BSc (Hons) Physical Education
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
- The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked 9th for Sports Science (QS World University Rankings 2022)
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 BSc (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.
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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.
Additional course costs
A DBS check is not required for your application, however a DBS may be required for modules where there is a work based learning placement option. Work based learning placements that do not require a DBS check are available.
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.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all 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 during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
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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 may also be 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.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Professional Practice in Physical Education 1
This module aims to provide an understanding of the contextual learning experiences that enhance professional development within PE. You will be introduced to the value of occupational socialisation (acculturation phase) from within the PE teacher socialisation framework. Through a combination of theoretical and practical learning environments, you will be able to identify personal and professional areas for development. Work related learning tasks and opportunities, with primary school aged children, will support your ability to plan, deliver and evaluate a range of high-quality practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to share, reflect and discuss learning experiences through peer learning groups and through the development of the primary school community and network.
Learning in PE and Sport Contexts 1
This module will enable you to appreciate positive learning environments in sport, PE, and physical activity settings. You will consider theoretical conceptions of learning and consider how these theories can inform your pedagogical practices.
Research Methods 1
This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of research methods, along with covering the basic application and interpretation of various data analysis techniques.
Exercise Physiology 1
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of key physiological systems and metabolic processes and discuss how these systems and processes respond to feeding and acute exercise.
Psychosocial Principles of Sport and Exercise
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the psychosocial concepts that underpin the sport and exercise environment.
This module introduces you to the basic principles of human anatomy, functional movement, biomechanics and motor skill acquisition, and illustrates applications of these principles in sport, exercise and health. The module also aims to introduce you to experimental methods in biomechanics and to develop your skills in data handling.
Professional Practice in Physical Education 1
This module aims to develop an understanding of the personal and professional skills and attributes required for teaching and learning within PE. It is a continuation of the development of subject knowledge and understanding surrounding occupational socialisation covered in level 4. Using theoretical underpinning, you will be introduced to the importance of the professionalisation phase of occupational socialisation. You will experience both theoretical and practical learning environments to consider personal and professional progress to date. Through work-based learning and module experiences, you will have the opportunity to further develop your PE teaching efficacy.
Introduction to PE Teacher Education
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum for PE (NCPE) and the strategies and skills required to plan and deliver inclusive PE within a primary setting, therefore providing an opportunity to create, develop and apply your personal teacher identity.
Physical Education in Action 1
This module aims to develop an understanding of the historical and socio-political and influences on the development of physical education by considering how changes in society, politics and philosophy have impacted on PE curriculum, pedagogy and practice.
Research Methods 2
This module enhances your understanding of the research process and related methodological approaches, whilst also developing your knowledge, skills and ability to complete investigations involving data collection, analysis and interpretation.
Exercise Physiology 2
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the cardiovascular and metabolic responses of acute and chronic exercise and discuss these in relation to human health and performance.
Learning in PE and Sport Contexts 2
This module will provide you with a critical appreciation of pedological models (games-based approaches, Rosenshein’s principle, non-linear pedagogies) and theoretical perspectives on learning (critical, ecological and relational) their application to further develop your pedological practice.
Sport, Physical Education and Society
This module aims to enable you to develop your understanding of the relationship between Sport, PE and society – both theoretically and practically. Additionally, it aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of issues pertaining to equity, diversity and inclusion, particularly in relation to marginalised groups/inactive people in Sport and PE.
Sport and Performance Psychology
The module aims to develop your abilities to evaluate psychological principles associated with sport and performance and motor control and learning, considering individual (e.g. personality) and environmental (e.g. culture) factors.
Exercise Physiology 2
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the cardiovascular and metabolic responses of acute and chronic exercise and discuss these in relation to human health and performance.
Physical Education in Action 2
This module aims to develop a deeper understanding of the role physical education plays in the promotion of lifelong physical activity, health and wellbeing of young people. You will also critically reflect on the challenges, choices and constraints that young people experience within the complexity of the primary and secondary educational environment and wider society using a range of contextual, theoretical and philosophical perspectives.
Learning in PE and Sport Contexts 3
The aim of this module is to enable you to appreciate positive learning environments for marginalised groups in PE and physical activity settings. You will consider critical theory, in addition to theoretical conceptions of model-based practice, and critically analyse how these can impact and/or work best for marginalised groups. You will be required to draw upon physical literacy research to underpin and contextualise your considerations. The module seeks to allow opportunities for you to reflect on how you can develop your own pedagogical teaching practice. To further support this, you will utilise research skills and self-reflection via a reflective tool to draw your own conclusions.
Applied Placement/Work Related Project
You will experience the opportunity to plan and deliver a school or community-based project in a school or community setting. In preparation for the project, you will critically review the leadership, management and enterprise skills required for successful delivery. On completion of the project delivery, you will critically review your personal and professional development and evaluate how this has developed your professional identity.
This module aims to critically extend your understanding and deployment of the research process through the production of a piece of independent research.
Strength and Conditioning
This module will provide you with the opportunity to learn and understand the principles and concepts needed to improve the physical performance of a participant or team and make recommendations for programme design. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to, design and perform a needs analysis of a sport and athlete, analyse testing data against theoretical and empirical norms and to recommend an appropriate training intervention.
This module aims to engage you in current behaviour change theories, concepts and applied examples across the physical activity, nutrition, sport performance and health disciplines. You will gain a theoretical underpinning in behaviour change and insight into how to change behaviours across a range of settings/populations/disciplines.
Performance Analysis in Sport
This module will develop your theoretical knowledge, applied understanding and skills in performance analysis of sport.
PE Teacher Education
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the current practices of Physical Education and school sport within the 14-19 National Curriculum. The module will allow you to plan and deliver within a 14-19 years setting thereby providing a contextual opportunity to develop personal teaching, learning and assessment approaches in Physical Education.
Interdisciplinary Coaching Science
Coaching is a complex profession due to its interdisciplinary nature and the ever-changing coaching environment. Therefore, to be successful, modern practitioner there is an expectation to have advanced knowledge in a range of underpinning disciples and athlete welfare. This module integrates a sport science and coaching interdisciplinary outlook to creating an evidence-based approach of an athletes annual training plan encompassing critical thinking around potential performance problems and solutions.
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
- T Level requirements: 112 UCAS points in a related subject area. Contact Faculty Admissions for details.
- 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.
Reduced Offer Scheme
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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