Why study Physical Education at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Developed by expert academics with an international reputation for the delivery of physical education
- Combines practical and theoretical aspects of physical education
- Work experience opportunities at each level of study within the local community
- Excellent career opportunities
- School named 12th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 9th best in Europe out of 450 institutions by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences 2020
About your course
On our PE degree, you'll learn about a wide range of topics, including teaching methods, physical training concepts, psychological theories related to sport and exercise, social issues in physical education such as gender, race and media, and historical and philosophical aspects related to PE.
This engaging and challenging BA (Hons) Physical Education course integrates the theoretical and practical aspects of physical education into one exciting degree programme. There continues to be a high demand for graduates with the skills, knowledge and confidence to promote health and fitness, competitive sport and engagement with physical activity in a range of educational, community and other settings. This degree offers you the chance to specialise in physical education, exploring both the theory and practical aspects of the subject.
Students on the course apply their learning in practical physical education sessions, through assignments such as research projects, and work placements in industry. This combination of up to date theory and practical application serves 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 areas (businesses, community groups such as charities, and the uniformed services).
During your studies, you will develop your own philosophies and interests while being introduced to innovative concepts of physical education. You will gain a wide variety of essential professional skills and qualities that can form the foundation for a successful career teaching physical education in primary, secondary or further education, though teaching is not the only career pathway available.
The programme synthesises the practical and theoretical aspects of physical education through an extensive range of activities and contexts. You will have the opportunity to take part in innovative entrepreneurial projects by working within sport and physical education in different educational establishments and sporting ventures. This includes excellent work-related learning and placement opportunities with organisations such as LJMU's in-house Sport Start scheme.
You will be assigned a student peer mentor, and this support will be available before you arrive at LJMU and for the duration of your academic studies.
"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. "
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
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.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Personal and Professional Development 1
This module combines the development of academic skills and conventions with personal development skills through Level 4. It will support learning through this module and all other modules.
This module introduces you to the applied field of sports psychology and its application to physical education. You will learn psychological principles and theories that you can use to explain behaviour within the domain of physical education.
Contemporary Issues in Physical Education 1
This module aims to develop your conceptual understanding of a broad range of issues in physical education and sport. You will analyse these issues using philosophical and sociological perspectives.
The aim of this module is for you to develop an understanding of the physiological developments, principles and energy systems required in relation to practical performance to support physical education.
Applied Pedagogy 1
This module will enable you to consider and appreciate how physical education can provide a positive learning environment for the development of a wide range of skills and attributes. These include movement, sport-specific skills, leadership and teamwork. The module will allow for reflection on how pedagogy can impact on the physical, affective, cognitive and social development of individuals.
Introduction to Skill Acquisition
This module will introduce students to key concepts related to skill acquisition. It will also illustrate how these concepts can be applied in a range of physical education environments. The module will introduce students to key concepts related to skill acquisition. It will also illustrate how these concepts can be applied in a range of physical education environments.
Personal and Professional Development 2
This module allows you to experience, observe, contribute and apply professional principles within a work-based learning community environment.
Applied Pedagogy 2
This module will enable you to consider and appreciate how physical education can provide a positive learning environment for the development of a wide range of skills and attributes. These include movement, sport specific, leadership, teamwork. The module will allow for critical reflection on how pedagogy can impact on the physical, affective, cognitive and social development of individuals.
This module will develop your understanding of a range of research methodologies and methods typically used within social science research. You will create a research project proposal that will prepare you for further research study in your final year.
Contemporary Issues in Physical Education 2
This module aims to develop your conceptual understanding of physical education and sport within society by considering the influence of external partners and examining the current community and national strategies and initiatives that impact on the development of young people.
Skill Acquisition 2
This module aims for you to develop an understanding of how to implement a non-linear pedagogy to improve motor skills during physical education lessons. This is based upon a dynamical systems framework and includes a constraints based approach to teaching.
Physical Education Teacher Education 1
This option module aims to provide the opportunity to understand and analyse the role of physical education in terms of planning, teaching, learning and assessment in the 5-19 years age range.
Scientific Principles of PE 1
This module aims to introduce you to nutritional and psychological perspectives that contribute to learning and development in physical education.
Make it Happen - Project Plan
The aim of this module is to prepare you to undertake a community physical education activity project as a team and in doing so develop an understanding of how leadership, management and teamwork skills have the potential to be effectively applied.
Applied Pedagogy 3
This module aims to critically analyse the needs and performance of learners, providing you with a conceptual understanding of pedagogical and talent development theory.
This module aims to build on your research skills gained throughout the degree. You will investigate an issue from a physical education or sport in the form of a dissertation.
Contemporary Issues in Physical Education 3
This module aims to develop your deeper understanding of the role physical education plays in promoting physical activity, health and well-being of young people. You will also critically reflect on the challenges, choices and constraints that young people experience within the complexity of the educational environment and wider society using a range of philosophical and sociological perspectives.
Make it Happen - Project Implementation
The aim of this module is to complete a community physical education activity project as a team. You will evaluate how leadership, management and teamwork skills impact on a community physical activity project.
Physical Education Teacher Education 2
This option module will provide you with the opportunity to critically evaluate physical education (5-19) in relation to teaching, learning and assessment.
Scientific Principles of PE 2
The module aims to expand upon and critically review the nutritional and psychological perspectives that contribute to learning and development in physical education.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching encompasses a range of practicals, lectures, seminars, online activities, 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.
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
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
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. Weekly contact with your tutor in a Peer Learning Group will be scheduled as part of your weekly timetable. 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 school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Since joining LJMU in 2011, Emma has led postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. Prior to joining LJMU, Emma was a Secondary School PE teacher and Head of Department. She won LJMU's Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2015 and is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE. Her research interests are related to student experience in Higher Education - particularly the use of peer mentoring in cultivating communities of practice. She is currently undertaking a PhD in this area.
"The most rewarding aspects of being a lecturer and programme leader is seeing each student's journey unfold over the three years of the degree"
What you can expect from your School
You will study in Liverpool city centre at our City Campus. Our sport and exercise sciences facilities are world-leading and feature state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport scientists. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Numb
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20 UCAS points
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualification are taken
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 112 UCAS Tariff points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
OCR National acceptability
- National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
Students who are passionate, enthusiastic, and innovative and enjoy working with young people in a variety of Physical Education settings are encouraged to be part of this cutting edge programme.
It is highly desirable that prospective students have the ability to reflect on their personal experiences to support their continuing professional development Good interpersonal skills, a sustained commitment to personal improvement and an understanding of others’ needs are essential attributes that should be demonstrated in the application form.
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.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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