Physical Education - Liverpool John Moores University

2018/2019 entry

BA (Hons) Physical Education

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £14,000 per annum*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum*
Full-time international placement year fee £3,300 per annum*

*All figures are subject to approval by the Office for Students.

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: 4K59

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2018

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 80

Places available. Call our hotline to find your place.

About your course

The BA (Hons) Physical Education degree course is developed by expert academic staff with a national and international reputation for physical education research and delivery. Students will, therefore, study the most up to date theories and apply them in practical sessions.

  • Study teaching methods, and physical and psychological skills training.
  • Study social and philosophical issues in PE such as gender, race, and media.
  • Work experience at every year so that you can apply your knowledge and develop contacts in primary schools, secondary schools and community settings.
  • Support from peer mentors, peer learning groups and personal tutors.
  • A range of practical activities including athletics, basketball, football, gymnastics, outdoor education and others.

Watch our course video to find out more. You can also view our sport brochure to discover the full spectrum of LJMU Sport - when it comes to sport, we've got it covereTo see what staff and students do on the course follow @LJMUPE on twitter

The sheer versatility of the course is excellent. There is something for everyone depending on your career path which will change along the way

Poppy Gordon, current Physical Education student

I came to the open day and got to meet one of the lecturers that I have now. It was a really helpful day and helped me make my decision to apply to LJMU.

Scott Poole, current Physical Education student

Work-related learning

Plenty of opportunities for first-hand experience

The degree has a strong element of work-related learning and there will be extensive opportunities to work with young people in a variety of settings (e.g. schools, clubs, leisure centres). Voluntary work experience forms a vital element of the programme and you will be encouraged to apply theoretical concepts in practice. You will also be able to participate in our in-house Sport Start scheme, which brings 12,000 children to the campus for sport and physical activity lessons every year. Students also have an opportunity to study abroad for a year between Level 5 & 6​.

Support and guidance

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Within in your course, support will be available from three sources:

  1. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for supporting your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or any other concerns that you may have during your studies.
  2. You will have regular contact with your tutor in a Peer Learning Group, which will be scheduled as part of your timetable. This is an excellent unique opportunity for you to receive support from your tutor and peers together.
  3. You will also receive support from a peer mentor. This is unique support in your first year and will involve a second year student mentoring you. Your second year mentor will provide online support to you when your place is confirmed. They will welcome you and work with you during induction week, and will be available throughout the year at peer mentor events.

Other student support services and facilities include: Student Support and IT Zones and a dedicated Library, open in the evenings and at weekends during semesters. The IM Marsh campus, where this course is based, is renowned for being supportive and having a strong sense of community.

Course details

This engaging and challenging BA (Hons) course integrates the theoretical and practical aspects of physical education into one exciting degree programme.

This course provides students with physical education knowledge to promote health and fitness, physical activity, and competitive sport. Students will also develop presentation, communication, planning, leadership and research skills. These skills will help them work in a range of educational and community settings such as schools and clubs. Indeed, these skills serve our students well as they develop their careers through teacher training programmes, post-graduate study (Masters degrees and PhDs), in education (primary and secondary schools, further education), and at a host of non-teaching career (businesses, community groups such as charities, and the uniformed services)​.

During your studies, you will develop your own interests, while being introduced to innovative concepts of physical education. You will have the opportunity to ‘shape your degree’ through option modules, assignments based on your interests, and research projects that you lead. In addition, our student placement office will help you to secure work experience during every year of the degree. The placement unit have helped students to complete placements in Liverpool, in their hometowns, and even abroad in countries such as South Africa. This is an excellent way of gaining experience and contacts relevant to your career. It also means that students can do a variety of placements including primary, secondary, state, private and special educational needs schools. Students can also complete placements in community settings such as sports clubs and sport development units.

