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Physical Education
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Physical Education

Overview

Study all aspects of physical education, including the scientific principles that sit at its core, the benefits of lifelong physical activity and best practice in terms of teaching and learning.

Through practical modules, you will study a variety of physical activities appropriate to specific populations, from high-level athletes to children. You will also explore the benefits of physical activity to broader society as a whole.

In the first year, you will study gymnastics, dance, games, outdoor and adventurous activities, swimming and athletics, alongside psychology, biomechanics, sociology, physiology and anatomy.

In years two and three your choice of practical activities will be based around a number of areas. These include modules on participation and working with diverse groups including young people, along with others, allowing you to study high performance and coaching.

We will support you in finding work placements and volunteering opportunities best suited to your career choice. With its combination of science, theory and practical activities, this flexible course will prepare you for postgraduate study, a teacher training programme or a range of sports-related careers.

RESIDENTIALS

At the start of the year you can go on a one-week group study residential. This will be a chance to meet new friends and take part in a number of challenges to develop your problem solving and team working skills. Activities can include rock climbing, gorge scrambling, mountaineering, walking, canoeing and kayaking.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
With our action-packed outdoor residential events and excellent sport facilities on campus, you will take part in a range of physical activities.

As well as practical sessions which explore approaches to teaching and learning, you will also use our specialist sports science laboratories to study human movement. Your theoretical and practical experience will be enhanced by learning in the work place, which can include local primary and secondary schools, community youth groups or professional sports clubs.

SPORT VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

We offer a sport volunteering programme for anyone with an interest in sport. If you want to stay ahead of the game and have a competitive advantage in the job market, then sport volunteering is an ideal way to gain extra knowledge and skills on top of your degree. Volunteering is a huge advantage if you want to pursue a career in the sports industry - and it will look great on your CV.

On top of this, you can also enhance your experience by gaining nationally recognised sporting qualifications such as UK Coaching Certificates and gym and personal trainer qualifications, which are both available at the University.

SPORT AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES

We are passionate about sport and at Leeds Beckett University there's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 97.5% of graduates from the course are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16).

Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. At least one A Level science subject (or equivalent) normally required, which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology or Sociology. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in a relevant subject.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one science subject normally required which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology and Sociology.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. One science subject normally required which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology and Sociology.
Foundation Course:
Foundation courses must include the equivalent of Chemistry A level and another science A level, we require you to achieve the equivalent of Grade B at A level in these subject areas.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum 72 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. At least one A Level science subject (or equivalent) normally required, which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology or Sociology. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in a relevant subject.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one science subject normally required which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology and Sociology.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. One science subject normally required which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology and Sociology.
Foundation Course:
Foundation courses must include the equivalent of Chemistry A level and another science A level, we require you to achieve the equivalent of Grade B at A level in these subject areas.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Tom Whittaker

Careers

Tom Whittaker
Performance Support Officer English Institute of Sport

BA (Hons) Physical Education with Outdoor Education

“My study at Leeds Beckett led me to become an accredited member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, giving me the opportunity to work with potential Olympic athletes in the run up to London 2012.

Modules & learning

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Applied Pedagogy 1 (Outdoor & Adventurous Activity, Games, Dance)

Applied Pedagogy 2 (Athletics, Aquatics, Gymnastics)

Sociology of Physical Education

Scientific Foundations of Human Movement & Physical Activity

Professional & Personal Development for Physical Educators (semesters 1 & 2)

Psychology for Physical Educators

Research Methods (semesters 1 & 2)

Work-Based Learning (semesters 1 & 2)

Working with Children in Physical Education

Science of Physical Activity & Health for Children & Young People

Outdoor & Adventurous Activity (Adventure Analysis)

Outdoor & Adventurous Activity (Adapted Adventure)

Dance Education, Analysis & Choreography 1

Science of Physical Activity for Adults & Older Adults

Strength & Conditioning / Fitness

Inclusive Practice

Teaching & Learning in Physical Education

Critical Issues in Physical Education & School Sport

Critical Pedagogy

Dissertation

Performance in Extreme Environments

Analysis of Sports Performance

Outdoor & Adventurous Activity (Residential)

Dance Education & Community Context

Dance Education, Analysis & Choreography 2

Lifelong Participation (Multi-activity)

Obesity Management

Outdoor & Adventurous Activity (Expedition)

Physical Activity Interventions for Young People

Special Educational Needs & Disability in Physical Education

Physical Education Pedagogy in Practice

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Jamie French
Course Director
Jamie studied his BA and masters here at Leeds Beckett and now uses his over 19 years of experience as an athletics coach to lead our Physical Education course. Jamie's interest in the health behaviours of young people has led to him working with Education Leeds and the Department of Health to help promote physical activity in school settings and across a range of target groups. His current research covers the areas of coaching pedagogy and coach education.
We are absolutely committed to your development. Our course is flexible and allows you to make informed decisions and choices to help you create a bespoke learning experience specific to your long term and career needs.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Sports uniforms - Buying specific sports uniform or equipment is not a formal requirement; however you will be expected to wear appropriate clothing for sessions in different environments. The cost of clothing is variable and you may be able to wear something you already own if it is appropriate.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Sports uniforms - Buying specific sports uniform or equipment is not a formal requirement; however you will be expected to wear appropriate clothing for sessions in different environments. The cost of clothing is variable and you may be able to wear something you already own if it is appropriate.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

Facilities

  • Sports Science Labs
    Sports Science Labs

    Our specialist sports science facilities include a human performance lab, a cardio-respiratory lab, blood sampling room for biochemical marker work, a full working physiology lab for monitoring athletes, a full body composition scanner and a nutrition laboratory.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Sports Facilities
    Sports Facilities

    "I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medallist

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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