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Physical Education and Sports Coaching

Foundation Degree

Study Physical Education and Sports Coaching at University Centre Leeds

Be a good sport and develop your coaching skills with this motivating degree. You will be introduced to a whole host of benefits that complement your studies, including access to elite performance data.

HTQ – Become a PE and Sports Coach
This foundation degree is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) . This means it will give you the technical skills and training to move into a Physical Education and Sports Coaching role.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Venue: University Centre Leeds
  • Fee: £8,945 full-time for year 1 (£8,745 fees + £200 kit fee) £8,745 full-time for year 2 - For home students commencing study in 2024
  • UCAS Course Code(s): C6T9
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: Luminate Education Group
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Physical Education and Sports Coaching

Do you aspire to become a sports coach (whether it be a community coach or elite sports coach) or aspire to become an inspirational role model within a physical education setting? This two-year, HTQ-approved foundation degree will provide you with the platform to develop transferable skills, applicable to multiple sporting settings that ensure you are employment ready.

Throughout the first year of the programme, you will explore topics such as sports sociology, analysis, sports psychology and physical education (National Curriculum Physical Education). The second year of the programme will see you develop your coaching ability as you learn more about practical leadership, management, professional coaching principles and practice.

You will benefit from our excellent club and school links which help you to gain real coaching experience and insight into the sector. Our exclusive partnership with STATS perform will also give you access to elite performance data

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, you can progress to study for a third year and gain a full BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sport Coaching Top-up Degree

This course is subject to revalidation by Luminate Education Group

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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:

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Sports Analysis (20 credits)
  • Sociology of Sport and P.E. (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Sport and Physical Education (20 credits)
  • Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Coaching Practice (20 credits)
  • Outdoor Education (20 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Work-related Learning (20 credits)
  • Independent Study (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Pedagogical Principles of Coaching (20 credits)
  • Planning for Optimal Performance (20 credits)

Successful completion of the course will provide you with a 1st4Sport MultiSkills Level 2 qualification, which is an additional benefit of studying this programme.

In addition, you will develop a plethora of interpersonal, academic and employability skills as well as the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to become a successful sports coach. You will develop your leadership, communication, teamwork and analytical skills, as you become a reflective practitioner with the ability to conduct post-session evaluations of performance.

Also, you will strengthen academic skills such as presenting, referencing and research, becoming a flexible and capable individual, ready to excel in the sports coaching industry.

The assessment strategy consists of 50% coursework, 20% practical delivery and 30% presentations. Other assessment methods will be used throughout the course and will aim to develop your verbal and written communication skills, which are essential for future employment. These may include individual projects, academic posters, verbal exams, essays or academic reports.


A levels: 2x D grades, one of which needs to be in a relevant subject

BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject

T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject

GCSE English: English Language grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths: Maths grade 4 or above. 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:  will be assessed against these criteria

Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). 

DBS checks: Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (DBS) prior to commencement on placement. The department will cover the cost. 

References: An appropriate reference is required. 

Full-time students will need to complete 40 hours of voluntary or paid work experience in a suitable placement throughout their study. An appropriate reference is required and you will need to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) process prior to placement.

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, you can progress to study for a third year and gain a full BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sport Coaching Top-up Degree.

Job opportunities may include:

  • Primary education teaching assistant
  • Secondary education teaching assistant
  • Self-employed sports coach

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 Leeds City College regulations please click here.

The sports department at University Centre Leeds has created a kit bundle. This is to support you with the practical aspects of the course and which will include the following items:

  • Embroidered hoodie
  • Embroidered polo shirt
  • Embroidered t-shirt
  • Embroidered track pants
  • Embroidered shorts
  • Embroidered backpack

Some embroidered items may be available to buy individually. It is anticipated that you will need an embroidered polo shirt as a minimum to wear when on placement or during practical sessions.

To ensure that you obtain the best deal possible for professional branded clothing that will set you up for practical sessions, gym workouts and work placements, you should order your kit through the university.  As we recognise the cost of the kit bundle may be a lot of money to pay upfront at the start of your course, we have made arrangements for this to be included in your tuition fee loan from Student Finance England, which would mean that your loan would be for £8,150. Please note that your kit can only be issued to you once proof of your loan is received by the University Centre.



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