BSc Physical Activity and Health

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
ABB (2019/0 entry) See All Requirements
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Achieve your personal best with a degree in physical activity and health development at one of the UK’s best university sports facilities.

You’ll learn how to link theory with practice whilst enjoying the extensive sporting facilities at UEA. You will develop your skills as a health practitioner within the highly regarded School of Education and Lifelong Learning with an embedded placement and research experience as part of the course.


In your first year you’ll explore the key areas underpinning the study of physical education, sport and fitness, and sport and physical activity development. Through core modules in the areas of psychology, physiology, skill acquisition and health, you’ll discover factors influencing the performance, participation and development of individuals within physical education, sport and physical activity settings. You’ll also gain delivery specific knowledge across a range of games activities.

We attract students from a range of academic backgrounds, so the module Academic and Professional Practice is designed to facilitate a smooth transition into higher education study for everyone, and will enable you to test out your preferences through voluntary work.

We operate a common suite of Year 1 modules in our Physical Education, Sport and Health cluster, which means you’ll have the opportunity to transfer to one of the following courses after Year 1:

  • BSc PE, Sport and Health
  • BSc Physical Education
  • BSc Sports Development

In your second and third years you’ll study a combination of compulsory and optional modules covering different aspects of the physical activity and health development landscape.

In your final year you’ll also complete a research project under the supervision of a lecturer who’s actively engaged in research. This is a great opportunity to delve into an area you’re passionate about. You’ll get the chance to collect and analyse data and turn those findings into a substantial research report. This will help you demonstrate a wide range of applicable workplace skills.

You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue a range of nationally accredited coaching and physical activator awards alongside the set curriculum. All of these will enhance your employability and broaden your horizons.

We have support from an excellent careers central advisor who will support you with your personal development and applications into relevant sector roles.

Course Structure

Year 1

Core modules cover topics including psychology, physiology, skill acquisition and fitness and training.

You’ll take the compulsory module Academic and Professional Practice. This will smooth your transition into higher education, whatever your academic background, and give you the opportunity to undertake sports-industry-based voluntary work.

Year 2

You’ll study a combination of compulsory and optional modules from different areas, including psychology of physical activity and behaviour change, athletics and aquatics, partnerships in sport provision. Plus you could do an extended placement with a local organisation or care provider, along with a research enquiry.

You’ll also have the chance to choose modules delivered across the university such as British Sign Language and Introduction to Business.

Year 3

In your final year you will design and implement your own research project under the supervision of a member of staff. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules to complement or extend your previous study and future career aspirations. These include Health, Wellbeing and Physical Activity Promotion, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Aesthetic Activities, and Sport, Culture and Society, amongst others.

Teaching and Learning

We have a high ratio of academic staff to students, and throughout your studies you will benefit from our small-group teaching, which is designed to encourage interaction between lecturers and students.

You will be supported by our experienced staff, who are renowned for their excellence in teaching and research. You’ll learn about a range of sociological and educational theories and concepts, and you’ll be able to explore the context and application of various key disciplines and how they relate to physical education, sport and physical activity.

Your voluntary work and placement experience will allow you to develop key reflective practice skills, grow your understanding of the workplace, and begin your professional development.

You will get feedback from your lecturers throughout to help you identify areas for improvement. Feedback could include annotations, written feedback sheets, and verbal feedback.

You’ll be expected to be self-motivated in your learning and eager to take ownership of your progress. Alongside your taught sessions you will be required to work independently and with your peers in groups.

You will be asked to complete preparatory reading and tasks and bring these with you to sessions. You will also be required to submit formative (practice) work so that lecturers can give you feedback, before your submit your summative (graded) work for marking.

Throughout your course you will be able to meet with your adviser for support and advice on your studies and developing career ambitions.


You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, from exams, essays and presentations, through to fieldwork manuals, reflective logs, academic posters, videos, and a dissertation.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

We also offer BSc Physical Activity and Health with a Year Abroad

After the course

You’ll graduate as a skilled and confident advocate for all forms of participation and health promotion. You’ll be well placed to enter a range of sectors and organisations including local authorities, County Sport Partnerships, the NHS and care sector. Potential roles will be around physical activity and health promotion, fitness, business research, educational research, sport science and community intervention agencies.

In addition, many of our graduates decide to continue their studies with postgraduate courses such as Health and Nutrition, Social Work, Sports Development, Sports Management and Marketing, Sports Science, Coaching Studies, Strength and Conditioning, or Master’s by Research.

Career destinations

  • Health/physical activity promotion officer
  • Educational training and development
  • Local authority or GP support
  • Public Health England
  • Public and private care sector
  • Private business owner

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB preferably including Biology or PE. General Studies is not accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points overall preferably including Biology or a Sport related subject at Higher Level
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC preferably including Biology or PE.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2 and 3 subjects at H3 preferably including Biology or PE.
  • Access Course Leisure, Sport or Science with Biology pathways are required. Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3.
  • BTEC DDM with Distinction in all compulsory modules and nothing below a Merit in any module. Sport subject required. BTEC Public Services is not accepted.
  • European Baccalaureate 75% preferably including Biology or a Sport related subject.

Entry Requirement

GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science subject at Grade 4 or Grade C or above.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA, we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition, some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here (needs the hyperlink included) for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme and an interview:

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Health and Life Sciences

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA 


The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

All applicants must be able to illustrate recent active involvement in sport and/or training.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN: Disclosure of criminal background for those with access to children.

All applicants who have been offered a place to study the course will be required to obtain a new DBS Check. This will happen after registration. 

General information about this process can be obtained from the UK Governments Disclosure and Barring Service website.


The School’s annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

Candidates with equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International Students  webpage.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students 

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Admissions Office (Education)

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515


Register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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