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Keen to start your career faster? Want a degree that combines your passion for secondary education and sport? Our Secondary Education, Physical Education and Sport degree will develop your expertise and specialist knowledge in physical education and sport, while maintaining a strong focus on education.

You will gain insight into teaching and learning, alongside valuable professional experience plus 20 weeks of professional work placements in an education or community sport setting.


Course Benefits

  • You will graduate in just two years, helping you to get on the career ladder more quickly.
  • You will have a great chance for success in your PGCE application for Secondary Physical Education.
  • 20 weeks of professional work placements included in the course.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

Our degree is designed to broaden your future career options. If you are strongly considering becoming a physical education teacher, this degree will help you progress to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) via a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or alternative route.

Initial teacher training in physical education is highly competitive, but this degree will give you the competitive edge as you will be able to focus on your specialist subject - physical education - whilst gaining the education experience you need for a successful application.

You will graduate in two years, giving you the opportunity to become a Physical Education teacher within three years. If you want to keep your career options open, this course gives you an excellent grounding for any career working with children through sport and physical activity in a variety of fields within the community.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Year 1

Modules studied in your first year will develop your understanding of our current education system and how children and young people learn effectively within it. You will develop subject specific knowledge relating to Physical Education and Sport. An understanding of how social, psychological and physiological factors affect learning and participation. Theoretical aspects are supported by practical teaching experiences in Games, Athletics, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, gymnastics, Dance and Swimming. Your understanding of how all children, irrespective of ability can achieve will be developed, along with your ability to evaluate relevant research. Academic skills will be developed within each module to support understanding and academic writing. You will be able to apply and observe professional practice on the first of your placement opportunities in a school setting.

Year 2

Your second year starts with a block placement, focusing on PE and Sport. The professional placement will also enable you to observe and analyse how teams work effectively to support learning. Current educational issues both generally and within physical education will be considered, developing your ability to critically evaluate research and evidence. You will analyse factors influencing inclusive education and question how learning can be developed irrespective of gender, culture or socioeconomic factors.

You will have the opportunity to personalise your own learning through your own research, applying research skills developed through taught modules to a topic of your choice. Option modules and your final placement will encourage reflection and personal objectives to be set, to meet your interests and career aspirations.​

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

  • SEA4002 - Introduction to Education
  • SEA4012 - Learning and Development
  • SEA4022 - Professional Development and Placement (Education)
  • SEA5002 - Inclusion and SEN (Special Educational Needs)
  • SEA5012 - Issues in Secondary Education
  • SHA4322 - Physical Education 2
  • SHA4442 - Physical Education 1
  • SHA4452 - Researching Children and Young People
  • SHA5232 - Secondary Physical Education 3
  • SHA5282 - Organising and Managing Sport

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

  • SEA5022 - Working with Others
  • SEA6002 - Achievement and Diversity
  • SEA6012 - New Technologies in Education
  • SHA5292 - Professional Development and Placement (PE and Sport)
  • SHA6164 - Dissertation
  • SHA6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHA6232 - Youth Sport and Health
  • SHA6272 - Issues and Leadership in Physical Education
  • SHA6322 - Professional Development and Placement (Specialist)

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 - 15.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 206 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 824 hours of independent teaching; 320 hours on placement

Year 2 – 17.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 218 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 822 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars or practical. Theoretical learning gained through lectures and directed independent learning will be applied and developed through workshops and practical sessions.

On this programme students undertake three 20-credit Placement modules, two of which are over 7 weeks and the third placement is over six weeks. There will be a placement at different times of the year to allow students to experience the whole school year. Placements are tailored to the degree programme to gain a professionally relevant experience to give students the skills needed for future careers. Placements will ensure students gain experience of teaching and learning in schools and develop an understanding of the curriculum delivery of Physical Education.

At Level 6 students will study a 40-credit Dissertation module to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking and skill development relevant to specific areas of interest developed in relation to the programme and potential future career opportunities.

The School of Social and Health Sciences offer all students the opportunity to take part in sports volunteering on or off-site and, or, to take coaching awards to add to their CV. They have a dedicated Sports Development Co-ordinator to organise sports coaching and volunteering as part of the extra-curricular activities.
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.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus. Each Module Leader will provide lecture notes on this site to support their learning and other activities such as quizzes to check learning or additional reading or online tutorial activities in addition to the taught sessions.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 - 100% coursework

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 variety of assessments in Sport, Health & Nutrition are noted by the External Examiner to be "the very best of practice in the sector" Staff are very creative in their assessments, providing engaging assignments. Students may be asked to carry out oral assessments and practical assessments in the sports laboratory.

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.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

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, Maths and Science. This degree programme does not require qualifications in specific subjects. However experience related to the study of Sport or PE, such as Physical Education, Sport Studies, Biology, Psychology, Sociology or Sport Science is recommended.

We welcome students with a range of qualifications and treat every application on its own merit; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

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

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

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 Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find 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.

Dean demonstrated excellent communication skills with children - this included pupils with a range of academic abilities and a variety of needs - including AEN.

Dean Cavener

Head of PE at Norham High School

Professional Work Placements

You will undertake three work placements over the 2 year programme – two seven-week placements in year 1 and 2 and a further six-week placement in your second year.

Generally placements are undertaken in schools and other educational settings. Having three placements within the course allows you to get a varied experience of different school environments and settings, enhancing the breadth of your experience.

More about placements

Graduates can undertake further training to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to enable them to progress to a career as a teacher of physical education. Other graduate areas include community sports coaching, sports development and events co-ordinators.
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 Education, Physical Education and Sport 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 Education, Physical Education and Sport 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.

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