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Sheffield Hallam University

Physical Education and School Sport

UCAS Code: C603
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Sport & exercise science
Student score
78% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£16.8k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

128 UCAS points with at least 80 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies. Or 112 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

Gain a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of physical education and school sport needed for a career as a physical education (PE) teacher. Your studies also prepare you for roles in the wider area of school sport provision and development and the education sector. You develop your knowledge and understanding of • the concepts, processes and content of the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level for PE • how PE and school sport can contribute to developing confident, successful learners • contemporary issues that influence the wider context of PE and sport in schools and in surrounding communities • the broad range of programmes in the current physical education and school sport environment • strategic knowledge and understanding of key policies and developments affecting the provision of physical education and youth school sport for young people In your final year, you complete a project of your choosing, from a traditional dissertation to a work-based project with a school or business. Previous projects have looked at current topics like • inclusion and disability support in mainstream PE • girls' PE participation • teaching styles and approaches of PE teachers • coaches and sports specialists' delivery in primary and secondary school sport settings. At the end of the course you have the necessary professional skills, knowledge and abilities to apply to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at any university or any of the other school-based routes like School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Teach First and School Direct, towards gaining qualified teacher status. Placements and work experience This is a practical course, and you work on real projects throughout your time here. We have very strong links with local schools – many have our former students working there as PE teachers. From your first weeks on the course, you have opportunities to work with schoolchildren in practical sporting activities. In your second year you take a six-week work placement. You have access to a lot of support in finding the right placement for you, and we support you during your time there by keeping in touch and visiting you where appropriate. Previous students have found placements in schools and other educational organisations. Some have worked for regional and national organisations or professional sports clubs such as Sheffield Wednesday FC and Sheffield United FC, delivering youth sport strategies and programmes. Others have recently completed their placements abroad, including one teaching football in Dubai and another teaching rugby in Fiji. Our links with the Youth Sport Trust mean you can access their 'Learn to Move' training and accreditation as part of the course. Facilities You have access to excellent teaching facilities and you spend much of the course using the world-class facilities at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. It is our official sport campus, and the training base for Jessica Ennis-Hill and many other Team GB athletes, including the GB boxing and table tennis teams. You gain aquatics experience at Ponds Forge International Aquatics Centre and complete an outdoor and adventurous residential trip in the Lake District at Lake Coniston. You can also run outdoor activities for schoolchildren in the neighbouring Peak District. Expertise You are taught by educators, coaches and policy makers who have valuable experience of physical education and school sport. Alongside our teaching staff we have created a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Mentor scheme which enables second year students to mentor first year students and assist and facilitate learning. This has been tremendously successful and extremely beneficial for the first year students receiving guidance from the second years, as well as for the second years in reinforcing their own learning and in providing them with fantastic leadership opportunities.


**Year one modules** • thinking sociologically and philosophically about PE and school sport • gymnastic activities • outdoor and adventure activities • games activities • sport science 1 • developing professional practice 1 **Year two modules** • research in PE and school sport • politics of physical education • applied athletics, aquatics and dance activities • sport science 2 • developing professional practice 2 **Year three modules** • applied practical pedagogy • developing professional practice 3 • applied sports science (option) • applied health and exercise science (option) • PE spaces, identity and the body • project (dissertation)

Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Learning Centre

Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 78% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
26% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
339 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £16.8k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


Graduates who are sports and fitness occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.
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