Sport and Physical Education

Sport and Physical Education BA (Hons)

This unique course combines the more practical study of Physical Education and Human Movement with the theoretical element of Physical Education from a Socio-Cultural viewpoint. The degree has been designed to provide the student with an intellectually stimulating and vocationally relevant experience, with the aim of producing knowledgeable and skilful professional graduates in the field of Sport and Physical Education. 

The course facilitates development of relevant professional and academic skills and knowledge that will support further academic progression and subsequent employment. Students will extend their knowledge and skills through integrated and progressively developmental practical experiences, including work placement and international opportunities.

The course has been designed to allow students to choose options that reflect personal interests and aspirations. In the final year you will build upon the academic and vocational skills acquired through compulsory modules and demonstrate your ability to work independently by engaging in an independent research study.

With each area being taught by specialist expert staff, this programme gives all students the opportunity to gain skills that will provide an excellent platform for employment.

"The staff are extremely approachable and are very easy to talk to, they are eager to help where possible and provide excellent advice."

"Received really good opportunities, allowed me to explore topics and depth that you would not be able to explore elsewhere."

"Enabled further CPD for my career as I have achieved a PGCE place, which without the help of the course and its content wouldn't have been able to. Made the course and content interesting and worthwhile."


“The best aspect of the course is the staff/student relationships that are formed. There is a strong support network and help and guidance when needed”

Ashlyn Tarney

"The University and course provided me with the most amazing and life-changing opportunities. I especially seized the International opportunities that were on offer to us (NC State USA). Both of which developed and enhanced my teaching abilities to make me a much more competent person”

Grace Thind

“UCLan definitely influenced me in applying for this type of programme with the British Council in Chennai, India. Two life changing trips opened my eyes to a new world with new opportunities. The teaching element for me was something I really enjoyed in my modules at university, and I was able to gain more experience and confidence in this through different placements in schools. As a consequence I was then able to use these skills and potential career aspirations to pursue my dream to work and travel aboard”

Rebecca Neill

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full time: 3 years, Part time 6 years. Sandwich option. Core modules are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Some option modules are outside of this block.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

Please note the title of this course will change from 2017 entry to BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education. For further details please see our Important Information

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

Points calculator

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • An Introduction to Physical Education
  • The Evolution of Sport in Society
  • Lifestyle and Human Movement
  • Synoptic Module Event Delivery

Year 2

  • Applied Principles of Teaching in Physical Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Developing Human Movement and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Synoptic Module Research Conference

Year 3

  • Research Project OR Consultancy Project OR Entrepreneurship and Enterprise for Sport, Health and Wellbeing
  • Contemporary Physical Education and School Sport

Select 3 from:

  • Sociological Issues in Disability Sport
  • Sport and Politics
  • Applied Healthy Living and Human Movement
  • Human Movement and Sport Conditioning



Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Students will, on average, attend six hours of lectures and six hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops per week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course.

Assessments include essays, reports, presentations, group work and practical assessments. Students have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation involving a substantial piece of independent research in their final year.

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry. In addition, there are options for study exchanges in Europe and North America.

International Links

As well as having a number of opportunities to understand how Sport and Physical Education is delivered nationally, the course also establishes a student understanding of how Sport and Physical is delivered internationally. As well as learning about the different systems internationally in workshops, the student has opportunities to work with other institutions internationally as well as visit  other countries to enhance their understanding of the programme. Two current projects have seen the course working with partners in France and China.

Over the last few years we have worked closely with the University of Paris (Cretail) and this link has seen our students visiting Paris, as well as reciprocating the experience when our French counterparts have visited our Preston Campus. Through the course leader, an annual conference is held between the two institutions, which has given student’s the opportunity to explain how their countries’ Physical Education delivery has influenced their progression at university. There is also opportunities for students to work with one another to deliver Physical Education to local schools.

Professional Accreditation

Our students enjoy membership of the Association for Physical Education (AfPE).

CIMSPA Education Partner




You’ll receive membership of CIMSPA – the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity – as part of the course. This allows you to attend seminars and meetings, where you learn more about the industry, in practice, and enhances employability.

Our Industry Links

The development of employability skills is a key element of this course. We have excellent links within education and have many placement providers working with our students. We also have strong links with a large number of primary schools who bring students in to also take pass in the Healthy Schools programme that is key to promoting Health and Wellbeing to the local community but also giving key opportunities for our students. We have had guest lectures given by representatives of organisations such as Disability organisations and local Schools Direct partnerships and we pride ourselves on international collaborations. Recent trips plus regular lectures to North Carolina University, Beijing International Studies University and University of Paris, Cretail, Cretail have led to our students gaining a truly global experience

Excellent Facilities

You’ll have access to world-class resources and facilities including the UCLan Sports Arena complex where practical studies will be undertaken regularly.

UCLan Sports Arena

Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Sport and Wellbeing
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.