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Physical Education

BA Honours

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Physical Education

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2019  Sept 2018 
  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
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Course Overview

The course goes beyond school-based physical education as you will study the subject in a broad context across the life course. It prepares you for a career in teaching but the range of module options allows you the opportunity to consider such a wide range of other employment options.

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Why study with us

  • The course will prepare you for a career in entering a teacher training programme.
  • The flexibility of the course and inclusion of elective modules allows you to study the topics you really enjoy.
  • Placement in years 1 and 2.Volunteering and study abroad opportunities.
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of our Sport and Physical Education students are satisfied overall with their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)


of our Sport and Physical Education students are satisfied with the learning resources on their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)


of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

No. 2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018)

Course Information

About this course >

You will gain extensive knowledge and understanding of the topics covered and there is a strong practical focus to the way you will study. You will learn and be assessed in a variety of innovative ways so that you develop personally and professionally to prepare you for your chosen career.

There are also lots of opportunities to take part in a range of sports, volunteer, coach and gain Coaching Awards alongside your course with the help of our on-site sport development team..

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Further Study
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport ManagementMA Journalism and PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

Year 1

The first year will lay the foundations for the rest of your degree programme. The focus will be on the transition to degree level study, so that you gain the skills and knowledge to prepare you for your future as a student and as a graduate employee in your chosen field. You will cover the key areas of psychology in PE, scientific principles of PE, sport and PE development in the UK, pedagogy and teaching models and the sociology of PE. Each module will include: study skills to help you with your academic life such as writing and presenting skills; knowledge and understanding of the subjects from a multi-disciplinary perspective as well as research skills to prepare you for both academic life and your future career. Your first year will end with two weeks of professional placement preparation and five weeks in the workplace.

Year 2

In your second year your knowledge will continue to develop further in areas such as pedagogy and teaching models, research methods and scientific principles of PE. You will also learn about physical activity and health and have the opportunity to select a module with a year-long volunteering opportunity or a placement module with a block of six weeks in the workplace at the end of the year. An exciting aspect of this year is having the opportunity to select a module of your choice, from a range which relate to different career paths most suited to your interests.

Year 3

In your third year the core interdisciplinary modules will incorporate the breadth and depth of the knowledge you have gained so far. You will feel confident therefore to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in an applied manner. This is the year where you are able to really flourish in your interests, by undertaking substantial research project as part of the Dissertation module in a topic aligned with your enjoyment and your career aspirations. You will also have the option to select two further modules relating to different career paths most suited to you, for example enterprise, fitness, sport development and teaching. For those who wish to go onto​ postgraduate study or teacher training your degree programme will have prepared you for your application.​​

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

  • SHN4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • 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

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

  • SHN5012 - Applied Pedagogy in Physical Education
  • SHN5022 - Physical Activity for Health
  • SHN5032 - Scientific Principles of Physical Education: Anatomy and Physiology
  • SHN5142 - Research Methods 2
  • SHN5152 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • SHN5162 - Volunteering in Sport, Health and Nutrition
  • SHN5212 - Community Health and Fitness
  • SHN5242 - Event Management
  • SHN5272 - Strength and Conditioning in practice

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

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • SHN6002 - Inclusive Physical Education
  • SHN6012 - Contemporary Debates in PE
  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6282 - Community Sports Development
  • SHN6302 - Applied Strength and Conditioning

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 - 17% of scheduled learning and teaching; 226 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 904 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 - 17% of scheduled learning and teaching; 215 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 897 hours of independent teaching; 138 hours on placement

Year 3 - 13% of scheduled learning and teaching; 159 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,042 hours of independent 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.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 86.7% coursework; 13.3% practical exams

Year 2 - 69.4% coursework; 8.3% written exams; 22.2% practical exams

Year 3 - 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

​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.

Entry Requirements >

For our Clearing 2018 entry requirements please give us a call on 0330 058 4266

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​​​

Student Finance >

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

Additional Costs
​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.

Placement Opportunities

Examples of where previous students have been on placement include the following Secondary schools, primary schools, local, amateur and professional sports clubs, County Sports Partnerships, Sport Development Units, National Governing Bodies, Charitable organisations, Fitness industry Health promotion and coaching in the UK and abroad.

Graduate Opportunities

On completion of the course, you will be prepared for a wide range of careers relating to physical education. These include; teacher training, sports coaching, fitness industry, physical activity and health promotion, sport development and graduate training programmes in a range of fields.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

​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.