course

Physical Education and Sport BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code

    BA: C602
    BA with Foundation: C604

  • Level

    UndergraduateUG

  • Duration

    Full Time: 3 years
    Part Time: 4 - 6 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years

  • Starting

    September

  • CCC at A Level or,
    DMM at BTEC

  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 (per 20 credits)
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 24/25

    Full Time: £15,200
    Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200

  • Location

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

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+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


The University of Northampton’s degree in Physical Education and Sport BA (Hons) degree explores the ways that sport, physical education and physical activity are organised across schools and local communities. During this physical education course, you are encouraged to think critically about current and historical practice in sport and physical education and reflect on your own experiences. A strong emphasis is placed on the application of theory to understanding real-world issues such as barriers to participation, performance pathways, coaching and teaching practice and government influence on sport. You will use this understanding in completing your assignments, these can take the form of essays, presentations, practical assessments, and posters.

This Physical Education and Sport BA course allows you to study key disciplines within sport and physical education such as pedagogy, inclusive practice and physical development. It also includes an opportunity to undertake a work placement at a local sport or physical education provider. We have lots of partnerships with our local schools and large sporting organisations such as Northampton Saints, Northampton Swim Club, Northamptonshire Sport and Northampton Town Football Club.

We offer a range of enrichment opportunities that will allow you to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding ready for graduating. These change regularly but in the past have included, coaching qualifications, volunteering, first aid, outdoor and adventurous activities, and student ambassador work.

Updated 06/06/2024

Highlights


Course Content


  • The University of Northampton’s degree in physical education provides a mixture of classroom-based sessions (to introduce theories and concepts) and practical activities that enable you to develop your own coaching/teaching delivery styles to children and adults.

    In year 1 you will look to develop your skills in teaching and learning, coaching, and understanding of the fundamentals in psychology, sociology, and sports management.

    In year 2 there is a strong focus on gaining experience in the field. You will complete a work placement in a setting of your choice. This can be with one of our partner hosts such as a local school or one of our local sports teams. Or you might have a placement closer to home that you would like to explore. We will support you to find, apply for and be successful in your work placement. You will be able to select some of your modules in year 2 which will allow you to personalise your degree to your strengths and interests.

    In year 3 you will choose your modules based on your year 2 choices. The focus for this year is research skills and graduate employability. You will complete a research project on a contemporary topic of your choice that will allow you to develop your skills in collecting and analysing data, using reading and research to provide an evidence-based argument and presenting your work at our annual Student Sport Conference. We will work with you to prepare for your next steps into work or further study. Graduates from physical education courses should be excellently placed to pursue a career in sport development, sport coaching, move into further study to become teachers, or apply the transferable skills nurtured to a range of other graduate careers.

    Alongside the BA physical education course, you are also encouraged to take an active engagement in practical work experience with internships at the local professional football, rugby and cricket clubs, and volunteering in community sports clubs. We also offer the opportunity of attaining coaching qualifications whilst studying, which often run on campus. This varies year to year, but in the past has included Level 1 NGB courses, lifeguard, first aid and disability inclusion training and we work closely with local sport partners to offer reduced rates on courses wherever possible.

    Placement Opportunities

    In this Physical Education and Sport degree, you will complete a work placement in your second year at a local sport/ physical education provider. This will allow you to build your skills, knowledge and attributes in a career that interests you and leave us as an industry ready graduate. We have strong partnerships with our local schools, Northamptonshire Sport, Northampton Saints, Northampton County Cricket and lots more.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 24/25. The modules relating to the academic year 25/26 will be available from June 2025.

