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Course details

Subject area

Sport, Health and Physical Education

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Study mode(s)

Full time (2 years)

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.

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 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.


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

Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three or four years of study.

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
Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take): 

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.

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 tariff112
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

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.

Career 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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