100% of Physical Education and Sport & Exercise Science graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies
You will take 5 core modules plus one optional module. Optional modules will be offered subject to cohort size and you may choose to take a module which relates to your overall degree choice.
Optional module choices are made in the second semester and become the last module taken.
However, you are not locked into the choice of overall course but may choose to change pathways at the end of the Foundation Year (Year 0). Alternatively, you may choose to take a Certificate of Completion and apply to another degree course, subject to entry criteria.
- Introduction to Education
- Applied Literacy, Numeracy and Science Skills for Education
- Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education
- Personal and Career Development
- Introduction to Human development through the Lifespan
The core modules you will study are:
Learning Through Practical Activity
The module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding across a range of practical activities. The focus will be on your ability to observe and analyse performance in a range of settings including individual and team activities which are typical of school physical education. Opportunities may be provided to improve subject knowledge and performance through short courses /workshops provided by National Governing Body Awards for Sport. These short courses and workshops do not contribute to the assessment of modules and there is no additional charge for them.
Orientation to Higher Education and Research
The aim of this module is to facilitate a smooth transition into Higher Education (HE) and the challenges it presents by building on your pre-existing skills, enabling you to become more independent and self-managed in your approach to study, learning and time-management. The module also aims to facilitate the development of skills and techniques used in the study of sport and exercise. It will identify a variety of methods by which research is conducted in sport and exercise science and will provide the opportunity for you to develop a scientific approach to your studies.
You will then choose further modules from these likely optional modules:
Physical Education likely optional modules
Foundations of Physical Education
The module will introduce you to a range of key concepts and issues about physical education and education as a field of study. You will be encouraged to explore the values and benefits of physical education to children and consider some of the factors that affect learning and teaching. Themes such as health education, moral, personal and social education, play and physical development may be considered.
Learning and Teaching in Physical Education
You will be introduced to a range of theories, principles and practices in the pedagogy of physical education. Participants will be asked to consider aspects such as learning theories, teaching styles, and the classroom environment and how these impact on pupils’ learning.
Sport and Exercise Science likely optional modules:
Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental psychological constructs that underpin our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise settings. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress are currently examined with reference to their implications for sport and exercise behaviour. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour are also explored, along with cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between exercise participation and health and well-being.
Introduction to Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the biomechanical basis of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module provides a foundation in the analysis of human movement, covering basic movement terminology, functional anatomy and principles of movement. It aims to apply fundamental biomechanical concepts to the study of human movement in sport and exercise.
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
The aim of this module is to introduce the physiology of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module currently covers key topics in physiology, including energy systems, the process of muscle contraction and the cardio-respiratory system. Laboratory practicals provide the opportunity to explore the physiological effects of these systems during exercise. Overall, you will study the anatomy and physiology of gross structures and the responses and adaptations of these structures to sport and exercise training.
Introduction to Sport, Culture and Society
The aim of this module is to show how sociology can be used to study sport, culture and society. You will begin by exploring the historical development and management of modern sport from its folk roots. A number of social factors in sport such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and disability are then explored encouraging an understanding of the social problems and social issues associated with sport. Various theories that can help conceptualise sport and exercise as a social phenomenon are then examined in relation to globalisation, national identity, deviance, the media and the environment which help to develop a critical sociological approach to sport, physical education and leisure.
The core modules you will study are:
Pedagogy for Practical Activity
The module aims to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of pedagogy and practice in teaching practical activities. The focus is on how teachers arrange the learning environment and how this knowledge enables pupils to meet intended learning outcomes. A range of instructional models is explored to illustrate a variety of approaches to learning. The module will provide a core practical experience that can be used to explore concepts and themes from across your area of study.
Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
You will explore alternative approaches to research in physical education and sport and exercise science, and the philosophies and practices associated with each. The research process will be explored from conceptualisation through to presentation. Accordingly, you will develop an understanding of how to design research, collect, analyse, and interpret data, and present research in an appropriate manner. This module develops your ability to critically evaluate and conduct research in sport and exercise science and provides the conceptual underpinnings for a third year individual study.
