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BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education

Jump into a career in sport or physical education teaching

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If you want to bring your love of sport into schools or the community to inspire the next generation, studying for a degree in sport and physical education at Southampton Solent will give you the practical skills in PE, coaching and child development to help prepare you for a PGCE or School Direct position.

  • Strong industry links have provided opportunities for past students to gain experience through work placements or volunteering.
  • Students are encouraged to work towards gaining National Governing Body (NGB) professional awards.
  • The University has extensive involvement in local sports provision.
  • Students are taught by an experienced course team with academic credibility and a student-focused mentality.
  • Southampton Solent University is a key stakeholder in the delivery of physical education in the local area.

The industry

There are a number of opportunities for qualified PE teachers or other sports staff in schools or in the community either in the UK or abroad. Studying for the sport and physical education degree at Solent University will put students in a strong position to take advantage of these opportunities or undertake a PGCE or apply for a School Direct position upon graduation.

The programme

This practical course will build students’ theoretical skills and provide opportunities to put these skills into practice in the workplace. It also aims to provide the underpinning knowledge to put graduates in a strong position to undertake a PGCE or apply for School Direct training.

The course comprises of three central strands: physical education, child development and sports coaching. The physical education strand aims to allow students to build a firm base of PE-specific pedagogy and develop their understanding by providing opportunities for school placements across all three years of study. The child development strands aims to allow students to build a firm understanding of how children grow, develop and mature into adulthood. The sports coaching strand offers opportunities in a wide range of work placements, as well as encouraging students to work towards gaining National Governing Body (NGB) professional awards.

Southampton Solent University has a number of key relationships within the local community which have been instrumental in providing past students with opportunities for work experience and exposure to their potential future working environments during their degree. One of these key relationships is with Southampton City Council, for whom the University operates the Sport Development Unit, which provides city-wide sport and fitness initiatives. To help fully prepare them for employment, students are encouraged to take up coaching opportunities within the unit, as well as positions as a result of the University’s links with schools.  

Next steps

Think a career as a PE teacher is for you? With its key industry links and opportunities for additional work experience, Southampton Solent University’s sport and physical education course will give you the knowledge, skills and experience to kickstart your career in sport or physical education teaching.

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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry 3TTA

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points



Year one:


Core units

  • Foundation of Physical Education
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Introduction to Physical Education in Practice
  • Principles of Coaching
  • Sport and Society
  • Introduction to Research and Study Skills.

Year two:


Core units

  • Coaching Children and Young Performers
  • Physical Education in Practice
  • Skill Acquisition in Children
  • Psychology for Sport
  • Research Methods for Sport.


  • Sociology of Sport
  • Event Organisation
  • Outdoor Recreation and Adventure
  • Sport Policy
  • Sport Coaching and Development
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year three:


Core units

  • Coaching in School
  • Applied Physical Education
  • Dissertation or Project.


  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Contemporary Sports Issues
  • Globalisation of Sport
  • Coaching and Community Development
  • Sociology of Extreme and Lifestyle Sports
  • Evaluating Events Organisation
  • Sport Tourism
  • Physical Literacy
  • Sport Nutrition and Performance
  • Sport Development
  • Curriculum Plus. 

Teaching, learning and assessment

Delivery is through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and school-based experiences in each year.

Work experience
The first university to join Hampshire’s PE and School Sports Partnership, Southampton Solent is a key stakeholder in the delivery of physical education in the local area – and the University also operates the Sports Development Unit for Southampton City Council, ensuring work-based opportunities are extensive within the course.

You’ll undertake placements in schools throughout the course, increasing your knowledge and experience within these settings, and you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake coaching placements with local sports clubs or after-school activities.

Assessment is primarily through coursework and practical assessments.

Our facilities

During the Skill Acquisition in Children unit, you’ll have the opportunity to use our dedicated sports psychology laboratory.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme gives you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.

For more information see

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study sport and physical education units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry 3TTA

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The course provides the perfect springboard into a career as a PE teacher, following either study on a PGCE or qualifying through the School Direct scheme. However, the breadth of study and experience on the course will enable you to have an impact in a range of careers, from sports coaching or leisure management to graduate-level careers across the wider leisure and services industries.

Links with industry

The course has been designed following close consultation with representatives from both the sports industry and the education sector, ensuring it remains current and relevant in contemporary sport and physical education.

The course team and other university staff maintain close ties with these sectors, and the University’s links to local and national sports providers provide a wide variety of opportunities for real-world experience throughout your course, as well as a series of guest lectures from sector experts and professionals.

Transferable skills

Your communication, research, dealing with people and problem-solving skills will be enhanced throughout the course, along with key industry knowledge, skills and qualifications in coaching, teaching and working with young people.

Further study

After studying this course students will be in a strong position to apply for a place on a PGCE or gain qualified teacher status through the School Direct scheme. Alternatively, opportunities to study at master’s level or undertake a PhD in a related discipline would also be available.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • At least two completed A-levels  a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above.
  • All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Compulsory kit in various combinations: £105

Optional professional body endorsement (NGBs) NGBs range from £10 to £250 depending on course.

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry 3TTA

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