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Physical Education

3 years
UCAS Code:
Institution code: S30
UCAS Points:
96 - 112
Southampton City Centre
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This physical education degree has been specifically developed to help prepare you for a career in teaching. You will gain first-hand experience of teaching physical education across a variety of schools, the latest child development practices, and issues facing the education sector. Work placements spread across all three years of study ensure that you will graduate feeling fully prepared to undertake your initial teacher training with either a PGCE or School Direct training provider.

The curriculum has been put together based on feedback from a panel of postgraduate teacher training providers. This means that you’ll be in the strongest possible position when it comes time to apply for training opportunities. Course themes include physical education, teaching and learning, child development, physical and motor movement in young people, educational psychology, and research methods. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise your knowledge and prepare to work with age groups that match your personal career ambitions.

We are proud to manage the Southampton School Sports Partnership, a scheme that was introduced to improve the quality of sports education within the city. Our involvement in the partnership gives sport development, coaching and physical education students access to 72 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and six further education colleges in and around the Southampton area. Working alongside these partner institutions will help you to put the theory you’ve learnt into practice. This practical work forms an essential part of your assessment.

We are proud to be an associated partner with the Association for Physical Education (afPE). This partnership demonstrates the courses aim to develop critical practitioners who may wish to progress into teaching roles.

As a physical education student, you’ll work closely with our expert course team. Tutors hold a wealth of experience gained from time spent working across the whole of the education sector, and you’ll benefit from their first-hand knowledge of each discrete population group. Their insight will allow you to better understand the specific pedagogies of child development, and see how proper intervention during childhood can help to create the next generation of physically active adults.

Why choose this course?

The course has been designed with one focus in mind - to produce knowledgeable and experienced individuals who can progress onto a postgraduate teacher training course.

We are proud to manage the Southampton School Sports Partnership, giving students access to primary, secondary and further education colleges in and around Southampton.

The course team maintain close links to local and national sports organisations who provide a wide variety of opportunities for students who want to grow their portfolio of real-world experience.

Who is this course for?

Students on this course come from a variety of academic backgrounds, but share a passion for physical education and the positive impact it can make on young lives.

Most applicants will be working towards a career in teaching, but the course is also suitable for those who are interested in community sport and leisure management.

What does this course lead to?

This course provides the perfect springboard for those who are working towards a career in PE teaching. Upon completion of the course, you will be in an ideal position to pursue postgraduate teacher training. This training typically includes a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or teacher training scheme (like Schools Direct).

If you decide that teaching isn’t for you, the broad range of subjects covered in this degree will still allow you to make an impact in other related careers. These include sports coaching, leisure management and graduate-level roles across the service industry.

Meet the team

The course team and other university staff maintain close ties with industry practitioners. These connections also provide us with a steady programme of guest speakers.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Physical education students will make use of our sports grounds, teaching gyms, indoor sports halls, and psychology laboratory.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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