Course Information
3 years School of Sport and Exercise Science Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (or equivalent qualifications) C601


This multidisciplinary programme integrates theoretical and practical knowledge of physical education and sport. It offers the opportunity to develop the skills required to work in the education and youth sport sector.

The longstanding importance placed on physical education, not only for its educational value, but as a vehicle for improving health, behaviour, sports participation and performance, means that the subject continues to have political and educational salience in the UK.

In recognition of its importance, previous and current governments have emphasised improving the quality of physical education and sport provision in schools, particularly as part of the legacy of London 2012. The focus on high-quality physical education has led to an increase in demand for high-quality teachers and coaches.

This degree has been designed for those who have a desire to work with young people in schools or youth sport settings, and who would like to study in an supportive and friendly environment with excellent learning support and specialist facilities.

Students have the opportunity to develop their teaching abilities, knowledge and experience of curriculum activities. Engagement in real-world experience is integral to this programme and students have opportunities to conduct research in schools and sport environments within the local community.

A key aim of the BSc (Hons) Physical Education and Sport degree is to prepare students for life beyond graduation and to provide a sound basis for undertaking a postgraduate teaching qualification or wider employment within schools and youth sport settings.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This course is designed for students who are motivated and have a strong interest in Physical Education and sport or science. You will need to be committed to:

  • Developing yourself and your abilities in order to deliver quality physical education and youth sport.
  • Learning in both a theoretical and applied way, applying theoretical knowledge in real-world settings.
  • Becoming an independent learner and reflective practitioner.

How You Study

The degree offers the opportunity to develop an extensive knowledge and understanding of the key components of physical education and sport. Compulsory modules at level one are designed to provide students with a foundation and underpinning knowledge in teaching and pedagogy, school and youth sport development, social science, sport science and research. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to develop key transferable skills in preparation for sport-related graduate employment or postgraduate study.

Optional modules are available in years two and three, providing the opportunity to tailor the degree in line with students’ personal interests or employment aspirations.

The degree is supported by applied research and delivered by a team of enthusiastic lecturers who offer both vocational and academic perspectives.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Students will be assessed through a range of methods which are dependent upon whether the module is practical, theoretical, contextual or vocational.

This may include presentations, critical reflections, portfolios, exams, practical assessment within schools and a research project.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Interviews & Applicant Days

We may interview applicants on occasions where the applicant has a non-traditional background, falling short of the standard entry requirements but with relevant work experience and professional qualifications.

What We Look For In Your Application

A good academic profile.

An evidenced interest in health and fitness through volunteering or participation.

Transferable skills such as communication, leadership and team work.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Sport and Exercise Science Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English, Maths and a science/sports related subject.

We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Developing Physical Literacy

A high-quality physical education or coaching programme can develop a range of physical and cognitive skills within a child that can subsequently encourage positive life experiences. These experiences can include confidence development, the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, alongside experiencing achievement whilst fulfilling potential. Through theoretical and practical experiences, including a school placement, this module aims to develop the knowledge and applied understanding of concepts and practices that can support child development.

Foundations in Sport and Exercise Science

This module aims to examine the structure and function of the human body during sport and exercise. It will seek to address the physiological, biomechanical and psychological determinants of performance, with the aim of enabling students to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles involved and introducing students to a range of practical skills for measuring performance in the laboratory and/or field.

Physical Education Pedagogy 1

This module aims to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and experience of teaching physical education. Students will have the opportunity to study the core principles of teaching: theories of learning, planning, pedagogy, communication, differentiation, progression, inclusion, assessment and reflection. These principles will be revisited at levels two and three but within different sporting contexts (aesthetic activities, net/wall games and individual activities).

The specific objectives are to:

  • Utilise the core principles of teaching when delivering team games.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of team games in the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.
  • Provide the chance for students to enhance their knowledge of health and safety issues related to the teaching of team games.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop an understanding and experience of multi-skills and games-based approaches.

Research Skills

On this module, students have the opportunity to develop useful study skills for the sport and exercise scientist and benefit from an introduction to the underpinning concepts of scientific study and research methods.

This module aims to enable students to benefit fully from the higher education learning environment and develop their reflective practice, alongside an understanding of the philosophy of science as related to scientific study in sport and exercise.

Sociological Issues in PE and Sport

This module aims to introduce students to the field of sociology as applied to the study of sport and physical education. Students will be encouraged to think critically about sport and its place in society and in education.

