This course is available with a Foundation year for those who do not meet main entry requirements. Please see ‘Requirements’ and ‘Modules’ tabs on this page for further information, including UCAS codes.

Students will fully explore the fundamentals of physical education and sport pedagogy, including applied practical skills, child development, pedagogical skills, sport policy and practice. Practical and academic studies analyse the effects of exercise on the body and undertake a range of physical activities experienced at different levels and ages of pupils.

From 2019, this degree is also available at UCFB Etihad Campus with the teaching location of Manchester Sports Village, Belle Vue.

Degree Content

Students will explore the national curriculum and the growing importance of physical activity and will cover a range of sporting options including the six key areas that schools require; athletics, games, gymnastics, dance, swimming, outdoor & adventure activities.

Weekly work within local schools is a key feature of this course and many of the in-class sessions will be supporting students’ own practical placements and providing them with information and reflection time to learn from their real life teaching experiences. Physical activity study requires students who are physically fit and able and who have the ability to read and study independently, manage their time effectively and marry theory with practice.

Students completing this course will be equipped to apply for PGCE courses at top universities, graduate teacher training in-schools programmes or work in any area of physical activity delivery such as personal training or afterschool coaching. This degree programme also provides transferable skills so that other careers e.g research, further study and health work are all options for completing students.

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Graduates of the BA (Hons) Physical Education degree will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University.


UCFB degrees fall under three subject benchmark statements – Business and Management (2015); Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism (2016); and Psychology (2016). Visit the QAA website to access each of these benchmark statements.

Download the BA (Hons) Physical Education Programme Specification.

Physical Education BA (Hons) Modules

Foundation year modules are only applicable to students enrolled onto this degree course with an integrated foundation year at the beginning.

Preparing for Success in Higher Education+

This module enables students to develop self-awareness and to identify those personal qualities, attributes and skills required for successful progression to Level 4 academic study

The module provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their existing abilities, and to further develop key academic and study skills.

Employability and Enterprise+

This module allows students to learn about employment prospects in their chosen area of interest. This includes research about what employers are looking for in future recruits – including technical skills, transferable skills, personal attributes and business awareness – as an important pre-cursor for being able to present themselves effectively to employers using a CV, application form, social media networking and during a job interview.

Students will also develop entrepreneurial skills, being able to formulate a properly evidenced proposal to address the needs of identified consumers, for example, some innovation, service improvement or new business opportunity. They will be able to pitch their idea in a professional manner and using a range of appropriate visual aids.


This module provides students with the opportunity to analyse a problem that relates to their specialist subject area, making use of information gathered from various sources using different methods and strategies.

Once the problem is fully understood, as well as the requirements and expectations of the stakeholders, a project can then be planned and completed in a structured manner in order to implement some intervention to bring improvements and benefits to the inspected situation.

Throughout, students will be required to effectively communicate and report their progress with their project, and make use of the advice and guidance provided by an appropriate project supervisor.

Principles of Sports Coaching+

A role of a sports coach isn’t just about picking the right team or laying out the cones, they must also be the guardian of the team, young and senior, and be able to apply a number of techniques to their players to ensure they are maximising their ability.

This module will introduce students to the fundamental principles of sports coaching and the role and responsibilities of the coach within a range of contexts, including legal obligations, problem solving, analysing, professional conduct and the ability to develop the skills necessary to plan, deliver and review the successful delivery of a sports coaching session.

Semester 1

Games & Athletic Activities+

In this module students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental athletic movements and games skills, as well as developing class organisation and delivery skills. As a prospective Physical Education teacher, sports leader or youth community coach they will need the knowledge and skills to teach in several sports, games and movement areas. This module is the opportunity to introduce, appreciate and understand the rules and roles of different games and athletic pursuits and start to explore fundamental movements that underpin sport and physical activity.

Sport Pedagogy & Skill Acquisition+

This module will study the evidence base and science concerning the practice of how best to teach and how people learn. Students will consider the specifics of how to teach sport within the wider context of using sport for general education. There will be an opportunity to share, review and reflect on students’ own experiences of physical education and youth sport. The module will consider the influence of background knowledge and experience, the situation, and the environment, as well as the learning goals set by the teacher / coach and the sports student. Students will explore the knowledge and understanding to facilitate effective and efficient learning in the individuals they teach or coach. This module will directly link different aspects of pedagogy and skill learning theory with practical teaching activities. Students will also develop an awareness of the wider issues in teaching including youth sport policy and ‘Olympism’.

