Physical Education and Youth Sport BA (Hons)

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Learn how to inspire children to develop healthy habits and a love of physical activity. Prepare for a range of career options in primary and secondary physical education and sports coaching. Make a difference that can last a lifetime.

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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 276 hours in compulsory placement, 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 Youth Sport 3).

Why us?

  • You’ll be encouraged to join the University Sport Sunderland volunteer scheme to gain additional 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

Course structure

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 reports, practical work and presentations.

The University has regional links with schools and organisations to provide placement opportunities for the development of skills and experiences.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Academic and Professional Skills (20 credits)
  • Principles of Physical Education and Youth Sport 1 (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice in Physical Education and Youth Sport 1 (20 credits)
  • Curriculum Studies (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Motor Skills (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Coaching Leadership (20 credits)

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Research Design and Analysis (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice in Physical Education and Youth Sport 2 (20 credits)
  • Principles of Physical Education and Youth Sport 2 (20 credits)
  • Theory and Practice of Sports Coaching (20 credits)
  • Growth and Child Development (20 credits)
  • Professional Studies (20 credits)

Final year (national level 6):

  • Dissertation (20 credits)
  • Principles of Physical Education and Youth Sport 3 (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice in Physical Education and Youth Sport 3 (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Practice in Physical Education (20 credits)
  • Developing Excellence in Sports Coaching (20 credits)
  • Adaptive Physical Activity (20 credits)



  • Our City Campus features a state-of-the-art facility called CitySpace. It features:

    • Sports hall (suitable for hosting large-scale events)
    • Fitness suite/gym
    • Strength and conditioning room
    • Injury prevention and support suite
    • Fitness classes
    • Climbing wall
  • In our lab you'll find fitness and conditioning equipment that would be the envy of most modern gyms. From a wide range of cardiovascular equipment to machine and Olympic weights, you will receive hands-on teaching in a professional environment.

    Fitness and Conditioning Suite
  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • Across the Sunderland area you'll have access to the following sports facilities:

    • 50m Olympic size swimming pool
    • 95m artificial ski slope
    • Warehouse climbing wall
    • Football training pitches at Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light
    • Marine Activities Centre for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and powerboating
    • LTA approved indoor tennis centre with 13 indoor and outdoor courts
    • Floodlit athletics tracks
    Sport facilities
  • Map and directions


Sunderland's outstanding facilities include laboratories with the latest fitness equipment and technology. 

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If you are offered a place on this course, you must have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check before it commences. The University will cover the cost of the check and will send you relevant information on how to complete this.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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City Campus by night


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.

Career options

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

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