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Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: Sport Development with Physical Education BA (Hons)
Please note: this information relates to courses starting from September onwards in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Mode of Study: Three years full time
Fast fact: The Programme Team received the 2012 Vice Chancellor's Award in recognition of their inspiring teaching and for helping students achieve their full potential.
- Course in depth
- Entry requirements
- Finance / Fees
- Course feedback
- Career prospects
- How to apply
Anthony Purcell, Level 4 Sport Development with PE student”
Course at a glance
- Programme renowned for its quality, with team awards for excellence in teaching, leadership and professional learning
- Work experience opportunities at each level of study with local organisations such as Liverpool City Council and Everton Football in the Community
- Opportunity to take part in UK Sport’s IDEALS programme, including a trip to Namibia to work with local communities
- Friendly campus with access to excellent sports facilities
- Opens up careers in PE or primary teaching as well as sport development or community coaching
This course has been developed by an academic team with an international reputation in physical education. Renowned for the quality of their teaching, the team includes four University Teaching Fellows and has produced three National Teaching Fellows.
The team won the inaugural Liverpool Student Union Teaching Excellence Award for Outstanding Programme Team and was an integral part of LJMU’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Leadership and Professional Learning. They are research active and publish widely, with interests reflecting the main routes in the programme, which are physical education, well-being, the business of sport, inclusion, and sport development practice.
The role of sport in driving the economy, developing international relations and contributing to major social issues, such as tackling social exclusion, improving health and building stronger communities cannot be underestimated. With the completion of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games the potential of sport has greater recognition than ever before and specialists in Sport Development will be in great demand.
Studying Sport Development is done through exploring how sport is managed and delivered in schools, clubs and the community and from grassroots through to the elite. This theoretical and practical programme reflects major themes in the sector so you can choose to focus your studies on sport development only or Sport Development with one of physical education, the business of sport, inclusion or health and wellbeing.
A key feature of the programme is its work-based learning opportunities in each of the three years. We have links with over 450 different employers in the North West who can provide placements but it is also possible to use contacts developed at home or overseas if you prefer. These opportunities are vital for building networks within the industry and allowing you to put into practice skills and knowledge you have gained during the course.
LJMU has one of the best records in sport teaching and research in the UK. We were the first university to offer a degree in Sport Development and we were the only HEFCE Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning which covered sport. At the last Quality Assurance Agency inspection, the School was awarded 24 out of 24 for overall quality.
Our campus at IM Marsh provides everything for the programme on one site and includes an eight court sports hall, synthetic turf and grass pitches, netball/tennis courts, gyms, dance studios, an indoor climbing wall, as well as a dedicated library and Student Zone.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures supported by small-group tutorials, which give you a chance to discuss and develop course material in a more informal setting.
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Individual Learning and Development
- The Structure and Management of Sport
- Physical Education and Sport Coaching Pedagogy
- Understanding Theories and Practice of Sport and PE
- Sport Development Practice
- The Management and Marketing of Sport
- Employability and Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Coaching
- An Evaluation of Sport Development Ideas and Practice
Choose two from:
- PE and School Sport
- Sport, Physical Activity and Health
- Introduction to the Sports Business
- The Policy and Practice of Inclusion in Sport and Physical Education
- Research Project
- Organisational Management and Leadership
- Sport Development
- Examining Current Issues in Sport
Choose one from the same area as your two Level 5 options:
- PE and the National Curriculum
- The Promotion of Health through Physical activity
- The Sport Business
- Critical Reflections on Inclusion in Sport and Physical Education
Assessment and feedback
We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include written assignments, exams, practical work, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and a dissertation.
Constructive feedback is important in helping you to identify your strengths and areas where you may need to put in more work, so this will be provided regularly as you progress through the course.
Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.
A key feature of this course is the work-related learning links embedded in all three years of the degree. Drawing on the guidance of your tutors, you will be able to apply your theoretical understanding to practical situations, working alongside the likes of Liverpool City Council, Everton Football in the Community and local school sport providers to deliver real projects in and for the community.
Other popular work opportunities include our in-house Sport Start scheme and UK Sport’s IDEALS programme, through which selected students have been travelling to Namibia annually since 2007 to deliver sport development activities to local communities.
Support and guidance
From the moment you join LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for supporting your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This kind of one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or concerns you may have during your studies. As part of your timetable you will have weekly contact with your tutor in a Peer Learning Group.