Semester 2

Assessment & Curriculum Design+

This module will develop core understanding of curriculum design and assessment. Students will explore the different approaches to physical education and investigate how delivery and assessment changes across the key stages. They will also consider approaches to curriculum design and will address how curriculum changes have evolved and will identify varying methods of assessment and how that data is used. They will also evaluate up-to-date recommendations in line with current educational reform.

Fundamental Sports Science within Physical Education+

This module explores fundamental elements of sports science in relation to physical education. You will be introduced to the basics of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology and demonstrate how these key themes can be delivered across different key stages and at examination level. You will explore the main body systems and the effects of exercise and specifically look at some of the fundamentals of biomechanics and movement. In addition, you will look at how performance and participation are affected by psychology and psychological factor

Semester 1

Working with Children+

This module will explore the roles and responsibilities that are inherent in the day-to-day working with children and the need for safeguarding and child protection legislation. Case studies of working with children, including teaching and coaching will be examined. Students will explore the challenges of supporting children’s physical and emotional wellbeing, overcoming challenges, looking after their rights, and helping to enable children to develop into successful and fulfilled adults. There will also be consideration of the child development process and as an underpinning part of sports teaching and coaching, students will explore learning difficulties and disabilities.

Gymnastics & Dance+

This module builds on movement and teaching skills explored in earlier studies and leads you on to a critical understanding and of gymnastics and dance in the context of Physical Education, the National Curriculum (particularly Key Stage 1 and 2) and in youth sports development. Through practical application, experience and demonstrations you will explore and gain knowledge and an understanding of expressive movement, choreography and skill acquisition in dance and gymnastics. By end of the module you will be empowered to deliver competent sessions to children.

Semester 2

Research Methods+

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of research principles, a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and appropriate analysis for these. This will enable the student to develop the research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an independent research project. Students will be provided with support in developing their writing style to incorporate citations and make use of referencing.

They will be introduced to Academic Journals and will use these to inform their understanding of the research approaches used in the sector. This will also serve to familiarise the learners with the role of Journals in their wider study. The final aspect of this module will introduce hypothesis testing, with learners making use of a computer package to undertake simple statistical tests commonly used
within their subject area.

Contemporary Issues in Physical Education+

Students will critique the most up-to-date literature and resources surrounding contemporary issues within physical education and education in a wider context. In line with educational reform they will investigate key organisations and agencies within education and examine the role and purpose(s) they have. The module will give a key insight into government directives and legislation and the impact this can have on schools and agencies involved in education.

Semester 1

Group & Behaviour Management+

This module builds upon previous pedagogical knowledge and perspectives but specifically considers the management of behaviour in the classroom. Students will study how groups are formed, how they evolve and how this can impact PE planning. Students will observe professional teachers in their schools and reflect on the structures that are required to manage behaviour, in large schools. Students will also get the chance to manage real behaviour situations and review what works and what doesn’t. This will support the students in becoming confident managers of behaviour so that they can organise different groups for best effect, cohesion and the support of learning.

Swimming & Outdoor Education+

This module builds on core understandings of the physical education curriculum to include the teaching of swimming and outdoor adventurous activities. Students will be involved in developing a school swimming syllabus and the design of outdoor educational activities (such as orienteering) that embrace the external environment. These activities, which are a key part of the national curriculum, will provide both theory and practice to enable students to engage with an outdoor and water environment and learn how to develop a school’s outdoor education syllabus.

Semester 2

Youth Physical Activity & Health+

This module equips students with the knowledge and understanding to help them support schools, groups and individuals to continue with physical activity throughout their lifespan. Students will examine the research on the effects of inactivity/activity on health and consider current patterns of physical activity and sporting participation in the UK and globally. Students will be involved in a real life professional intervention, with the aim of widening their perspective beyond the school/coaching setting and building additional health promotion skills. Students will integrate theory with practice, reflect critically on its implications and share knowledge and understanding through discussion and debate of current issues and guidelines.

Research Project+

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity for further independent learning through the completion of an extended research project. The project requires a high level of individual application and commitment to research and enquiry and offers the opportunity for students to collect their own primary data, run experiments or use professional software to check the significance of findings. It also provides students with the opportunity to identify, reflect upon and explore a topic that has implications for their own professional development.

* Modules listed above may vary depending on changes to the syllabus.


Applications are welcomed from students with a genuine passion and ambition to work in the football and sports industries.

UCAS Codes

UCFB Wembley Course Code : PE10 , Institution: U10, Campus: W


The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is a 96 UCAS point score under the UCAS tariff system for 2019 entry.

