BA (Hons) Physical Education

"Take the first step towards an exciting career in coaching, sport development or even teaching"

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Course details

UCAS Course code XCC6

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If you're keen to take up a practically-oriented course that makes the most use of your talents, then we're here to give you the first step towards exciting career opportunities. You'll develop knowledge and skills that support entry into working in teaching, sport and health development or coaching. We offer a fantastic range of facilities to help you push beyond the limits of your study, enhancing your mind and your body even further.

The course includes an exciting one week residential experience at the beautiful Brathay Hall on the shores of Lake Windermere, where you will experience canoeing, rock climbing, ghyll scrambling and other team building activities which will challenge you both physically and mentally. There are also two placement opportunities with a minimum of 15 hours in first year, and 100 hours at the end of your second year. As a result of placements and volunteering, many students have been offered part time and full time employment upon graduating. You will also be assisted in finding appropriate volunteering opportunities that will enhance numerous theoretical and practical skills, as well as developing confidence and competence in a number of key areas.


We provide a wide range of modules to promote and extend your knowledge and skills in physical education, sport and health development. In your third year you will specialise in studying physical education with sport development, or physical activity and health development, depending on your career goals. You'll learn through many different teaching methods, including oral and poster presentations, written and oral reports (including laboratory reports), essays and a special study. The majority of the programme is achieved through coursework rather than examination.

We are proud to offer a five week work experience placement at the end of the second year in a school, in coaching, sport development or health promotion. This will allow you to put your learning into practice in a relevant setting, and give you the chance to reflect on enhancing your professional and personal development.


Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Research and Study Skills
  • Psychology of Skill Acquisition
  • Introduction to Personal & Practitioner Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Education and Sport I
  • Scientific Principles of Movement I
  • Fundamental Movement Studies

Year two

Compulsory modules

  • Psychology of Teaching and Coaching
  • Approaches to Teaching in Physical Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Education and Sport II
  • Scientific principles of Movement II
  • Outdoor Education

Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)

  • Community Sport Development
  • Nutrition for Health, Physical Activity and Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Coaching for Sport Performance
  • Physical Activity for Health and Performance

Year three

Compulsory modules

  • Investigative Research Project
  • Placement

Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)

  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Education and Sport III
  • Physiological Concepts and Exercise Prescription
  • Managing Community Events
  • Psychology of Sports Injury & Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology


Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2016 entry (and deferred entry to 2017)

240-280 UCAS tariff points - to include GCSE in English at grade C or above.

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2017 entry

The UCAS Tariff is changing for 2017, you can find out more about the new tariff and qualification options from the new UCAS tariff table

96-112 UCAS tariff points - to include GCSE in English at grade C or above.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

All places are offered subject to successful DBS clearance.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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Your degree can lead to a wide range of career destinations, including work as a personal trainer, a gym instructor, physiotherapist or in the education sector.

Our sports complex boasts a large, multi-purpose sports hall and air-conditioned fitness suite, containing 12 cardio vascular stations, eight fixed weight stations and a free weights area. It is run by Register of Exercise Professionals accredited staff, so you can be confident that everything is of the highest standard. Read more about the Carlisle sports centre or have a look at our learning resources for Sport.

In a recent external examiner's report, this course was commended for its student support and guidance, and for the variety and quality of teaching and assessment methods.