BA Hons Education & Sport


Key facts

  • UCAS Code: X300
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Study mode and duration: Full-time, 4 years
  • Ranked: 6th in the UK for Education (The Complete University Guide 2020)

  • International study: opportunity to study in Europe & North Americ

  • Applicant visit days: March each year

Study with us

  • we're the only university in Scotland to offer a joint honours education degree
  • we pride ourselves on providing excellent academic and individual support to students, with well-established Student Support and Wellbeing processes in place
  • opportunity to put theory into practice in a community placement and enhance your employability
  • develop your practical skills in sport and physical activity and learn to apply these in an educational context
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Why this course?

The course covers areas of learning theory, social study of sport, specialist modules on teaching and learning of sport and physical education. You'll have the opportunity to consider both sport and education in relation to issues of equality, extra educational needs, creativity and the impact of new technologies on sport and education.

The education programme is designed to give you a well-rounded understanding through the study of philosophy, psychology and sociology of education in Scotland and beyond.

The sport course is delivered by staff from our Physical Activity for Health group, which has an excellent international reputation for research and teaching in physical activity, nutrition and childhood obesity.

Students walking through Rottenrow Gardens on campus.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you'll study

Year 1

Education issues explored include the impact of poverty and social class on children and society, the role of culture and community in education, how people learn and the place of policy and politics in education. You'll undertake a placement with children between the ages of 0-14.

The first two years of sport cover core elements of sport practice including Physical Activity for Health, Human Movement Science, Coaching, Sports Development, Psychology and Social Science. The practical work will include classes on volleyball, football, athletics, dance and all aspects of health-related fitness.

Year 2

In second year, you’ll look more closely at what education means and how people learn. You’ll study how children learn from before they are born to learning in later life. You’ll also learn about education beyond the classroom as well as having the opportunity to study an education-focused module of your choice.

Year 3

This year, you will explore adult education with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge within a community placement. You will also engage more deeply in educational research which will set you up for engaging in a research project in your final year

Year 4

As a fourth-year student, you will have considerable choice in your study modules. For example, you can look at policy and politics in education in relation to broader social issues such as gender, race, disability, and poverty, or educational representations in film and literature.

International study

We encourage our students to study abroad for a semester or full academic year. We have strong relationships with great universities in Europe and America. Take a look at our study abroad pages to find out more about these fantastic opportunities!

Work placement

As part of first year in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, all students choosing to study education must undertake a placement. This placement involves working with children between the ages of 0-14 for 70 hours across the course of the year and can be in a range of options other than a mainstream primary school setting.

Major projects

Students enjoy a wide range of professional development opportunities. These might be ones run by students or by organisations that are invited in to speak with students.

Currently, we have leading professional development opportunities like learning British Sign Language, anti-sectarian education, and working with children abroad.

You'll have the opportunity to lead some professional development for staff and students if you have a particular strength or expertise relevant to education. There are also extra-curricular education activities and lots of university sports teams that you could become a member of.

Student competitions

The Peter Bain Prize is awarded each year to the student with the highest mark for their dissertation. You will find out about any upcoming competitions from your lecturers.



You'll have access to the Education Resources Centre - a library dedicated to education materials. It's the best resource of its kind in the country.


Strathclyde has high-quality sports facilities, which you'll have access to throughout your studies. The University's new Sport, Health & Wellbeing Centre, which forms part of the University's multi-million-pound investment in our city-centre campus, is due to open in summer 2018. The new centre will help provide a first-class learning experience for sports students.

The School of Education staff are always there if you have any questions and always support you both on campus and off campus. For me so far I have loved being at Strathclyde and the course in particular has really helped my professional and personal development.

Samantha Walker, Education student

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Course content


The teaching style varies, ensuring students are always engaged. Our methods include:

  • lectures 
  • small-group tutorials 
  • laboratory sessions 
  • practical sport sessions 
  • placement experience 
  • field trips 
  • workshops & individual support  

Assessment is much more than only essays and exams, with presentations, practical sessions and much more.


Understanding Education in the 21st Century

This class introduces students to a large and rich seam of disciplinary knowledge. It is an introductory class of potential interest to all who want to understand more about Education. Some of the key content to be addressed in the module is around the following:

  • the field of study that is education: what it is and how we know that
  • the context of education: some contribution of political, historical and economic dimensions to curriculum, schooling, policy, globalisation
  • education achievement: some contributions of psychological, sociological and philosophical perspectives to topics such as learning, diversity, gender
Placement & Curriculum

In this class, students from different disciplines work together to learn about children and the communities in which they live; children's health and wellbeing; child protection; children's voice; children's play and play places. The notion that the health and wellbeing of children and young people is central to the advancement of society is a seminal theme in this module. 

The placement experience has been designed to allow students to undertake a work placement with children and young people from 0 - 14 years. Placements will be provided in a range of settings outwith the mainstream classroom.


Year 1: Sport

Compulsory classes in year one cover a broad range of interesting subjects including:

  • Culture & Context of Sport & Physical Activity
  • Foundations of Physical Activity for Health
  • Foundations of Sport & Physical Activity Psychology
  • Introductory Physiology & Biomechanics
  • Physiology & Biomechanics
  • Sports Practice 1


Learners & Learning
This class provides students with an essential understanding of human learning processes and the needs of learners across the life-course.
Informal Education
This class investigates philosophical and pedagogical interventions beyond the school curriculum in informal settings, with adults in particular. It'll also open up possibilities for informal education techniques and practices to be considered and adopted by a range of professions and to explore potential partnerships between informal education specialists and others.


