This degree programme offers you the opportunity to examine the theory and practice of physical education, sport and coaching science across education, leisure and community sectors. You will gain skills that will enable you to contribute positively to partnership enterprises within sport, coaching, education and community contexts.
You will study a range of topics including sport, coaching science, physical education and physical activity, as well as increasing your knowledge, understanding and awareness of significant national and international sport related bodies.
The degree also involves study of physiology, psychology, sociology, coaching and physical activity, which offer insights into the development and interaction of diverse groups in sport, coaching, school and community contexts.
A unique aspect of this course is the blend of theory and practice throughout the programme. This is evident in the range of applied teaching and coaching modules on offer. There is also the opportunity to experience a residential trip to the University’s Raymond Priestley Outdoor Centre in Year 1. For more information about the Centre visit: http://www.sport.bham.ac.uk
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Sport & Exercise Pedagogy
Outdoor and 'Adventurous' Activities
Sport Policy and Management
Teaching and Coaching: Games and Athletics
And one optional module from:
Psychological Foundations of Sport and Exercise
Anatomy and Biomechanics and Motor Control
You will also be offered the opportunity to study a Module outside the Main Discipline (MOMD). An MOMD is a module in a subject which is not normally a part of your main degree programme but which may be taken for to enhance and broaden your study. This is available to replace any optional module during your degree programme.
Your second-year modules extend your knowledge of sport and exercise pedagogy, sports management, sports coaching, physical education, sports development and research methods, with modules integrating theory into practice in sport. You will also undertake a volunteering placement either in an educational setting or sport, leisure or community context.
In your third year you plan and carry out a research project, analysing the data and presenting the results. There are also many optional modules providing detailed understanding of the application of physiological, behavioural and social science approaches to specific topics in exercise, sport and health and rehabilitation.
Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAA to ABB
Required subjects and grades: All applicants must offer at least one of these preferred subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sport Studies/Physical Education, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, English language/Literature, History and Sociology.
Excluded A Levels: We do not accept Applied Science, Citizenship Studies, Communication and Culture, Critical Studies, Critical Thinking, General Studies, Global Perspectives, Moving Image Arts, Science in Society, Use of Maths and World Development.
Also required: GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, Maths and a Science.
Some offers of ABB will be made to those applicants with multiple A levels from the preferred list and an exceptional supporting statement.
BTEC: We consider students with a BTEC in a science-related discipline, with the following requirements:
18 units: Distinctions in all 18 units
12 units: Distinctions in all 12 units plus an A level from the preferred list at Grade B
6 units: Distinctions in all 6 units plus 2 A levels from the preferred list at Grade BB
Those taking A Levels subjects outside of the preferred list will be made A grade offers.
In addition, all BTEC applicants must have a strong GCSE profile.
Other qualifications are considered – Please contact the School's Student Recruitment Manager for advice on whether your particular qualifications, or combination of qualifications, will meet the entry requirements.
A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously the Criminal Records Bureau check) and ISA registration are required from accepted candidates before registration on the programme.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 35-36 points, including one of the following subjects at HL: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English A1, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Social and Cultural Anthropology. Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay points are not considered. 5 points in each of SL English and Maths if not offered at GCSE or equivalent.
Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
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