Skip to content

University Tutor in Physical Education

This post will strengthen the team of staff contributing to the study of Physical Education (HND, undergraduate, postgraduate and research).

The post arises from the continuing expansion of the subject area and links to current and future curriculum initiatives within the Institute, including consultancy work. It involves leading and teaching primarily in the areas of physical education from a theoretical and practical perspective, and could involve some cross programme/course delivery(sports coaching, sport science).

The post requires the candidate to have expertise of teaching a range of practical and theoretical areas in Physical Education, and also experience of teaching National Curriculum Physical Education (UK) at secondary and/or primary school level, specifically in the areas of gymnastics and/or dance. All staff are expected to ensure that their teaching is underpinned and supported by contemporary research and scholarship. All staff undertake a number of additional duties and, whilst these are subject to negotiation with the Head of Institute at annual review, they normally include consideration of income generation potential. The person appointed will be allocated a mentor who will oversee teaching and administrative aspects of the role.

Selection Process:

Shortlisted candidates will be required to carry out a 20 minute teaching session on the following:

Teach a small group (5 – 10) of mixed ability Level 4 and 5 students either dance or gymnastics. The session objective is:

To develop student understanding of how to deliver the following aspect of the PENC (KS2):

“Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.”

Following your teaching session there will be 5 minutes of questions related to the session.

Closing date: Wednesday 10 May 2017

Reference number: SES1702a - 3255

Job details

Job details

AC2/3 £32,003 - £46,925 a year, with opportunity to progress to £51,260 a year
Full time
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Head of Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
Responsible for
Interview date

Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

Explore the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

"Our aim is to attract ambitious students who will be challenged as sports academics and practitioners to be the best that they can be."
Mick Donovan, Head of Institute



The Institute of Sport & Exercise Science currently has a full time academic staff of 55. In addition 20 staff from partner institutions participate in course delivery through ‘partnership agreements’ on HND/FD courses. The Institute is responsible for the work of the Sports Centre, the University of Worcester Arena, Riverside Building, Lakeside Outdoor Education campus and the Motion and Performance Centre and is supported by a team of administrative staff and 4 technical support staff. There are currently 4 full-time externally funded post graduate MPhil/PhD students.

The Institute has an impressive portfolio of courses including HNDs in Sport, Coaching and Physical Education at University of Worcester, Sport Coaching and Sports Performance and Coaching in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College and Telford College of Art and Technology. A Foundation Degree in Football Business Management and Coaching is also run in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College, Stourbridge Campus at the Stourbridge Campus Centre of Sporting Excellence. 

The undergraduate programme includes: BSc Sports Studies, BSc Sports and Exercise Science, BSc Sports Coaching Science, BSc Coaching Science and Disability Sport, BSc(Hons) Cricket Coaching and Management, BSc Physical Education (non-QTS), BSC (Hons) Dance and Community Practice, BSC(Hons) Physical Education and Dance; BSc(Hons) Physical Education and Outdoor Education, BSc Outdoor Adventure Leadership & Management BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology, BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy.

There is further course provision at post graduate level including PGCE in secondary Physical Education, MSc in Sports Coaching Science, MSc Sports Business Management, MSc Applied Sports Science, MSc Applied Performance Analysis and MRes Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise.

There is a clear and distinct emphasis on the student experience and the Institute is proud of its reputation for high quality teaching and learning. The Institute has a creative culture and is constantly seeking to strengthen its portfolio of courses.

There has been a strategic commitment by the University of Worcester over the past ten years to create unique, innovative ‘Learning Through Sport’ initiatives that have inspired, included and enthused thousands of children and young adults nationally and internationally. Recently, the University launched the International Centre for Inclusive Sport, Physical Activity and Health.

The sports facilities include: the newly constructed University of Worcester Arena, 6 court sports centre, six-platform S&C Suite, fitness centre, McClelland Wellbeing Centre, 3G astro turf, sand filled astro turf, gymnasia and significant off campus grass playing fields. Indoor academic facilities include exercise physiology laboratories, two performance analysis laboratory, sports psychology and biomechanics laboratory. The world-class Motion and Performance Centre is an integral part of the University and supports teaching and learning, research and consultancy work. Lakeside campus provides opportunities for both land and water based outdoor education.

The recently refurbished Riverside building offers two large teaching spaces with multi-purpose sprung floors for indoor mini - games and dance, further smaller teaching rooms and a sports analysis teaching room with views to the two larger teaching spaces. A social learning internet café space is also available within this attractive venue.

The University of Worcester Arena is a purpose built facility with an inclusive design to include wheelchair athletes and mobility impaired athletes. The Arena hosted the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships in 2015 and received the Guardian University Award 2015 in the Buildings that Inspire category.

The Institute has extensive international links in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and USA and opportunities exist for international staff exchanges and research. Staff are supported in individual and group research projects, particularly where research informs teaching. There is a clear research and consultancy strategy over the next five years linked to the University’s strategic aims and staff are organised into research interest groups, where applicable.

The Institute hosts a range of national and regional organisations including: the County Sports Partnership and the Association for Physical Education (afPE). There is extensive collaboration with Specialist Sports Colleges, local clubs and elite level sport such as Worcestershire County Cricket Club, British Wheelchair Basketball, Worcester Hockey Club, Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, Severn Stars Netball and Worcester Wolves Basketball Club.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To participate in the delivery of a range of Physical Education modules but with a specific focus on dance and gymnastics.

2. To demonstrate innovative approaches to teaching and support for students through the use of a wide range of learning resources and appropriate pedagogic practice.

3. To provide a high quality contribution (including preparation of course documentation) to the development of undergraduate programmes in the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science.

4. To ensure that teaching is informed by contemporary research and where appropriate scholarly activity that supports the development of student’s critical discourse and rational thinking.

5. Where appropriate undertake or contribute to consultancy and knowledge transfer work, including income generation.

6. To build and maintain collaborative networks related to the post within and external to the University and the Institute.

7. To act as personal academic tutor to undergraduate students.

8. To contribute to the promotion and external profile of the University. This involves participation in visit/open days, undertaking administrative duties and participating in relevant committees within the institute and university as directed by the Head of Institute.

9. To undertake personal professional development in support of teaching.

10. To undertake administrative duties and participate in relevant committees within the institute and university as directed by the Head of Institute.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. First Degree (2:1 or above) in related subject (PE/Dance).

2. Significant teaching experience in physical education with a specialism in dance and/or gymnastics (schools/HE).

3. Understanding of effective pedagogy and practice in teaching PE/Dance.

4. Expertise within specific theoretical and practical aspects of Physical Education, including dance and/or gymnastics.

5. Knowledge of appropriate research in physical education and/or dance.

6. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people, both orally and in writing.

7. Effective organisational skills.

8. Willingness to contribute to the operation of the Institute.

Desirable Criteria

1. Higher Degree in Sport/Dance related subject, or nearing completion.

2. Discipline specific qualifications.

3. Teaching qualification or HEA Fellowship.*

*Newly appointed staff who do not already hold HEA professional recognition or a HE teaching qualification, will be required to achieve this within three years of their appointment to the post, either through completion of the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE, or for those with significant experience of teaching in HE, via the University’s accredited CPD scheme conferring Fellowship at the appropriate level.

Applications from Non EEA Workers: 

Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction. Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at

Visit for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

Apply for this job