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Geography and Physical Education BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Innovative approaches to learning and teaching that engage with real-world topics and issues, assessed through a diverse range of Geography coursework types
  • Excellent local and residential fieldwork opportunities throughout the programme, which have repeatedly been commended by external experts
  • Outstanding access to resources, including a GIS and Visualisation Suite, GPS units for field mapping, two river monitoring stations, laboratories, and a wide range of specialist equipment
  • Strong links with local employers provide opportunities for students to conduct exciting and innovative third-year Geography research projects
  • With an excellent reputation across the region you will develop a depth of integrated knowledge, critical perspectives, and skills in Physical Education
  • You will utilise appropriate teaching and learning theories, models and practices in a range of practical contexts
  • Having been teachers, Physical Education 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
  • 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

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


Entry requirements

Indicative 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.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Cheryl Jones
Head of Geography and Archaeology
01905 855425

Rebecca Foster
Course Leader, Physical Education
01905 542183

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Earth Systems, Processes and Landscapes
People and Place
Introduction to Physical Education
Dance & Gymnastics


Module options:

Fundamentals of Athletics in Schools
Scientific Principles of Movement in PE

Year 2

Core modules:

Learning and Teaching in Physical Education


Module options:

Geography Field Course
Researching Geography
Mountain Environments, Landscapes and Hazards
Meteorology and Climate
River Monitoring and Assessment
Natural Hazards
Contemporary Issues in Human Geography
Geographies of Development
Rural Geography
Urban Geography
Architecture and the Built Heritage
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
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

Year 3

Core modules:



Module options:

Research Project in Geography
Applied GIS & Remote Sensing
River Conservation and Management
River Science Research Project
Environmental Geology
Mountain Glaciers and Landscape
Ice Age Environments
Critical Geographies of Leisure and Consumption
Political Geography
Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change
Town and Country Planning
Architecture and the Built Heritage
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
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



The Geography aspect of this course will prepare you for a range of interesting and diverse careers, including environmental consultancy, geographical information systems (GIS) management, local government and planning (e.g. town and country planning, regeneration managers, tourism officers, climate change development officers, data managers, community service managers), conservation, working with the wildlife Trust or Civil Service, research and teaching. Alternatively you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications. Geography graduates have a good track record in gaining employment in a wide range of professions and organisations, as a result of the broad range of skills developed through hands-on learning activities centred on the analysis of real world issues and processes.

Upon completion of their studies, a large number of Physical Education (PE) graduates will progress onto routes leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), in order to fulfil their ambitions of becoming a teacher.

However, PE 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

Geography and Physical Education BSc (Hons) - LX74

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