Year 2: Sport

Compulsory classes in year two cover a broad range of interesting subjects including:

  • Coaching Practice & Sport Development
  • Physical Activity for Health, Fitness & Wellbeing
  • Key Concepts in Sport & Physical Activity Psychology
  • Measurement & Statistics
  • Physiology of Aerobic Exercise
  • Sports Practice 2


History & Philosophy of Education

This class will support students in developing their knowledge and understanding of the roots of some key educational ideas in history. These will be considered from a philosophical perspective.

Children & Childhood

This class will focus on children and childhood in contexts other than formal education settings that will be explored elsewhere. It will introduce students to the concepts of child and childhood through a range representations and will draw on children in film, art and literature to explore representations of children and childhood and experiences of childhood.

Social Pedagogy with Adults

This class is based on an understanding of the evolution of adult learning and the resultant principles that underline current practice and will illustrate how adult educators work and will also open up possibilities for adult education techniques and practices to be considered. It'll also explore potential partnerships between adult educators and others.


Year 3: Sport

In Year 3, you'll complete two or three compulsory classes in each year. You're then able to choose from a number of optional classes, and can also take an elective class from elsewhere in the University.

Compulsory classes in Year 3 include:

  • Research Methods for Professions 
  • Placement & Professional development 
  • Research Project

You'll complete your curriculum by choosing from a range of optional classes. Classes offered vary from year to year but may include:

  • Sports Practice 3
  • Advanced Topics in Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Practical Project in Physical Activity & Sport Development
  • Physical Education in Schools
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Nutrition for Health & Exercise
  • Physical Activity with Special Populations



The Dissertation in Education is designed to further students’ development of a questioning, self-evaluative and reflective approach in a major in-depth piece of work demanding independent, self-motivated study and the sustained application of professional research and enquiry skills.

The widest possible range of topics, types of project, modes of enquiry and of research techniques is encouraged. What projects have in common is the individual student’s ownership and control of the project and the expectation of high quality work.

Choose from the following:

Policy & Politics in Education

This class will provide students with the opportunity to engage in debate about current issues in education through detailed exploration of the policy and political contexts. It will introduce students to frameworks for understanding how policy comes about and how it is inextricably linked with political issues.

Social Issues in Education

This class will teach students about the responsibility of teachers for the education, health and well-being of all children, in the context of a complex and diverse society. It will also address the needs of those who will work with children, young people and adults in a variety of education-related contexts through its focus on a range of key social issues and the relevant national legislative and policy framework.

Social Research Methods (10-credit class)

This class prepares students for designing and completing a research project. It will equip students with the skills and knowledge required in planning and delivering a research project.


Year 4: Sport

In Year 4, you'll complete two or three compulsory classes in each year. You're then able to choose from a number of optional classes, and can also take an elective class from elsewhere in the University.

The compulsory classes in Year 4 include:

  • Dissertation Research Skills 
  • Dissertation 

You'll complete your curriculum by choosing from a range of optional classes. Classes offered vary from year to year but may include:

  • Sports Practice 3
  • Advanced Topics in Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Practical Project in Physical Activity & Sport Development
  • Physical Education in Schools
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Nutrition for Health & Exercise
  • Physical Activity with Special Populations
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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.


Standard entry requirements*:

  • 1st sitting: AAAA
  • 2nd sitting: AAAABB

(Higher English, Maths/Applications of Mathematics National 5 B, or equivalent)

Minimum entry requirements**:

  • 1st sitting: AABB
  • 2nd sitting: AABBB

(Higher English B and Maths/Applications of Maths National 5 C)

A Levels


(GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B, GCSE Maths 4/C)

International Baccalaureate


(Maths SL5)


Social Sciences:

Year 1 entry: A in Graded Unit; Maths National 5 B, or equivalent

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages.

Deferred Entry

Not normally accepted

Additional Information

Students are required to register with the Scottish Government’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme.

*Standard entry requirements

Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.

Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.

In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.

**Minimum entry requirements

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

Find out what some of our students think about studying in Glasgow!

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Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.



Rest of UK


Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.



University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Additional costs
Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme

Students must pay for the PVG Scheme. Students who require a new PVG certificate will pay £59. If you have an existing PVG and need to add Strathclyde, the cost is £18.

Other course costs

We recommend that students purchase a set of sports kit for use throughout the course and while representing Strathclyde. A range of kit is available - full kit costs around £180.

Students are encouraged to purchase the core textbooks for each module which cost approximately £40 to £50 per textbook.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

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Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students (Non-UKScholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Dean's International Excellence Award

This scholarship is for new international students who will begin a full-time undergraduate course in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in September 2020. The award is a £3,500 scholarship per year for the duration of their degree. All offer holders are eligible for this scholarship.

Deadline is 31 July 2020.

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With the skills and knowledge that this course will provide, a wide range of opportunities would be available to any graduate of the Joint Honours Education and Sport. An exciting career in the expanding sports industry could be expected through employers such as local authorities and national governing bodies.

Possible career expectations include but aren’t limited to:

  • Community Sport Educator
  • Physical Education Learning Support Assistant
  • Sports Management & Coaching

This course could also inspire graduates to further their studies with our postgraduate PGDE course to become a fully-qualified primary or secondary teacher.

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