Sport is more than just running and jumping. During this 3 year course, you will gain understanding in the complexities of this subject, including; the development of sport; how performance can be enhanced and how it can be managed and led.
This course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the sport, physical education, learning and teaching and education. You will get the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills along with an understanding of the necessary underpinning theories. This course has a high level of real ‘hands-on’ experience and you will learn how to use your skills to inspire others to be more active and to excel at sport and exercise. You will be encouraged to hone your coaching, leadership and teaching skills through practical exercises, field trips, laboratory work and placement opportunities.
In Sport, we think you should experience intellectual excitement and enjoyment, knowledge and practical skills relevant to your chosen career and as much freedom as possible to explore your personal interests.
Here at BGU employability is central to our courses, so we’ll support you to find a placement that is tailored to your career aspirations for the future. You’ll also have the chance to gain coaching qualifications and to volunteer in sport across the county – our links with local sports partnerships and governing bodies provide unique work and career opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.
If you have a passion and commitment for sport then this is the course for you. Come and join us to research and debate recent and topical developments and conflicting values and ideas about sport and physical education.
About Sport at BGU
The areas you study will be dynamic, with contemporary themes that develop from year to year. As part of this, you’ll explore the effects of exercise on the body, looking at a range of physical activities in different social groups – from high-level sports performers to young children. This course also contains a high level of real hands-on experience, where you will learn how to use your skills to inspire others to be more active and to excel at sport and exercise.
You’ll be researching and debating recent issues and looking at conflicting ideas and opinions. You will be encouraged to hone your coaching, leadership and teaching skills through practical exercises, field trips, laboratory work and placement opportunities.
This Sport degree is designed around three specific areas – Physical Education, Sports Coaching and Sports Development, one of which you can choose to specialise in as your course progresses – giving you as much freedom as possible to explore your personal interests.
To ensure you gain the most from your degree, you’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, including written and practical exams, presentations, discussions, portfolios, group work, and written tasks Overall, the course is 70% theory and 30% practical.
What You Will Study
Your first year will introduce you to the field of sport and physical education. It will act as a foundation for future study, by developing awareness of theoretical knowledge in the fields of physiology, psychology and sociology and provide you with practical sports skills. You will be expected to reflect upon your own experiences and perspectives of sport and physical education whilst developing an understanding of differing teaching and learning strategies. There will also be opportunities for you to gain coaching qualifications and to volunteer in sport across the county.
During your second year, you will study how individuals and groups learn through sport and physical education, exploring different pedagogies and learning styles. You will be expected to critically consider effective practice in a range of sports and demonstrate increased knowledge and understanding of how practical sessions can be delivered. There will be the opportunity to develop your skills and understanding of varying issues in the development, leadership and promotion of sport through a work placement in a school or community setting.
By the time you reach the third year of your studies, you will be encouraged to increase your understanding of the competing political agendas in relation to physical education. You will develop skills in the critical analysis of contemporary issues in sport and how they impact on the individual, group and community. You will be engaged in determining an individual area of focus based upon your developing interest and planned career progression. The areas in which you will study will be dynamic, with contemporary themes that develop from year-to-year. You will be expected to demonstrate the capacity to critically reflect upon and evaluate research evidence obtained from an area identified by yourself within the field of sport and physical education. Measurement and evaluation in sport and exercise will also be a focus and you will explore different practical approaches to testing and ways in which they inform feedback and influence performance at all levels.
We use a variety of imaginative approaches to assessment that enable you to utilise your strengths. Over the course of your studies, you could expect your assessment to include presentations, multimedia reports, displays, portfolios, individual research projects, essays, exams and work in the Human Performance Laboratory.
We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and accordingly use a wide range of assessment strategies. You can expect to be guided and supported carefully in your first year, gradually becoming more independent as the course progresses.
What Our Students Say
“I’ve wanted to be a PE teacher for a long time now after being inspired by one of my own teachers. I want to pass my enthusiasm for sport onto others, and the course allows me to do that. Lots of placements mean I’m already getting the chance to help inspire youngsters!” Tasha, Education Studies and Sports Graduate.
Careers and Further Study
In Sport, we prepare you for a broad range of sport-related jobs in such areas as sports development, adventure education, physical activity and health, sports coaching, fitness and recreation industry, school sports coordination, armed forces, youth work and postgraduate research.
