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Course summary

We were ranked best in Yorkshire* for student satisfaction in the subject of Sport and Exercise Sciences (National Student Survey 2022). Why Sport and Physical Education? There is an increasing emphasis on sport and physical education to meet a range of health agendas, including developing a sporting nation by spotting talented young people who can represent their country at major sporting events. This course promotes sport and physical education for children and young people to encourage lifelong participation and healthier lifestyles. Through studying this course you’ll have the opportunity to examine current theory and practice to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the unique barriers and facilitators for this population. This course could prepare you for a highly rewarding career including education, health promotion and sport development. How will you learn?

  • You'll learn by studying a combination of theoretical and practical modules, covering topics such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, sociology and pedagogy.
  • You’ll explore sport and physical education in a broad context, developing interpersonal qualities that will allow you to apply your knowledge in a variety of sport settings. This will put you in a strong position to apply for teacher training and postgraduate study.
  • In your second year, you’ll go on a work placement which will provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills in a real-world context.
  • This course is also endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. This will enable you to gain industry recognised standards and qualifications, including Gym Instructor, Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Working with Children, which are recognised by major employers in the sector aligned to your degree. You’ll also be able to apply for annual student membership of CIMSPA, and graduate membership upon successful completion of your course.
*subjects rankings refer to Common Aggregation Hierarchy level 3 and are further filtered to include English HEI's with income over £100m+ in the 20/21 academic year. Professional links and accreditations Reflecting our commitment to equipping you with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to effectively transition into roles in the sector, this course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), which enables you to gain industry recognised standards and qualifications, including Gym Instructor, Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Working with Children, which are recognised by major employers in the sector aligned to your degree. You can also apply for student membership of CIMSPA. The cost of student membership is just £5 per student (83% saving), which will enable you to access e-learning, guest lectures, digital newsletters and magazines, and work placement, volunteering and job opportunities. On successful completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to apply for CIMSPA graduate membership, at your own expense. Further information is available at CIMPSA ( “On behalf of the Sport and Physical Activity Sector Professional Development Board we congratulate University of Huddersfield in achieving CIMSPA endorsement. We are delighted to see that the employer developed Professional Standards have been included, enabling the development of work ready graduates” Richard Millard. Vice Chair of the Sport and Physical Activity Professional Development Board.


Year 1 Core modules: Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport and Exercise Foundations of Biomechanics for Sport and Exercise Foundations of Coaching Physical Education and School Sport Pedagogy 1 Research Methods 1 Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport Year 2 Core modules: Child Development and Maturation Children and Public Health Research Methods 2 Physical Education and School Sport Pedagogy 2 Psychology of Coaching and Learning Work Placement Year 3 Core modules: Applied Research Coaching and Teaching Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education PE and School Sport Pedagogy 3 Project Management

Assessment method

Assessment will include of coursework, practice/ competency-based learning and examinations. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to commencing the course, because prior convictions may preclude working with young people. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.

Unistats information

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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

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 £16500 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - If you are an EU or international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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