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Physical Education and Outdoor Education BSc (Hons)

What makes Physical Education and Outdoor Education at Worcester special?

Physical education with a twist. This is PE for those who are willing to put themselves on the edge of their comfort zone in the name of learning. This is PE for those who are eager to climb mountains, paddle rivers and scale dizzying rock faces before returning to base to apply what they have learned to teaching.

At Worcester, the 50/50 mix of physical and outdoor education allows you to gain extensive knowledge in teaching Physical Education whilst developing outdoor education as another string to your bow, enhancing your employment options once you graduate.

Key features

  • The 50/50 split between Physical Education and Outdoor Education gives you flexible career options
  • Supplement your course with additional national governing body awards and overseas study
  • Excellent facilities including the University of Worcester Arena, Herefordshire & Ludlow College’s Holme Lacy campus, the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley
  • Course designed to meet the needs of employers in relevant industries
  • Undertake work placements, such as teaching PE in schools and working within the outdoor industry

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

280 UCAS points including GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above.

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

A Disclosure and Barring service record is required for this course.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Physical Education
  • Land-Based Personal Skills
  • Dance and Gymnastics
  • Scientific Principles of Movement in Teaching
  • Foundations of Outdoor Learning
  • Safety Management

Year 2


  • Learning and Teaching in Physical Education
  • Water-Based Personal Skills
  • The Research Process
  • Facilitation and Reviewing


  • School-Based Learning
  • Swimming and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Weather and Climate

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Application of Learning Theory in Physical Education
  • Outdoor Activities and the Natural Environment
  • Contemporary Issues in Outdoor Education
  • Residential Experience


  • Primary Physical Education
  • 14-19 PE and Sport

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

During the course, you will be taught by an experienced and enthusiastic team of both physical education and outdoor education practitioners who are committed to providing a quality experience that will enable you to become a highly employable graduate. You will gain valuable experience on placements and have the opportunity of working in both primary and secondary school settings, along with a range of outdoor settings.


A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course in order to assess students’ knowledge, skills and understanding, including:

  • Coursework assignments
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Practical assessments
  • Independent research project

Study location

The course is based at the University of Worcester and is run in association with Hereford & Ludlow College (Holme Lacy campus). Students have access to high quality facilities at the university including; BASES accredited laboratories, sports hall, fitness suites, 3G Astroturf, playing fields, the Worcester Arena and the Motion Performance Centre. Various outdoor venues will also be used during the course such as the Black Mountains, Malvern Hills, Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons.


Where could it take you?

With more people playing sport and engaging in physical activity there are many new additional job opportunities in this sector. Graduates from the University of Worcester have gone on to gain employment in the following areas: Sport Community coaching (including disability coaching career opportunities); Sport performance coaching; Outdoor Instructing; Sport Development officers; FE lecturing; Sports Marketing; Expedition leadership; Performance Analysis; PE teaching; Outdoor centre management; Armed forces & Police; Coaching business start-up; Graduate level employment in the Private, public and voluntary sectors.

Alternatively, there are opportunities to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Physical Education & Outdoor Education BSc (Hons) - CX63 BSc/PEOE

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions tutor

Rachael Bullingham
01905 542699