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You’ll be introduced to the national curriculum of primary and secondary physical education with an emphasis on child development, diversity and inclusivity.
As part of the course, you’ll undertake a minimum of 300 hours in work-based or professional practice, gaining experience working with 4-11 year-old children and 11-16 year-olds as the course progresses. These practice elements take place throughout the three years of the course culminating in the final stage placement module (Professional Practice in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 3).
Our teaching methods are designed to develop both your knowledge and also skills that enhance employability. Methods include small group work, practical activities, workshops, lectures, tutorials, computer-based learning, presentations and independent learning.
There are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include essays, reports, practical work and presentations.
The University has regional links with schools and organisations to provide placement opportunites for the development of skills and experiences.
Develop key study and employability skills essential for academic and professional success. Increase your awareness and understanding of the processes involved in learning and professional development.
Identify contemporary issues in sport and physical activity. Explore how political, economic, social and cultural factors shape practices, values and ideals in sport and physical activity.
Study key concepts from theories and models and their application to health-related physical activity, exercise and sport performance. Demonstrate knowledge of psychological theories, models and assessments and explain their relevance.
Learn how to design, deliver and reflect on teaching and coaching sessions suitable for children aged between 4-11 years. Take an introductory look at approaches to teaching and learning and the underpinning theory that supports delivery in a practical setting.
Focus on issues that impact upon leading, coaching, instructing and exercise related sessions. Investigate the roles of the coach and instructor, qualities and requirements of the effective coach and instructor and the psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence them.
Support and deliver physical education and sports coaching sessions. Reflect on the range of activities undertaken in a professional placement environment.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Study the research process and learn how to construct an investigation from an initial idea, to the point of completing and presenting the study. Learn quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and apply the most appropriate research.
Gain an understanding of the coaching process by investigating the roles of the coach and the components of effective coaching. Address the differences in practice and closely examine participation and performance coaching.
Undertake practical coaching activities in a placement setting. Design, deliver and reflect on a series of practical sessions. Link theory to practical coaching activities, with a focus on the planning and undertaking of effective sports coaching sessions.
Analyse challenging issues in present-day physical education and school sport including challenging obesity, inclusivity, anti-discrimination and anti-social behaviour. Consider the futures of physical education and school sport.
Learn how to design, deliver and reflect on teaching and coaching sessions suitable for children aged between 11-16 years. Study contemporary approaches to teaching and learning with a specific focus on games-based delivery.
Undertake a placement in a secondary school setting. Design and deliver a participant-centered project to meet the needs of a group of children aged between 11-16 years. Deliver an oral presentation reflecting on the project using evidence gathered during the placement.
Complete an applied research project that addresses an issue of policy or practice central to the field of teaching or coaching that is linked to your professional practice.
Explore the differences and similarities in knowledge, skills, and vocational opportunities that underpin the professional development of coaches. Gain knowledge of the specific training requirements of individual and team sports and how to apply this to modern training methods.
Develop your theoretical knowledge into vocational practice. Critically evaluate your professional skills in a coaching setting and reflect on professional practice.
Learn to apply management theories, concepts and practices to the process of managing sporting organisations, businesses, facilities and events. Design and produce a business plan for a sporting event or facility.
Learn how to make informed judgments on the performance of participants – with specific focus on 14-18 year olds – to offer suggestions for improving their learning experience.
Undertake a placement in a school or sports club of your choice, working with either primary school or secondary school pupils. Learn how to design, deliver and reflect on the sessions you will be expected to deliver while under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If you are applying for year 1 entry, you must have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course. If you are offered a place on the course, the University will cover the cost of the check and send you relevant information on how to complete this.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course responds to the drive for primary physical education specialists and offers preparation for secondary PE teaching to those who wish to undertake a postgraduate teacher training route after graduation. The course also embraces areas of sports coaching providing you with the opportunity to work in your chosen area.
Sport and Exercise Sciences now has accreditation from PD: Approval, the national endorsement body for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), to award vocational qualifications (related to the health and fitness industry) to students who successfully complete specific modules.
Potential employers for graduates of this course include sports clubs, schools and colleges, national sports associations, sports and leisure companies, recreation services and local authorities.
During the course you will be encouraged and supported to obtain National Governing Body Coaching Awards to support future development in the area. This will allow you to develop the skills required to become an effective coach across a range of activities.
Job roles include the following (some may require further training):