Degree overview

Only 15.5% of children are achieving the recommended 60 minutes of sport and physical activity a day. Physical Education at UCFB provides students with a pathway to change this and make a real difference by inspiring the next generation of children to get away from their mobile phone and out into the park. This degree is designed for those with a passion for physical activity, exercise and sport to carve a future in physical education teaching and leadership.

Students on the physical education course, at UCFB, will explore the fundamentals of teaching physical activity by supporting professional teachers and sports coaches out in the local schools and community. The course will focus on sport pedagogy, the delivery of a variety of practical sessions and the mechanics of teaching and coaching.

This means that by the final year, students will have amassed a significant amount of practical teaching experience, and through this, gained confidence and knowledge to be able to move onto a PGCE course (if they wish to complete their training as teachers) or to deliver practical sessions in any other format. With this course, graduates will be equipped to move into personal training, sports session delivery or even health promotion work.

This degree will build the skills that are needed to become a confident physical education practitioner; it will also provide the experience and knowledge required to gain work in schools, outside coaching companies and in other physical activity establishments. Students will develop the practical and theoretical understanding of the two key areas needed for physical educators; becoming an expert in physical activity and an expert in teaching and sport pedagogy.

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Degree content

Physical education students will explore the national curriculum and the established importance of physical activity and will cover a range of sporting options including the six key areas that schools require; athletics, games, gymnastics, dance, swimming, outdoor and adventure activities.

Work within local schools is a key feature of this course and many of the in-class sessions will be supporting students’ own practical placements and providing information and reflection time to learn from their real-life teaching experiences.

UCFB Wembley students have been placed at a number of schools including Ark Academy, St Joseph's primary school and Wembley Park primary school, as well as sports clubs Wembley Stallions and QPR. UCFB Etihad Campus students have gained experience at Connell College and St Agnes' primary school, as well as sports organisations including the National Gymnastics Centre, British Dodgeball and British Triathlon.

Physical activity study requires students who have the ability to read and study independently, manage their time and marry theory with practice.

Students completing this course will be equipped to apply for PGCE courses, graduate teacher training in-school programmes or work in any area of physical activity delivery such as personal training or afterschool coaching. This degree programme also provides transferable skills to other careers e.g. research, further study and health work.

Students will explore the national curriculum at primary and secondary school level and be involved in the full range of practical areas: games, swimming, athletics, gymnastics, dance and outdoor and adventurous activities.

This will enable you to have a complete background to move onto PGCE teacher training or be a community sport leader. The programme will also consider key youth sport issues such as the obesity crisis and the need to promote physically active lifestyles.


Teaching locations for this degree include:

UCFB Wembley
Wembley Stadium

• 1st Way
Bridge Park Leisure Centre

UCFB Etihad Campus
Manchester Sports Village, Belle Vue
National Cycling Centre

In addition to our teaching locations, we also use specialist facilities throughout the academic year as well as additional facilities where required.

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Degree specification documents and information

University Campus of Football Business is an embedded college of the University of East London. All graduates that begin their degrees with UCFB from September 2021 onwards will receive a degree from the University of East London.

The course specification for this degree will be available from late August 2021.

Benchmark statements

UCFB degrees fall under five subject benchmark statements – Business and Management (2019); Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies (2019); Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism (2019); Law (2019); and Psychology (2019). Visit the QAA website to access each of these benchmark statements.

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I have just secured my first teaching job! I have finished the course scoring 1’s which against Ofsted is outstanding and the highest I could have scored. Thank you to all at UCFB for all your help on my degree!

Ellisha Duffield-GoodyearUCFB graduate and PE Teacher at Orchards Academy


Foundation year
  • Skills for Learning
  • Mental Wealth
  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Theory of Coaching
  • Principles of Coaching
First Year
  • Principles of Teaching
  • Teaching and the Practical Delivery of Sport
  • Industry Competencies (Mental Wealth)
  • Sports Science in Practice
  • Delivering a Broad Curriculum
  • Cybernetic Physical Education
Second Year
  • Psychology for Physical Education
  • Creative Physical Education
  • Industry Readiness (Mental Wealth)
  • Research Methods
  • Sociology of Physical Education
  • Behaviour Management
Third Year
  • Innovations in Education
  • Experiential Learning
  • Professional Project
  • Sports Initiative Development
  • Industry Engagement (Mental Wealth)

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from students with a passion and ambition to work in the physical activity and/or education industries.

With Foundation Year
UCAS codes
  • UCFB Wembley course code: PE1F
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W


  • UCFB Etihad Campus course code: PE1F
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: E

The minimum academic requirement for the degree course with Integrated Foundation Year is a 64 UCAS point score under the new UCAS tariff system.

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Other minimum requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved one of the following:

  • A Levels with DDE or higher
  • A BTEC Extended diploma grade MPP
  • A BTEC Diploma grade MM
  • A combination of BTEC and A-Level qualifications

Applicants are also expected to hold a GCSE grade C in Maths or English.

To be considered eligible for the programme, applicants must have completed at least two years of post-secondary education or work experience.

Applicants applying without the minimum required UCAS points can still be considered on a case by case basis and may be requested to attend an interview and assessment prior to receiving an offer.

