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Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development (with a Foundation Year) BA (Hons)

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4 years

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72 - 48

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Support young people in sport with our hands-on Physical Education, Sport, and Youth Development degree

Kickstart a career in teaching, coaching, or sport development with our Physical Education, Sport, and Youth Development degree. You will develop a solid foundation in topics like teaching and coaching pedagogy, sociology, and the holistic development of young people.

Hands-on learning

Our Physical Education, Sport, and Youth Development course will blend theory and practical application, allowing you to learn hands-on. For example, you will take part in school-based lessons and applied activity sessions.

Support from experts

We have an excellent reputation for physical education and sport. You will learn from a team of lecturers with a wide range of expertise in:

  • physical education (PE)
  • sports coaching
  • sport sociology
  • adapted PE & disability sport
  • dance.

Our academics are also devoted to your personal and professional growth. Our student, Sophy, tells us that their tutors “always offered support and encouraged us to push [our] boundaries”.

Work placements: build professional experience

You will complete a work placement to apply your learning to a professional environment. We have strong links with over 200 schools, as well as National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and sports clubs in elite and disability sport.

Postgraduate progression

Following your Physical Education, Sport, and Youth Development degree, any student meeting the entry requirements at the time of application will be offered the opportunity to interview for the PGCE Secondary PE programme.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

Laura Davies

Lecturer in Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

72 - 48

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Fees & funding

Tuition fees





*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 45%

Independent study - 55%

*Contact time includes 27% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Teaching approaches reflect the educational nature of the degree and embrace a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, study groups, workshops, practical tutor-led sessions, applied (student-led) practical, and theoretical sessions.

School-based observation and applied activity sessions are mirrored by experiences in coaching and sport development contexts. Blended learning approaches include the use of technology and online teaching platforms to enhance the variety of skills, knowledge and understanding required to be successful in today’s modern job markets.

Class sizes vary depending on the modules undertaken. Typical class sizes range from 20 to 70 students in different teaching settings.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a range of innovative methods including assessing practical skills - self and peer evaluations, examinations, essays, portfolios, case studies, seminar and ICT-based presentations, online assessments, video and oral presentations, work-based learning portfolio vivas and a Research Project/Dissertation.

Guidance and support are given in adopting an academic approach to your work. Tutorials are provided to give detailed feedback and target setting especially in the early years of study.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

With our Physical Education, Sport, and Youth Development BA, you will build valuable essential skills, including communication, collaboration, and resilience.

You can also contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of undefined include:

PE teachingsports coachingsport developmenthealth and fitnesseducationacademia

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