In particular, subjects such as the stratification of society (i.e. by ‘race’, sex, religion, class, age, ability etc.) and the sporting experiences of different social groups in the community and in schools, can be investigated.

This module encourages students to think critically about sport, PE and their (reciprocal) relationships with politics, the media and broader social processes such as sportisation and commercialisation.

Sport Development Environment

This module aims to introduce students to the structure of, and central issues in, the present sport development environment.

It aims to provide an overview of the structure and purpose of sports organisations and describes the hierarchical relationship between the major agencies responsible for delivering sport. Students are encouraged to begin developing a critical understanding of government aims and objectives and how they impact on those working at the delivery level (e.g. coaches, teachers, Sports Development Officers).

Level 2

Advanced Research Methods

This module aims to build directly on the key concepts delivered at level one through the Research Skills module. Students have the opportunity to advance their understanding of research enquiry, and the chance to gain an introduction to a range of methodologies applicable to sport development, coaching and physical education research. Independent research activities can aid the development of analytical skills through applied evidence-based practice.

Concepts in Educational Contexts

This module aims to provide an introduction to the key concepts in education, enabling students to begin to develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills within this area.

Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the changing theories and practices in secondary education and can develop their knowledge of the curriculum, behaviour and classroom management in education, primarily relating to secondary school settings.

Students are encouraged to consider psychological perspectives in education, as well as offering students the opportunity to examine historical and political aspects of education through literature and practice. Students have the opportunity to develop and reflect on their practice and that of teachers in the department whilst on placements in local secondary schools.

Fitness Testing & Training (Option)

This module aims to address why an understanding of core fitness components is essential for the coach in practice, investigates key training principles and how these can be integrated into coaching session plans, and seeks to explore applied testing and training approaches to evaluate individual and group performance ability. Each of these aspects can be considered in the context of coaching experience, practice and application.

Performance Analysis (Option)

This optional module provides an opportunity for students to build on knowledge gained at level one within the Foundations in Sport and Exercise Science module. Students can develop their understanding of the theory underpinning the subject, as well as field-based performance analysis strategies and their application to assessment of practical sport.

Physical Activity and Health (Option)

This introductory health module is designed to enable students to develop their knowledge of the positive role of ‘physical activity’ in society. A major emphasis will be placed on identifying the key factors involved in determining health status; addressing the link between sedentary behaviour and health.

Physical Education Pedagogy 2

This module aims to further develop students’ knowledge of the pedagogical concepts first covered in year one and how these can be applied to the teaching of aesthetic activities at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Students may utilise this knowledge and understanding whilst on placement in secondary schools. In addition, there will be a specific emphasis on applying knowledge of movement and physical literacy.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Utilise core principles of teaching within aesthetic activities.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of aesthetic activities in the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.
  • Give students the chance to enhance their knowledge of health and safety issues related to the teaching of aesthetic activities.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop student understanding of principles of human movement and physical literacy and engage in the practical application of these to aesthetic activities.

Policy in Sport Development & Physical Education (Option)

This module aims to build on the knowledge and concepts developed within the level one module Sport Development Environment and enable students to advance their understanding of the central strategies and policies in sport development, physical education and school sport.

The central aim of this module is to allow students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of major sport policies and strategies and to explore sport provision at a local level, in order to think analytically about the policy process and the complexities associated with policy implementation.

Project Management for Sport (Option)

The module is designed to encourage students to learn about the concept of project management and to understand how it relates to sport. The Lincolnshire Event Safety Partnership guidance will be used within this module to provide students with an opportunity to develop realistic and local knowledge about project management within a contemporary setting.

Psychology of Performance and Participation (Option)

This module aims to introduce and develop knowledge of key concepts and theories that describe and explain the importance of psychology in sport, exercise and physical education settings.

Sport, Physical Education and Social Theory (Option)

This module aims to provide students with a formal introduction to social theory and its application to the study of sociological problems in sport and PE.

It is intended to build on the level one module, Sociological Issues in Sport and PE, by providing the opportunity to examine a variety of topics in sport from different theoretical perspectives. Students are encouraged to understand that all sociological observations are guided by theory, while also comparing and critiquing the range of approaches to sport introduced in the module. A selection of sociological sporting phenomena will be used to illustrate the importance of theory in guiding any sociological study.