International applicants will be asked to achieve Duolingo 95 or IELTS for UKVI at grade 6.0 overall or above.

Enquiries are encouraged from anybody who does not meet the above criteria but would like to be considered for the programme. Please email for further advice.

International students

UCFB cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.

You will not need a visa to study in the UK if:

  • You are a British citizen
  • You are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland
  • You have a visa to stay in the UK for another purpose that allows you to study

If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact

Three Year Degree
UCAS codes
  • UCFB Wembley course code: PE10
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: W


  • UCFB Etihad Campus course code: PE10
  • Institution: U10
  • Campus: E

The minimum academic requirement for this degree course is a 96 UCAS point score under the UCAS tariff system.

International Baccalaureate - 30

Other minimum requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved one of the following:

  • A minimum of 2 A Levels including two C grades
  • A BTEC Extended diploma grade MMM
  • A BTEC Diploma grade DD
  • A combination of BTEC and A-Level qualifications with at least two C graded A levels or Merit graded BTEC equivalents.
  • International applicants will be asked to achieve Duolingo 95 or IELTS for UKVI at grade 6.0 overall or above.
  • International Baccalaureate (minimum of 30 points)
  • An Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate subject at Distinction level
  • An Access Course: minimum of 60 credits, including at least 45 at Level 3
  • An equivalent level 3 qualification

Applicants should have a strong GCSE profile, including English at Grade 4 or Grade C, or equivalent and Maths at Grade 4 or Grade C (specifically for Football Business & Finance, Sports Business & Sports Law and Sport Psychology).

Other equivalent qualifications, including those from your own country, will be considered for entry.

Applicants for whom English is a second language will need a valid Academic IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in each component for entry on to a degree programme (Level 4).

All qualifications are subject to approval by the UCFB

Admissions team, based on UKVI requirements.

We also welcome applications from mature students who may not possess the above qualifications but may have relevant experience.

All applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong interest in working with children and young people in a range of physical activities. Students will need to be able to apply the underpinning principles of teaching and learning theory to create positive experiences for young people. Their knowledge of how young people grow and develop will ensure they can maximise performance and develop positive attitudes to lifelong participation in physical activity.

International students

UCFB cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.

You will not need a visa to study in the UK if:

  • You are a British citizen
  • You are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland
  • You have a visa to stay in the UK for another purpose that allows you to study

If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact

Entry with advanced standing

Students are normally expected to start at Level 4, but can be admitted to any level of the course which is considered suitable, after portfolio review and interview, using the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Under this arrangement, a student may apply to have previous academic credits or other learning or experience taken into consideration. Such applications are considered by the Faculty CATS committee and must be supported by the Academic Department.

Career prospects

Career paths include progressing onto a PGCE course to complete teacher training or joining a graduate teacher training programme. Alternatively, graduates could work through the non-qualified teacher route; working in the physical activity or health sector as a personal trainer, wellness facilitator or for sports delivery companies e.g. Sport co-ordinators in clubs and schools. 

The UCFB Employability & Enrichment programme

Over 90% of UCFB graduates are in employment within six months of graduating and almost two-thirds of them work within the global sports industry.

At UCFB we bridge the gap between education and business, allowing a unique approach to education. We provide two curricula; the academic curriculum which encompasses exams and coursework and the Employability & Enrichment programme – a three year journey of professional and personal development.

This provides access to best-in-class industry guest speakers, additional qualifications and exceptional opportunities to apply for work experience placements to ensure our students graduate as well-rounded, empowered professionals.

Find out more about your career journey at UCFB

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Mental Wealth

Each of our UCFB undergraduate degrees is underpinned by an embedded strand of learning and skills development, including a formalised a short work-placement opportunity, to better equip students for the 21st century workplace and enhance employability opportunities.

This allows students to develop a set of key transferrable skills to ensure they are ready for the modern workplace when they graduate, including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligence, digital proficiency, industry and community connections, and giving back to the community through projects and volunteering.

Every UCFB degree has one Mental Wealth module in each academic year to cover these skills, and our learning outcomes for all modules are closely mapped to these same competencies in order to maximise graduate's industry readiness and career opportunities.

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Home students

Home tuition fees 2021

£9,250 per year
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International students

International tuition fees 2021

£14,950 per year
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Additional information about fees and costs

Visit our dedicated page about fees and student finance.

Additional costs

The provision of a facility or service including accommodation may be subject to an additional charge (i.e. separate from tuition fees). Where this is the case, we will make this clear in advance and payment for such service shall be made in accordance with any additional contract made between you and the University.

In some instances, optional Employability & Enrichment activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.

Students are required to purchase UCFB branded kit for use on practical based modules and on work based experience sessions. This costs £120 and is required each year of the programme. Travel to external teaching venues and work based experience/placement may also be required, of which costs will vary. CRB check costs are also necessary and vary from £24 – £44, depending the level of check you choose.

Scholarships & bursaries

UCFB has a range of scholarship and bursary options to help with the cost of studying and to encourage students to embrace their time at UCFB and graduate with more than just their university degree. Click here to learn more.

Our UK campuses

UCFB provides an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with state-of-the-art facilities in two inspirational campuses in London and Manchester, which have the iconic Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart.

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