Other forms of support include a Student Support Zone and library which stay open in the evenings and at weekends during term time. The IM Marsh Campus where this course is based is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community.
Application and selection - what are we looking for?
We are looking for students who have the potential to make a difference in sport and physical education. Ideally, you should have a passion for sport that you can share and demonstrate. An ability to reflect on your experiences in coaching, leading, officiating or supporting physical activity or sport is highly desirable. Good interpersonal skills, a sustained commitment to improving yourself and an understanding of others needs are also looked for in applicants’ forms and at interview.
A DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB) is a requirement of entry onto this course which involves working with children or vulnerable adults during placements. The regulations on declaring criminal convictions on a UCAS application form can be found on the UCAS website. Please contact us should you require any further information.
Will I be interviewed?
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your options
Course entry requirements
Fees and Funding
To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU Bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding. In 2014 / 2015, eligible students will receive an annual cash bursary of £500. The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
National Scholarship Programme
LJMU's National Scholarships are also means-tested and consist of a £2000 cash bursary. This scholarship is only awarded to new full-time Level 4 (first year) undergraduates. Any money received does not have to be repaid.
LJMU will be charging an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degree programmes.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol. Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning more than £21,000. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans. For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
You can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student. The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning at least £21,000. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
In 2014/2015, the maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,555 if you are living away from home or £4,418 if you are living in your parental home.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
This means-tested award is available to students whose household income is below a certain level. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on. Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.
- your household income has to be £42,620 or less, in order for you to qualify for this funding
- full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less will receive a full grant of £3,387 per year
- Partial grants will also be available to students with a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,620.
For more information on maintenance grants, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
“I was attracted to the course as I viewed it as the best route into my main career goal, which is ultimately to be a PE teacher. The things that I’ve found to be most enjoyable are the varied range of group tasks and challenges that are set on the course.”
Anthony Purcell, Level 4 Sport Development with PE student.
"Teachers from my sixth form highly recommended the course.”
William Parkinson, Level 4 Sport Development with PE student.
"The best things about the course are the staff and practical sessions."
Liam Orr, Level 4 Sport Development with PE student
"The practical side of the course has been the most enjoyable for me. Coming from an extensive sporting background, I have always needed that practical engagement to keep me interested in my studies and this course goes above and beyond to accommodate every student's individual learning style. Every lecturer is very approachable and will offer extensive support with work, which is vital if you wish to achieve the best grade you can. This course gave me the opportunity to travel to Namibia and coach out there for 8 weeks. This experience has made me realise that I would like to pursue a career in international sports development. The course has provided me with the information I need to succeed in this field and has enabled me to develop the practical skills I may need if I was to pursue a career in teaching. The course offers a variety of opportunities from work experience in environments that interest students (schools, leisure centres) but also provides practical teaching experience from the very first year. This allows students to develop the skills required for a teacher and develop different ways of teaching."
Nikole Smith, Level 5 Sport Development with PE student
Professional accreditation / links
Thanks to our links with over 450 different employers in the North West alone, we can offer superb work placement opportunities in all three years of the course. We are also actively involved in UK Sport’s IDEALS programme, local School Sport Partnerships, Everton Football in the Community, the Chartered Institute of Management in Sport and Physical Activity, various National Governing Bodies of Sport and Liverpool City Council.
Your career prospects
There are two main career pathways you can take once you graduate. If you aim to become a teacher, then you will need to complete posgrdauate training (for example PGCEs, Schools Direct, etc) in either Physical or Primary Education. Alternatively you can pursue a career as a community sports coach or sport development practitioner with National Governing Bodies of Sport, County Sport Partnerships or local authorities.
If you prefer to continue your studies with a postgraduate programme, we offer a masters in Sport Development Management.
International funding advice
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects. When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date. Confirmed fees for 2013/14 are available on the LJMU website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKBA requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month). LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (email@example.com) for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKBA-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||TOEFL (CBT)||TOEFL (IBT)|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||150||52|
For up-to-date details on all courses and entry requirements please go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/courses
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete a pre-sessional English course. LJMU offers pre-sessional English language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help develop your English language ability ahead of starting your course. Before completing the online application form, please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.studygroup.com/isc/ljmu/) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree preparation courses
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. LJMU’s degree preparation courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
How to apply
All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)
If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468
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