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Physical Education and Sport BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 Year: C602 Foundation Study: C604

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with foundation)
    4 - 6 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000

  • 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 894503

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Overview


Our single honours degree in Physical Education and Sport explores the ways that sport, physical education and physical activity are organised across schools and local communities. You are encouraged to think critically about current and historical practice in sport and physical education and reflect on your own experiences.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 20/07/2021

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 degree programme.

Course Content


  • This course allows you to study key disciplines within sport and physical education and 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.

    The course 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 degree, 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 this course 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.

     

     

     

      • Module code: SPO1006
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop students' awareness of a series of business and management themes that are fundamental to an understanding of the sport sector. Students will also explore how sport organisations are influenced by the changing social and business environments.
      • Module code: SPO1007
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the various ways in which sport is shaped by its social context. It offers a broad introduction to the sociological investigation of sport by outlining some key contemporary social issues in sport and physical activity. The module also outlines the significance of the origins and development of British sport. It provides a foundation for the further study of socio-cultural issues related to sport and physical activity.
      • Module code: SPO1009
        Status: Compulsory
      • 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: SPO2007
        Status: Designate
        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.
      • 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: SPO3015
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the development of coaching over the last twenty years and the resulting impact on young people?s engagement with sport and physical activity. The role of the coach within both school and club settings will be explored with a clear focus on `developing the whole child? a key theme emerging within coach education.
      • 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: 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.
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be CCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. 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. 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.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate)
    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/ nature of 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 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.

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    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

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a 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.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, 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.

  • 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.

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

    This 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.

    Are there any specialist facilities and 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.

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Careers and Employability


The Physical Education and Sport 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


You will have access to the following facilities:

  • Sports Dome
  • 4G pitch
  • Local sport and leisure facilities
  • Forest school and outdoor learning settings