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The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Physical Education

Why choose this course?

This course is ideal if you wish to proceed to a PGCE or School Direct with a subject specialism in Physical Education (PE).The aim of this degree is to equip you with the applied practical skills and teaching skills required to pursue a career in education.

You will study applied practical skills, child development and work-based practice, ultimately providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to teach PE. You will also study current issues in education, how children learn and develop, and how to plan and deliver practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills within a range of sports and physical activities, enabling you to examine the place of PE within the school curriculum.

The BA (Hons) Physical Education​ is just one of an exciting range of courses on offer at the University of Wolverhampton’s Institute of Sport. Why not come and visit us at one of our Open Days.

What happens on the course?

You will study applied practical skills, child development, pedagogical skills and work-based practice. The course involves both practical and theoretical study of the techniques and skills involved in teaching. In addition, you will study current issues in education, how children learn and develop, and how to plan and deliver practical sessions. Work-based learning and placements are central to this course, and you will gain experiences of primary and secondary school PE activities, working with younger children and adolescents.

In your third year, you will complete an individual project, based on a topic of your choice, as you prepare to embark on your teaching career. You will also explore a range of philosophies, historical viewpoints, current issues and comparative perspectives of PE.

Why Wolverhampton?

You will become equipped with a substantial knowledge of teaching and a set of skills and values to advance your career prospects, and take a substantial role in regional, national and international communities through PE teaching.

Practical competency and teaching skills are core to the BA (Hons) in Physical Education. These aspects are supported by an understanding of children and educational issues acquired in lectures and a variety of school placements. Throughout your studies, you will use a broad range of information technology to facilitate effective studies in PE, which will be vital for your future career. Work-based learning and placements are central to this course, and you will be required to teach across the six National Curriculum activity areas, which will be formally assessed as part of your degree.

What our students think

“I have both enjoyed and benefited from my time at the University of Wolverhampton. Socially the campus is great, and with most of the people on the Walsall campus enrolled on similar degrees there is a real sense of closeness to those around you. Playing sports with people from all walks of life is rewarding and of course without the University’s help and advice I’d never be enjoying a career as satisfying as teaching.”

“I gained invaluable experience from my work placement with a local high school to teach Physical Education, and it also gave me an insight into what I want to do for my career."

“As well as giving me an insight into many sports subjects, the course is helping me with my mental and physical approach to games. I am learning a lot about the body and how it adapts and it’s great to see this from the academic perspective.”

Career path

As a graduate of this course, you could proceed to a PGCE or School Direct and train to become a teacher with a specialism in PE. This course also provides the basis for a career in education, and other sectors such as sports coaching and youth related work. If you do wish to pursue a career in teaching you should be fully prepared to undertake a postgraduate qualification in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Upon completion of the PGCE or School Direct, you will be well equipped and qualified to undertake a teaching career.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • use advanced technologies and systems to promote effective teaching of Physical Education and other related careers
  • demonstrate the necessary practical competency to pursue postgraduate routes into Physical Education teaching
  • critique, analyse and apply knowledge of the political, historical, and current issues in education and sport within schools
  • apply knowledge of how children develop and learn to assist in the planning and teaching of Physical Education
  • use knowledge of teaching combined with a set of enterprising skills and values that will advance your career prospects. In addition you will be able to take a substantial role in regional, national and international communities through Physical Education teaching.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

  • A Levels minimum grade BBC
  • BTEC National Diploma grade DMM
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Contact us

Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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