September 2021

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Physical Education and Sport BA (Hons)

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2021

Key Details

  • XX13 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • 112 Typical UCAS Tariff


Why study this course?

  • This course provides students with exposure to and experience of working with young people in educational settings, and opportunities to develop skills in effective teaching and learning which are built upon throughout the course.
  • Learning opportunities prepare students for careers in educational settings, especially for postgraduate routes into teaching (esp. physical education), and the learning experiences provided are informed by relevant professional bodies (e.g., Association of Physical Education [AfPE]) and government departments (e.g. Department for Education), to help prepare students for the requirements and standards expected of teachers.
  • Through taught modules (e.g., through study visits) and the second year work placement module, students are provided with opportunities to apply their learning
  • In the final year students are provided with the option to undertake a research-based dissertation or a negotiated Work-Based Research Project. This opportunity for choice will further enable students for their chosen destination routes following graduation.
  • Students receive a broad foundation of modules in their first year. This structure is unique in that it allows students the flexibility to change course and progress straight into the second year of another sports programme if they wish to.
  • The course is taught in dedicated facilities on one campus. The Human performance lab, indoor sports hall, strength & conditioning suite, aerobic conditioning suite, group exercise studio, full size outdoor 3G pitch, dedicated seminar rooms and staff offices can be found within a 100 yard radius of each other.

What does the course cover?

During your first year of study you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin physical education and sport provision and participation, and performance in sport and exercise. This involves exploring various factors that influence participation in physical activity, at all levels, from beginner to elite athletes. In addition, you will develop an understanding of the scientific and socially scientific disciplines that underpin the study of physical activity in a range of themed modules, including the pedagogy of physical education and coaching. This structure is unique in that it allows you the flexibility to change course and progress straight into the second year of another sports programme if you so wish.

In the second year, two physical education modules will be studied, one in each semester. These modules aim to provide you with a secure understanding of the role and purpose of physical education and the requirements of being a teacher of physical education across statutory education. Furthermore, through these modules you will have the opportunity to apply your understanding to demonstrate skills of effective teaching and learning to practical physical education situations. In addition, you will study modules that aim to further develop your knowledge and understanding of how different perspectives can be used to explain the role of sport in society, and how social-psychological constructs can influence participation and performance in sport and exercise. These modules are in addition to the placement module that aims to provide the opportunity to undertake work placement within educational settings. This experience will provide the chance to apply what has been learned in taught modules (especially the physical education modules) to real life situations, as well as providing you with opportunities to learn from these applied experiences to better prepare you for postgraduate routes into teaching.

In the final year you will develop in-depth understanding of and appreciation for the role of physical education in both promoting health and participation in sport. You will explore physical activity as a health-related behaviour across the lifespan, starting with children, and how young people can be developed in and through sport and physical education. The degree also provides the opportunity to plan an event which responds to sporting context and policy. Furthermore, you will have the option to undertake a research-based dissertation or a negotiated Work-Based Research Project. This opportunity for choice will further prepare you for your chosen destination routes following graduation.

How will I be assessed?

We pride ourselves on giving good academic and individual support to each of our students. Teaching is varied and you will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions, all supported through our virtual learning environment, ‘Moodle’. Assessment methods vary from ‘traditional’ methods such as exams and essays, to applied tasks such as reports, poster presentations, group and individual presentations, to innovative methods such as eportfolios, online assessment and problem based learning tasks, including those comprising teaching resources and planning.  These methods are used to enable you to develop skills in different approaches and so that the full range of skills are assessed.

What careers could I consider?

With the skills and knowledge that this course will provide, a wide range of opportunities will be open to you as a graduate of Physical Education and Sport.  The degree specifically aims to prepare students for careers in educational settings, and especially for postgraduate professional training (e.g., PGCE or School Direct) for qualified teacher status (QTS) in primary and secondary education.  Alternative career destinations include community sport educator, physical education learning support assistant or school based physical activity coach/educator.  You will also be able to apply for graduate schemes with a number of UK employers, or to study for a Masters degree.


