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Physical Education and Sport (Extended), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation.
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.



If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff.

In the foundation year, gain the academic skills you need to succeed at degree level. Then maximise your abilities in a degree that blends practical courses in athletics, dance, games, gymnastics and swimming and theoretical courses related to the scientific, psychological and sociological study of physical education and sport. It will be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Foundation year

The foundation year will be taught at our Greenwich campus, the following three years will be taught at our Avery Hill campus.

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • A thorough introduction to the practical and theoretical elements in physical education and sport
  • Essential computing skills
  • Improved communication
  • Academic writing skills
  • An understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership
  • The ability to manage your studies independently.

Degree structure

After the foundation year, you'll also study courses related to sport policy, practice and development, which consider the context and principles of teaching and coaching. There is also the opportunity to examine contemporary PE and sporting issues and their impact within local, national and international communities. Research skills are developed in each year leading to the supervised independent study course in the final year. 


The university has excellent sports facilities including an indoor airdome (astroturf), sports hall, and a specialist dance studio.

Teaching methods

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials, and in small groups using case studies, role play and student centered learning. 


The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide an education in the disciplines integral to physical education and sport
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of physical education and sport
  • Develop key transferable skills such as information technology (IT), team work, problem solving, self-assessment, and application of research and mathematical skills
  • Develop an enquiring and analytical approach to the study of physical education and sport.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and maths grade C or 4 (or above). This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with 64 UCAS points including points from at least two AS-levels in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS‐level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

For more information, UK and EU applicants can contact us on or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have no IELTS skill less than 5.5, but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall will take the following two additional courses which are designed to support them:
English for Academic Purposes 1               15 credits
English for Academic Purposes 2               15 credits

These 30 credits are in place of credits from other courses. Such students therefore study a total of 120 credits. Where students with IELTS 6.0 overall choose to take these courses, the 30 credits will be additional to other credits. Such students therefore study a total of 150 credits.

These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the Avery Hill Campus.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a
    possibility for the highest quality applicants
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability
  • Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

For more information, please contact us.

Extra information


Irrespective of the nature of the teaching environment (i.e., classroom, dance studio, sports hall, field, etc.) a variety of student‐centred teaching methods will complement tutor‐led presentations in order to enhance students' learning. 

These may include: 

  • Student‐led seminars
  • Peer‐group teaching
  • Analysis of practical performance (live or via film footage)
  • Workshop presentations. 

In these ways, students will apply their knowledge and understanding and develop skills associated with observation, analysis, problem solving, reflection and critical evaluation.

In addition to developing the skills necessary to demonstrate understanding through written examinations and assignments, students will also acquire the skills to be assessed through, for example: 

  • Oral presentations
  • Portfolio tasks
  • Practical assessments
  • Film footage analysis
  • Report writing
  • Proposals
  • Case study. 

This varied combination of assessments is designed to complement the teaching and learning strategies and support the philosophy of student‐centered learning.


Dedicated courses in Year 1 and Year 3 prepare students to enhance their employability for PE and sport-related careers. In addition, work placement opportunities are built into each year of the programme. Graduates are equipped to work in a variety of roles within the sports and leisure industry. Graduates are also well placed to apply for teacher training, for example, via a PGCE programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Situated either side of Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.

New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 15 min walk)

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