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BA (Hons) Physical Education (non QTS)

Gain experience teaching both primary and secondary physical education.

Gain hands on experience

Entry requirements

Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.

Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.

Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D.

And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.



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UCAS points 96

UCAS code XC63

Duration 3 years full time.

Course Summary

If you enjoy being physically active and you want to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with children and teenagers, you may be perfect candidate for a career in PE teaching. This degree programme takes a developmental approach to physical education so if you are unsure of which age range you wish to teach, this programme will allow you to gain experience in both primary and secondary education.

The course has links to numerous schools across the South West which will allow you to develop a robust understanding of physical education through hands on experience of teaching across the three years of your degree. You will study in world-class sports facilities at the University including our BASES accredited sports science laboratory, climatic chamber, 25m swimming pool and numerous 4G and astro-turf pitches. BA (Hons) Physical Education is taught by experienced academics within physical education alongside other experts in the field.

This course includes a 100 hour PE placement during second year. This can take place in either a primary school, secondary school or special educational needs school. There is also an opportunity to carry out 50 hours in a primary school and 50 hours in a secondary school, expanding your breadth of knowledge and allowing you to make informed decisions about your future career. 

You don’t need Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) skills prior to starting the course. In order to achieve QTS you will need to follow this degree with a PGCE or School Direct programme.

Why this course at Marjon?

Study at our world class Sport & Health Centre.

Study in small groups with like-minded individuals and wide range of expert tutors.

100 hours on placement in a range of schools and colleges.

Easy access to additional qualifications to enhance your career prospects.

Variety of teaching and assessment styles enable you to find your own strengths.

Gain experience of teaching PE at both primary and secondary levels to inform your career choices.

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

Our first year was mainly learning the basics of teaching. We looked at how students develop physically as they grow up and how attitudes to exercise might change. During the second year we learnt how to deliver a diverse range of sports through hands-on practical experience with our lecturers. In the third year we’re fine-tuning our teaching and we have had a lot of chances to practice our skills in a practical environment. We’re also learning about how to deliver sport to those with special educational needs.
Charley - Third Year, BA (Hons) Physical Education


1st Year

Engaging with Learning, Personal and Professional Development
Provides you with the tools you need to produce your best academic work, develop your criticality and help you to move towards your career aspirations.
Fundamental Movement Skills
Provides you with a robust understanding of the fundamental movement skills that underpin all sports and physical activities.
Sports Science principles of Growth and Development
Explores how physical activity and sport can impact upon the growing and developing body.
Sport Coaching and the Coaching Process
You’ll learn to plan coaching sessions, then deliver those sessions, and finally evaluate and reflect upon this process in order to improve practice. All of this will be underpinned by relevant theory about this coaching process.
Foundations in Sport Development
You’ll explore sport development from community to elite level. Learning how sport and football contributes to wider society issues, such as inclusion, health and physical activity. You will gain a Street Games Activator qualification and visit the London Olympic Park.
International Studies in Sport and Physical Education
Explore how sport became globally popular by learning about international sporting cartels, leagues, and mega-events. You’ll also teach and play international games including American Football and Kabaddi.

2nd Year

Work Based Learning (Placement)
100 hour placement in a primary, secondary or special educational needs school where you will engage with both curriculum and extra-curricular activities. This placement can be split to help inform your career aspirations, for example between primary and secondary schools or primary and SEN schools.
Physical Education through the Environment
A diverse range of environments and activity types will be explored and their impact upon learning considered. You will have the opportunity to plan and deliver episodes of learning and expand your appreciation of risk.
Pedagogy and Performance in Physical Education
You’ll learn recognised teaching strategies for specific games, deliver a lesson and reflect on it, set targets for your own professional development in a variety of games and understand the rules, regulations, tactics and technical competencies in a variety of games.
Learning Theory and the Learner
Planning and Assessment through Physical Activity
A consideration of planning and assessing with a focus on children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing.
Research Methods in Sport and Physical Education
What’s the difference between facts and alternative facts, evidence and fake news? The scientific method. In this module you’ll learn about research and evidence by doing research to produce evidence, and take the first step towards your dissertation.

3rd Year

Pedagogy in Practice
You will be teaching PE lessons to both primary and secondary students supported by keynote lectures.
Diversity in Physical Education
Experience a range of traditional and non-traditional aesthetic activities that can engage children of all ages and needs.
Thematic Learning in Education*
Develop innovative methods of engaging learners with a range of different subjects and concepts such as global citizenship.
Leadership and Management*
What makes a great leader? What is their role in creating a highly performing team or individual? You will develop a critical understanding of the links between individual characteristics, leadership styles, and organisational performance. Learning on this module is highly transferable and you can apply the ideas in a variety of sport, physical activity, and physical education contexts.
Coaching Children in Sport*
This module examines the role of the coach in terms of the physiological and psychological development of children. You study physiological concepts of cardiopulmonary function, body composition, muscular strength, speed, endurance and flexibility, and the psychological aspects of motivation, anxiety and self-esteem related to coaching children, in order to deliver practical coaching suited to the needs of children.
Disability and Sport*
The module is 50% taught and 50% placement based. Explore your understanding of disability and the inclusion spectrum, considering the legal developments which underpin provision. Understand approaches to adaptation and modification to enable more people to take part in sport, equipping you for the placement aspect of the module.
Honours Project (Dissertation)
Overturn orthodoxies, subvert the status quo, or put the evidence into evidenced-based practice when you embrace a quest for new knowledge in the capstone of your studies: the Dissertation.

