You’ll be introduced to the national curriculum of primary and secondary physical education with an emphasis on child development, diversity and inclusivity.
As part of the course, you’ll undertake a minimum of 300 hours in work-based or professional practice, gaining experience working with 4-11 year-old children and 11-16 year-olds as the course progresses. These practice elements take place throughout the three years of the course culminating in the final stage placement module (Professional Practice in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 3).
- You’ll be encouraged to join the University Sport Sunderland volunteer scheme to gain employment-related experience and apply your knowledge in real work situations
- A highly practically-based course that will develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to apply to teach physical education in schools. It will also embrace areas of sports coaching and thus provide you with optimal chances for you to work in your chosen area.
- ‚World-leading’ research in Sport and Exercise Sciences according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
- Our Sports Science courses were ranked 3rd overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
- Our Sports Science courses were ranked 3rd in the UK for Assessment and Feedback, 3rd in the UK for Retention and Progression, and 3rd in the UK for Employability in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
Our teaching methods are designed to develop both your knowledge and also skills that enhance employability. Methods include small group work, practical activities, workshops, lectures, tutorials, computer-based learning, presentations and independent learning.
There are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include essays, reports, practical work and presentations.
The University has regional links with schools and organisations to provide placement opportunites for the development of skills and experiences.
This course responds to the drive for primary physical education specialists and offers preparation for secondary PE teaching to those who wish to undertake a postgraduate teacher training route after graduation. The course also embraces areas of sports coaching providing you with the opportunity to work in your chosen area.
PD: Approval qualifications
Sport and Exercise Sciences now has accreditation from PD: Approval, the national endorsement body for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), to award vocational qualifications (related to the health and fitness industry) to students who successfully complete specific modules.
Potential employers for graduates of this course include sports clubs, schools and colleges, national sports associations, sports and leisure companies, recreation services and local authorities.
During the course you will be encouraged and supported to obtain National Governing Body Coaching Awards to support future development in the area. This will allow you to develop the skills required to become an effective coach across a range of activities.
Job roles include the following (some may require further training):
- PE teacher (primary and secondary)
- Sports coach/instructor