Physical Education and School Sport - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
X151
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Part Time (6 years)
Starting:
September 2019
Campus:

Gain a thorough understanding of physical education in schools and wider communities with our new Physical Education and School Sport course. We'll develop your teaching, learning and leadership skills, enabling you to become a highly employable expert on physical education and school sport.

This degree encompasses the contemporary place and role of school-based physical education, activity, and health and sport. Physical education continues to be an important part of Government agendas, so with this in mind, you'll learn relevant and up-to-date techniques and information.

What's covered in the course?

Linked and mapped to the national curriculum for physical education, you'll be taught the physical activities and up-to-date information that teachers within this sector require. This course will prepare you to apply for PGCE Physical Education courses in Secondary and Primary Education.

It won’t just be about sport, though; you'll be looking at different aspects of health and people at opposite ends of the health spectrum. It's a chance for you to gain the knowledge and skills needed to negotiate different challenges.

To help build these skills, you'll go on placements, working face-to-face and getting first-hand experience, something which will enhance your future employability.

Mapped to the course are additional awards, where you can support teachers in a range of extra-curricular opportunities, including working with school sports teams. All of our physical education and sport courses will provide additional, employability-based qualifications at the same time as your course, enhancing your subject knowledge and giving you valuable hands-on experience.

By taking this course, you’ll be studying at the brand new home for the School of Health Sciences, which will contain a state-of-the-art laboratory, sports therapy rooms, cutting-edge resources and a designated sports area.

Why Choose Us?

  • You'll gain vital, first-hand experience of physical education by undertaking placements, typically in schools, where you can build up your knowledge and enhance your attributes.
  • You'll receive talks from guest lecturers who work within the sector and can provide relevant, up-to-date advice.
  • The course is mapped to the national curriculum of physical education, ensuring that what you learn mirrors what the sector needs.
  • If you’re interested in physical education at primary school level, you can learn the exercises and information that children of that age require.
  • There will be a host of practical-based teamwork and activities, ensuring you learn by doing.
  • You’ll be based in a new, state-of-the-art facility, with up-to-date, cutting-edge resources and equipment. 

Students outside Millennium Point

Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 30 June 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid. Terms and conditions apply.

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This course is open to International students

The Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Professional Development Board has awarded approved status to this degree programme.

PE association

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements
Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application for all applicants:

A minimum of 5 GCSEs, including Double Science, Mathematics and English Language at Grade 4 (formerly a C) or above or equivalent. 

or

Irish Leaving Certificate, a minimum of five Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
or
Scottish qualifications, a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
or
BTEC Level 2 Diploma: in Sport Science or Applied Science, pass.
or
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate: in Sport Science or Applied Science, pass.
Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:

112 UCAS points.

A Level: To include one subject in Biology / Human Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Physical Education / Applied Science / Psychology / Social Science with minimum Grade C. A typical offer would be BBC. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.

Access to HE: Sport or Science related pathway with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be at distinction. Must include Mathematics, Sciences and English Language at Level 3.

BTEC Extended Diploma: in Sport, Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science, or equivalents, DMM (no other BTEC Extended Diplomas are acceptable).

BTEC Diploma: in Sport, Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science, or equivalents, D*D* (no other BTEC Extended Diplomas are acceptable).

Irish Leaving Certificate: 112 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 5 Highers with at least 4 subjects at Grade B2 or higher and 1 subject at B3 or higher. Must include sport, health or science related subjects.

Scottish Qualifications: Maximum of 5 Scottish Highers and 3 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 112 UCAS tariff points.

Foundation degrees will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require a transcript of the content of the course.

International qualifications:

International Baccalaureate: Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4. 

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

In addition, successful candidates will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance via the Faculty prior to enrolling onto this course. 
International Students

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Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college. You can apply until 30 June.

Applying through UCAS
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 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

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Applying for a course and preparing for an interview can be a daunting process, so we have created a series of films to help you through the process, including what to put in your personal statement.

