Newman University, Birmingham

Physical Education and Sport Newman University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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• This course provides students with exposure to and experience of working with young people in educational settings, and opportunities to develop skills in effective teaching and learning which are built upon throughout the course.
• Learning opportunities prepare students for careers in educational settings, and especially for postgraduate routes into teaching (esp. physical education).
• The learning experiences provided are informed by relevant professional bodies (e.g., Association of Physical Education [AfPE]) and government departments (e.g. Department for Education), in order to help prepare students for the requirements and standards expected of teachers.
• Through applied modules students are provided with opportunities to undertake study visits to relevant settings, and in the physical education modules there will be opportunities to team teach visiting groups of children/young people, in order to develop teaching practices.
• In the final year students are provided with the option to undertake a research-based dissertation or a negotiated Work-Based Research Project. This opportunity for choice will further enable students for their chosen destination routes following graduation.
• Lecturers on this course are highly qualified and regularly present at international conferences, collaborate internationally and publish research in top academic journals

During your first year of study you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin physical education and sport provision and participation, and performance in sport and exercise. This involves exploring various factors that influence participation in physical activity, at all levels, from beginner to elite athletes. In addition, you will develop an understanding of the scientific and socially scientific disciplines that underpin the study of physical activity in a range of themed modules, including the pedagogy of physical education and coaching. This structure is unique in that it allows you the flexibility to change course and progress straight into the second year of another sports programme if you so wish.

In the second year you will study modules that aim to further develop your knowledge and understanding of how different perspectives can be used to explain the role of sport in society, and how social-psychological constructs can influence participation and performance in sport and exercise. In addition, two physical education modules are studied, one in each semester. These modules aim to provide you with a secure understanding of the role and purpose of physical education and the requirements of being a teacher of physical education across statutory education.

In the final year you will develop in-depth understanding of and appreciation for the role of physical education in both promoting health and participation in sport. You will explore physical activity as a health-related behavior across the lifespan, starting with children, and how young people can be developed in and through sport and physical education.

With the skills and knowledge that this course will provide, a wide range of opportunities will be open to you as a graduate of Physical Education and Sport. The degree specifically aims to prepare students for careers in educational settings, and especially for postgraduate professional training (e.g., PGCE or School Direct) for qualified teacher status (QTS) in primary and secondary education. Alternative career destinations include community sport educator, physical education learning support assistant or school based physical activity coach/educator.

The course has recently been re-validated in 2019 to reflect up to date course requirements for students. It was formally known as Sport and Education BA (Hons).

Course details


A full list of modules for Years 1, 2 and 3 can be found on the course page on the Newman University website,

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code XX14
Institution code N36
Campus name Newman University
Campus code N

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not accepting applications from international learners.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A Level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma or MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course.
112 UCAS points:
D30-M0-P15; D27-M6-P12; D24-M12-P9; D21-M18-P6; D18-M24-P3; D15-M30-P0;
Access to HE Diploma Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course.
112 UCAS points:
D30-M0-P15; D27-M6-P12; D24-M12-P9; D21-M18-P6; D18-M24-P3; D15-M30-P0;

5 GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above including English, Mathematics and Science, or recognised equivalents are also required.

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees shown are for 2019/20 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments). Students studying a sport degree within the sports department are required to purchase a Newman polo t-shirt which currently costs (2018 entry) £16.99.

Provider information

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Newman University, Birmingham
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
B32 3NT

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0121 476 1181

Fax: 0121 476 1196