BA (Hons) Physical Education (non QTS)XC63

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full time.
  • Follow your ambitions with our Physical Education (non QTS) course: the flexible approach to a future in PE teaching at either primary or secondary level. The course is closely aligned with our B.Ed (Hons) Secondary Education with Physical Education course, so you’ll enjoy much of the same content during your studies. However, the entry requirements to this three-year course are not quite so demanding. This course is the ideal route to School Direct or PGCE courses in PE.

    Through this physical education degree, students are able to experience a blend of theoretical study and school-based placements. This healthy combination helps students perfect their understanding of and approach to teaching as a whole. All the while, students benefit from access to our world-class campus sports centre.

    The course comprises three main areas:

    • General professional studies.
    • Applied subject studies.
    • The principles underpinning physical education.

    The varied taught programme combines practical, theoretical and applied lectures, seminars, workshops and placements. Students will be encouraged to work together in small groups to foster a student-centered approach to teaching and learning.

    Assessments will include coursework examination, practical performance, presentations, ICT coursework and teaching. This rich blend allows students to demonstrate their skills and abilities in various ways, therefore unearthing their individual strengths.

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All modules are compulsory.

1st Year
  • Professional Values in PE*
  • Pedagogical and Fundamental Principles in PE*
  • Practical Aspects of PE 1, 2 and 3*
  • Science in PE*


2nd Year
  • Research in Action*
  • Learning in Different Contexts*
  • Practical Aspects of PE 4 and 5*
  • Assessment in PE*
3rd Year
  • Applied Research*
  • Current Ideas and Initiatives*
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy*
  • Practical Aspects of PE6*
  • Thematic Learning in PE*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The course equips you for a variety of careers but in particular places you well to apply for the School Direct and PGCE routes into teaching. The content of the course develops a range of employability skills including Business and customer awareness,  Problem solving, Communication and literacy, Application of numeracy, Application of information technology, positive professional  attitude  and  enterprise and innovation which a can be applied to a wide range of careers.

Career paths include; formal and informal education, Coach Education, Sports Leadership/Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, or Postgraduate Studies e.g Masters or Research.

Current Students


Course Leader

Led by Dr Gil Golder the course leaders are your support system throughout this three-year programme. With decades of experience and countless thought-provoking research specialisms, the PGCE PE team is passionate about developing each student’s individual skills, and turning out the next generation of truly outstanding teachers.


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    Please note that if it is your intention to continue your studies at postgraduate level to attempt to enter the teaching profession a Level 2 Key Skills in Application of Numbers and Communication or Certificates in Adult Literacy or Numeracy, are not sufficient to meet the entry requirements of these programmes (PGCE, SD, SCITT etc).  However, you could attempt to study for the relevant qualifications alongside this degree programme.