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Mathematics and Physical Education BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A sound understanding of principles and concepts relating to both physical education (PE) and mathematics and their application to issues in the modern world.
  • Innovative approaches to learning and teaching that engage with real-world topics assessed through a range of approaches
  • Outstanding access to resources including mathematical software and sports facilities
  • Regular opportunities within the course to apply your knowledge through short mathematical projects and PE teaching episodes
  • Friendly and supportive learning approach that helps you develop your knowledge, skills and understanding within PE and mathematics
  • Teaching by experienced, research-informed mathematicians and experienced PE practitioners

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

At least 112 UCAS Tariff points including A level Mathematics

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.

Course fees

The standard annual fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2017 is £9,250 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page

Study options

The course is available full and part-time.

Get in touch

Rebecca Foster
(Physical Education)  

Dr Mark Johnston

01905 855111

Course content


Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Physical Education
Dance and Gymnastics
Mathematical Foundations
Introduction to Applied Mathematical Modelling
Introduction to Probability and Statistics


Module options:

Scientific Principles of Movement in PE
Fundamentals of Athletics in Schools

Year 2

Core modules:

Learning and Teaching in Physical Education
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra


Module options:

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
Mathematical Modelling
Statistical Modelling
Statistical Estimation and Inference
Real Analysis

Year 3

Core modules:


Module options:

Independent Study
Application of Learning Theory in Physical Education
Primary Physical Education
14-19 PE and Sport
Beyond the PE Curriculum – Participatory Action Research
Mathematics Project
Abstract Algebra
Complex Variables
Differential Equations
Advanced Statistical Modelling in Sport
Statistics in Medicine and Health
Multivariate Statistics
Applied Bayesian Statistics

You will learn how to

This course will equip you with both the analytical problem solving skills of the mathematician and a deep understanding of PE and its importance in modern society.

You will benefit from the formal and rigorous approach of mathematics and from the clear presentation of pedagogical principles and the ways that these underpin the delivery of PE as a curriculum subject.

Teaching approach

The first year mathematics module start with ‘transition’ material aimed at providing a solid base for your three year study of mathematics.

Similarly, the Year 1 PE modules cover core aspects of the subject. In both subjects there is a gradual move through the three years from fundamental processes to the application of knowledge, understanding and skills to address issues of real importance in modern society.


Through a combination of PE and mathematics, graduates are able to develop a wide range of skills and attributes, such as problem-solving, data analysis and personal learning and thinking skills.

This means that they are able to become team workers, self-managers, creative thinkers, effective participants, independent enquirers and reflective learners, which will serve them very well in their future careers both directly within their chosen subject areas and in the broader range of career opportunities within the private and public sectors.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Single Honours:
Mathematics and Physical Education BSc (Hons) - GX15

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Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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