knowledge in this area.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above, including English language or Literature and mathematics

The GCSE English and mathematics equivalents accepted are:

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

• 128 UCAS points with at least 80 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.


• 112 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• an Access to HE Diploma from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 39 level 3 credits should be graded at merit or above.

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.

If English is not your first language you must have 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• thinking sociologically and philosophically about PE and school sport • gymnastic activities • outdoor and adventure activities • games activities • sport science 1 • developing professional practice 1

Year two modules

• research in PE and school sport • politics of physical education • applied athletics, aquatics and dance activities • sport science 2 • developing professional practice 2

Year three modules

• applied practical pedagogy • developing professional practice 3 • applied sports science (option) • applied health and exercise science (option) • PE spaces, identity and the body • project (dissertation)

  • coursework
  • examinations


If you complete a PGCE or initial teacher training via other recognised routes like SCITT and GTP, you can teach PE in secondary or primary schools.

Other educational roles related to PE and school sport that are open to you include • educational sport specialists and coaches for national governing bodies • teaching assistants • leadership and school sport coordinators • mentors of young pupils in school sport programmes

Opportunities vary from school to school and partnership to partnership, but you will have the expertise to be readily employable in graduate roles with PE and school sport responsibilities.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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

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