Physical Education


What does it take to motivate people and improve performance? Our physical education courses give you a strong foundation in everything that goes into being a great educator.

You'll explore the principles of human movement, the science behind performance, and how to communicate with different types of people. Through placement and practical activity, you'll develop skills that will open doors in teaching, community sport, health promotion or sports coaching.

Physical Education is one of the only degrees in the UK specifically designed to prepare students for a career in teaching. The courses cover lots of disciplines helping students develop subject knowledge across the Physical Education Curriculum. It provides opportunities to develop skills which help them to become outstanding physical educationalists.

your student experience

Sport is about doing. From your first day, you'll be part of a community that encourages you to turn ideas into action. You'll be part of a diverse community of students, who know that lives can be transformed by sport. You'll learn about its many different facets, so you can discover your passion.

You'll also be part of an active university in the heart of one of the UK's centres of sport. We're working with partners every day on research and policy, and you'll be able to apply what you've learned through placements and community projects.

Get to know our courses

Whether you're fascinated by the science of sport or drawn to working in communities, our courses will help you unlock a fulfilling career in sport.

Your teaching community

There is more to sport than you can imagine. Our teachers and researchers are specialists in a variety of fields, working with partners around the world to put their insights into action. We're investigating the science of performance, researching how to improve the nation's health, and exploring how to make sport more equal and accessible. Become a part of that journey.

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our research

Centre for Active Lifestyles

At the Centre for Active Lifestyles, we respond to the societal need to better understand and deliver physical activity to improve public health. We aim to reduce longstanding social inequalities by improving the delivery of community provisions and education around physical activity.

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