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Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Introduction to PE and School Sport
20 credits
Reading Research, Evidence and Professional Practice
20 credits
Sport and Exercise Physiology and Principles of Training
20 credits
Children's Development, Health and Wellbeing
20 credits
Anatomy and Biomechanics
40 credits

Year two

Fundamental Movement Skills in PE and School Sport
20 credits
Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport
20 credits
Planning and Conducting Research
20 credits
Physical Activity and Health
20 credits
PE and School Sport - Work Placement
40 credits

Year three

Critical Issues in PE
20 credits
Sport and Physical Activity in Practice
20 credits
PE and School Sport - Work Placement
40 credits
Final Year Research Project
40 credits

The physical education and school sport course will be a mix of work-based placements, enabling you to build your knowledge and gain first-hand experience, and assessments.

Further studies

After completing this course, you will have built a sound foundation of knowledge which will contribute towards applying for a PGCE. You can gain full teacher status with a postgraduate qualification, or in schools via School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) schemes.

Accreditation

Within this course there are additional qualifications which are accredited by the Association for Physical Education (afPE) and Sports Leaders UK.

The only physical education subject association in the UK, afPE is committed to supporting the delivery of physical education in schools and in the wider community.

PE association
Association for Physical Education (AfPE)

The Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Professional Development Board has awarded approved status to this degree programme

Overseas opportunities

You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of major institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Within the course, there will also be the opportunity for international exchanges, as well as trips to sporting locations across Europe.

Trips and visits

Trips and visits will play a significant part in all of our sports courses. Alongside your placements, you'll have the opportunity to visit other sporting institutions and teams, both within the UK and internationally. 

School Get Active Day Visit 2

Salma Mukadam, Safeguarding Officer at Yardleys School

"Our pupils visited Birmingham City University for a “Get Active” event with students on the Physical Education and School Sport course. I witnessed some of our most withdrawn pupils engaging with, and enjoying, sports.

The students did a brilliant job of making sport fun and accessible for all of the pupils as well as presenting themselves as approachable.

After the event, pupils told me that they had had a really great time and that they wanted to do it all over again."

Enhancing your employability skills

Physical education and conditioning continue to be a global concern, so this course ensures you are given the relevant, up-to-date information you require to enter employment.

Upon graduating, the ultimate goal will be to enter the PE and school sport environment, promoting lifelong physical activity and healthy active lifestyles. You can also progress on to a PGCE or a Masters degree, furthering your skills.

Placements

Placements play a significant role in this course, as it is important you build up your experience and knowledge of working within the sector. You'll work in schools on placements, gaining first-hand exposure to the sector and how teachers create, carry out and build on different sports-related activities.

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OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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Graduate jobs

The course is designed to prepare you for teaching, either at primary or secondary level, or externally in after-school clubs or teams. You could progress into studying your PGCE or another teaching-based qualification, and become a physical education teacher.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

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The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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Our Facilities

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to .

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.


Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre, which is located close to our City North Campus.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Our staff

Our staff have incredible industry links and a wealth of experience, and often continue to work in their specialist areas.

Irfan Khawaja

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education & School Sport

Irfan was a physical education teacher for seven years. Throughout his career, he has worked in primary and secondary schools, and was a curriculum coordinator for P.E at key stage 5 level. In addition to this, Irfan gained experience as a head of department and has delivered a range of INSET teacher training sessions.

Prior to this, Irfan worked in schools as part of the extended schools programme, and has experience of organising high-profile school and community charity events. He has a diverse range of coaching qualifications and also has experience of teaching internationally in South Africa.

Irfan is now the Course Leader for Physical Education and School Sport.

Rachel Black

Senior Lecturer Physical Education and School Sport

After gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Physical Education, Rachel had a long and rewarding career as a Head of a Secondary School PE Department. Later in her career, Rachel took on a whole-school role as Key Stage 5 Coordinator, which also involved running a Science department. Rachel’s experience has also incorporated teaching and advising Primary Schools. Prior to joining the team at Birmingham City University, Rachel taught on the Physical Education degree course at The University of Worcester. Rachel is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education.

UK prospective students:

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EU / International prospective students:

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