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Physical Education (BA)

This degree is designed for students who have identified Physical Education teaching (primary and secondary), or youth sport, as a future career route.

In addition to the academic content covered, all the practical areas of experience identified in the National Curriculum for Physical Education are included as core or optional modules.

This degree provides ideal preparation for a postgraduate qualification in teaching and subsequent career in education. Alternatively, having completed the degree, many graduates progress into careers within youth sport and physical activity.

Do you speak Welsh?

If you would like to study some of this course in Welsh, 40 credits are available in Welsh. More information can be found on the Welsh version of this page.


Physical Education (BA) 
UCAS Code:  CX69
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Physical Education, Sport and Physical Literacy (MA)
Apply via UWTSD

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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,850 (Overseas)

Why choose this course? 

  1. Excellent degree with a track record of progression into primary or secondary teaching.
  2. A unique course in Wales which offers practical teaching experience with children in all three years of study.
  3. Study abroad opportunities in the second year in California or North Carolina.
  4. All practical elements of the National Curriculum for Physical Education are included.
  5. Free access to all sports facilities to enhance personal and professional development.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Physical Education degree's fundamental focus is on learning and teaching issues, with many of the modules offering practical teaching experiences with children.

Issues of inclusion, entitlement and differentiation are embedded in many of the modules, and several assessments require students to plan and evaluate their own and others' teaching.

The current health and outdoor adventure activities focus of physical education is strongly represented in the overall content of the degree. This degree is the only one of its kind within the region and is different from sports science or sports studies degrees in that its main focus is on presenting students with inclusive learning and teaching strategies in order to be able to provide positive experiences for young people in physical education.

Module Topics
  • Adventure and Challenge in the Curriculum
  • Aquatic Activities
  • Assessment in Physical Education
  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Competitive Activities
  • Creative Activities
  • Education, Sport and Physical Education
  • Health and Well-being in Education
  • Inclusion in Physical Education and Youth Sport
  • Independent Study (Dissertation)
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • PE the Child and the Curriculum
  • Perspectives on Sport, Health and Physical Education
  • Research Methods in Health and Physical Activity
  • Sport Psychology
  • Work Placement (School-based – primary or/and secondary)

In line with the philosophy underpinning the degree, there is a strong emphasis on learning and teaching methods in the assessment of modules.

While a good quality of personal performance is encouraged, it is not a focus of assessment in the practically based modules. Rather, issues of inclusion, entitlement and differentiation are embedded in many of the assessments, and students are required to plan and evaluate their own and other students’ teaching.

Students learn how to present a balanced, evidenced argument through their formal written work, as well as via individual and group presentations.

Within the final year, students will design and conduct their own research project or critical portfolio in a specialist area of their choice.

Specific types of assessments include:

  • essays;
  • laboratory reports;
  • presentations (group and individual);
  • practical tasks; and,
  • examinations (seen and unseen papers).

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

96 UCAS points or subject to interview.

Mature students who have experience of working with young people in a sporting context are particularly welcome.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from this degree programme are likely to progress on to a PGCE primary or secondary Physical Education course or the in-house Physical Education, Sport and Physical Literacy (MA) programme.

Other popular career routes include:

  • Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) or Dragon Sport officers;
  • Sports Development;
  • Youth Work;
  • other higher degrees; and,
  • uniformed services.
Additional Costs
  • Sports clothing (£80-£120) depending on course.
  • £30 induction overnight activity for all Year 1 students.
Student Quotes

Chris Hall
"By studying the BA Physical Education degree at UWTSD, not only did I develop my knowledge and understanding of physical education and youth sport but also how to practically apply this through the teaching and coaching experiences provided. The degree set me up perfectly for the secondary PE PGCE."

Cara Phillips - BA Physical Education student 2014
"My degree was excellent preparation for the PGCE interview discussion task. My knowledge of the National Curriculum for Physical Education and understanding of the importance of different teaching styles was a huge advantage for me in gaining a PGCE Secondary PE place."

Bursary / Scholarship Information
Study Abroad Opportunities

Embrace the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at universities in the US or Canada.

We have exchange links with the following institutions:  

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Visit our Carmarthen Accommodation section to find out more.