• Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code C603
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Human Sciences
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Why choose this course?

Please note this course is only available for Level 6 (Year 3) entry.

This course is ideal if you wish to proceed to a PGCE or School Direct with a subject specialism in Physical Education (PE).The aim of this degree is to equip you with the applied practical skills and teaching skills required to pursue a career in education.

You will study applied practical skills, child development and work-based practice, ultimately providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to teach PE. You will also study current issues in education, how children learn and develop, and how to plan and deliver practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills within a range of sports and physical activities, enabling you to examine the place of PE within the school curriculum.  

The BA (Hons) Physical Education? is just one of an exciting range of courses on offer at the University of Wolverhampton’s Institute of Sport and Human Science. Why not come and visit us at one of our Open Days.

If you are uncertain if this is the right sport course for you, have a look at this video to help you decide:

What happens on the course?

You will study applied practical skills, child development, pedagogical skills and work-based practice. The course involves both practical and theoretical study of the techniques and skills involved in teaching. In addition, you will study current issues in education, how children learn and develop, and how to plan and deliver practical sessions. Work-based learning and placements are central to this course, and you will gain experiences of primary and secondary school PE activities, working with younger children and adolescents.

In your third year, you will complete an individual project, based on a topic of your choice, as you prepare to embark on your teaching career. You will also explore a range of philosophies, historical viewpoints, current issues and comparative perspectives of PE.


Potential Career Paths

As a graduate of this course, you could proceed to a PGCE or School Direct and train to become a teacher with a specialism in PE. This course also provides the basis for a career in education, and other sectors such as sports coaching and youth related work. If you do wish to pursue a career in teaching you should be fully prepared to undertake a postgraduate qualification in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Upon completion of the PGCE or School Direct, you will be well equipped and qualified to undertake a teaching career.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will become equipped with a substantial knowledge of teaching and a set of skills and values to advance your career prospects, and take a substantial role in regional, national and international communities through PE teaching.

Practical competency and teaching skills are core to the BA (Hons) in Physical Education. These aspects are supported by an understanding of children and educational issues acquired in lectures and a variety of school placements. Throughout your studies, you will use a broad range of information technology to facilitate effective studies in PE, which will be vital for your future career. Work-based learning and placements are central to this course, and you will be required to teach across the six National Curriculum activity areas, which will be formally assessed as part of your degree.

The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology, health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • use advanced technologies and systems to promote effective teaching of Physical Education and other related careers
  • demonstrate the necessary practical competency to pursue postgraduate routes into Physical Education teaching
  • critique, analyse and apply knowledge of the political, historical, and current issues in education and sport within schools
  • apply knowledge of how children develop and learn to assist in the planning and teaching of Physical Education
  • use knowledge of teaching combined with a set of enterprising skills and values that will advance your career prospects. In addition you will be able to take a substantial role in regional, national and international communities through Physical Education teaching.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs

  • Enhanced DBS required at a minimum cost of £40. The cost of the DBS is determined by the Government and further information can be found here - GOV.UK / Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Uniform is provided for this course, however the University of Wolverhampton reserves the right to charge for extra uniform should this be required.
  • You will be required to provide appropriate foot wear at a cost of approximately  £50-£60

Optional Costs

  • Various Sporting professional body memberships *prices will vary depending on body.
  • Various certified courses are available via My Course + More, ranging from £0 - £200.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

This course is only available for Level 6 (Year Three) entry only.

  • HND in Sports related subject with Pass grade
  • Foundation Degree in Sports related subject with Pass grade
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students will be expected to demonstrate an interest or enthusiasm for variety of sporting activities and be able to swim 25 metres on your back and front using recognised strokes.

Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and an Occupational Health Check.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete a physical activity readiness questionnaire prior to starting the course.

“I have both enjoyed and benefited from my time at the University of Wolverhampton. Socially the campus is great, and with most of the people on the Walsall campus enrolled on similar degrees there is a real sense of closeness to those around you. Playing sports with people from all walks of life is rewarding and of course without the University’s help and advice I’d never be enjoying a career as satisfying as teaching.”

“I gained invaluable experience from my work placement with a local high school to teach Physical Education, and it also gave me an insight into what I want to do for my career."

“As well as giving me an insight into many sports subjects, the course is helping me with my mental and physical approach to games. I am learning a lot about the body and how it adapts and it’s great to see this from the academic perspective.”
''Physical Education develops you holistically and it’s not only about the practical side but when we get in the sports hall we develop our theoretical knowledge and we put it in practice across all domains. We get to dance and do gymnastics which is really exciting for me as I have not practiced these before. Also participating in a variety of activities such as badminton, basketball, football and athletics really aids us to develop in a more holistic way. It is really fun because we are all here to learn and every time we learn something new, which can either be a new way of teaching or a new activity to teach.'' Erhan Ali, student 

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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