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Are you passionate about inspiring children to keep fit and active? Would you like to become a primary or secondary PE teacher? Do you want to educate people about the benefits of lifelong physical activity?

You’ll prepare for a wide range of careers by studying physical education in its broadest sense. Exploring the full lifecycle of physical education, you’ll gain knowledge and experience of physical education for primary and secondary school children, as well as adults in the community.

Course Benefits

Graduate with up to three months’ education experience, thanks to the professional work placements included with your degree.

Enhance your CV. You’ll have the opportunity to gain coaching awards and voluntary experience while you study.

Open doors to a range of graduate careers including teaching, coaching, fitness and sport development.

It’s all about you. We keep our class sizes small to give you high-quality support throughout your degree.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You’ll study a combination of theoretical and practical modules, covering themes such as psychology, sociology, sport science, pedagogy and philosophy. This is a practical and vocational degree, so you’ll apply your learning to games, athletics, outdoor adventurous activities, gymnastics and dance.

Gaining professional experience is crucial, so we’ll give you plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice throughout your degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements in a sports setting of your choice, which could be in the UK or abroad. You’ll have the flexibility to specialise in the areas of physical education that interest you, tailoring your knowledge and experience to suit your career aspirations.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a potential career in teaching, as well as a range of other careers in physical education and sport.

Various themes run through the course of your degree. These include Psychology, Sociology, Sport Science, Pedagogy, Philosophy and Personal and Professional Development for Employability. 

Year 1

You will gain a good foundation of knowledge to help you with your transition to university. This will include help with your academic skills in order to be successful in your studies and you will be introduced to the  academic disciplines relating to physical education. A combination of practical and theoretical modules ensures you learn in an applied setting. This means that the theory you learn is aligned to practice, thereby introducing from the onset the vocational nature of the programme.of physical education. The types of modules you will cover are: pedagogy, sociology of sport, sports science, research methods, sports policy and philosophy and will be applied in games, athletics, OAA, gymnastics and dance activities.

Year 2

You will build upon your first year by being able to apply the knowledge gained in a more applied setting. You will begin to draw together the key themes and understand how they all relate to physical education in an interdisciplinary way. Modules such as Physical Activity and Health or the option module of Event Management enable this type of approach to be applied. You will continue to explore in greater depth the areas of pedagogy, sociology, sports science, research methods and philosophy and these will again be applied to games, athletics, OAA, gymnastics and dance activities.  The range of options in your second year allow you to develop further expertise in particular areas of interest, building your own programme of study relating to your future career aspirations.

Year 3

In your third year, you will become a more independent, critical and analytical student and is the final step in the graduate journey. You will continue to draw on the key themes running through your degree programme in an advanced manner. You will be assessed in practical and applied settings where you can showcase your level of development and preparation for the graduate workplace. The dissertation module is accompanied by two options from contrasting areas of physical education. In addition, the module 'Inclusive Physical Education' includes a negotiated assessment, whilst the module 'Contemporary Debates in PE' is assessed by a classroom based workshop led by the students. The ability to personalise the degree is further enhanced with options to study entrepreneurship and creativity, community sport development, strength and conditioning and professional learning through work modules.

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

  • SHN4012 - Policy and Practice in Sport and Physical Education
  • SHN4022 - Pedagogy in Physical Education
  • SHN4032 - Sociology of Physical Education
  • SHN4042 - Scientific Principles of Physical Education: Biomechanics
  • SHN4052 - Psychology of Physical Education
  • SHN4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

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.


​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.

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 and Maths and Science.​​

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.

​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.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. 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 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.

"I've loved having the chance to get involved with the Trinity Active scheme, through which I can gain coaching qualifications alongside my degree course."

Sinead Burke

Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition)

Professional Work Placements

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You’ll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year. Our past students have assisted teaching in primary and secondary schools, delivered fitness sessions alongside personal training and strength and conditioning professionals, and gained enterprise experience with entrepreneurs.

Some students have worked in sport settings with particular groups, such as those with a disability or special educational needs. Others have worked with county sports partnerships or national governing bodies for sport, such as the Football Association, Rugby Football League and England Netball.

More about placements

Physical Education will prepare you for postgraduate study in teacher training, which will qualify you to become a primary or secondary teacher. You’ll be prepared for sports coaching for children or athletes and roles in the fitness industry, physical activity and health promotion, sport development or event management. You could also follow in the footsteps of some of our previous graduates and start your own business.

Post Graduate teacher training programmes in primary or secondary teaching (eg. PGCE, SCITT, Schools Direct) 

Taught Masters in Physical Education, Sport Management, Sports Coaching, Physical activity and health or related disciplines

Masters by Research programme


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 your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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Ranked top in Yorkshire

We are the top University in Yorkshire for student satisfaction and employability. (NSS 2017)


of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation (DLHE 2016)

Ranked 8th in the UK

We are ranked 8th out of all UK universities for overall student satisfaction with learning opportunities. (NSS 2017)

Ranked top in Yorkshire

We are the top University in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction with teaching. (NSS 2017)

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