      • Module code: SPO1011
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for the learner to be introduced to the concept of pedagogy in the teaching and learning of sport. Developing an understanding of the coaching process, and models for/of coaching, from a cross-disciplinary and athlete-centred perspective, is central to the delivery of the module. Learners will be predominantly engaged in practical, small-group and blended learning delivery methods.
      • Module code: SPO1013
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop curriculum, subject and curriculum knowledge in the context of physical education and school sport. This module introduces students to the safe and effective management of learners in physical education and sport both in the school and coaching environment. This module explores key issues and concerns that impact upon teaching and learning in physical education and sport.
      • Module code: SPO1024
        Status: Compulsory
        Sport and exercise psychology is an exciting discipline area providing the opportunity to explore the psychological influences on human behaviour. The module offers an introduction to key psychological theories and concepts relevant to sport, exercise, physical activity and coaching contexts.
      • Module code: SPO1038
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the various ways in which sport and exercise are shaped by the social contexts in which they occur. It offers a broad introduction to sociological investigation by outlining some key contemporary social issues in sport, exercise and physical activity. Thus providing a foundation for the further study of socio-cultural issues connected to sport, exercise and physical activity.
      • Module code: SPO1039
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give students the essential academic and employability skills in order to improve their capabilities and excel at university, and then onto their chosen career.
      • Module code: SPO1059
        Status: Compulsory
        The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the sport industry. Students will explore the key organisations and stakeholders responsible for sport delivery within the public, private and voluntary sector of sport. Insights into current sport industry trends will be gained through the analysis of various case studies.
      • Module code: SPO2007
        Status: Compulsory
        This module focuses on the varied roles of sport development on the delivery of sport in the United Kingdom. The changing nature of sports development is governed by government priorities for sport and is often conflicted by the twin principles of delivering mass participation and achieving international success. These principles are explored to explain their relationship to successful sport development.
      • Module code: SPO2010
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is prepare students for employability in the field of Sport Development and Physical Education. They will apply for and carry out 120 hours of work placement and link their placement to theory and reflection to develop their understanding and experential knowledge within the field.
      • Module code: SPO2018
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of a variety of research designs, methods and research skills within a subject-based context. It equips the student with a framework in which to conceptualise quantitative and qualitative traditions and applications. The emphasis will be upon understanding and experiencing the research process and developing critical skills necessary to collect, analyse and present data.
      • Module code: SPO2021
        Status: Compulsory
        This module consolidates and extends students' subject and pedagogical content knowledge in relation to school physical education. This module introduces, and encourages students to explore, the range of teaching, learning and assessment approaches in physical education.
      • Module code: SPO2036
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop students knowledge and understanding of how exciting concepts in positive psychology (e.g. character strengths, flow, positive relationships) can be applied to sport, exercise, coaching and physical education contexts to influence key outcomes (e.g. performance, wellbeing).
      • Module code: SPO2043
        Status: Designate
        This module explores key concepts of strategic sport management, including strategic direction, analysis, implementation and evaluation. Contemporary case studies provide a vehicle for exploring the relationship between strategic sport management theory and practice within the context of public, private and voluntary sport organisations.
      • Module code: SPO2044
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to outline a range of social theories and explore how they can be applied to further an understanding of sport. A particular emphasis is placed on the study of social inequalities in sport, and how social theories can be used to explain participation trends in sport and physical activity. The module then invites students to apply their theoretical knowledge to a research setting and explore the ways in which theory can inform research design and practice in sport and social equality.
      • Module code: SPO3010
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is for students to develop an appreciation of the complexities involved in staging a sport related event. Students are required to work collaboratively with each other and external partners to plan, deliver and evaluate their own event by adopting research-informed good practice in event management.
      • Module code: SPO3023
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on knowledge and understanding from the work experience module at level 5. The assessment of the module will be an investigation or project working collaboratively with a work placement host, completing the required 120 hours.
      • Module code: SPO3024
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to critically examine a range of contemporary issues in the field of sport development, particularly those that directly impact upon the role of the sport development officer. It aims to explore 'real world' sport issues in areas such as youth, community and elite sport settings. Relevant models and concepts from sport development literature and real world case studies will be drawn upon to help critically analyse these areas, building upon earlier content that introduces sport development principles in SPO2007.
      • Module code: SPO3026
        Status: Compulsory
        This module consolidates and extends students' subject, curriculum and pedagogical content knowledge in relation to physical education and school sport. The module provides opportunities to critically examine key issues in physical education. This includes how the subject has evolved as a curriculum discipline and an examination of its place and purpose in education.
      • Module code: SPO3043
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of the module is to develop a critical understanding of the significance and importance of physical activity practices, research and policies within contemporary society. Specifically, the module explores the credibility of various claims made about the contribution of physical activity participation to public health and wellbeing within the context of the available evidence and lived experiences.
      • Module code: SPO3065
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the importance of professional development within sports coaching and to understand the bodies and organisations vital to this process. Coach education, mentoring systems and professional bodies are to be evaluated and placed within theoretical context.
      • Module code: SPO3070
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of the module is to examine contemporary social and welfare issues in a range of sporting contexts. The module will use a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on sociology, policy and relevant research. Case studies will be used to encourage debate and discussion around these contemporary issues and associated strategies.
      • Module code: SPO3071
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is preparation for working in education. It provides students with an understanding of current educational policies and practices in the field Physical Education and sport in educational settings. The module typically involves critical reflection about personal and professional development.
      • Module code: SPO4006
        Status: Compulsory
        The dissertation provides an opportunity for sport students to apply knowledge, concepts, and research techniques to a question or problem in sport, exercise, or physical activity. The dissertation builds and expands on students' prior knowledge of research acquired at levels four and five. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning, conducting, and writing up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require students to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. It therefore develops in the students the ability to work independently, and to reflect on the subject-specific research process. The work experience sport development report dissertation option provides an opportunity for sport development students to apply knowledge, concepts and research techniques to a question or problem in a sport development context (work placement). The dissertation builds and expands on student's prior knowledge on research aquired at levels four and five. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning, conducting, and writing up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require students to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. It therefore develops in the students the ability to work independently, and to reflect on the subject specific research process.
  • A typical offer  for this BA degree in Physical Education and Sport would be:

    • CCC at A Level or,
    • DMM at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (C and above) at T Level

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    If you have non-traditional qualifications or have experience working within sports coaching, sports development, physical education and/or youth sport then we will consider your application.

