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Physical and Sport Education provides a springboard into physical education, coaching and teaching-related careers.

Why study Physical and Sport Education?

Physical and Sport Education ensures that students are equipped for many different roles within the sports industry. This is done by undertaking work-based opportunities and additional sporting qualifications that will further enable them to stand out in the job market.

The degree explores the practical application of physical education and sports coaching as well as wider contemporary considerations associated with the industry such as philosophy, sociology, performance analysis and sports development. It also focuses on providing students with a critical understanding of the physical, social, pedagogical and educational aspects of Physical Education and Sport.

St Mary's aims for students to gain both a knowledge and an understanding of applying innovative ideas to their coaching and teaching practice.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s University has an incredibly strong reputation for Physical Education teaching and sports performance. The campus itself is greenly-rural, yet London-urban, located amongst many partnership organisations for students to access for their own work based development.

The uniqueness of the course is displayed in the variety of sports industry modules options on offer, enabling students to choose several career pathways. The course highly regards innovative use of technology to enhance the student experience, particularly in relation to supporting development of students’ teaching and coaching practice.

St Mary's has established strong links with over 200 schools that form our teaching partnerships and provide a diverse range of teaching settings for our students to gain work placement experience. We also have strong links with a Premier League football club, where there are invaluable qualification and work-based learning opportunities.

The course is further supported by a team of lecturers who have a wide range of expertise in academic and industry fields, national and Olympic/Paralympic sport arenas and professional expertise and experience in PE and sport, who make every effort to know their students by name, not by number.

A Student View

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"I found that the course offered me a variety of modules which enabled me to make well-informed choices in choosing the right ones for my career path... Having now completed my degree I am confident in stepping out into the 'real world' and moving forward with my professional career which I did not have before attending St Mary's."


Physical and Sport Education NSS results 2015

In the 2016 National Student Survey 93% of Physical and Sport Education students agreed that they had good access to learning resources.


95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating according to the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey.