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What makes Physical Education at Worcester special?

This degree has been specifically designed to meet the changing needs of the Physical Education profession and has a broad range of modules that will prepare you for a career in teaching or supporting the delivery of Physical Education and extra-curricular activities.

The course is delivered by a large team of highly experienced and enthusiastic Physical Education practitioners, committed to ensuring a quality experience that will provide you with the tools to become an effective and employable graduate. Throughout the course, you will take part in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and work placements, gaining valuable experience in primary and secondary schools and other community settings.

You will have numerous opportunities to supplement the course with a range of National Governing Body awards, helping you extend your knowledge and understanding further. You will also have the option of studying abroad, spending a semester with one of our international partner universities. 

The degree content will ensure that you graduate with key knowledge of the delivery of all areas of the Physical Education National Curriculum, as well as the application of pedagogical practice. Progressing from this course, you will be in a strong position to apply for a Qualified Teacher Status course such as the Post Graduate Certificate of Education, or to move onto one of our Master’s courses. 

Key features

  • Highly motivated staff with experience in all phases of education and across all levels of PE
  • Opportunities to teach children from all key stages and ability levels
  • Module options to suit individual preferences
  • Top quality facilities including the state of the art inclusive University Arena
  • Opportunities to progress onto routes into teaching or Master's level study
  • Extensive sports-related volunteering and Earn as You Learn opportunities
  • The opportunity to study abroad for one semester
Student teaching sport

The whole degree was underpinned by a feel good factor where lecturers and students were in an environment which allowed for excellent teaching and learning in an enjoyable atmosphere.

Matt Craig, 3rd year PE and Sports Studies student

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) is required for this course

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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The staff have been second to none and their support throughout the entirety of the course has been invaluable.

Katie Potter, 3rd year PE and Sports Studies student

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Introduction to Physical Education
  • Scientific Principles in Teaching and Coaching
  • Dance and Gymnastics in Primary Schools
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability


  • Outdoor Education in the Curriculum
  • Physical Activity, Health and Games
  • Language

Year 2


  • Learning and Teaching through Games
  • Advanced Scientific Principles in Teaching and Coaching
  • Creating Successful Research



  • Teaching Special Education Needs and Disability PE in Schools
  • Teaching Gymnastics in Secondary Schools
  • Teaching Dance in Secondary Schools
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Swimming, Lifesaving and risk
  • Language

Year 3


  • Independent Study           


  • School based Placement
  • Professional Placement
  • The Developing Child
  • 14-19 Curriculum
  • Leading and Developing PE in Primary School
  • Contemporary issues in disability sports coaching and PE
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Engaging young people in physical activity
  • Dance and the Camera
  • Dance Therapy


Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics as well as professional practitioners with educational experience from primary, secondary and special schools. Guest speakers are also invited in for lectures and seminars in at least once per module.



Teaching is informed by research and the majority of permanent lecturers have a higher education qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.    

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    Rebecca Foster MBE

    Rebecca has been teaching PE predominantly in the North of England for over 20 years. She was Head of PE of one of the first six Sports Colleges in the Country. After 7 years of teaching she backpacked the World and did some temporary teaching in Australia and South Africa. She now currently volunteers as Team Manager for UK Deaf Athletics and is currently the course leader for Physical Education and Senior Lecturer for Adaptive PE.

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    Helen Hope

    Helen Hope is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education. Before joining the university she had taught in secondary schools for ten years and was Head of a PE department for five years. She has previously led the PGCE PE teacher training programme for three years before moving into teaching on the Undergraduate Modular Scheme course.

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    Lerverne Barber

    Lerverne is Deputy Head and Principal Lecturer with responsibility for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (including Recruitment, Retention and Achievement), within the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science (ISES). She is a member of the Senior Management Team in ISES and has been part of the Physical Education (PE) teaching team for more than ten years, having been PE Course Leader from 2008 - 2011.

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    Vanessa Jones

    Vanessa Jones is an Associate Head  and member of the Senior Management Team for the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science.

