Sport Development and Physical Education BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 05/12/2018

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

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

Course

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.*

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Placement Opportunities

You will complete a work placement at a local sport/PE provider, and will learn the key principles of undertaking robust research projects.

Course Details

This course allows you to study key disciplines within sport development 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.

Read more

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Student Story

Taylor Kennedy-Hoyland

Taylor Kennedy-Hoyland aspires to be a Primary PE Teacher, before continuing studying for a Masters and becoming a Head Teacher. She is currently studying our Sports Development and Physical Education degree.

“The lecturers have been incredibly supportive. From having learnt how to approach different teaching styles and how to teach in a variety of ways I feel I have learnt a lot about myself in terms of my own style of teaching whilst increasing my confidence through completing a work placement.

Learning about different theories of motivation and teaching styles has encouraged me to think more about the delivery of my sessions and how to adjust between teacher-centred to being more student-centred.

The work placement has allowed me to experience life in a school environment first hand, showing me the differences in students so I can prepare for similar environments in my career. The placement also allowed me to understand how to react to different behaviours and has reassured me that I can deal with any behavioural issue that may arise during my career.

Take every opportunity that comes your way, whether it’s a placement or just a simple team bonding adventure activity. Your course mates will become such important people it is vital to create bonds. Work hard, but more importantly enjoy your whole journey and don’t shy away from the unknown.”

Careers

Career Opportunities

The Sport Development and PE 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.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

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 sport development, PE 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.

Foundation Study Framework 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.

Course Content

Modules in stage one include practical sessions designed to consolidate learning in a hands-on environment. There is also an opportunity to engage with career development planning right at the start of your degree journey to ensure that you get the most out of your course and set you on track early on to help you reach your longer term career goals upon graduation.

  • The Social Context of Sport (20 Credits)
    Module code: SPO1007
    Core Module Y
  • Sport and Leisure Management (20 Credits)
    Module code: SPO1006
    Core Module Y
  • Careers and Employability in Sport (20 Credits)
    Module code: SPO1009
    Core Module Y
  • Sport Pedagogy for Coaching 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: SPO1011
    Core Module Y
  • Introduction to Physical Education and School Sport (20 Credits)
    Module code: SPO1013
    Core Module Y
  • Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology (20 Credits)
    Module code: SPO1024
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

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.

Reading List
  • Armour K. M. (2011) Sport Pedagogy: An Introduction for Teaching and Coaching. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
  • Coakley, Jay J. and Pike, Elizabeth (2009) Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.
  • Griggs G. (2012) An Introduction to Primary Physical Education. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Horne J. Tomlinson, A. and Whannel, G. (2013) Understanding Sport: A Socio-Cultural Analysis. London: Routledge.
  • Hoye, Russell (2012) Sport Management: Principles and Applications. London: Routledge.
  • Hylton K. (2013) Sport Development: Policy, Process and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Pickard A. and Maude P. (2014) Teaching Physical Education Creatively. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Taylor P. and Torkildsen G. (2011) Torkildsen’s Sport and Leisure Management. London: Routledge.
  • Weinberg R. S. and Gould D. (2011) Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Leeds: Human Kinetics.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Strength and Conditioning MSc

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
Foundation Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
Foundation Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

Additional costs:

  • You are not required to purchase any textbooks. We endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available in the library.
  • 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. We encourage you to 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.

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
Foundation Framework: £9,800

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,000
Foundation Framework: £9,400

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Additional costs:

  • You are not required to purchase any textbooks. We endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available in the library.
  • 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. We encourage you to 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.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Foundation Study Framework

Our Foundation Study Framework offers an 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 entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award.  The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

Read more


*Course data provided by Unistats

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Updated 05/12/2018

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

    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

    Course

    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.*

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • This course allows you to study key disciplines within sport development 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.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Placement Opportunities

    You will complete a work placement at a local sport/PE provider, and will learn the key principles of undertaking robust research projects.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Taylor Kennedy-Hoyland

      Taylor Kennedy-Hoyland aspires to be a Primary PE Teacher, before continuing studying for a Masters and becoming a Head Teacher. She is currently studying our Sports Development and Physical Education degree.

      “The lecturers have been incredibly supportive. From having learnt how to approach different teaching styles and how to teach in a variety of ways I feel I have learnt a lot about myself in terms of my own style of teaching whilst increasing my confidence through completing a work placement.

      Learning about different theories of motivation and teaching styles has encouraged me to think more about the delivery of my sessions and how to adjust between teacher-centred to being more student-centred.

      The work placement has allowed me to experience life in a school environment first hand, showing me the differences in students so I can prepare for similar environments in my career. The placement also allowed me to understand how to react to different behaviours and has reassured me that I can deal with any behavioural issue that may arise during my career.

      Take every opportunity that comes your way, whether it’s a placement or just a simple team bonding adventure activity. Your course mates will become such important people it is vital to create bonds. Work hard, but more importantly enjoy your whole journey and don’t shy away from the unknown.”

    • Career Opportunities

      The Sport Development and PE 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.

  • 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 sport development, PE 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.

    Foundation Study Framework 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.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • Modules in stage one include practical sessions designed to consolidate learning in a hands-on environment. There is also an opportunity to engage with career development planning right at the start of your degree journey to ensure that you get the most out of your course and set you on track early on to help you reach your longer term career goals upon graduation.

    • The Social Context of Sport (20 Credits)
      Module code: SPO1007
      Core Module Y
    • Sport and Leisure Management (20 Credits)
      Module code: SPO1006
      Core Module Y
    • Careers and Employability in Sport (20 Credits)
      Module code: SPO1009
      Core Module Y
    • Sport Pedagogy for Coaching 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: SPO1011
      Core Module Y
    • Introduction to Physical Education and School Sport (20 Credits)
      Module code: SPO1013
      Core Module Y
    • Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology (20 Credits)
      Module code: SPO1024
      Core Module Y
      • Armour K. M. (2011) Sport Pedagogy: An Introduction for Teaching and Coaching. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
      • Coakley, Jay J. and Pike, Elizabeth (2009) Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.
      • Griggs G. (2012) An Introduction to Primary Physical Education. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
      • Horne J. Tomlinson, A. and Whannel, G. (2013) Understanding Sport: A Socio-Cultural Analysis. London: Routledge.
      • Hoye, Russell (2012) Sport Management: Principles and Applications. London: Routledge.
      • Hylton K. (2013) Sport Development: Policy, Process and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.
      • Pickard A. and Maude P. (2014) Teaching Physical Education Creatively. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
      • Taylor P. and Torkildsen G. (2011) Torkildsen’s Sport and Leisure Management. London: Routledge.
      • Weinberg R. S. and Gould D. (2011) Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Leeds: Human Kinetics.
    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Strength and Conditioning MSc

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Framework: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    Additional costs:

    • You are not required to purchase any textbooks. We endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available in the library.
    • 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. We encourage you to 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.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation Framework: £9,800

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,000
    Foundation Framework: £9,400

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional costs:

    • You are not required to purchase any textbooks. We endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available in the library.
    • 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. We encourage you to 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.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Our Foundation Study Framework offers an 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 entry requirements for this course, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year course which includes our Foundation Study Framework.

    The Foundation Study Framework will help you to develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you will need in order to successfully progress to the full award.  The Foundation Study Framework provides you with a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst also studying a number of specialist modules.

    Read more

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour