BSc (Hons) Sport & Physical Education

Sport & Physical Education - BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

UCAS Code: C604

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays

Course Overview

​With emphasis on lifelong physical activity across the population there is a need for highly educated practitioners with the skills and knowledge to establish and sustain healthy lifestyles in others. This course will allow you to gain in-depth academic and practical knowledge of sport and physical education, and appreciate its issues and operational contexts. The curriculum becomes progressively more focused and specialised across the three years of the programme.

In addition to the comprehensive theoretical and practical academic framework, you will be encouraged to build a portfolio of UKCC coaching qualifications, work placement learning and experiences during your time at University. Cardiff Met offers on-campus opportunities for you to engage in and has excellent links with Sport Cardiff and surrounding schools and local authorities. You will have access to a wealth of valuable experiential learning opportunities including National Governing Bodies and community sports initiatives.

The Sport and Physical Education course aims to:

1. Develop intellectual knowledge, understanding and application of the academic disciplines that underpin physical education and youth sport;

2. Evaluate the needs of participants relevant to their age, ability and levels of physical attainment in sport and physical activity;

3. Investigate the concepts and issues that inform physical education and youth sport in the UK and abroad;

4. Prepare you for effective employment or future study by developing graduate attributes including problem solving, inter-personal skills, global citizenship (diversity & sustainability), flexibility and adaptability (life-long learning), effective communication and creativity & innovation.​

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.

​Course Content​

Year One:

Sport and Physical Education students complete five compulsory modules that explore the provision of physical education, youth sport and coaching and provide the context and scope for understanding the fundamental aspects of sport and physical education upon various disparate population groups. In addition, you will experience a broad base of knowledge related to the disciplines of psychology, physiology, biomechanics, and the research process. Finally, you will be able to select one optional module to add a particular flavour to your study in year one.

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Introduction to the Research Process*
  • Introduction to Applied Principles & Techniques in Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Physical Education and Youth Sport*
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science*
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching and Physical Education*

Options (Choose one from):

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education*
  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • Sport Performance Analysis

Year Two:

In year two you will complete two compulsory modules that are integral to sport pedagogy, and develop core skills that are key to the your academic and personal development. A holistic and humanistic knowledge in relation to teaching and coaching within sport and physical education is developed and experienced. You will  then choose an additional five modules from a range of theory-based modules to develop a degree pathway that is personalised and specific to your needs and interests.

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Research Process*
  • Physical Education & Youth Sport

Option Modules:
Choose two from:

  • Applied Principles and Techniques (Choose two:- Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Problem based learning through Outdoor Adventurous Activities (counts as two), Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Water Polo.)

Choose three from:

  • Sport Coaching and Physical Education*
  • Sport Development in Practice
  • Sport Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Contemporary People Management
  • Ethics in Sport
  • Sociology of Sport*
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology*
  • Applied Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Performance Analysis

Year Three:

In year 3 you will complete an enterprise or independent project (dissertation), that addresses a research topic within physical education, pedagogy, sports science, socio-cultural, philosophical or performance analysis area. There is also one compulsory programme specific module that explores the understanding, application, and reflection of teaching and learning in physical education and youth sport. Finally,  choose an additional three modules from a range of theory-based and work experience modules to allow a personal study pathway choice and enhance employability.​

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Independent Project*
  • Advanced Physical Education

Options - choose two from:

  • Problem-Based Learning in Coaching*
  • Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture*
  • Ethical Issues in Sport
  • Work Experience*
  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology for Health*
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Problem-based Learning through Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Sport Performance Analysis

* Module also available through medium of Welsh.

Learning & Teaching

Learning, teaching and assessment methods have been selected to ensure the educational aims and the learning outcomes of modules and the programme are achieved.

The learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials and staff and students are expected to support these sessions via a Virtual Learning Environment. Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, which are developed through a range other learning and teaching methods such as seminar, tutorials, workshops to enhance the student experience and engagement. Students are also able to meet tutors or any other members of staff on a one to one basis. As a school, we are keen to implement the principal aim of Cardiff Metropolitan University's Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy: To provide student-cantered learning opportunities that deliver a quality and flexible learning environment. Improving personalised support and access to academic staff.​

These selected methods emphasise and facilitate students' critical development, and cohere around the integration of practice and theory. Through the programme, students will normally experience both tutor-led learning  and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning .

Through the teaching and learning methods and the embedding of 'EDGE' (enabling the development of graduate employability) students will be equipped with, develop and be able to demonstrate graduate attributes as defined by Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff School of Sport.  We aim to help them to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars. The teaching and learning has been designed so that from induction to graduation, students will encounter a learning experience that is coherent and develops their identity within their programme of study. A principal concept of this programme is to enable students to apply theory to practice.​


The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is used for that area of study. Modes of assessment are designed to reflect that students have fulfilled the learning outcomes of the programme of study, or part of a programme, and have achieved the standard required to progress to the next stage or to qualify for an award (as articulated by the FHEQ and CQFW).

Assessments support the student learning experience and provide opportunities for students to engage in formative and summative assessments to test knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. The undergraduate modules are assessed primarily by a combination of varying types of assessments (e.g., written coursework, poster presentations, oral presentations, portfolios, seen and unseen exams, practical skills assessments) that are designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills. Students who wish to obtain an honours degree award will be expected to produce a dissertation of between 8,000 to 12,000 words in the final year.​

Employability & Careers

Our graduates have followed careers in teaching PE, primary teaching, coaching, the leisure industry, sport science, community sports development, in recreation management, and as national and regional coaches. Past graduates have obtained employment as PE teachers, primary school teachers and teaching assistants. They have delivered education progammes at football academies, coached gymnastics, soccer or trampolining, worked as fitness consultants and trainers, as sports analysts, sports administrators, or joined the Armed Forces or Police Service. Others have undertaken further study in the areas of physiotherapy, sports massage, nursing, teaching and coaching. The subjects studied and skills learnt will give you the opportunity to continue your education to Master and Doctorate level or to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. ​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Applicants should have five GCSEs including English Language and Maths at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus 120 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A Levels: 120 points to include grades BB. Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be considered as a third subject
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM to include 12 Distinctions overall within a relevant subject
  • Irish L​eaving Certificate: 120 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades within relevant subject (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers​: 120 points to include grades CC ​
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits with Merit
  • Applicants should preferably have a strong sporting profile

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search​ for the entry requirements.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Sport Applicant Days:
Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers. 

Applicants are advised not to make multiple applications for other undergraduate degree courses within the Cardiff School of Sport, as applicants may have the chance to change option.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the School Administrator:
Tel: 029 2041 6591

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting