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Sport & Physical Education - BSc (Hons) 

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 allows students 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, students are encouraged to build up a portfolio of UKCC coaching qualifications, work-based learning and experiences during their time at University. Cardiff Met offers on-campus opportunities for students to engage in and has excellent links with Sport Cardiff and surrounding schools and local authorities. Students have access to a wealth of valuable experiential learning opportunities including National Governing Bodies and community sports initiatives.
The aims of the Sport and Physical Education course are to produce independent, knowledgeable, and work-ready graduates.

Course Content

Year One:
Sport and Physical Education students complete five compulsory modules that explore the provision of youth sport, coaching and physical education, and provide the context and scope for understanding the fundamental aspects sport and physical education upon various disparate population groups. In addition, students experience a broad base of knowledge related to the disciplines of psychology, physiology, biomechanics, and the research process. Finally, students select one optional module to add a sport development, management, socio-cultural, or performance analysis flavour to their study in year one.

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Research Process*
  • Introduction to Applied Sports Principles & Techniques in Professional Practice
  • Physical Education I*
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching/PE*
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science*

Options (Choose 20 Credits) from:

  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • An Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport*
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Understanding Sport Management

*Module also available through medium of Welsh

Year Two:
In year two students complete four compulsory modules that are integral to sport pedagogy, and develop core skills that are key to the student’s academic and personal development. A holistic and humanistic knowledge in relation to teaching and coaching within sport and physical education is developed and experienced. Students then choose an additional two modules from a range of theory-based modules to develop a degree pathway that is personalised and specific to the individual’s needs and interests.

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Research Process*
  • Physical Education in Youth Sport*
  • Sport Coaching/PE*
  • Sports Principles and Techniques (Choose one: Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Outdoor Adventurous Activities, Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Waterpolo.)

Options - choose two from:

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

Year Three:
In year 3 students must complete an enterprise or independent project (dissertation), that addresses a research topic within a sports science, socio-cultural, pedagogy, or philosophical 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, students 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*
  • Physical Education III

Options - choose two from:

  • Problem-Based Learning in Coaching
  • Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture*
  • Ethical Issues in Sport*
  • Work-based Learning*
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise and Health Physiology*
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Problem-based Learning through OAA
  • 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 VLE. 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 (usually at Level 4) and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning (at Levels 5 and 6).

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 follow careers in teaching/coaching, the leisure industry, sport science, community sports development, in recreation management, and as national and regional coaches. Past graduates have obtained employment teaching, coaching gymnastics, soccer or trampolining, as fitness consultants and trainers, as sports administrators or joined the Armed Forces or Police Service; others have undertaken further study in the areas of physiotherapy, sports massage, nursing, and teaching. The subjects studied and skills learnt will give students the opportunity to continue their education to Master and Doctorate level or to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a strong sporting profile, five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or above plus:

  • 300 points from at least 3 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BB within a relevant subject, General Studies excluded
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Distinction Merit to include 12 Distinctions overall within a relevant subject
  • 300 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x B1 grades within relevant subject (minimum grade C2 considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 15 credits with Distinction within a relevant subject
  • 300 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades BB at A Level within a relevant subject, excluding General Studies, Core counted as fourth subject
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Applicants should normally have a sports performance profile at, or equivalent to, county standard in at least one sport.

For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels / 12-unit BTEC or equivalent, other qualifications and sporting achievements will be considered.

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 School of Sport, as applicants can change option.

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

Key Facts

Accredited by:

UCAS Code(s): C604

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

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.

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
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

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

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

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

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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