Other minimum requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved one of the following:

  • A minimum of 2 A Levels including two C grades
  • A BTEC Extended diploma grade MMM
  • A BTEC Diploma grade DD
  • A combination of BTEC and A-Level qualifications with at least two C graded A levels or Merit graded BTEC equivalents.
  • International Baccalaureate (minimum of 28 points)
  • An Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate subject at Distinction level
  • An Access Course: minimum of 60 credits, including at least 45 at Level 3
  • An equivalent level 3 qualification

Applicants should have a strong GCSE profile, including English at Grade 4 or Grade C, or equivalent and Maths at Grade 4 or Grade C (specifically for Football Business & Finance, Sports Business & Sports Law and Sport Psychology).

Other equivalent qualifications, including those from your own country, will be considered for entry.

Applicants for whom English is a second language will need a valid Academic IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in each component for entry on to a degree programme (Level 4).

All qualifications are subject to approval by the UCFB Admissions team, based on UKVI requirements.

We also welcome applications from mature students who may not possess the above qualifications but may have relevant experience.

All applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong interest in working with children and young people in a range of physical activities. Students will need to be able to apply the underpinning principles of teaching and learning theory to create positive experiences for young people. Their knowledge of how young people grow and develop will ensure they can maximise performance and develop positive attitudes to lifelong participation in physical activity.

Entry with advanced standing

Students are normally expected to start at Level 4, but can be admitted to any level of the course which is considered suitable, after portfolio review and interview, using the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). Under this arrangement, a student may apply to have previous academic credits or other learning or experience taken into consideration. Such applications are considered by the Faculty CATS committee and must be supported by the Academic Department.


UK/ EU Tuition fees for 2019 entry are:
UCFB Wembley – £9,250 per year

International Tuition fees for 2019 entry are:
UCFB Wembley – £14,250 per year

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Scholarships & Bursaries

A limited number of scholarships and bursaries are available for 2019. Visit the undergraduate scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

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Applications are welcomed from students with a genuine passion and ambition to work in the football and sports industries.

UCAS Codes

UCFB Wembley Course Code : PE1F , Institution: U10, Campus: W


The minimum academic requirement for the degree course with Integrated Foundation Year is a 64 UCAS point score under the new UCAS tariff system for 2018 entry.

Other minimum requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved one of the following:

• A Levels with DDE or higher
• A BTEC Extended diploma grade MPP
• A BTEC Diploma grade MM
• A combination of BTEC and A-Level qualifications

Applicants are also expected to hold a GCSE grade C in Maths or English.


To be considered eligible for the programme, applicants must have completed at least two years of post-secondary education or work experience.

Applicants applying without the minimum required UCAS points can still be considered on a case by case basis and may be requested to attend an interview and assessment prior to receiving an offer.

International applicants will be asked to achieve IELTS for UKVI at grade 6.0 overall or above.

Enquiries are encouraged from anybody who does not meet the above criteria but would like to be considered for the programme. Please email for further advice.


This degree responds to the changing demands of physical education, combining both the practical and theoretical study of the techniques and skills involved in the teaching and learning of sport. Students will learn the skills to be an effective sports leader, and can aspire to career opportunities in roles including sports coach, teaching assistant, nutritionist and sports teacher.

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Employer Endorsements+

Ben Beer, Senior Recruitment Manager at Challenger Sports USA

“We have worked with UCFB and its students since 2012, taking them to the US and Canada on work placements throughout the summer. The student’s fantastic approach to coaching and their ability to enjoy new and different cultures has made them stand out. Their delivery on the field and their enthusiasm and personalities have made them a great fit with Challenger Sports.”

David Dale, Chief Executive Officer of Football Aid & Field of Dreams

“The relationship we have with UCFB and their students is a significant one, and something we are delighted with. The students have been a fantastic addition to the team and have all displayed a very professional attitude with a real emphasis on using their time with us to build and develop their knowledge and understanding of our events and the relationships we have with our club partners – many of whom are regarded as the most powerful brands in world football.”

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Tuition fees
UK/EU tuition fees for 2019 entry are £9,250 per year.
International tuition fees for 2019 entry are £14,250 per year.

Additional costs

The provision of a facility or service including accommodation may be subject to an additional charge (i.e. separate from tuition fees). Where this is the case, we will make this clear in advance and payment for such service shall be made in accordance with any additional contract made between you and the University.

In some instances, optional Employability & Enrichment activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.

Students are required to purchase UCFB branded kit for use on practical based modules and on work based experience sessions. This costs £120 and is required each year of the programme. Travel to external teaching venues and work based experience/placement may also be required, of which costs will vary. CRB check costs are also necessary and vary from £24 – £44, depending the level of check you choose.

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