By the end of the course, you will have developed a range of practical and transferable skills that are underpinned by excellent subject knowledge, meaning you will be well-prepared for your chosen future career. In the past our graduates have begun the following careers:
- Sports Coach
- Personal Trainer
- Physical Education Teaching (Primary and Secondary)
- Youth Work
- Sports Development
Successful graduates of this course have also continued to study for higher degrees, with many choosing to pursue further study in the field of education. Those wishing to pursue a career in primary or secondary teaching will need to take one of a variety of teacher training courses either at BGU or elsewhere, subject to separate application, see our Postgraduate Courses for more information.
Sport and Physical Education
This module sets out to combine an academic study of the relations between sport, education and society, with a pragmatic desire to explore sport in formal and informal learning environments. It will promote inquiry into the implications of the curriculum for teaching and learning of sport and will begin to develop your skills and knowledge of appropriate teaching strategies in preparation for further development throughout the course.
Young People and Physical Activity
This module will provide you with an overview of the influence of physical activity on health and wellbeing in young people. You will explore the main cultural, political and ethical issues surrounding physical activity and be introduced to methods of promoting physical activity to young people.
Learning Through Sport and PE
This module will further develop your knowledge and understanding of sport and exercise, and apply it to the teaching and learning of PE. You will further explore the implications of the National Curriculum for the teaching and learning of sport and be provided with opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of motor skill learning and performance.
Sports Development, Promotion and Leadership
This module will allow you to investigate effective ways of promoting interest, participation and performance in sport. You will develop a critical understanding of theoretical and vocationally relevant issues for sports development in contemporary society.
Measurement and Evaluation in Sport and Exercise
This module enables you to further develop your knowledge in conducting effective measurement techniques. You will be expected to conduct measurements in a number of parameters of human performance in both a laboratory and field setting.
Research Techniques in Sport
This module provides an opportunity for you to gain transferable and practical skills relevant to a sport based research project. It will introduce you to the nature of sport research and develop key skills relevant to researching sport in a range of topics.
Contemporary Issues and Physical Education
This module will build on previously gained understanding and skills to draw contemporary knowledge of sport and physical education together and relate issues to current practice. It is designed to enable you to develop critically informed opinions on contemporary issues.
Rafe Elliot – Academic Coordinator for Sport
Rafe coordinates and teaches on the undergraduate programmes in Sport. Rafe is a sports scientist with current research interests in physical activity and health-related behaviours. He also engages in consultancy and project work relating to the development of sport and promotion of physical activity and health across the East Midlands. Rafe joined the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University in 2008, following six years at the University of Derby.
Rafe teaches on a range of modules offered on the undergraduate programmes in Sport. Teaching interests include physiology of sport and exercise, physical activity and health, sports development, and measurement and evaluation in sport and exercise.
Claire teaches on the undergraduate programmes of Sport. Claire is a physical education specialist; she has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science and is a UKCC England Netball coach education tutor. Claire joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2009. Previous roles include teaching and leadership within the further education sector.
Head of School
Dr Graham Basten – Head of School of Social Sciences
Graham holds a PhD from the UK Government’s Institute of Food Research and has researched and lectured extensively over the past 10 years on clinical biochemistry, nutrition and folate at the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham (UK). He was previously Acting Head at the School of Allied Health Science at De Montfort University (DMU) and a DMU Teacher Fellow. As a principal lecturer in Clinical Chemistry he has written four textbooks and published several journal articles. Graham has completed the award winning DMU Leadership, Management and Development Programme, as well as a series from the LFHE. He is an advocate of authentic leadership, 360 feedback, action learning sets and SDI.
BSc (Hons) Sport, Coaching and Physical Education
The newest addition to our Sport portfolio at BGU is our BSc (Hons) Sport, Coaching and Physical Education course.
There will be four themes running through the programme: physical education; sports development, health and fitness and coaching. It will develop a deep and broad academic, critical and reflective knowledge and understanding of the physiological, psychological, sociological features of sport. You will acquire and be able to apply a range of generic and transferable intellectual, research, practical and professional skills appropriate to an undergraduate programme and applicable to a wide range of career choices.
The programme will build on the distinctiveness of Sport at BGU, which has so far proven successful and has developed a strong regional identity. This distinctiveness is grounded in the following:
- A focus on sport, coaching and physical education in the community
- Extensive links with local partners
- A consistently applied approach
- A strong community facing, cross-cultural real-world focus
- A practitioner/researcher identity for students