Solent University (Southampton)

Physical Education Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Southampton Solent University


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This physical education degree has been specifically developed to help prepare you for a career in teaching. You’ll gain first-hand experience of teaching physical education in schools, the latest child development practices, and issues facing the education sector. Work placements spread across all three years of study ensure that you’ll graduate feeling fully prepared to undertake PGCE or School Direct training.

The curriculum has been put together based on feedback from a panel of postgraduate teacher training providers. This means that you’ll be in the strongest possible position when it comes time to apply for training opportunities. Course themes include physical education; teaching and learning; child development; physical and motor movement in young people; educational psychology; and research methods. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise your knowledge and prepare to work with age groups that match your personal career ambitions.

We are proud to manage the Southampton School Sports Partnership, a scheme that was introduced to improve the quality of sports education within the city. Our involvement in the partnership gives sport development, coaching and physical education students access to 72 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and 6 FE colleges in and around the Southampton area. Working alongside these partner institutions will help you to put the theory you’ve learnt into practice. This practical work forms an essential part of your assessment.

We are also proud to be one of just two British universities to hold accreditation from the Association for Physical Education. This mark of quality demonstrates the course’s suitability for those who wish to progress into teaching roles.

As a physical education student, you’ll work closely with our expert course team. Tutors hold a wealth of experience gained from time spent working across the whole of the education sector, and you’ll benefit from their first-hand knowledge of each discrete population group. Their insight will allow you to better understand the specific pedagogies of child development, and see how proper intervention during childhood can help to create the next generation of physically active adults.

Work placements are spread across all three years of this course, helping to ensure that you graduate with experience at all levels of teaching and youth sport.

This course provides the perfect springboard for those who are working towards a career in PE teaching. Upon completion of the course, you will be in an ideal position to pursue postgraduate teacher training. This training typically includes a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or teacher training scheme (like Schools Direct).

If you decide that teaching isn’t for you, the broad range of subjects covered in this degree will still allow you to make an impact in other related careers. These include sports coaching, leisure management and graduate-level roles across the service industry.

Students on this course come from a variety of academic backgrounds, but share a passion for physical activity and the positive impact it can make on young lives.

Most applicants will be working towards a career in teaching, but the course is also suitable for those who are interested in youth sports development, community sport and leisure management.

Course details


Year oneCore units Principles of Sport Coaching Child Development Physical Education Sport and Social Issues Research and Study SkillsPsychology Across the Life SpanYear twoCore unitsCoaching Children and Young Performers Skill Acquisition in ChildrenPedagogy in Physical EducationApplied Sociology of SportResearch Methods OptionsDeveloping Coaching Innovation ProjectsPhysically Active Teaching and LearningEducation and the Developing Learner Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each yearYear threeCore unitsGames Based Coaching*Physical Literacy *Applied Pedagogy in Physical Education *Dissertation *Options *Outdoor Adventurous Activities *Delivering Coaching Innovation Projects *Issues in Education
*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment method

Your progress will be assessed through a mix of written exams, practical exams and coursework projects. The course also includes assessed work experience placements and a final major research project.

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

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Course code PE01
Institution code S30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points From at least 2 A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent qualifications
GCSE Grade C / 4 in English and Maths.
A level BBC From at least 2 A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM From at least 2 A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent qualifications
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
P: 15 credits
60 Credits, 45 Merit Level
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* From at least 2 A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent qualifications

GCSE English and Maths at grade C / 4 or above

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
TOEFL (iBT) 80.0 TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,500 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Provider information

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Solent University (Southampton)
East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN

Clearing contact details

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023 8001 1722

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Additional information

Clearing Hotline Opening Hours 5/7/2019 - 14/8/2019 - 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30 pm Friday, Thursday 15 Aug: 7.30am to 7.30pm Friday 16 Aug: 7.30 am to 6.30pm Saturday 17 Aug: 9 am to 5 pm 19/8/2019 - 20/09/2019 - 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30 pm Friday

Course contact details

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Main Contact - Admissions and Enrolment Team

+44 (0) 23 8201 5066

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