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Education Studies and Physical Education BA/BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Learn how to practice independently, draw on relevant knowledge, skills and attributes to perform effectively in the domain of Physical Education, demonstrate safety and ethical awareness, and undertake a range of leadership and management roles
  • You will utilise appropriate teaching and learning theories, models and practices in a range of practical contexts
  • Having been teachers, tutors have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with you through a range of learning and teaching contexts, critical analysis, reflection and evaluation
  • Excellent support from your tutors to help you develop your subject knowledge and study skills
  • Very strong links with teacher training courses and providers of employment in other sectors of education
  • With an excellent reputation across the region you will develop a depth of integrated knowledge, critical perspectives, and skills in Physical Education
  • Opportunities to gain credit for work experience and / or mentoring in educational settings
  • Fantastic opportunities to explore education across a wide range of contexts: from primary schools to forest schools, from the UK to Africa

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Education Studies and Physical Education.

It was the perfect balance between practical PE and theory and the course gave me free rein to choose what modules and pathway best suited my interests and future career goals.

Paige Nicholls, Physical Education Joint Honours graduate.

The breadth of modules and courses available within Education Studies was amazing. I did drama as well as coaching and mentoring within my discipline, and these have given me a broad range of skills.

Persis Thomas, Education Studies BA graduate.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) is required for the Physical Education aspect of the course. 

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Ellie Hill
Course Leader, Education Studies
01905 855076

Rebecca Foster
Course Leader, Physical Education
01905 542183

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Foundations of Education
Introduction to Physical Education
Dance & Gymnastics


Module options:

Education in Context
Equality and Diversity: the Educational Experience
Children and Young People's Wellbeing and Digital and Social Media
Inner City Education
Fundamentals of Athletics in Schools
Scientific Principles of Movement in PE
Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Language Awareness)
Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Teaching Skills)

Year 2

Core modules:

Educational Enquiry
Learning and Teaching in Physical Education


Module options:

The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
From Exclusion to Inclusion
Radical Educations
Religion and Education
Work Experience in an Educational Setting
The Global Dimension in Education
Post Compulsory Education
The Research Process
School Based Learning
Teaching Gymnastics and Dance in Secondary Schools
Swimming and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
Teaching Special Education Needs and Disability PE in Schools
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Access to CELTA)

Year 3

Core modules:



Module options:

Values in Education
Citizenship in Education
Managing Educational Change
Perspectives on Special Educational Needs
Post-Compulsory Education
Equality and Diversity in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Mentoring and Coaching within Education
Race, Ethnicity and Education
Education and the Sociological Imagination
Theatre and Education
Critical Perspectives on IT in Education
Relationships in Education
Policy Making: the Search for Solutions in Education
Disaffection in Education
Organising Teaching and Learning
Work Experience in an Educational Setting
Independent Study (taken over two semesters)
Independent Study (taken in one semester)
Application of Learning Theory in Physical Education
Primary Physical Education
14-19 PE and Sport
Beyond the PE Curriculum - Participatory Action Research
Critical Perspectives on IT in Education



Taking PE in combination with Education Studies provides an excellent opportunity for you to enter the teaching profession. If you achieve a 2:1 or above you will be guaranteed an interview for teacher training (Primary) at Worcester, provided you meet the various national pre-requisites for the course.

As well as going on to become successful teachers other students move into areas such as learning support, child mentoring and welfare, and become training officers in the private sector. Graduates are also able to enter many different career pathways as they will have developed analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be applied in many types of employment.

A PE graduate will be well prepared for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility, and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances. Also, within the PE programme there is a clear focus on the development of ‘personal learning and thinking skills’, meaning that students become team workers, self-managers, creative thinkers, effective participants, independent enquirers, critically reflective practitioners, who are ICT literate. These may be seen as attributes which all employers seek.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Education Studies and Physical Education BA/BSc (Hons) - X390

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