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Secondary Education, Physical Education and Sport (2 years)

BA Honours

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Secondary Education, Physical Education and Sport (2 years)

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (2 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Are you passionate about sports and physical education? Do you want a career that involves educating children and young people about the benefits of physical activity?

Secondary Education, Physical Education and Sport is an accelerated degree, which means you'll graduate after just two years. You'll broaden your career options by developing strong subject knowledge in physical education and sport, while learning the key principles of educating children.

Why study with us?

• Fast-track your career by graduating in just two years.

• Stand out from other graduates. You'll have at least 20 weeks' professional work experience, thanks to the placements included in your degree.

• Become a qualified teacher within three years if you successfully complete a one-year postgraduate teacher training course.

• Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are active researchers and experienced practitioners, with extensive experience in teacher training.

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Are you a Year 12 student looking to start a degree in September 2021? Subject Focus Days are designed as taster days of what it's like to study each subject at Leeds Trinity.

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TOP 25

We're in the top 25 in the UK for teaching and course satisfaction.

(Guardian University Guide 2020)


of our Sport and Physical Education graduates in work or further study within six months.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 - latest data available)

Course Information

About this course >

​You'll learn about our current education system and how children and young people learn effectively within it. You'll explore the social, psychological and physiological factors affecting learning and participation, as well as getting plenty of practical teaching experience in games, athletics, outdoor adventure activities, gymnastics, dance and swimming.

Our teaching is designed to prepare you for your career, with a strong focus on developing key skills such as independent learning, teamwork and responsibility. We take the same approach to assessment, which is a mix of coursework, practical teaching, oral presentations, examination and project work.

Putting theory into practice, you'll complete three intensive block placements as part of your degree. You'll get the chance to observe professional practice and analyse what makes teaching effective, as well as applying what you've learnt by delivering your own teaching.

You'll graduate in just two years with 20 weeks' professional experience and strong subject knowledge in physical education and sport, ready to begin your career in sport or progress on to postgraduate teacher training.

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Further Study

​Although the majority of our graduates have chosen to continue their professional development to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), some have gone on to study at Masters level in related areas.

Modules >

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, starts with a block placement, focussing 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 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 socio-economic 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 - Current Debates in Physical Education
  • SHA6322 - Professional Development and Placement (Specialist)

Learning and Teaching >

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. #expand#
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.


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.

Entry Requirements >

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. 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​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. 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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind 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.

Placement Opportunities

You'll benefit from 20 weeks' of professional work experience, thanks to the three placements you'll complete during your degree. You'll get the chance to experience a variety of different school and educational environments and settings, enhancing your CV and giving you a competitive edge when you graduate.

Graduate Opportunities

If you want to become a PE teacher, you'll have a competitive edge when applying for postgraduate teacher training. You'll also be well-prepared for other careers working with children and young people through sport and physical activity, in both educational and community settings.

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What is Discover Uni?

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.