The I.M. Marsh Campus where this course is based is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community.​ You can watch the campus video here.​ I.M. Marsh also has an international reputation as a centre for physical education excellence. The campus has been at the forefront of innovation in physical education for over 100 years. In fact, in 1900, the I.M. Marsh campus became the first state funded training college for women physical educators in the U.K. Since then, I.M. Marsh P.E. has been a leading institution globally. For example, the campus was amongst the first proponents of Swedish Gymnastics and Laban Dance in the U.K.

Today, the I.M. Campus continues to be innovative and at the forefront of physical education. For example, the P.E. team at I.M. Marsh conduct internationally recognised research. This includes the 'SAMPLE PE' project led by Dr James Rudd, which is developing physical competence in primary schools in Liverpool. Dr Amy Whitehead leads on the 'Think Aloud' methodology, which is a reflective tool used by coaches in Super League Rugby Clubs and the Football Association. Students on the P.E. course will not only learn from these researchers, but will also have the opportunity to develop their research skills by participating in these projects.

The School of Sport also provides access to a range of extra-curricular support. The university offers subsidised coaching awards in a range of practical activities e.g. football and trampolining. The university's in-house 'sport start' scheme provides placement and work opportunities for students to teach sport and physical activity to young people during after-school and holiday clubs. Annually, over 12,000 children participate in a range of sport at the I.M. Marsh campus, and the school collaborates with over 300 external partners that range from local schools to International Governing Bodies. Students will have also access to a free strength and conditioning studio onsite. All LJMU students are also entitled to apply for free off-peak membership for Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool and discounted peak-rate membership is available so you can keep yourself active alongside your P.E. studies.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4

  • Personal and Professional Development 1
  • Skill Acquisition 1
  • Psychology 1
  • Applied Pedagogy 1
  • Physiology
  • Contemporary Issues in PE 1

Level 5

  • Personal and Professional Development 2
  • Applied Pedagogy 2
  • Contemporary Issues in PE 2
  • Research Design
  • Skill Acquisition 2


  • PE Teacher Education 1 (or)
  • Scientific Principles of PE 1

Level 6

Research Project

  • Make it Happen Project Plan
  • Make it Happen Project Implementation
  • Applied Pedagogy 3
  • Contemporary Issues 3


  • PE Teacher Education 2 (or)
  • Scientific Principles of PE 2

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching encompasses a range of practicals, lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, work-based learning and independent learning. 

Peer Learning Groups (PLG) will enable you to discuss and develop course material in a more informal setting plus key personal and professional skills. You will be encouraged to engage in volunteering activities in the local community and gain additional qualifications that will enhance your future employability.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

The academic team has extensive professional experience in roles such as teaching, coaching, sport development, physical activity, health and wellbeing. This means they are able to provide practical as well as theoretical insights into the full range of career opportunities open to you.

In addition to academic qualifications, staff hold an impressive array of sports and outdoor activity coaching awards plus professional qualifications, including Qualified Teacher Status. All staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Academics are also actively engaged in research, which students are encouraged to collaborate with, and publish widely on a broad range of topics.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

LJMU recognises that students perform differently depending on how they are assessed. That's why we use a combination of assessment methods, including written assignments, exams, practical work, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and a dissertation.

Assessments are planned across the programme so that you can manage your workload, and use feedback to develop learning for future assignments. Constructive feedback will help you identify strengths and areas for development and is provided regularly throughout the programme.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to:

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

Thanks to LJMU's links with over 450 different employers in the North West alone and our strong partnerships with both primary and secondary schools, students enjoy superb work placement opportunities at all levels of their degree studies.

You will also have the opportunity to work with a range of practitioners in a variety of settings. Such experience enables you to put theory into practice and adds real value to your CV so impressing future employers.

Graduates from this programme will be able to pursue careers in teaching (following the completion of relevant Initial Teacher Training programmes, such as PGDE or School Direct primary and secondary courses). Alternative career routes for graduates include coaching, sport development or youth and community work. Public service occupations (including police, education and children’s services), business sector graduate training schemes and educational management are also popular careers amongst graduates.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.


International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These 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

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

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 an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

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.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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:

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

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:

  • Passport
  • 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

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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