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Solent University (Southampton)

Physical Education

UCAS Code: PE01

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

From at least 2 A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits, 45 Merit Level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

From at least 2 A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

From at least 2 A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent qualifications

UCAS Tariff

112

From at least 2 A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent qualifications GCSE Grade C / 4 in English and Maths.

97%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Sports studies

This physical education degree has been specifically developed to help prepare you for a career in teaching. You’ll gain first-hand experience of teaching physical education in schools, the latest child development practices, and issues facing the education sector. Work placements spread across all three years of study ensure that you’ll graduate feeling fully prepared to undertake PGCE or School Direct training.

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 6 FE 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 also proud to be one of just two British universities to hold accreditation from the Association for Physical Education. This mark of quality demonstrates the course’s suitability for those who 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.

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.

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.

Students on this course come from a variety of academic backgrounds, but share a passion for physical activity 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.

Modules

Year one*Core units *Principles of Sport Coaching *Child Development *Physical Education *Sport and Social Issues *Research and Study Skills*Psychology Across the Life Span*Year two*Core units*Coaching Children and Young Performers *Skill Acquisition in Children*Pedagogy in Physical Education*Applied Sociology of Sport*Research Methods *Options*Developing Coaching Innovation Projects*Physically Active Teaching and Learning*Education and the Developing Learner *Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year*Year three*Core units*Games Based Coaching*Physical Literacy *Applied Pedagogy in Physical Education *Dissertation *Options *Outdoor Adventurous Activities *Delivering Coaching Innovation Projects *Issues in Education
*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment methods

Your progress will be assessed through a mix of written exams, practical exams and coursework projects. The course also includes assessed work experience placements and a final major research project.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Southampton 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.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Sport, Health and Social Sciences School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Sports studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
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Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sports and fitness occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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