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Physical Education (MA / PG Dip / PG Cert)

Course Description

We will help you to understand and encourage physical education as a lifelong process in the community.Our course is ideal if you are interested in physical education in its broadest terms, particularly if you are already working in the field within schools and youth sport and seek to further your professional development and career potential, this course will provide a strong academic base for you to advance your career.

You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary curriculum practice in physical education and school sport, as well as critically assess the role of different pedagogical models in teaching both of these areas.

The dissertation is a substantial piece of work for which you are encouraged to research in detail an area of physical education that is of particular interest to you.

This course is particularly suitable if you are a physical education teacher, sports practitioner, or have a related undergraduate degree with extensive experience with children and young people.

Teaching and Learning

You will study three core modules, two elective modules, one research module and a major independent research study/dissertation. For your dissertation you are encouraged to research in detail an area of physical education that is of particular interest to you, providing the opportunity to focus on your career path.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/physicaleducation_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


There is an increasing need for highly qualified masters graduates to work with children and young people within schools and the community. As well as the possibility to pursue, or extend, a career in physical education, other opportunities include sports club administration, governing bodies, community sport and higher education could also be available.

- PE Teacher
- Sports Club Administrator
- Community Sport Officer
- Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Studying a postgraduate course in physical education can enhance your job prospects in teaching allowing you to take control of your career.

The Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Beckett University has an excellent reputation of delivering quality sport and physical education courses for over 75 years.

Core Modules

Curriculum, Pedagogy & Practice in Physical Education & Youth Sport (20 credits)
Explore the ways PE and youth sport are taught and assessed, focussing on issues such as competitive sport, PE as a way of keeping students fit, teaching games for understanding and PE as an examinable subject.

Understanding Young People's Experiences of Physical Education & Sport (20 credits)
Draw on child development theory to assess the experiences of young people in PE and sport. You will examine various knowledge bases, considering the challenges of conducting research about young people.

Diversity & Discrimination (20 credits)
Examine diversity and inequality from a social science perspective. You will consider specific examples of legal discrimination and how they relate to sport, law, leisure and physical education professions.

Research Methods (20 credits)
Designed to prepare you for your major independent study, you'll focus on research methods and ethics to aid you in your own study.

Major Independent Study (60 credits)
Undertake a major independent study into an area of your personal interest, relevant to the Physical Education course.

Peter Mackreth

Head of School, Sport

"Across the school we have talented, committed and passionate staff who continually strive to build on the synergies between teaching, research and enterprise. Our approach fosters the development of innovative and important projects which feeds into an excellent student experience at all levels."

Peter is Head of the Carnegie School of Sport which houses a diverse range of disciplines that promote excellence at all levels of participation, performance and policy in sport. Across the School are talented, committed and passionate staff who continually strive to build on the synergies between teaching, research and enterprise. Our approach fosters the development of innovative and important projects, which feeds into an excellent student experience at all levels. The School has a strong progression rate with many undergraduates going on to do masters and then PhDs.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Physical Education (MA / PG Dip / PG Cert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Stuart Lancaster

My time at university had a significant influence on me, not only in my current career and coaching development but also in life skills.

Stuart Lancaster
Former England Rugby Union Coach, Rugby Football Union

(Student Profile)

Tania Sargent

The strong reputation of my course at Leeds Beckett and the teaching skills I gained have been instrumental in my career. I'm now Head of Physical Education seven years after graduating. The support from tutors and hands-on experience on the course was fantastic.

Tania Sargent
Head of PE, Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Foundation


Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups.

Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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