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Gain the practical, professional and academic skills needed to teach and coach sporting activities
Our BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching programme is for those of you who love sport, but you’re not sure if you want to go down the teaching route, coaching route, or something else using the excellent transferable skills you will develop on the course.
Study the fundamentals of both PE and sports coaching
On this highly practical course, you will have the opportunity to experience and develop the core skills underpinning the teaching of physical education and the coaching of sports activities.
You will have the flexibility to tailor the course to your strengths and interests while developing an in-depth subject knowledge and professional skill-set to enable you to move forward in your career progression.
The modular approach to this degree will build on your existing knowledge and encourage you to explore and learn all about teaching and Sports Coaching through a well-balanced diet of practical and theoretical activities.
Learn from expert specialists
You will be taught by experienced physical education and sports coaching specialists and our dedication to small teaching groups allows you to develop strong professional relationships with the University teaching team.
On this course you will:
- Develop professional knowledge and understanding of the teaching and coaching processes.
- Understand the developmental aspects of children and developing young adults within a physical activity context.
- Seize the opportunity to hone your skills and improve your employability through our dedicated work placement options.
- Build professional attributes such as communication, teamwork, building positive relationships, and enhancing personal performance.
Develop the core skills needed to progress into either PE teacher training or Sports Coaching
Our BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching programme is designed to provide you with the practical, professional and academic skills that are needed to prepare you for a career within either teaching or coaching.
You will develop an understanding of the lifespan of athletic development of individuals who participate in sport activity, from early childhood fun to elite performance.
Select a year
Professional Issues in Coaching and TeachingThis module aims to address contemporary topics relating to the professional issues surrounding teaching and coaching whilst exploring and debating current developments in both professions.
Knowledge and Understanding of Individual Activites (Aesthetics)This module aims to analyse in detail movement related to gymnastics and dance. You will explore gymnastics in its broadest sense within elements identified as Formal, Educational, Sporting and Rhythmic. You will use the application of biomechanical principles, including Laban technique as you explore the evaluation of gymnastic and dance performance.
Foundations of Movement and Principles of GamesExplore the teaching of games with a developmental focus as you learn to break down simple skills into key components to help children learn and understand.
Principles of Play Through Invasion GamesYou will participate in a range of practical sessions that will examine attacking and defensive principles of play, as you analyse the technical and tactical aspects of performance within their application within invasion games.
Fundamental Movement Skills and Child DevelopmentThis module aims to develop your knowledge of fundamental movement skills (FMS) and child maturation. Emphasis will be placed on how Physical Education teachers and sport coaches facilitate developmentally appropriate pedagogy.
Active SchoolsExplore the issues surrounding Physical Education and its role in the health and activity agenda. Consideration of personal and social barriers and facilitators within and outside the school environment will also be given.
The Enquiring PractitionerWhile learning the technical components involved in the teaching and coaching of specific skills, you will also be introduced to fundamental biomechanical principles which impact performance. The module will apply research and enquiry to real-life lived experiences that are associated with your potential future career paths.
Developing Professional and Academic SkillsThis module aims to help you make the transition between UK qualifications levels three and four (Year One at university) by improving intellectual and academic skills, which will support you throughout your programme. As part of the developing professional skills you will focus on issues surrounding employability and developing graduate employability skills.
Pedagogy for ActivityThis module aims to further your understanding as to the why surrounding physical activity through Physical Education. You will develop your knowledge and personal philosophy as to what you believe you want to deliver, how, and why, in accordance with school and Governmental policies.
Striking and Fielding: Net and Wall GamesWhile learning the technical components involved in the teaching and coaching of specific skills, you will also be introduced to fundamental biomechanical principles which impact performance.
Purposeful Practice for Games-Based Physical EducationYou will participate in a range of practical sessions that will explore different types of practice and have the opportunity to design practices for developing technical, tactical, and/or physical aspects of games-based performance.
Muscles and Movement – Anatomy in MotionThis module serves as an introduction to the basic concepts of anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. You will be shown how such concepts can be practically investigated and will illustrate the integrative nature of anatomy and biomechanics.
