St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

St Mary's University has an incredibly strong reputation for Physical Education teaching and sports performance. The campus itself is greenly'rural, yet London'urban, located amongst many partnership organisations for students to access for their own work based development. The uniqueness of the course is displayed in the variety of sports industry modules options on offer, enabling students to choose several career pathways. The course highly regards innovative use of technology to enhance the student experience, particularly in relation to supporting development of students' teaching and coaching practice. St Mary's has established strong links with over 200 schools that form our teaching partnerships and provide a diverse range of teaching settings for our students to gain work placement experience. We also have strong links with a Premier League football club, where there are invaluable qualification and work'based learning opportunities. The course is further supported by a team of lecturers who have a wide range of expertise in academic and industry fields, national and Olympic/Paralympic sport arenas and professional expertise and experience in PE and sport, who make every effort to know their students by name, not by number. You will be studying at one of the UK's best institutions for sport and sport science. You will learn how sciences such as physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology can be employed to make sports performers the best they can be. The teaching on this programme is excellent and tutors will help you to achieve your potential. St Mary's has a long tradition of excellence in sport'related degrees and the Sport Science programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), and enjoys strong links with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and UK Athletics, both based on campus.

Course Modules

Physical and Sport Education Level 1: modules include: understanding research ' an introduction to applied university studies; practical and personal development ' PE and sport education through practical activities; introduction to physical activity and maturation ' physical development to be physically literate; physical literacy and sport education ' participation and promotion of physical literacy, sport and coaching. Level 2: skills for independent study ' research; community placement: sporting envoy; teaching and learning: physical education; adapted physical education and sport; applied physical literacy; physical and health behaviour; physical development for physical literacy; games literacy 1; legislation and leadership in sport; social issues in physical and sport education; teaching and learning: primary physical education. Level 3: major independent study; research paper; work based learning; PE: curriculum, teaching and learning; teaching and learning: 14 ' 19 pathways; games literacy 2; physical literacy and physical activity for older adults; sport education and the young person; global studies in PE and sport; projects and initiatives in PE and sport; value and ethics in sport and physical education. Sport Science Level 1: Kinesiology; exercise physiology; sport and exercise psychology; sport and society. Level 2: Students are required to probe more deeply into relevant theory and practice to understand the context of sport science and to develop skills of investigating and reporting; at this stage students can choose to study sport science as a single honours, major, minor or equal subject; the key disciplines: biomechanics; physiology and psychology are offered, as well as opportunities to study modules in such areas as notational analysis and sport sociology. Level 3: Students have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project, there are also a variety of modules including: applied exercise physiology; biomechanics; environmental physiology; exercise psychology; issues in sport; performance analysis; nutrition and the athlete; sport and the media; sporting lives; sport psychology; work placement.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific

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86% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 72%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 77%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 83%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 72
Studying 13
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 6
Unknown 3

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 11%

Total Coursework: 68%

Total Practical: 21%

£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation