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Do you, like us, want to inspire the next generation of young people to take part in sport and physical activity? If the answer is ‘yes’ then this course is suited to you. We will help you to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to provide enjoyable experiences through sport, physical education and physical activity.


Course Benefits

  • ​Excellent preparation for studying a PGCE or other teacher training routes in Primary Physical Education.
  • You will have the chance to gain teaching, coaching and volunteering experience in the UK or abroad in the USA, Africa or Australia.
  • You will have the opportunity to achieve a Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Level 2) and NGB Coaching Award.​

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

Physical Education in primary schools contributes to the overall education of children by developing fundamental movement skills and applying these to a wide range of activities. You will learn how to promote active, inclusive and enjoyable learning in games, athletic activities, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor adventure activities. This is aligned with the knowledge you will gain of sports development, so that you are able to enhance and strategically promote sport and physical activity opportunities, not only in schools but in the wider community for all ages and abilities. All students will have the opportunity to achieve a Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Level 2) plus many other sports coaching awards. 

You will learn through a range of delivery styles, by an enthusiastic team of l​ecturers, many of whom have had experience in these roles in their careers. Your course will involve practical learning opportunities where you will apply your learning in real-life situations so that you are able to fully enhance your career opportunities when you graduate.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: 
  • Primary Physical Education
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Youth Sport Development
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Event Management
  • Community Health and Fitness
  • Leisure Management
  • Community Sports Development
  • Issues and Leadership in Physical Education
  • Youth Sport and Health

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SHN4142 - Research Methods 1
  • SHN4332 - Youth Sport Development
  • SHN4342 - Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • SHN4362 - Primary Physical Education 2
  • SHN4372 - Primary Physical Education 1
  • SHN4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN5142 - Research Methods 2
  • SHN5152 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • SHN5162 - Volunteering in Sport, Health and Nutrition
  • SHN5182 - Sociology of Sport
  • SHN5212 - Community Health and Fitness
  • SHN5242 - Event Management
  • SHN5252 - Primary Physical Education 3

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6202 - Physical Activity and Behaviour Change
  • SHN6232 - Youth Sport and Health
  • SHN6262 - Sport and Society
  • SHN6272 - Issues and Leadership in Physical Education
  • SHN6282 - Community Sports Development

Learning and Teaching

*according to the latest figures from HESA
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.
Most of the modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group workshops or practical activities. For example, Physical Education and Sports Development students will learn the delivery methods required to teach Physical Education through practical sports sessions. Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), is called 'Moodle' and we use this to support student learning in and out of class sessions, through e-resources, providing 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.

Students will carry out two work-placements in Year 1 and 2, which add up to 11 weeks of experience in the workplace. Placements are tailored to the degree programme that the student is studying so that students can be assured that they will gain a professionally relevant experience to give them the skills needed for future careers. For example a student studying Primary Physical Education and Sports Development will take a placement either within a school or in the area of Sports Development.

In the final year of study students will complete a Dissertation worth 40 credits which is a research project in an area of specific interest to the student.  The research is often carried out within real-world settings involving projects for organisations or schools so is professionally relevant for both the employer and student towards future career opportunities.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills, to link with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. At Leeds Trinity we have a dedicated Sports Development Co-ordinator and a team of staff who help students to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering as well as gain National Governing Body Sports Awards related to your graduate prospects.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this programme include formative assessments where you will be provided opportunities to develop new skills and receive feedback from tutors prior to completing the final assessment for the module. These will include presentations, group tasks, reports and audits. Assessments will use a variety of media and can include practical as well as purely academic elements.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

The Primary Education programmes have been carefully designed to ensure that you receive the opportunity to be assessed in all skills that you will require as a professional teacher, so you do not get a choice about the style of assessment. However, there are opportunities as the programme progresses to develop areas of interest either in essays or for research.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Please call our Clearing Hotline on 0113 283 7123 for more information.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language and Maths.  GCSE Science is usually preferred but not essential.​​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

Any offer of a place on this course will be subject to receipt by Leeds Trinity of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

​​You will be sent a DBS Enhanced Disclosure application form if you are offered a place and accept it. You should hand in the application, relevant identification documents and payment (£44) following receipt of your application form and guidance, usually from May onwards. It is important that you do this as soon as possible to prevent delays with any funding you may be entitled to receive.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Find out more

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • There is the opportunity ​to study abroad​ which will incur additional costs. This would be discussed on an individual basis.
  • ​​A Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Level 2) and NGB Coaching awards.

Catherine Rowlands

​​​I’m Catherine Rowlands, a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University.​

I have been at the University for 10 years following a career working in school sport and community sports development.

I’m currently the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Primary Physical Education and Sports Development.

Academic staff profiles

Students take part in several weeks of professional work placements, including volunteering and study abroad opportunities

Student get the chance to gain coaching awards, take part in residential trips, join University Sports Teams and Societies, take part in recreational fun sports and become part of our sports development programmes to develop our University sport.

Relevant research outputs

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Dan has shown excellent contribution and progress, and made a tremendous contribution to teaching and learning.

Ian White

PE Department at Guiseley School

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

Graduates can continue their studies on a PGCE or equivalent teacher training course and become a Primary Teacher or work directly in sport development for a local authority, charity or a National Governing Body for sport.

You could progress onto an accredited postgraduate course with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). You could even set up your own business.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA EducationEarly Years Teacher Status (Postgraduate Employer Based) and PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of youruniversity life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Primary Physical Education and Sports Development Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Primary Physical Education and Sports Development alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.

2nd in the UK

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and assessment, according to the 2016 Guardian University Guide.


WhatUni also ranked us 28th out of all 113 UK universities in 2015, thanks to glowing reviews from our very own students. 

​​£2.2 million​

We've invested £2.2 million in our sports and fitness centre, which includes a gym that rivals the best in the city centre

​​Top 15%​

We're in the top 15% of all UK universities for teaching quality (according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

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