Working with IndividualsThis module focuses on the multi-faceted process of the coach-athlete and teacher-pupil relationship. Drawing on contemporary psychological research which places this relationship at the centre of athlete and pupil development, this module will explore the sources, nature, and synthesis of sports specific and psychological theory and its application in the development of sporting competence in athletes and pupils.
Pedagogical Skills in Track and Field Athletics and SwimmingThis module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop your knowledge, understanding, and personal performance of track and field athletics events and swimming strokes. You may have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding of technical aspects, by planning and leading small group sessions.
Understanding and Managing Individual DifferencesBuild on your understanding of effective teaching and coaching by understanding and applying principles of equality and inclusive practice.
Pedagogy of Outdoor and Adventurous ActivitiesThis module aims to provide you with an understanding of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities at KS3/KS4. Through theoretical, practical, and residential experiences the module seeks to provide you with an understanding of the activities that are implicit to the programme and an appreciation of the principles that underpin outdoor learning more generically.
Reflection: Developing your Teaching and CoachingThis module aims to provide an opportunity to select and develop specialist areas of interest. You will be required to develop skills in introspection, reflection, and reflective practice drawing upon theoretical concepts relating to pedagogy of sport and education. You will agree a suitable programme of work within a professional context of your choice which will involve you immersing yourselves in the culture and practices of this working environment.
Critical issues in Sport Development, Management and Physical ActivityThis module introduces you to the key debates and issues related to sport, health and physical activity in the UK. You will explore key definitions, concepts and components of health and physical fitness and their relationship to sport, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
Fundamentals of Human PhysiologyThis module will allow you to examine how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular system, and the respiratory system affect human performance. Specific attention is paid to energy metabolism in the context of the exercising human across the breadth of the energy spectrum.
The Enquiring Practitioner 2This module seeks to develop your knowledge and understanding from The Enquiring Practitioner 1 and help prepare you for your final year dissertation. You will conceive of, plan and execute small-scale research. The aim of this "dress rehearsal" is to develop your appreciation of the project management aspect of the research process.
Coaching Practice and Delivery (Placement)The module introduces various evidence-based and interdisciplinary practices and requires you to apply these practices in real-world coaching. This is achieved via peer coaching in taught practical sessions, and during the coaching placement hours (normally 50) required across the duration of the module.
Dissertation ProjectThis module is the culmination of previous learning and is the major element of your independent enquiry on your programme. The module requires that you reflect on, and utilise the knowledge base, context, and application of taught modules, as well as placement experiences. It is designed to encourage you to generate and explore your own 'problem' assisted by supervision from a tutor.
Practical Pedagogy (Placement)An opportunity to experience a placement within a practical setting. This module aims to develop and refine pedagogical skills so that you can enhance pupil/performer progress and learning within a practical environment.
Active Schools: Mental Health and WellbeingThe module aims to analyse the contribution of sport and physical activity to mental health and wellbeing. The influence of the role of teachers/coaches and pedagogical practice on the growing and developing brain will be examined.
Off-Site Education Trips for Outdoor LearningThis module aims to use a residential experience at an outdoor centre to explore the application of different OAA teaching methods to fulfil a range of pupil needs. You will build upon your understanding of what outdoor learning is and its uses; therefore, facilitating a critical evaluation of the process and output of residential experiences.
Classroom PedagogyThis module will use a series of lectures and workshops to explore curricula employed in classroom teaching such as the National Curriculum, GCSE PE, BTEC Sport, and A-level PE to consider how schemes of work and lesson plans are developed for delivery in school and college classrooms.
Teaching Approaches and Behaviours in Invasion GamesYou will have the opportunity to lead practical sessions with a focus on a particular teaching approach. You will need to critically reflect on the different teaching approaches and how the pedagogical behaviours influence performance and learning within these approaches.
Applied Social Issues in Physical Education and Sports CoachingMore information on this module will be available soon.
Planning and Monitoring of Training and PerformanceA focus on planning and monitoring training of athletes and how a programme of physiological support can be used to enhance performance. You will engage in current literature identifying the physiological demands of the athletes chosen sport, key measures of physical fitness, and how we can enhance them. An athlete’s ability to focus on training to gain maximal physiological adaptations, and relax in competition can represent the difference in making the podium or winning major tournaments.
