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UCAS Code: C601|Duration: 3 years |Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
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Our Sport and Physical Education degree helps you gain in-depth knowledge about the effect of sport, physical education and activity on individuals and society as a whole. The degree will allow you to explore the impact of sport at the individual, team, organisational and wider community level, from grass roots through to the elite.

Studying Sport and Physical Education at Liverpool Hope University gives you a skills-based theoretical, practical and applied experience which is underpinned by a foundation in subject knowledge and research skills. You will have the opportunity to explore in detail a wide variety of principles and practices in different sports. The degree focuses on core disciplines in the field. These include applied and theoretical approaches to sport psychology, performance and technique, sport analysis, sport development, sociology and history, and coaching science and development.

Within all disciplines you will approach the effect of sport, physical education and activity on individuals and society as a whole, emphasising the ethical issues relating to competition, participation and also the issues relating to health and wellbeing. You will be taught by a team of lecturers who are all experts in their field and widely published. You also have full access to the multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Health Science Building and Sports Complex, incorporating a running track, dedicated research space and new teaching laboratories.


Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where are students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also have practical sessions both on campus and at Plas Caerdeon, the University’s Field Centre in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

If you are studying Sport and Physical Education as a Single Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. If you are studying Sport and Physical Education as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.

On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.


Throughout your three years of study you will have a number of assessments, including written exams, essays, reports, laboratory logs/diaries, portfolios, case studies, a presentation and a literature review. In your final year you complete a dissertation research project. 

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.


Foundations in Sport and Physical Education

Your first year provides you with the knowledge of the key themes that underpin Sport and Physical Education. You will study the psychology of sport and individual differences, as well as the principles and practice in physical education. You learn about the codification and history of sport, and the development of sport in the community. You also explore motor control and the development of skill learning.

You will compare the individual differences and impact on sporting performance, as well as the impact of sport on local and national identity.

If you study Sport and Physical Education as a Single Honours degree, you will also study the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, and movement science.


Explorations in Sport and Physical Education

In your second year, you broaden your knowledge of sporting education and values. You will look at the implementation of policy and practice, and the constructs and applications of sport psychology. You learn about working in the sporting sector and key theories of sport management and governance. You also explore themes around participation in sport health and wellbeing.

Single Honours students will also study the biomechanics of movement, metabolism, coaching science and motor control.


Advanced Studies in Sport and Physical Education

In your final year, you hone your subject-specific research interests by completing a dissertation. You also learn about psychological skills training, and preparation and applied sport performance. You study diverse populations and coaching science, and will explore research trends in sport. You also study what is involved in hosting a major sporting event.

Single Honours students also study applied coaching science, advanced motor control, and the physiology of health.


UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


Our students have gone on to achieve success in many different vocations. Examples include, Coaching, Sport Development, Lifestyle Consultancy, Leisure Management, Sport Science Support, Personal Fitness Instructor, Sport Administration, PE Teaching, Masters, PhD, Sport/Exercise Psychology Support, Management, and Athlete Support.

Students studying on this course will have the opportunity to work with staff and partners of the University in a variety of sport and exercise settings with local and/or national organisations to develop their skills. You are supported throughout your degree through tutor and self-directed learning, allowing you to become self-aware, proactive and motivated in your academic and life goals. The skills developed through the course will be transferable to many professions and areas of future employment. The Sport and Physical Exercise degree offers many opportunities for the development of personal and professional skills including such skills as communication, organisation, time management, analysis and reflection.


Work Placement Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to gain annual voluntary summer placements and full-time graduate positions in North America with one of Liverpool Hope University’s partner companies in America and Canada.


The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


On top of your tuition fees, you will need approximately £200 to cover the cost of any fieldtrips and to buy core textbooks for the degree.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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