Newman University is proud to be the first West Midlands partner of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) a professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA works with over 300 partners across the sport and physical activity sector, meaning students can be assured they are working with a university that is contributing, not only to teaching sport but, to developing the professional standards for the industry. We are currently working towards full accreditation of course, thus eventually our courses will be recognised by CIMSPA as equipping students with the skills that employers are looking for.

Hear Stefan Lawrence, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Health, talk in more detail about Newman University’s partnership with CIMSPA.

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 112 UCAS points, including a minimum of CC at A Level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course:
D30-M0-P15; D27-M6-P12; D24-M12-P9; D21-M18-P6; D18-M24-P3; D15-M30-P0

A Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Level or BTEC level 3) in a sport, PE or science related subject

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above to include GCSE English, mathematics and science, or recognised equivalents are also required.

For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers Physical Education with Sport (with Foundation Year) which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

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Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK/EU students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

The programme team advises students to purchase a Newman University sports polo shirt.  This is so students can wear the shirt when representing the university externally (e.g., on placements) and have appropriate sportswear during laboratory and coaching practicals. The cost is £19.99 (based on 2019/20) with additional option pieces of branded clothing range from £19.99 – £29.99.  Payment of these optional clothing items are due in the first year of study or second year of study (placement).

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 




Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes of Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students


