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About the course

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.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Work placements are spread across all three years of this course, helping to ensure that you graduate with experience at all levels of teaching and youth sport.

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.

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 youth sports development, community sport and leisure management.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

  • Students must purchase a Solent sports kit. As a package, this will cost approximately £140.
  • Students are also required to undertake DBS criminal records checks as part of their enrolment. This is compulsory and is payable by the student at a cost of approximately £56. The DBS process is completed online and students will be sent further guidance and the online link in advance to starting the course. 
  • Students are required to pay their 'L2 Certificate in Coaching Multi-skills Development in Sport' during their second year of study as part of a module and this will cost approximately £100.

Optional costs:

  • Optional discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.
  • Additional kit

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • GCSE Mathematics and English at grade 4 or above (previously grade C).
  • All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Sport Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time   3 years Apply 

Sport Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply 
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Principles of Coaching and Learning
    In this module, you will explore theory and practice in order to provide the best possible sessions for your participants in the future.
  • Physical Education in Theory
    This module will encourage you to question your own knowledge and experience and begin to develop a evidence base for the meaning of teaching and learning through PE.
  • Research and Study Skills
    This module will introduce you to the key 'research and study skills' required at university. You will be challenged to explore your existing ideas and tasked to seek out new information in order to develop your understanding of research and knowledge generation.
  • Child Development
    In this module you will draw upon a range of physiological and psychological perspectives and challenge the traditional approaches when it comes to teaching children in the physical setting.
  • Sport and Social Issues
    In this module, you will study the evolution and development of sport, the historical processes which have affected the inclusive and/or exclusive nature of sport, social concepts such as social class, race and ethnicity, sex and gender, and disability, and how social issues affect the accessibility for specific social groups to participate in sport.
  • Psychology Across the Lifespan
    On this module you will explore aspects of physical growth, cognitive change, and psychosocial development from conception through to old age. You will explore topics on typical (normative) development as well as atypical development.

Year two

Core modules
  • Skill Acquisition in Children
    This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the acquisition of human movement and how young people develop motor patterns.
  • Applied Sociology of Sport
    Through this module you will apply sociological theory and concepts to question dominant practices in their subject area and develop a greater understanding of complex social issues in sport.
  • Pedagogic Practice in Physical Education
    This module examines key meanings of teaching and learning within physical education, with a view to identifying core values, the construction of knowledge and its place in the wider society.
  • Research Methods
    This module provides you with the fundamental building blocks towards a final year dissertation and equips you with the tools needed to fulfil an independent and academically rigorous research project.
  • Teaching Children in Physical Education
    This module will provide first-hand experience in developing children during school curriculum time. While teaching in a school, students will also learn and dissect creative pedagogies that can be applied to allow every child to achieve in education.
  • Policy and Practice in Physical Education
    This module offers you the opportunity to learn about how education related policy has developed over the years and engage in discussion and debate across a wide range of topical policy issues that influence educational practice.

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation (40 Credits)
    This module enables you to synthesise your knowledge and skills from other modules to do your own research and write and submit a dissertation.
  • Applied Pedagogy in Physical education
    This module will support you to break away from dated and fragmented views of education. You will learn to synthesise knowledge of child development, psychology and social science into Physical Education, changing your personal view of the subject.
  • Contemporary issues in Education
    You will learn about how education is political and socially constructed, questioning your assumptions about education for all and considering patterns in underachievement. Drawing on relevant educational and sociological theories you will develop a broader understanding of the contemporary issues in education.
  • Physical Literacy
    The module will provide you with the theoretical and practical understanding of physical literacy to promote physical activity amongst all population groups.
  • Professional Practice in Physical Education
    This module will enable you to apply your knowledge and understanding through a Physical Education placement. You will experience the intricacies of teaching, and balancing teaching and learning strategies with behaviour management.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Dr Philippa Velija academic profile Philippa Velija Head of Subject View profile
Dominic Cunliffe academic profile Dominic Cunliffe Course Leader View profile
Matthew Fleet academic profile Matthew Fleet Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
Kola Adeosun academic profile Kola Adeosun Senior Lecturer View profile
William Lawless academic profile William Lawless Lecturer View profile
Becki Morton academic profile Becki Morton Lecturer View profile
William Zoppellini academic profile William Zoppellini Lecturer View profile

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.


As a student here at Solent University, you’ll have access to our full range of learning resources and facilities. These include a 24-hour library, comfortable study spaces, large computer resource centres and a comprehensive suite of academic and personal support services.

In terms of course specific facilities, you’ll make use of our sports grounds, teaching gyms, indoor sports halls and psychology laboratory.

We are an associated partner with the Association for Physical Education (afPE). 

Your future

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

In the past, 75% of students have achieved this aim (against a national average of only 25%).

Other destinations include non-teaching positions such as teaching assistant, and sport coaching within schools, as well as opportunities to remain in higher education and complete a masters degree or PhD study.

Industry links

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

The course team and other university staff maintain close ties with these industry practitioners. The University’s links to local and national sports provide a wide variety of opportunities for students who want to grow their portfolio of real-world experience.

These connections also provide us with a steady programme of guest speakers. Past speakers have included teachers, sport development experts and youth coaching professionals. 


Placements are encouraged throughout the course, with core placements being arranged by the course team. Our involvement with the Southampton School Sports Partnership - a scheme that was introduced to improve the quality of sports education within the city - gives students access to 72 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and 6 FE colleges in and around the Southampton area.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day