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Physical Education and Sport Coaching

BA (Hons) (Top-up)

Study Physical Education and Sport Coaching at University Centre Leeds

Step towards success and complete your undergraduate studies with our Physical Education and Sports Coaching (BA Hons) Top-up Degree. This in-depth programme will further refine your sports coaching and teaching skills, allowing you to deliver sports sessions effectively. No matter your aims we’ll support your game plan.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Venue: University Centre
  • Fee: £8,745 full-time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): C619
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: The Open University
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Physical Education and Sport Coaching

Are you seeking a sports-related career as a coach, sports coordinator or physical education teaching assistant? Building on your existing knowledge, this course encourages you to develop your understanding and application of classroom activities, methods of assessment and use of technology for teaching purposes in preparation for progression.

With this programme, you’ll deepen your understanding of sports coaching and PE. You will undertake industry simulations and gain experience, with our excellent coaching links, to develop your teaching practices. Your final project will allow you to specialise, partner with schools or clubs and prepare for further study or employment. 

In preparation for your career in the fast-paced sports industry, you’ll have plenty of coaching work opportunities with local sports organisations. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a three-week work placement in Örebro, Sweden or Vierumäki, Finland. 

This course is validated by The Open University 

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How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email

Course Information

Modules may include

  • Practical P.E. and Sport Coaching
  • Optimising Learning and Development
  • Contemporary Issues 
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Independent Major Study

Developing students to become lifelong-learners is central to the learning and teaching strategy for the programme and as such, all the learning and teaching methods across the programme are designed to encourage all students to take an independent approach to learning.

You will develop a range of academic skills such as: presenting, referencing, academic research and writing,  In addition to other classroom or practical delivery based skills required by employers such as communication, planning, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and the use of ICT.

Skills such as time management, leadership, communication and team work will be developed throughout the course and are fundamental to roles such as: a teaching assistant, a community sports coach and after school club coaches.

The course will consist of 60% coursework, 20% practical delivery and 20% presentations, in order to offer you the closest real-life experience to secure future employment. The practical and classroom assessment methods will simulate workplace assessments to increase your knowledge, experience and ability to acquire employment. Other assessment methods will aim to develop your verbal and written communication skills, which are essential for future employment.

Examples of assessment methods used within the course are:

  • Practical sessions will assess the quality of planning and delivery to meet the desired learning outcomes of the session.
  • Written reports will assess the ability to utilise theory for optimising the development of students and athletes across both classroom and practical settings.
  • Presentations will assess the appraisal of concepts and theories, current practices and the proposition of practical solutions for future development across areas of sport coaching and physical education.

The course lecturers will clearly explain the course content, interlinking the assessment methods and requirements of each assessment. All of the relevant information on assessments are provided within the module handbooks, made available to students after enrolment.

The assessment methods are below:

  • Practical delivery
  • Individual Research Project
  • Research Proposal
  • Presentations
  • Classroom Lesson Observation
  • Viva
  • Reports
  • Essays


Foundation Degree: Pass on the second year of an FD in sport, physical education or coaching related subject.

HND: Merit grade in a relevant subject.

GCSE English: English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths: Maths Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International Qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

DBS Checks: Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (DBS) prior to commencement on placement, which will be paid for by the department.

Interviews / Auditions: A successful interview required.

References: An appropriate reference required to evidence practical exercise and suitability for the course.

Progression may include further study at master’s level, a PGCE, or relevant employment.


Job opportunities may include:

  • After school coach
  • Sports coach
  • Community coach
  • Coach company founder
  • Sports Coordinator
  • Physical education teaching assistant
  • Physical education teacher (further qualifications required)
  • SEN physical education teacher (further qualifications required)

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of The Open University regulations please click here.

There are no additional costs associated with this course.



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