    She is also currently engaged in writing chapters for the fifth edition of A Practical Guide to Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary School and the 6th edition Learning to teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: a practical companion.

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    Rachael Bullingham

    Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Course Leader of the Physical Education and Outdoor Education at the University of Worcester.  Rachael’s PhD analysed the experiences of openly lesbian athletes participating in team sports.  She has recently published ‘Out in Sport’ which offers an up to date examination of homophobia in sport. 



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    Charlotte Beaman-Evans

    Charlotte is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and the Sports Scholarship Coordinator at the University of Worcester. Before joining the University, she was previously a teacher of Physical Education in a secondary school. A keen sports player Charlotte has played a range of sports including rugby, football and hockey, achieving international status in Rugby.



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    Polly Christian

    Polly’s background was as a School Sports Development Officer, with teaching responsibilities, under the previous School Sports Partnership framework. Polly facilitated the development of Physical Education and School Sport across 24 schools (primary and secondary education).

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    Camilla Neale

    Camilla is a performer, choreographer and dance teacher. She has performed professionally for many midlands based companies and now runs and performs with her own entertainment company. Alongside performing, Camilla has taught dance and gymnastics in primary, secondary and further education.




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    Karen Williams

    Karen Williams taught in Secondary Schools in the South West of England for 8 years which included a range of roles across the whole school such as Assistant Head of Physical Education, Pupil Premium Manager, NQT Induction tutor and Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator. 

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    Karen Broughton

    Karen started at Worcester University in September 2016, after 9 ½ years working for The Youth Sport Trust as a Programme Manager for PE, where she led on developing and delivering resources, professional learning and materials to support both primary and secondary teachers of PE.

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    Richard Pepperell

    Richard has 15 years’ experience teaching Physical Education and sport in the secondary and further education sectors.  He has a real passion for education and sport education in particular focussing on providing people with the skills and desire to be active and healthy for their entire lives. Richard enjoys participating and spectating almost every sport but in particular, rugby, triathlons and gymnastics.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the Personal Academic Tutoring system, enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and practical workshops. These approaches enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered, through group work, question and answer, planning tasks, sharing of ideas, presentations, etc. whilst also developing subject specific skills.

There are many opportunities to work with pupils from schools across the region in order to develop your understanding of teaching and to evaluate different strategies used.

There is also a school based or professional placement in your final year where you will experience being in one school or work environment in order to consolidate many of the skills developed throughout the course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of seminars, practical workshops and group work but this will vary according to the modules you are following. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 3 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 7 hours of seminars in groups of approx 20 - 25 students
  • 4-6 hours of practical workshops

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 


  • 3 year full-time
  • 4-6 years part-time
  • 4 years full-time including one year placement


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, and professional practitioners with both breadth and depth of industry experience.

On occasion, Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training, may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and 78% of School of Sport and Exercise Science lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practical or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performances, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
Written work, including essays, portfolios, reports;
Individual or group presentations
Practical performances and teaching related tasks

Year 2
Teaching episodes
Presentations and practical performances
Planning documents

Year 3
Independent study project
Placement portfolio
Lesson observation analysis
Individual or group presentations.

You will receive feedback on all summative assessment pieces and on some formative assessment tasks.. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with your Personal Academic Tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on submitted summative assessment work within 20 working days of hand-in.


Where could it take you?


In 2018, 95% of Physical Education Graduates were in full time employment or further study 6 months after completing their degree.

A high number of graduates go on to study a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) either for secondary Physical Education teaching or Primary teaching. However the content of the course develops a wide range of employability skills, enabling Graduates to enter into a broad range of different professions including, Sports Administration Development, Sports Activity Leader, Social Media Marketing Co-ordinator; Sports and Disability Inclusion Coach; Recruitment Consultant Specialist and many more.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

All Physical Education and Sports Coaching students are expected to wear School of Sport and Exercise Science branded sports kit. This includes a polo top, t-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt and costs approximately £85.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK. 

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



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Rebecca Foster
01905 54 2183