Physical Education and Sport BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BA: C602
    BA with Foundation:
    C604

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

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

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK 23/24:

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

  • Fees International 23/24:

    Full Time: £14,750
    Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


Our 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.

This Physical Education and Sport course allows you to study key disciplines within sport and physical education. It also includes an opportunity to undertake a work placement at a local sport or physical education provider. 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.

Updated 13/01/2023

Highlights


  • Strong emphasis on employability with work placement opportunities for students at levels two and three
  • Close partnerships including Northampton Saints, Northampton Town FC and Northants County Cricket Club.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)

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Enrichment programme

We offer you the opportunity to develop your skills and enhance your employability by engaging with coaching courses, volunteering and professional development activities that compliment our physical education degree programme.

Course Content


  • The 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.

    There are also several opportunities to learn ‘off campus’ through study trips, work placements and gain teaching/coaching practice at local schools.

    Alongside the 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.

    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.

    Placement Opportunities

    In this physical education 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.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • 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 the changing environment of the sport and physical activity sector in the United Kingdom. Students will gain an appreciation of key elements of strategic management such as strategic planning and strategic analysis.
      • 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.
  • Standard entry requirements for this degree in physical education apply. A typical offer would be:

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

    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 or,
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    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.

  • 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 suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the degree in physical education. You can purchase Sport and Exercise kit but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of 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.

    2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International – Full Time: £14,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    Additional costs

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

    You will need to wear suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the course. You can purchase Sport and Exercise kit (polo shirts and hoodies) but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of 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 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

  • 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 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 a physical education 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.

    Our 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.

  • How will I be taught on Physical Education and Sport BA (Hons)?

    This physical education course can be studied over three years full-time or as a flexible part-time option.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a combination of essays, exams, reports, presentations and work placements.

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Careers and Employability


The Physical Education and Sport BA degree will prepare you to apply for further training to become a primary or secondary teacher and for potential careers with local authorities and national governing bodies of sport, as well as roles in sport management, coaching and administration.

Student Story

"The BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sport degree has provided me with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to pursue my dream career"

Alysia Middleton

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