The Brunel Physical Education and Youth Sport BSc gives students interested in working with young people in physical education or youth sport a solid understanding of the sport, health and exercise sciences and how physical education can have a positive impact on the academic achievement, health and wellbeing of young learners.
You’ll be introduced to prominent theories of education and a range of research-led teaching and physical training methods geared to the learning needs of young people. These will cover fundamentals such as curriculum planning, instruction and assessment as well as psychological theories related to sport and exercise.
You’ll also explore social issues in physical education such as gender, race and religion, inclusive practice and historical and philosophical aspects related to PE.
We offer three study options. You can choose three years full-time, six years part-time or four years full-time with a one-year professional placement between years two and three that will give you the chance to apply what you’ve learned to real-life situations.
The academic and practical skills you’ll gain from your Brunel degree will open doors to careers in teaching, coaching, youth sport development, community sport and health and fitness or for postgraduate study.
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The course is designed to prepare you for roles in physical education and youth sport. You’ll gain a solid grounding in the sport and exercise sciences and learn to plan, teach and assess physical activities and programmes for young people.
Work for your degree consists of compulsory modules and a final dissertation.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
- Fundamentals of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
- Research and Learning Skills I
- Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
- Introduction Social Sciences of Sport
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Synoptic Study I
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Coaching and Teaching Effectiveness
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse
- Physical Literacy and Child Development
- Research and Learning Skills II
- Young People, Sport and Identity
- Work-based Learning
- Pedagogy and Policy: Individual Needs
- Synoptic Study II
Compulsory for students selecting a sandwich placement:
- Work placement workshops
- Work placement
- Major project
- Pedagogy and Policy: Critical Issues
- Physical Literacy and the Learning Environment
- Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Sport, Media and Communication
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Training Principles
- Employability and Professional Development
- Synoptic Study III
Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Careers and your future
This could be your first step to becoming a PE teacher. Alternatively graduates from this course are well-equipped to become community coaches or work for the local council or in social media to promote the importance of physical education for youngsters today.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry criteria 2019/20
- GCE A Level BBC, including either Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sport, Sport Studies, Sociology or PE.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Applied Science, Sport, or Sport and Exercise Sciences.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Applied Science, Sport, or Sport and Exercise Sciences, with an A Level at grade B in any subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with two A Levels at grades BC, to include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology or PE.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points, including 5 at Higher Level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology or PE.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access to Bioscience, Health Forensic Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Science, or Sport course, with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.
Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
A commitment to sport or exercise is expected from all applicants.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Teaching and learning
Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. Many are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which enables them to work with high-performance athletes from a wide variety of sports – and many of them do. This means you’ll be among the first to benefit from the latest thinking in the industry.
Your courses will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory and practical sessions, online leaning and computer-assisted sessions to teach quantitative data collection and analysis and computer simulation.
We constantly review our teaching methods in response to student feedback in view of developing and improving them.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Modules are assessed by combinations of individual and group projects, oral presentations, case studies, report writing, and examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£9,250 full-time; £6,935 part-time; £1,000 placement year
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.