Physical Education likely optional modules:
Assessment & Evaluation in Physical Education
The module aims to enable you to develop your understanding of the principles, modes and policies of assessment; and to develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which assessment and evaluation practices affects learning in physical education.
Contemporary Issues in Physical Education and School Sport
This module aims to introduce you to a range of issues which apply to physical education and school sport. You will explore the historical foundations of physical education and its influence on contemporary practice through the analysis of pupils’ experiences of physical education. Topics of study may include gender, children’s health and issues of inclusion.
Inclusive Practices in Physical Education
You will be engaged with the issues of inclusion in relation to physical education in both a theoretical and practical way. You will explore relevant theory and consider its application in a range of educational contexts. You will also consider how to plan, lead and assess differentiated, adapted physical activities and Paralympic sports.
Outdoor and Adventure Education
This module aims to introduce you to a range of issues which apply to physical education in an outdoor and / or an adventure setting. The module aims to explore the role of the outdoors in learning and examine the contribution that adventure, risk and challenge make to learning and development.
Physical Education of Young Children
Through a combination of theoretical and practical experiences, you will consider theoretical perspectives, pedagogical approaches and practical strategies appropriate to Physical Education for young children. The module will explore factors which impact upon children’s learning in physical education such as motor development and play.
Sport and Exercise Science likely optional modules:
Psychology of Sport
This module examines a range of factors which influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams. Psychological phenomena currently addressed on the module include individual motivation, confidence and anxiety and such social psychological processes as group motivation and cohesion, the nature of the group environment and the components of effective leadership.
Psychology of Exercise and Health
This module examines a number of the psychological factors associated with the adoption of and adherence to active lifestyles. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. An additional topic currently explored is the motivational effects of music in exercise settings.
Perceptual and Motor Skills in Sport Coaching
This module aims to provide an insight into some of the factors which influence the acquisition and performance of perceptual and motor skills in sport. You will develop an understanding of selected cognitive and ecological methodologies to skilled performance. These theoretical approaches to skill acquisition will be used to critique the design and organisation of current coaching practice.
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
This module explores selected biomechanical principles that influence physical performance, through applying selected theoretical concepts to sport and exercise contexts. It will also aim to develop your competency in the scientific techniques used to evaluate biomechanical aspects of exercise. This module currently focuses upon biomechanical principles of motion (conservation of momentum, impulse-momentum relationship, work-energy relationship), covering topics such as linear and angular kinematics and kinetics, forces and impulse, loading and injury, projectile motion, and fluid dynamics. It also includes an analysis of selected sports skills, and further develops practical laboratory experience and use of selected analysis programs.
Sport and Exercise Training
This module investigates current understanding of selected physiological factors which influence physical performance, and identifies methods used to enhance these factors. The module will explore the physiological determinants of fitness, investigate methods to analyse and interpret the data from specific fitness assessments, and consider the role and limitations of training theory.
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
This module explores the interaction between nutritional factors and physiological function associated with sport and exercise performance. The module will investigate current thinking on key nutritional principles, investigate methods of data analysis in this field, and explore the efficacy of common dietary practices used in sport and exercise to promote health and performance.
Sporting Identities and Lifestyles
This module considers the cultural meaning and significance of sport and exercise in selected societies. Specifically, the module explores the nature and characteristics of sport and exercise related sub-cultures by focusing on selected sociological themes and issues. It is currently structured around the establishment and maintenance of sport and exercise sub-cultures and you will explore issues of socialisation and identity formation in relation to sport subcultures, examine sub-culture related deviancy such as violence, drug-taking and over-conformity to the ‘sports ethic’ and investigate the symbolic nature of the body in sport and exercise. Aspects of research methods in the sociology of sport and exercise sub-cultures will be studied.
The core module for this year is:
Either Individual Study 1 or Individual Study 2
These 20 or 40 credit modules offer you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic or issue related to either physical education and/or sport and exercise science. You will be able to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed at levels 4 and 5 and further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies, as appropriate.
