Dr Andrew Horrell

Depute Director of Undergraduate Studies / Programme Director: MA (Hons) Physical Education / Lecturer in Physical Education


Andrew Horrell is a lecturer in Physical Education at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. He is currently the programme director for the MA (Hons) Physical Education degree. Before becoming a lecturer Andrew worked in secondary schools as a physical education teacher. His current research interests include; curriculum development and enactment; physical education teachers’ lives and careers, and initial teacher education. Andrew works with the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) on an ongoing project which is using the Scottish Qualifications Framework to credit rate their courses. He has also worked on a project funded by the Scottish Government to credit rate professional development courses for teachers in six local authorities.    

Responsibilities & affiliations

British Association of Snowsport Instructors: I am part of a team (with Dr Pete Allison and Andrew Maile) working to credit rate all of their courses using the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI)

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

Undergraduate teaching

I am the programme Director for the MA (Hons) Physical Education.

Course organiser for:

Professional Development and Leadership 2

Physical Education Curriculum and Pedagogy 3: National Awards

Understanding Physical Culture

Postgraduate teaching

  • MSc in Dance Science & Education
  • PGDE Secondary

My areas of professional and academic expertise lie in the following areas:

  • Aesthetics
  • Sociology
  • Curriculum theory and policy
  • Qualitative research 
  • Assessment and quality assurance

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am keen to supervise research in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. I have interests in physical education, physical activity and outdoor education.

Research summary

  • physical education teachers lives and careers
  • initial teacher education and curriculum policy, pedagogy and curriculum in physical education
  • aspects of teaching and learning aesthetic perspectives through physical education
  • self-efficacy through physical education
  • using technology and ICT to support learning in physical education
  • teaching and learning approaches in gymnastics


Current research interests

Current and recent research My current research focuses on secondary school physical education teachers’ experiences of curriculum design. 

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