Sport, Physical Education and Development BSc (Hons)

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UCAS code: B993 112 UCAS points
  • BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Development, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Development, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 2310 pro-rata full time fee
  • BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Development, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: B468 64 UCAS points
  • BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Development, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Development, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

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What makes this course different

  • 100% student satisfaction

    Students on this course gave us 100% for Overall Satisfaction in the 2022 National Student Survey.

  • Scholarships

    Our high-performance sport programme gives elite athletes the chance to balance study with their sporting ambitions by offering world-class facilities, support and bursaries.

  • Hands-on experience with real-life projects

    Students gain impactful experience working on projects such as Panathlon and National Goalball as well as our own in-house schools programme, Sport in your Futures delivered with East London Sport.

Course modules

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Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Physical Health & Wellbeing in Sport

Psychological Influences on Health & Wellbeing in Sport & Physical Activity

Academic & Communication Skills in Sports

Career and Professional Development in Sports (Mental Wealth)

Introduction to Sports Coaching & Development

Work Placement

In that first year, you’ll get to grips with the basics of the human body. You learn how it works by studying human performance, along with sports psychology. You'll investigate how sport has developed today and develop essential coaching principles.

Essential Skills for Sport (Mental Wealth)

Anatomy & Physiology for Sport

Coaching Principles

Development of Sport

Sports Leadership & Management

Psychological Aspects of Sport

In year two, the focus will be on developing your knowledge and skills in relation to being an effective teacher/coach capable of working with a wide range of people. You will explore policy and sports leadership. Practical experience will be provided in how to adapt physical activity in the field of teaching and coaching.

Inclusion in Youth Sport & PE

Principles & Practice in Teaching & Coaching

Disability, Sport and PE

Research Methods & Design (Mental Wealth)

Sport & PE Policy

Community Sport Development

By year three, you'll concentrate on your independent research project, and you'll do a work placement. We've developed many excellent placement opportunities with partners like West Ham United, Leyton Orient and activeNewham, as well as primary and secondary schools

Applied Research Project in Sport

Independent Research Project

Developing the Healthy Child

Applied Teaching Practice

Education & Development in Sport (Employability) (Mental Wealth)

Disability, Sport & Society

Work Placement (Practice)

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

There are many exciting career options in sports, exercise, and health. We make sure you experience these opportunities while learning. Every sport and exercise science student can do work placements – paid or voluntary – and make connections with sports groups and schools before graduating.

Industry links

A host of exciting careers in the sporting and teaching worlds will open up to you once you graduate, but the great thing about our course is that you may find they open up to you even while you're studying. That's because our work placements and the relationships we have built with sports organisations and schools are so strong.

Graduate employers

Our graduates have gone on to work for employers such as local schools and colleges, sports organisations, charities, not-for-profits as well as roles in research, policy and advocacy.

Job roles

Graduates from this course have gone on to careers as sports coaches, sports coordinators, support workers, researchers, development officers and teaching assistants.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

Graduates may choose to move on to one of our postgraduate courses in: Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology, Sport Analytics or Sport & Exercise Physiology.

Some of our graduates also go on to a career in teaching via our PGCE Physical Education course with our School of Education & Communities.

BSc (Hons) Sport physical education and development
I joined the course during my final year at the university and was grateful for the opportunities and responsibilities given to me during this time. The transition from Level 5 CSM (Community Sports Management) to Level 6 was extremely smooth, thanks to the support I got from my fellow students and teachers. Many of the skills learned in Level 5 CSM transferred over to Level 6 and were developed further, such as critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving. This experience equipped me with valuable skills that I will be taking into my secured graduate position in the sport and leisure industry once I’ve graduated."
James Carter

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including: 

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as game labs, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

    Guided independent study

    Our innovative Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) approach enhances face-to-face learning by providing students with scheduled on-campus contact hours and additional learning opportunities. Through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), students can access course materials and resources beyond their scheduled hours. We offer access to industry-standard technology and specialised spaces to prepare students for their future careers. 

    Dedicated time for activities and development, along with a holistic approach to learning, fosters academic, personal, and professional growth. Students benefit from career support through on-campus and virtual Career Zones, personalised support services, and a dedicated online portal, Track My Future (TMF).

    Academic support

    Students are supported with academic or subject-related queries by a programme director, module leaders, academic advisors (you’ll have an academic advisor from the teaching team as soon as you arrive with us), and university central support services.

    You'll be taught by specialists in different areas. Specialists such as Nadia Grubnic, a PE expert who has researched the London 2012 legacy.


    Dedicated personal tutor

    If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths, or statistics, academic tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions, and one-to-one appointments to help you achieve your potential. 

    You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs feature centralised helpdesks. 

    UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).


    Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars, and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module. 

    The approximate hours for this course are: 

    • Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours 
    • Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours 
    • Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours

    Your timetable

    Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

    Class sizes

    The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work.

How you'll be assessed

We'll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we'll give you as much feedback as possible.

The balance of coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, half of your assessment will be based on research coursework and a work placement.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


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What our students and staff say

Khalid Yacoob smiling in front of the East London sports phoenix
We’re learning about coaching and teaching through practical learning and theory. It’s giving me the experience to become a better coach and is vital for me to become a great teacher."

Khalid Yacoob

Sport, Physical Education and Development student

Sports students standing on basketball court
My experience on the course was great. We heard from accomplished guest speakers and developed connections for the future."

Aidan Elmore