Physical Education likely optional modules:
Learning in Physical Education
This module will present you with the opportunity to consider a range of factors that affect learning in physical education. These include the relationship between teaching and learning in physical education; the contested nature of the aims of physical education; educational policy and sociological and psychological factors that affect learning in physical education.
Perspectives, Values & Beliefs in Physical Education
This module aims to extend thinking in relation to issues introduced in the Contemporary Issues in Physical Education module at level 5. The module will explore the range of values and beliefs about how physical education should be contemplated, taught and practiced. You will be presented with a range of perspectives and asked to consider your values in a range of issues within society and school.
Professional Experience in PE and Sport
You will engage in a series of workshops designed to align with your desired career path. The development of career skills; such as interview technique, forming and managing relationships, and resume writing will form the basis of workshop content along with a focus on the holistic development of self (in preparedness for entry/re-entry into a desired career sector). You will engage in a serial or block experience to provide the necessary learning and reflection required to develop knowledge of the physical education, sport and/or health sectors.
Practical: Concepts and Applications
The module is a progression of the core practical modules in year 1 and 2 of the programme, and will enable you to develop detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of activity areas of the National Curriculum for Physical Education. You will engage in theoretical and practical workshops and seminars to explore the conceptual demands of activities as outlined the National Curriculum. You will also be asked to construct and deconstruct learning scenarios from a range of activities to explore the nature of teaching and learning. This will include improving your practical ability, demonstrations and content knowledge of activity areas.
The module will focus on the values, goals and purpose of the sport education model and will examine how to implement sport education in a physical education setting. You will explore through seminar and practical activities the curricular and instructional implications of the model. The sessions will also address matters such as assessment, inclusion and the role of sport education in contributing to physical literacy.
Sport and Exercise Science likely optional modules:
Applied Sport Psychology
This module provides you with the opportunity to investigate the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence-base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well-rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.
Psychology of Sport Coaching
The module will examine the processes and principles of coaching both adults and children in sport. You will gain significant theoretical and practical experience of different approaches to coaching practice and the application of coaching ideologies in a variety of sports. The module examines coaching research and current issues in coach behaviour, currently including such topics as the coach-athlete relationship, coaching styles, modes of communication, and motivational climates.
Applied Exercise and Health Psychology
This module explores the current perspectives and contemporary research in the psychology of exercise and health field. The module examines the potential for effective behaviour change interventions in the exercise domain. The module currently includes topic areas such as the psychology of exercise addiction, exercise and pregnancy, and eating behaviours. The module evaluates the impact of exercise behaviour on the holistic health of individuals, communities and the population.
This module focuses on the biomechanics of selected sport skills, including technique analyses, and discussion of the technologies used to develop sports equipment and to evaluate performance and training. Students currently have the opportunity to critically appraise selected sports skills, sports footwear, with consideration of sport specific injuries, culminating in an evaluation of a sporting performance underpinned by appropriate theory and research in biomechanics.
This module will consider specific aspects of exercise physiology associated with selected sporting extremes and their potential impact upon an individual’s ability to perform strenuous physical exercise. These currently include the physiological considerations of participating in sport and exercise at extremes of age and environmental conditions; as well as some of the physiological parameters governing the limits of human training / performance capacity.
Physical Activity and Health
This module reviews the origins of physical activity and health. It is intended that you will develop a critical understanding of the link between physical activity and a variety of forms of ill-health. This currently includes cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, lung disease, obesity, diabetes and renal disease. A laboratory practical series will prepare you to conduct a cardiopulmonary exercise test, assess coronary heart disease risk profile and provide appropriate physical activity / exercise prescription.
Re-thinking Sport, Health and Body Cultures
This module requires you to think critically about the social construction of the body and identity amongst dominant cultures in sport, physical education and leisure. Consideration is first given to the historical underpinnings that inform how we conceptualise the body in contemporary society. Subsequently, attention centres on how the body may be theorised and the pressures of having the ‘perfect’ body amongst discourses that promote the anti-fat ethic and the moralisation of health and wellness. In doing so, the oppression and inequalities present in embodying a range of identities in sport, physical education and leisure are explored including gendered bodies, sexual bodies, disabled bodies and ‘cyborg’ bodies.