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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Prepare for a fulfilling career in education, school sport, physical activity, and health
  • Learn teaching techniques from experts and find out how to make young people passionate about movement
  • Access world-leading facilities such as Ponds Forge and the English Institute of Sport
  • Apply your practical skills and knowledge in real-life situations with work placements
  • Develop the skills to succeed in sport, health and educational environments
Are you driven by a love for sports and want to help people to embrace physical activity? On the Physical Education and School Sport course, you will explore a wide range of topics to prepare you for the world of physical education and school sports – from practical activities and developing professional practice to sport science, sociology, philosophy and research. The foundation year is suitable either if you don’t meet the entry requirements for the degree, or if you’d like further preparation before you start. You’ll gain the knowledge and confidence you need to progress onto the course. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. At Sheffield Hallam we prioritise practical learning through teaching, working and doing. Our experienced staff have all worked in education – from primary to secondary and post-16. You’ll be learning from the best, and they’re here to guide you through your degree, developing your digital capabilities, critical thinking and inclusive approaches that value equality and diversity. You’ll combine theory with hands-on projects in our exceptional sports facilities – giving you true-to-life experience and excellent preparation for a rewarding career in a range of roles. The course is also carefully designed and aligned with professional teaching standards. You’ll gain the professional expertise and knowledge to be well-positioned for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Key themes We’re dedicated to helping you develop your sports skills and knowledge – alongside the confidence to support children's physical activity and health in schools. You’ll explore theoretical, philosophical and practical aspects of physical education and school pport – gaining insights into the roles of physical education graduates in sports, physical activity, and broader professional settings. Topics include teaching strategies, physical education delivery, education policy, reflective practice, sport and exercise science, philosophy, sociology, professional standards and safeguarding. You’ll learn how to investigate contemporary issues that shape the broader context of PE and school sport by actively engaging in school-based work. In turn, you will enhance your comprehension of the National Curriculum in relation to sport and physical education across all education levels, gaining a holistic understanding of the field Applied learning Work placements Often, students undertake their placements within school settings - secondary and primary. The course prepares students to apply for ITE. There’s a mandatory short placement at the end of your third year. Over a minimum of 120 hours, you will be learning while you work and preparing to progress into employment after you graduate. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement (25 weeks minimum) or multiple placements between your third and final years. This gives you further valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. We connect students with schools and education facilities at all levels – in the UK and abroad.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Year 1 Compulsory modules Foundations Of Sport And Physical Activity Introduction To Investigating Contemporary Issues In Sport And Physical Activity Year 2 Compulsory modules Foundations Of Coaching And Teaching Foundations Of Professional Practice In Pe And School Sport The Nature And Purpose Of Physical Education And Sport Coaching The Science Of Physical Education And Sport Coaching Year 3 Compulsory modules Developing Practical Pedagogy Professional Practice In Pe And School Sport Science And Health In Physical Education And School Sport Elective modules Alternative Physical Activities Analysis Of Sport And Games Event Management For Sport And Physical Activity Exercise Prescription For The Prevention Of Disease Sport As A Tool For Social Change Sports Club Development Sports Facility Management Simulation Technology For Sport And Physical Activity Testing And Analysis In Sport And Physical Activity Final year Compulsory modules Independent Project In Sport And Physical Activity Pe Spaces And Social Change Elective modules Approaches To Talent Development Coach Education And Development Economics And Finance Of Sport Entrepreneurship And Innovation For Sport And Physical Activity Exercise Prescription For Long Term Conditions Health Promotion Innovative Practical Pedagogy Major Sport Events Nutrition For Sport And Physical Activity Performance Analysis Of Sport Programming And Prescription Of Training In Sport And Physical Activity Psychology Of Sport And Exercise Sport And The Media Sport, Brands And Culture Sport Data Analytics Sport Injury Sport Journalism

Assessment method

Coursework, Practical

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fees for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Physical Education and School Sport with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS