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Sport & Physical Education

Liverpool Hope University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2022

October 2023

October 2024
Sport & Physical Education

About this program

Sport & Physical Education

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 sport. You will examine these issues using applied and theoretical approaches to sport psychology, performance and technique, sport analysis, sport management, sociology and history, and coaching science and development.

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. Based on cutting edge research, 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 management, 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 academics. 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.

Admission requirements

  • A-Levels - BBC
  • UCAS Tariff Points - 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
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE - 112 Tariff Points
  • IB - 28
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
  • Subject Requirements - No specific subject requirements

International entry requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year One

Foundations in Sport and Physical Education

Your first year provides you with the knowledge of the key sub disciplines that underpin Sport and Physical Education. You will study the psychology of sport, sport sociology, coaching and teaching, motor behaviour and sport management.

Within coaching and teaching, you will explore the four main principles of coaching: talent ID, development, children and young people, and community. This will be approached from both a coaching and teaching perspective and differing approaches to learning, such as Teaching Games for Understanding will be examined.

The sport sociology and history element will focus on the codification and history of sport, and the development of sport in the community. This will include work on differing ideologies of sport, as well as the impact of sport on local and national identity.

Year Two

Explorations in Sport and Physical Education

In your second year, you will broaden your knowledge of sport and physical education using the same sub disciplines.

In sport sociology, the key contemporary issues of globalisation and commercialisation of sport are assessed. Additionally, there is a focus on the role of outside agencies, such as the media, and the management and governance of sport.

In coaching and teaching, guidelines and strategies for physical activity are investigated, with specific focus on the National Curriculum and school sport. The coaching element supplements this and begins to look at approaches to training for specific sports.

Sport Psychology covers themes centred on health and wellbeing and their impact on sport performance, participation and well being. These include theories of exercise behavior, body image and motivation/barriers to exercise. The motor control unit centres on attention and its effect on both performance and learning.

Year Three

Advanced Studies in Sport and Physical Education

In your final year, you hone your subject-specific research interests by completing a dissertation in one of the sub discipline areas. This is closely supervised by an expert and research active member of the team.

In the taught component of the course, there is an increased focus on critical analysis. In sport psychology, you learn about psychological skills training, and how this can enhance preparation and sport performance. This will be supplemented later in the year with a block of psychology focused on mental health and well being, including social support, effective career transitions and perfectionism.

The sociology element highlights contemporary issues in sport, such as anti-doping in the context of sporting and government agendas and policies. Furthermore, and key events in sport, such as the hosting and impact of mega events are assessed.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Total tuition fee for local/EU students is £9,250.
  • Tuition fee for International/Non-EU students is £12,500.


The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) 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.

Career paths

Graduates have gone on to achieve success in many different roles such as teaching (both primary and secondary), coaching, and sport science support. Each of these options paves the way for an exciting career, supported by the knowledge and skills gained from the degree.

The interdisciplinary nature of the course exposes students to the varied sub-disciplines of sport. As such, a large number of graduates go on to complete specialised postgraduate study such as Masters or PhD in sport psychology, sport sociology or coaching science, paving the way for accelerated employment opportunities or careers in academia.

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Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. The University places emphasis on bringing together research excellence and top-quality teaching. This research-informed teaching enables our students to develop...

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Why study at Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is a vibrant community of scholars, students and support staff. We are proud of our past, confident in our present and ambitious for our future.

With a history extending over 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a distinctive ethos that brings together scholarship, research and teaching.

Just one in five UK Higher Education providers achieved the gold standard, which measures excellence in teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes - the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals. The city of Liverpool is a wonderful place to study. With a rich culture and heritage and an International airport on the doorstep, why study anywhere else?

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Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park Campus
L16 9JD Liverpool
United Kingdom

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