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 programme has a clear and distinct focus on teaching and learning in Physical Education in schools, aiming to ensure all young people are confident to engage in lifelong physical activity and are competent to engage in a range of physical activities. The programme takes a developmental approach to teaching and learning in school, with a clear focus on the individual needs of learners. The programme is cross phase, from Key Stage 1 to 4 and will allow students to experience the different stages of learning as well as the structure of Key Stages in schools. This unique experience will enable students to reflect and focus on the next stages of their own career aspirations. This course is the ideal route to School Direct or PGCE courses in PE.

    The programme applies theory through practice. There is a clear focus on the teaching profession, where the ‘Teachers’ Standards’ are mapped against each module to ensure students understand and are familiar with the requirements of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Placements in educational contexts will provide students with the experiences required for Post Graduate Certificate of Education and School Direct routes into teaching.

    The pathway students will take will be progressive and will build on knowledge, experiences and skills throughout the programme. The generic core modules of the programmes will provide the academic skills required of graduates and the BA Physical Education will utilise and develop this knowledge, skill and understanding throughout the programme. Each module has been designed to enable continuity of learning through and across modules to enable students to develop interconnected knowledge rather than pigeon hole learning. To that end modules are delivered in a combination of long and thin & short and fat timescales. Assessment will reflect the diversity and competencies required of teachers in a 21st Century setting where digital technology is implicit.

    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
  • Engaging with Learning: Physical Education
  • Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)
  • Growth and Development
  • International Studies in Sport and Physical Education


2nd Year
  • Work-based Learning: Physical Education
  • Research Methods
  • Physical Education Through the Environment
  • Pedagogy and Performance in Physical Education
  • Planning and Assessment Through Physical Activity
3rd Year
  • Honours Project
  • Pedagogy in Practice
  • Thematic Learning in Education
  • Diversity in Physical Education
  • Coaching Children in Sport

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.