    You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on admission in order to go out on work placement, which is a mandatory part of the course.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally:

    • DEE at A Level or,
    • MPP at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £15,200
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200
    Additional costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in optional field trips/visits as part of the Physical Education and Sport BA degree. The exact cost will depend upon the location chosen/ nature of the trip.

    You will need to wear a suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the degree in physical education. You can purchase a Sport and Exercise kit but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of the kit will be provided at the start of the course.

    The course requires you to complete a compulsory DBS check upon enrolment at your own cost. Exact costs will be provided with final offer information before the start of the programme.

    The physical education course also requires you to complete a work placement module during your degree. You will be required to pay any transport costs incurred in completing your placement.

    You will need to cover costs associated with producing a poster for the final year conference.

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £14,750
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750
    Additional costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in optional field trips/visits as part of the physical education course. The exact cost will depend upon the location chosen/ nature of the trip.

    You will need to wear a suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the degree in physical education. You can purchase a Sport and Exercise kit but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of the kit will be provided at the start of the course.

    The Physical Education and Sport course also requires you to complete a compulsory DBS check upon enrolment at your own cost. Exact costs will be provided with final offer information before the start of the programme.

    The physical education course also requires you to complete a work placement module during your degree. You will be required to pay any transport costs incurred in completing your placement.

    You will need to cover costs associated with producing a poster for the final year conference.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree in physical education and sport at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page or dedicated International Perks page.

    *UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for the Physical Education and Sport BA degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    The University of Northampton’s four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • What experience do I need to study Physical Education and Sport?

    As long as you meet our entry requirements no prior experience is necessary. You should have a passion for working with children and adults in an educational/ sporting context as many roles that you can do with this degree include children and adults.

    How will I learn on the Physical Education and Sport Degree?

    We work in class groups on this degree. You will be in a group of around 25 students both in the sports facilities and in classrooms. This means you get lots of time working in groups, pairs and with the tutors. We love conversation and debate. You will be taking part in practical sessions.

    What can I do with a degree in physical education and sport?

    Any degree will give you graduate skills that make you employable, these include time management, organisation, public speaking and presenting. The Physical Education and Sport degree will specifically develop your skills in teaching and coaching through modules that study planning, teaching and assessment, coaching and sports development. These lend themselves to careers in teaching and coaching, working in the sports industry to develop initiatives to increase participation, community education work and events management. Lots of our graduates go on to train to be a teacher.

    What do I do on a physical education and sport work placement?

    Your placement will be compulsory in your second year, and you can choose to do one in your third year of study. You can choose the setting, lots of our students choose coaching or educational settings. You will find your self supporting teachers and coaches with their delivery, taking small groups, supporting with planning and administration, attending events and looking for opportunities to develop your skills in the role. Your placement is what you want to get out of it and we encourage you to be proactive.

Programme Leader


Emma Whewell, Associate Professor in Learning & Teaching
Emma Whewell

Associate Professor in Learning & Teaching


Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

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Careers and Employability


Our graduates from our Physical Education and Sport BA (Hons) have, over the past couple of years, moved to study a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) so they can become a teacher, this includes Further Education, special, primary and secondary training.

We currently offer the Primary Education 5-11 (QTS) PGCE. Others have moved into coaching and teaching in primary schools, working in sports development, personal training and some into post graduate study. At the University of Northampton you can study for a Sport and Exercise MRes or Education MA.

 

Facilities and Special Features


There is a strong emphasis on employability with work placement opportunities for students at levels two and three.

We have a close partnership with local sports organisations including Northampton Saints, Northampton Town FC and Northants County Cricket Club.

Sports Zone at Waterside is home to a multi-use sports dome suitable for a variety of sports, including football, badminton and netball. The facilities include two sports performance labs, a pair of teaching rooms and changing rooms. In addition, there also are three outdoor multi-use games areas and floodlit full-size all-weather sports pitch. The sports dome is used for teaching, research and recreational activities.

You will also have access to the following facilities:

  • Local sport and leisure facilities
  • Forest school and outdoor learning settings
  • An active Campus including Table Tennis and a Trim Trail