Sport, Coaching & Physical Education HND
What makes Sport, Coaching & Physical Education at Worcester special?
If you want a thorough grounding in sport, coaching and physical education – perhaps to prepare for a career in teaching or coaching – our HND is the ideal stepping stone. It can also lead to a full degree in a range of sports areas. And when you choose to study here, you benefit from superb facilities and extremely supportive lecturers and tutors.
You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to gain coaching and industry qualifications alongside your HND. We give you the time, space and subsidies to choose from a huge range of nationally recognised courses.
- 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
- Excellent facilities – including the Thomas Telford Biomechanic Laboratories and our Motion and Performance Centre – which you use every week for lectures and practical sessions
- Great playing facilities outdoor and indoor, including the University of Worcester Arena, an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
- Lecturers who are trained practitioners in sport or exercise science, and still do the job in the community – they can show you tips and short-cuts you won’t find in any textbook
This course received 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
72 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above.
Access to Higher Education Diploma will be considered. Relevant vocational qualifications and experience may also be considered.
An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required for some modules.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Women's rowing team
Men's hockey team
Women's netball team
Men's handball team
Women's hockey team
Men's cycling team
Women's equestrian team
Men's football team
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
We enable students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.
A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and practical activities. The interactive workshops and practical’s take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. While the seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in the second year of study.
You have an opportunity to undertake the second semester in the second year of the course at one of our European or international partnership institutes.
In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the type of module as some may have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.
Typically class contact time will be structured around:
- 1 hour introductory lecture
- 1-2 hour interactive workshop or practical
- 1 hour seminar
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-28 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.
Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and majority of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, presentations, reflective journals, portfolios, practical delivery, in-class test, and a written examination.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
6 x written assessments (including essays, laboratory report; review of literature)
5 x presentations (individual and group)
1 x practical work-sheet completion
2 x practical delivery
1 x work-card creation
1 x creative task
1 x in-class test
8 x written assessments (including essays, reports; review of literature; research proposal)
3 x presentations (individual and group)
1 x written exam
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
Meet the team
Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:
Chris joined the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science in 2013 and was appointed to lead the Sport, Coaching and Physical Education HND. Chris has lectured at both FE and HE for over 18 years on a range of sports-related courses. His areas of interest include exercise prescription; health assessment and evaluation; sports coaching; and sports psychology. Chris is a passionate and enthusiastic lecturer who strives to create a learning environment that is conducive to personal and academic development.
Where could it take you?
The course provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers in sport including:
- Sport Community Coaching (including disability coaching career opportunities)
- Sport Performance Coaching
- Sport Development Officers
- Sports Marketing
- Performance Analysis
- PE teaching
- Armed Forces and Police
- Coaching Business Start-up
- Graduate level employment in the Private, Public and Voluntary Sectors.
Alternatively, you may wish to continue to study for a sports-related degree and other professional qualifications.
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Sport, Coaching and Physical Education (HND/SCPE) with course code C610
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.