Practical Applications For Coaching and TeachingThis module aims to provide you with blended learning opportunities via university-based work that develops and enhances depth of knowledge when working practically with performers. It is aimed to run concurrently with the Practical Pedagogy (Placement) module so that you can apply theory to the practical coaching and teaching environments within your micro sessions and placement context.
Biomechanics in Sport & ExerciseThe biomechanical principles underpinning performance in a range of sports will be considered in relation to practical performance of sport. The module content will include analysis methodologies and research, which has enhanced biomechanics knowledge of sports performance. The biomechanics analysis and evaluation of selected sport and exercise activities will be considered e.g. golf, football, tennis, high jump, long jump, javelin, discus, gymnastics, cycling, swimming.
Working with TeamsThis module focuses on the requirements of effective coaching delivery within groups and teams. It will critically analyse and address the knowledge and skills necessary to work with groups of athletes across key coaching contexts. You will understand how to assess the needs of a group, and the individuals within, and address this in your planning and delivery.
Discover classroom resources and world-class sporting facilities to support your learning
Tudor Hale Centre for Sport
Specialist outdoor sports pitches
FA Women's High-Performance Football Centre
Sports injury clinic
Learning Resource Centre
Subject specific librarians
Teaching and Assessment
Innovative teaching methods that develop your full potential as a future teacher
Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will teach you through a variety of highly-practical approaches.
You will experience a variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures, group work, seminars, and practical workshops.
Our approach to assessments works to provide a good balance between allowing depth and breadth of development and demonstration.
Assessments are built to support your theoretical learning and develop your communication skills, through essays, lesson or coaching plans, research reports, risk assessments or development plans.
Other aspects may be assessed in other way including practical assessments of your coaching and teaching abilities, presenting speeches, in-class debates, and vlogs.
Discover school placements opportunities that provide you with vital workplace experience
We believe that placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within our University-based work.
As such, this course includes the opportunity for three placements based around physical education and sports coaching.
This typically takes the form of one placement in a primary school, another in a secondary school and a third in a professional coaching environment.
The length of these are two weeks in Year One, two weeks in Year Two and completion of 10 hours of coaching or teaching in Year Three.
There is an optional module in which you might do an additional week’s placement in Year Two.
You will be able to choose your own placement setting, with a dedicated Placement Coordinator available to assist and support you throughout the process.
Their network of contacts across clubs and schools can be used to find the right placement for you.
You can also choose to complete your placements anywhere in the country, with many students choosing placements within their home towns.
Previous coaching placements have included:
- Albion in the Community
- Chichester City FC
- Everyone Active Chichester
- Guernsey Cricket Board
- West Midlands Performance Centre
Open up a wide range of career opportunities within physical education and sports coaching
The world of sport and physical activity is currently a very dynamic and exciting one, with a number of different career opportunities opening up across a range of activities and age groups.
Our BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching course provides you with an engaging and relevant programme that may facilitate progression into a career working with children and young people both within and outside of educational settings.
Physical education options
Graduates have gone on to teach in a broad range of settings including primary and secondary schools in both the state and private sector, as well as both Further Education (colleges) and Higher Education (universities) institutions.
Sports coaching opportunities
Sports Coaching is another obvious choice and graduates have both established and joined coaching businesses.
Others have worked with charities to provide sporting opportunities to people around the world
As the programme works to develop communication, confidence and professionalism, these skills put you in a strong position to apply for a broad range of graduate positions.
This might include the police, military, or other types of people management.
- PGCE Secondary (Physical Education)
- School Direct (Primary and Secondary)
- MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
- MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
- MSc Sports Coaching
- MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
- MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
- MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
- MSc Sports Performance Analysis
- MSc Strength and Conditioning
- Postgraduate Research (PhD)
Course fees 2022/23
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.
For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.
Course specific costs
You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.
Interview and DBS
Secondary Teacher training applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.
Applicants will also need to attend an interview.
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When does this course start?
This course starts in September 2022.