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Like you, we are passionate about sport, physical activity and physical education. We are excited at the prospect that our graduates will be passing on their passion to others through developing sporting opportunities, teaching, coaching or owning their own business. Sound interesting? Come and study at Leeds Trinity University. 


Course Benefits

  • This course provides excellent preparation for studying a PGCE or other teacher training routes in Secondary Physical Education.
  • Gain teaching, coaching and volunteering experience and qualifications in the context of sports development and physical education.
  • Options to volunteer or study abroad with our partnership sports coaching projects.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

Sports development involves identifying, enhancing and evaluating opportunities for people of all ages to take part in sport or physical activity. Acquiring the tools to do this and maintaining up-to-date knowledge about the ever-evolving face of sport in the UK is key to being successful in this role. 

As a physical educator, you need excellent subject knowledge plus the ability to confidently plan and deliver engaging lessons and evaluate performance in all aspects of the national curriculum including games, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities, swimming, gymnastics and dance. All of these skills and more will be gained on this course. All students will also have the opportunity to achieve a range of additional coaching and instructing awards. 

Through real-life learning opportunities, professional work placements and modules tailored specifically for these purposes, you will be on the path to becoming an employable graduate in a career in which you will not only make a difference to people’s lives, but also gain personal job satisfaction. 

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
  • SHN4322 - Secondary Physical Education 2
  • SHN4332 - Youth Sport Development
  • SHN4342 - Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • SHN4352 - Secondary 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
  • SHN5232 - Secondary Physical Education 3
  • SHN5242 - Event Management

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

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 tutorials/seminars or practical sessions. In addition to the use of an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for 24/7 support with your studies. This ensures individual learning styles are catered for. Learning modes are tailored to your degree, for example, students will learn through sports practical sessions the delivery methods required to teach Physical Education.

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Placement modules.  Placements are tailored to the degree programme 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 Secondary Physical Education and Sport Development will undertake placements in School and Community Sport environments.

At Level 6 students will study a 40-credit Dissertation module to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking and skill development, which in addition provides the opportunity to work on real projects relating to your career choice in sport.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills, to make links with employers, mentors and our alumni within and beyond the curriculum. We recognise the value of the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities and sports volunteering related to your graduate prospects and even take up coaching awards in a wide range of sports. The department of Sport, Health & Nutrition have a dedicated Sports Development Co-ordinator to provide you with the best possible opportunities.

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.

The assessment types are also creative in resembling work-based practice, enabling students to develop key employability skills. The variety of assessments in Sport, Health & Nutrition were noted by the External Examiner to be "the very best of practice in the sector".

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.
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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.

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) Secondary Physical Education and Sports Development.

Academic staff profiles

This course combines practical and theoretical components of Physical Education and Sports Development. 

Our students enjoy learning about these subjects in a range of creative ways, including practical sports sessions, workshops, seminars, team work activities, one-to-one tutorials and lectures utilising our excellent learning and sports facilities.

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The University and the course were perfect to prepare me for my career as a PE Teacher and would honestly recommend it to anyone who's looking at going into that career path.

Lucy Farrar

BA (Hons) Sport Development and Physical Education, 2015

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

Continue study on a PGCE Physical Education course and become a PE teacher or work directly in sport development for a local authority, charity or a national governing body for sport. 
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport ManagementMSc Health and Wellbeing 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.
Secondary 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 Secondary 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.


100% of Secondary Education Physical Education and Sport students agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to (NSS 2016).


93% of Secondary Education Physical Education and Sport students agree that as a result of the course, they feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems (NSS 2016).

​Top 15

Top 15% of all UK universities for teaching quality (according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

Work placements

We arrange over 1,200 professional work placements for our students every year

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