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Course details

Subject area

Sport, Health and Physical Education

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Start date(s)




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Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

  • 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.

The Student Contract

Your health and wellbeing is important to us which means that we may need to adjust elements of our courses, such as the timings of our placement provision, to take into account COVID-19-related government restrictions. However, please be assured that we will do our utmost to limit any impact this has on your university experience. If you have any questions about your course, please contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

We offer a large amount of practical activity within most of our Sport, Health and Physical Education undergraduate courses. This is an integral part of many modules and contributes both competency-based learning and practical context within which theory can be learned, applied and assessed. In our approach to blended delivery in Academic Year 2020/21, the online content will complement the on-campus delivery, ensuring you are both prepared for on-campus teaching and are able to utilise this on-campus delivery to enhance your subsequent learning. In addition, we will seek to ensure you have access to ‘live’ staff expertise and support through digital platforms to help build a community of learning for all students.

Online teaching will see virtual classroom sessions in Microsoft Teams ‘sandwiched’ between structured preparation activities and follow-up tasks to reinforce learning. Teams, Moodle and Panopto will be used as appropriate to provide a range of learning materials, opportunities for engagement with other students (eg via small group work) and tutors, and to create tasks for you to undertake alone and with others.

We will ensure that each week you are aware of what is expected and how best to access materials and content, and engage in learning activities.

About this course

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. Some of our Sports and Physical Education students work with Cricket Without Boundaries in Rwanda.

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 via a PGCE, as well as a range of other careers in physical education and sport.

Why study with us?

  • 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.


The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

​Various themes run through the course of your degree.

These include

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sport Science
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Personal and Professional Development for Employability. 

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Being Healthy in a Modern World
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise

You will only study these modules if you are studying for the degree with Sport and Health foundation year (4 years)

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

These 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 allows 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.

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

UCAS tariff104
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/grade 4 or higher in English Language.
Typical A Level offerBCC

Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2020/2021.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2021/22 entry will be set in summer 2020.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2020/21. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

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.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • 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

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional 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.

Career opportunities

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.

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