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Physical Education & Outdoor Education

Spanning over 100 years of delivery high quality Physical Education, we are proud of our Carnegie School of Sport's heritage.

Even to present day, we continue to build on this reputation in our teaching and research. We offer both theoretical and practical grounding in all aspects of physical education helping students pursue their chosen career choice whether that is in teaching, outdoor education, health or applied sports science.

We have a strong reputation in research and many of our academics are international experts in their fields. Specifically, our research focuses on young people and their physical education and physical activity experiences. This research is embedded within our curriculum, alongside other subject areas, offering students a truly multidisciplinary experience. At undergraduate level, these areas include; best practice in teaching and learning; a range of practical activities; scientific principles; human movement; health, and lifelong physical activity. Students also get the opportunity to experience a range of practical modules both on campus and in a range of partner schools.

Our action packed residential introduces students to outdoor activities, academic study, lifelong friends and vocational skills including problem solving and team working. Additionally, we offer a wide choice of elective modules appropriate to diverse populations, including elite athletes, young children, older adults or in disability sport.

Employability forms a core focus for our undergraduate delivery with a strong emphasis on work related learning. A compulsory work placement at year two helps students to plan and realise their career ambitions. Learning is enhanced by work placements, which include our partner primary and secondary schools, community youth groups and professional sports clubs. These opportunities enhance the development of professional attributes including motivation, collaboration and inclusivity.

Many of our undergraduate degrees are available with an integrated foundation year. If you don't have the required UCAS points to be able to secure a place on one of our sports degree programmes, the foundation year will prepare you for academic life at our University.

Our Masters programme is particularly effective in enabling prospective students to be successful in gaining entry into the competitive teacher training market. Students develop their critical understandings of Physical Education with a focus on policy, equity, inclusivity, curriculum and pedagogy.