Physical Education

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 10.6 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14.4 k / Year(s)  
200 place StudyQA ranking:6468 Duration:36 months

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The BA Physical Education degree aims to provide an honours level, multi-disciplinary, applied degree in physical education which integrates theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to employment opportunities.

There is a strong emphasis on the individual as facilitator, through teaching that allows students to take ownership of their own development. This enables individuals to enhance their own and others’ experience of physical education. The course places value on a cross-disciplinary approach, exploring the context and application of various key disciplines, from the physiological through to the sociological.
The programme draws on contemporary research and other relevant educational literature, along with giving students the chance to experience a range of vocational settings. These include schools, health and fitness industries and the youth and voluntary sectors.

Students will have opportunities to pursue a range of nationally accredited coaching and officiating awards alongside the formal requirements of the course.


The University's Sportspark is one of the finest sports complexes in Britain, boasting international standard facilities. You will spend much of your time in the Sportspark working in seminar groups within the sporting environment to allow you to put into practice the theory on site. Further details about the compulsory modules in Year 1 are also available from the Course Profile tab.

Teaching, Assessment and Feedback

The degree balances a compulsory core with optional modules giving scope for students to tailor their degree programme to their own personal and/or future employment interests. Extensive independent study is also a key element of the course.

The academic year consists of two 12-week semesters, followed by a six-week examination period. In each semester, you will typically take three modules. A module structure usually consists of practical workshops, seminars and/or lectures. Small group working ensures that students can interact with lecturers and address any problems which may arise.

Students benefit from a high staff/student ratio with support provided by experienced staff in a School of Education renowned for its excellence in teaching and research.

Key skills learning is integrated into our undergraduate degree to ensure that along with subject knowledge, students gain transferable skills valued by employers, such as teamwork, communication, presentation and problem-solving, thus enhancing your self-confidence and employability.

Career Opportunities

There are a range of employment opportunities and career pathways open to graduates. The School of Education and Lifelong Learning works closely with the University Careers Centre and, together with the School's Academic Careers Adviser, we will help students to choose their career path and develop their employability skills.

Placement opportunities allow students to demonstrate how a practical placement and academic study inform one another.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
  • EUR 10550 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 14400 Year (Non-EEA)

UK/EU Students: £9,000. International Students: £12,300

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Students take 120 credits each year.

  • Year 1: Students study six compulsory foundation modules.
  • Year 2: Students study one compulsory 40 credit year-long module; one option from a choice of three 40 credit year-long modules, and one option from a choice of three 20 credit modules in the spring plus one 20 credit module from the University’s defined choice.
  • Year 3: Students study one compulsory year-long 60 credit module; one option from a choice of three 20 credit modules in the autumn and spring plus one 20 credit module from the University’s defined choice.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 88

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  • A Level:
ABB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate:
  • Scottish Advanced Highers:
ABB (acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate:
  • Access Course:
Pass with Distinction in 36 credits at level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at level 3
  • HND:
Please contact for further information
  • European Baccalaureate:

Entry Requirement

Candidates will be expected to have 3 A levels (see below for typical offer). Please note: We do not accept A level General Studies as one of these.
Candidates with equivalent qualifications to the A level requirement are encouraged to apply (eg International Baccalaureate; Access to Higher Education certificate). International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.
Students should also have 5 GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 18 in the Listening and Writing components; 19 in the Reading component; and 21 in the Speaking component)
  • PTE: 62 overall with minimum 55 in all components

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Special Entry Requirements

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Check

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN: Disclosure of Criminal Background for Those with Access to Children All applicants who have been offered a place to study the BA course will be required to obtain a fresh Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure.

An application pack will be sent from the University (this usually happens from April onwards). This should be completed and returned as soon as possible.

General information about this process can be obtained from the Criminal Records Bureau Website.


The course begins in September each year.


Key factors used to assess an application include:

  • Past and future achievement in examinations
  • Academic interest in the subject
  • Personal interests and extra-curricular activities
  • The reference

All applications are considered on their own individual merits.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of East Anglia.

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