  1. This module is focused on introducing and developing skills required to study and investigate sport, exercise and coaching in a Higher Education environment. It allows students an opportunity to identify and improve important skills for studying sport and exercise related subjects, including literature searching, communication and study skills.
  2. This module will introduce students to a variety of sport organisations in the UK and how they operate in and across private, public and voluntary sectors to deliver different levels and kinds of sports provision. While gaining an understanding of how sport is developed, structured, governed and funded, students will also be introduced to the current sport policy context and to the dominant ideas underpinning current UK sports policy, namely ‘sport for all’. To this end, the module will also have a social justice focus and will examine how socio-cultural factors exclude certain groups from participating and/ or progressing in sport.
  3. This module aims to develop knowledge of anatomy and function of the musculo-skeletal system during movement. Students will also be introduced to biomechanical principles underpinning the practical analysis of human movement, considering the role of analysis in sport and in movement. It will serve to widen the students' knowledge base and will provide a firm basis for working at a higher level in the discipline of sport and exercise biomechanics. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
  4. This module offers students an opportunity to be introduced to contemporary and fundamental concepts within sport and exercise psychology. Students will consider the underpinnings of human psychology and how this influences participation and engagement in various physical activity contexts.
  5. This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and self-management skills to make informed choices in preparing for work placement and the transition to employment or further study on graduation.  Learners will be provided with the opportunities to develop awareness of the workplace, identify different career and study options, recognise and articulate their own experience, accomplishments and talents and plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.
  6. This module builds on the knowledge gained in Human Movement 1. Students will learn about the different physiological systems in the human body that work to produce and regulate human movement. Students will also develop vital laboratory skills to enable safe and effective administration and measurement of exercise and contributory factors. Finally the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of human health will also be considered. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
  7. This module will introduce key pedagogical theories and concepts related to Physical Education and sports coaching. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the role of Physical Education teachers and sports coaches. Throughout the module, there will be opportunities to apply theoretical constructs to practical situations.
  8. This module provides students with an introduction to the foundations of research in sport, exercise and coaching contexts. Students have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the philosophical underpinning of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. They will also explore different data collection techniques and methods of evaluating qualitative and quantitative evidence.
  1. This year-long module offers learners the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for the learner’s role on placement, with the learner. Students complete 100 hours in the work setting. The learner will reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting. This module provides an opportunity for students wishing to attain National Professional recognition with the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) to complete an AMTLA project. The module will also provide the opportunity for those students interested in going on to the PGCE programme to gain support and guidance with the PGCE application process.  
  2. This module will develop students’ understanding of the different ways sociological perspectives contribute to a critical understanding of sport and/ in society. Sociology is a discipline splintered by a number of different approaches and thus a critical assessment of sport may be conducted in numerous ways. Students will, therefore, be introduced to a number of different sociological and cultural perspectives and to how they might be used to explain sport and its role in contemporary society.
  3. This module is designed to give students greater insight into the teaching and learning of physical education and school sport. This module explores the aims and objectives of physical education and school sport and the issues and current challenges faced by subject of physical and by teachers of physical education and school sport.  The module will explore a range of concepts and theoretical principles underpinning practice, and provide opportunities to relate the knowledge gained to the practical implications of teaching physical education.  Students will participate in practical sessions which will provide peer / team teaching opportunities.  
  4. This module provides students with theoretical underpinning and practical experience within quantitative research methods. It offers the opportunity for students to acquire the necessary skills to conduct independent research in any of the sub-disciplines involved in investigating areas of sports, exercise and coaching related topics at level 6.
  5. This module offers students an opportunity to explore some major personality and social-psychological constructs and theories that can be used to explain behaviour and performance in sport and exercise settings. Students will develop an understanding and critical awareness of how specific psychological principles can influence participation, well-being and performance in sport and exercise contexts.
  6. This module provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and understanding gained in Semester 1 (SPU520 Physical Education Pedagogy) to the practical implications of planning, teaching and assessing physical education.  The module encourages the development of critical self-reflection skills through the students’ evaluation of their practice.  Students will be required to plan, deliver and assesses physical education teaching and learning episodes.  Furthermore, alongside timetabled and directed activities, students will be required to organise and undertake time in educational settings (self-arranged but can be linked to the PLU502 placement).
  7. This module builds on those key areas of research methods delivered at level four and in SPU501. It provides a body of knowledge and experiences that will act as a preparation for more advanced studies at level six. It offers the opportunity to acquire and practice the necessary skills to conduct independent qualitative research in any of the sub-disciplines involved in investigating areas of sports, exercise and coaching related topics.
  1. This module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of their skills, knowledge and understanding through conducting an independent research project.  The project is regarded as an important exercise for developing students’ abilities to formulate appropriate research design and procedures, to collect and present in an appropriate and meaningful way, to conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, and to demonstrate their understanding and application of theoretical principles.  The research focus must be specific to their chosen degree.
  2. This module offers students the opportunity to build on their level 5 work placement through the more developed application of a negotiated work-based research project. Students will agree with their placement tutor and workplace mentor a brief for a project which addresses a need within the organisation. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the work place. It is in the spirit of this module that wherever possible, the focus will be on social or community / sustainable development.
  3. This module takes a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to understanding how young people and athletes can be developed in and through sport and Physical Education. Incorporating concepts from sport pedagogy, psychology and talent development literatures, students will be encouraged to understand youth and athletic development from holistic point of view, and across the participation-performance spectrum.
  4. This module will require students – as a group - to conceive, plan, implement and evaluate a sports event. Responding to the needs of the sports, charity and/ or community sector, students will oversee all aspects of the sport event management process, allowing them to develop the practical, work-based competencies required for graduate level positions in the sports industry. The structure, function and operation of sports events in the United Kingdom will be critically analysed, enabling students to respond to the current UK sport development and policy context in innovative and enterprising ways. The module will include students being guided through the completion of relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols for their events.
  5. This module will encourage students’ to deepen their understanding of social and cultural theory through a critical engagement with a variety of contemporary social phenomena and their relationship to sport at a local, national and/ or international level. The module will also encourage students to consider how their own academic and/ or vocational interests (e.g. social justice, environmental concerns, internationalisation etc.) might be enhanced by the application of a sociological lens.
  6. This module explores the application of psychological profiling and intervention techniques in a variety of sporting situations. It seeks to develop a critical and evidence based approach in the selection of specific strategies for individuals and groups. It further seeks to provide a basis for appraising and critically evaluating the impact of any intervention strategies employed with reference to their effectiveness, appropriateness, and ethical use.
  7. This module explores physical activity as a health-related behaviour across the lifespan, starting with children.  It considers classic studies and recent research evidence to critically investigate the associations between physical (in)activity, other health-related behaviours, and fitness and health.  The module will look at physical activity behaviour from a range of perspectives, including the social and built environment and public health perspectives.  The module will specifically consider health-related concerns such as the global rise in obesity and non-communicable diseases (including Type II Diabetes Mellitus).  The module also aims to further develop understanding and competencies in the measurement of physical activity and body composition. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

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