Current students say...

Lucy Windsor

“I enjoy the family feel which the course and university create. Being a small group you make such good friends to support you and have a laugh with. The lecturers take a big interest in knowing and developing you. Going coasteering and teaching pupils each week is an amazing opportunity. Throughout 3 years I have never been bored! The next stage is to start my PGCE. With the support from the amazing lecturers I feel I am ready to take the next step in hope of becoming an outstanding teacher.”

Olly Cook

“I really enjoy the practical nature of the course. It is really beneficial to learn the theory and then put this into place so I can completely understand how it works. I’ve enjoyed the range of modules, from outdoor adventure education to sport science I feel that a huge spectrum has been covered. The course has given me first hand opportunities to work with primary and secondary students. Having experience of both allowed me to decide that primary education is the one for me.”

Charley Wright

“The course enabled me to become more confident and competent as a teacher. Following a successful work placement, I was able to gain invaluable experience, skills and connections with local schools, which led to me gaining paid employment supporting learning in PE lessons in primary schools. With this experience I can happily say I have received offers from all the postgraduate teacher training providers I applied to for my Primary PGCE next year, with Marjon being my chosen destination.”

This course is perfect if you're curious about

Is it possible to influence children to engage with lifelong physical activity?

Can schools have an impact on the health of children and adolescents?

Can you teach maths or literacy through physical activity?

Could high quality physical activity in schools save the NHS budget in decades to come?

How do you engage the disengaged with physical activity and sport?

Could less traditional activities such as yoga or street surfing motivate more children?

It has been an absolute delight watching our children in Gym Club thrive from week to week with regards to their gross motor skills. The children's listening and attention skills, confidence and resilience also thrived. This has been particularly evident with the children from less advantaged households. Equally the male role models have had a great impact on our male children and also on those from our single parent families. Opportunities like this are fundamental.
Vicky Cochrane - Manager at Flying Start Nursery on the weekly Gym Club run by Phys Ed students


Hannah Prisk

“Through the range of theory, practical lessons and placement opportunities my confidence and ability to teach a range of age groups has developed considerably. I’m see the pupils develop into confident young individuals through the support I give them. I was set on becoming a secondary PE teacher, however, the course enabled me to experience a range of environments and ages leading me to change my focus to primary teaching. I’m now doing a PGCE to become a teacher and I love what I am doing.”

Hannah is studying PGCE Primary to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

What might you become?

Most graduates are likely to join a PGCE or School Direct postgraduate programme to become a teacher in either primary or secondary education. Your skills and experiences on the programme could also help you move into other roles in education, coaching, sport, sport development. There is also opportunity to go onto further postgraduate study through a range of Masters’ programmes.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

 Includes lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions, offsite visits and direct experience of teaching children and young people both on campus and in schools.

How will you be assessed?

Includes presentations, essays, blogs, portfolios, exams, practical skills assessment and a final written dissertation.

Course leader

Erica Eaton Quinn

Erica is a qualified teacher, she teaches Physical Education and is interested in talent identification and development, physical activity and paediatric health and the development of physical literacy in young children.

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Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum

Funding available for this course


Additional costs:




Clare Bulford


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Clare graduated from Marjon as a PE teacher and returns as a lecturer following a very rewarding career teaching PE, mentoring trainee teachers, being Head of KS3 PE, House Leader and Assistant Head of Sixth Form.

Dr Kass Gibson

Associate Professor

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Kass is a qualified PE teacher who has taught in schools, colleges, and universities in New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and the UK. He is a member of the University of Toronto’s Suffering, Pain and Ethics Lab Scientific Team. His research examines experiences and practices in physical activity health promotion, sport, and physical education.

Hannah Wood


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Hannah Wood studied Applied Sports Science & Coaching (with ICT), then took a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education and a Masters in Education (all at Marjon). She then taught for ten years and now teaches at Marjon, mostly working with trainee PE teachers. One of her main research interests is in mentor and mentee relationships; expectations, roles and responsibilities of each; a passion that she brings to the course recognising the often informal mentoring role that PE teachers particularly can play in young people’s lives.

More information

Please note that if it is your intention to enter the teaching profession and continue your studies at postgraduate level, you will need to pass the Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) skills tests prior to starting a PGCE or School Direct programme. The course includes a 100 hour PE placement in the second year, usually taken in a local school or college. You don’t need QTS skills tests prior to taking part. In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will need to follow this degree with a PGCE or School Direct programme.





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