Level 3

Action Research in Education (Option)

This module aims to build on the concepts and ideas developed at level two within the Advanced Research Methods and Concepts in Education module.

Students will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and experience of the curriculum, political and historical influences, psychology of learning, behaviour and classroom management. The central aim is for students to utilise their school experiences to identify and investigate a research problem they encounter, applying theory in order to understand contemporary issues in secondary education.

Dissertation (Option)

The Dissertation module provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of a particular topic and to demonstrate original and critical thought.

Health Promotion and Development (Option)

The module gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship between physical activity/inactivity and population health. This module will seek to develop knowledge on the role of ‘preventive healthcare’ (rather than treatment) and includes a central focus which explores current UK government-supported policy in this area.

Inclusive Sport and Physical Activity (Option)

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore notions of disability within the context of sport and physical activity. The programme aims to place competing models of disability, theories of disability and disabling barriers at the centre of a reflective investigation of sport and activity provision for people with disabilities. The module aims to focus upon private, public and voluntary sectors with a particular emphasis on National Governing Bodies, school and community sport providers.

New Directions in Physical Education (Option)

This module aims to mobilise the knowledge and skills gained in years one and two by engaging students in the critical analysis of contemporary issues in Physical Education. The central aims of the module are to build on students’ existing understanding of the philosophical, political and sociological components of physical education by critically engaging with research and reflecting on their practical experiences within other modules.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Engage in fundamental philosophical, sociological and practical debates that are central to an understanding of Physical Education.
  • Encourage students to interrogate current trends emerging within physical education such as the Primary Premium.
  • Utilise current research to create a deeper and critical understanding of the wider physical education context, such as international perspectives in Physical Education.

Physical Education Pedagogy 3

This module offers students the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and experience gained in years one and two to the teaching of net wall games and individual activities, such as badminton and athletics. The aim is to further develop teaching skills and methods but with specific emphasis on utilising these in order teach the skills and techniques involved in individual activities and net wall games at Key Stages 3 and 4.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Utilise core principles of teaching to individual activities and net wall games.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop and apply pedagogic content knowledge, skills and understanding of individual activities and net wall games in the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.
  • Give students the chance to enhance their knowledge of health and safety issues related to the teaching of individual activities and net wall games.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop students’ ability to utilise methods of problem-based learning and critical reflection to further their teaching skills.

Scientific Support in Practice (Option)

This module aims to give students the opportunity to apply sport and exercise science concepts to coaching practice in order to enhance performance and enjoyment in participants. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to develop an effective working alliance with clients, with ethics and competency central to the learning experience and models of applied practice.

Strategic Management in Sport (Option)

This module seeks to critically evaluate the theory and practice of strategic management within a changing sports organisational environment.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Encourage critical examination of the nature of strategic management within sport.
  • Critique its role in contemporary sport and the practical difficulties in formulating and implementing strategy.
  • Consider appropriate developments in improving the performance of sport related operations and activities.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Teaching staff have developed excellent links with local schools and local employers. Students may undertake a work placement, which provides a valuable opportunity to put theory into practice and enhance your employment potential. Please note that students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living cost while undertaking a placement.

Opportunities may exist for students to work alongside our research-active academic staff on projects with local, national and international partners. The School's Youth Sport Research Group and Health Advancement Research Team have conducted research and evaluation on topics including school sports partnerships, disability in sport and gifted and talented development in young people.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


Students can benefit from access to specialist equipment and teaching spaces in the University’s Human Performance Centre, as well as our well equipped Sports and Recreation Centre, comprising a gym, double sports hall, squash courts, dance studio and all-weather pitches. There is an athletics track and access to a cricket pitch for members of Lincoln Students’ Union cricket teams and other cricket clubs. In addition, through the IMPress student-run network, support is available for sports students to gain additional skills and experience outside of their course.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may choose to progress to a PGCE qualification and the University offers school-centred teacher training, which provides a clear progression route for successful applicants. Alternatively, employment opportunities may exist in sports coaching, youth sport development, local authorities and in private and voluntary organisations.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

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Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, subject to final confirmation from government, there will be an inflationary adjustment to fees to £9,250 for new and returning UK/EU students. In 2018/19 there may be an increase in fees in line with inflation.

We will update this information when fees for 2017/18 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. []