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What makes Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science at Worcester special?

Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science has been a popular, long-standing course here at University of Worcester. From 2019, you will have the opportunity to study both subjects across three years to prepare you for a career in either subject.

With our unique focus on inclusion you will be well prepared to be an inclusive practitioner and researcher, with opportunities to complete work based placements and independent projects in an area of your choice. This flexible approach means you can select modules that you are interested in which will make your degree individually tailored helping increase your employability prospects.

The course is delivered by a large team of highly experienced and enthusiastic PE practitioners and coaches who are committed to ensuring a high quality experience, which will provide you with the tools and skills to become effective and employable graduates. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to take supplementary National Governing Body Awards in a range of sports to help extend your knowledge and understanding further.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad, spending a semester at one of our international partner institutions including those in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden amongst others.

The degree content is designed to ensure graduates have key knowledge of the delivery of all areas of the PE curriculum as well as the pedagogical practice needed to coach athletes across the spectrum of ages and abilities. After graduating, you will be in a strong position to apply for a Qualified Teacher Status course such as the Post Graduate Certificate of Education or embark on a Masters in Coaching Science, both of which are offered here at the University of Worcester.



Key features

  • Highly motivated staff with experience in all phases of education and across all levels of PE
  • Opportunities to teach children from all key stages and ability levels
  • Module options to suit your preference
  • Top quality facilities including state of the art inclusive University Arena, 3G astro, sand filled astro, dance studio, outdoor educational site including Lake and outdoor activity centre, S&C suite and gymnasium
  • Extensive volunteering opportunities to support elite tournaments, inclusive festivals, and sports camps
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"I would like to thank all of my classmates and tutors for their unbelievable support. The staff provided some incredible opportunities to gain experience and progress my career."

Ross Ensor, BSc Sports Coaching Science graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) is required for this course.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Sport and Exercise Science pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Year 1


  • Introduction to Physical Education
  • Principles of Inclusive Sports Coaching
  • Scientific Principles in Teaching and Coaching


  • Dance and Gymnastics in Primary Schools
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability
  • Students can also select modules from the Language centre

Year 2


  • Learning and Teaching through Games
  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Advanced Scientific Principles in Teaching and Coaching
  • Creating Successful Research


  • Teaching Special Education Needs and Disability PE in Schools
  • Sport and Disability
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Swimming, Lifesaving and Risk
  • Students can also select modules from the Language Centre

Year 3


  • Independent Research Project in PE or Independent Research Project in Sports Coaching
  • School Based Placement or Professional Placement


  • Advanced Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • The Developing Child
  • 14-19 PE and Sport
  • Learning and Developing PE in Primary Schools
  • Contemporary issues in disability sports coaching and PE
  • Analysing Social Issues in Sport
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Engaging young people in physical activity
  • The Sport Entrepreneur

There are some modules which are excluded combinations (cannot be taken together) but your tutors will advise you on the content of the modules and also how to make the module selections.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling 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 from Student Services and Library Services, and also the Personal Academic Tutoring system, enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars, and practical workshops. Interactive lectures and seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and practical workshops are focused on applying some of the theoretical concepts discussed whilst also developing subject specific skills. There are many opportunities to work with children from local schools in order to develop your understanding of teaching and coaching and to evaluate different approaches used. There is also a work based placement in your final year where you will experience being in one school or work environment in order to consolidate many of the skills developed throughout the course.

In addition, meetings with Personal Academic Tutors (PATS) are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and on a least three occasions in each of the other years of the course. 

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 - 16 contact hours of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and group work. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study, your project and your work placement. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 4 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 6 hours of seminars in groups of approx. 20
  • 4 hours of practical workshops


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

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, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 78% of School of Sport and Exercise Science lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.


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 written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

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:

Year 1
4 x essays
4 x practical reports
5 x practical assessments
3 x individual or group presentations

Year 2
3 x reflective and skills portfolio
5 x essays
3 x practical reports
1 x formal examinations of 2 hours duration
4 x individual or group presentations

Year 3
Major independent study project of approx 10,000 words
4 x essays
3 x practical reports
3 x individual presentations
3 x reflective and skills portfolio


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.

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Richard Pepperell

Richard has 15 years’ experience teaching Physical Education and sport in the secondary and further education sectors.  He has a real passion for education and sport education in particular focussing on providing people with the skills and desire to be active and healthy for their entire lives.

Richard enjoys participating and spectating almost every sport but in particular, rugby, triathlons and gymnastics.


Where could it take you?

In 2018, 95% of PE and Sports Coaching Science Graduates were in full time employment of further study 6 months after completing their degree.

A high number of graduates go on to study a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) either for secondary Physical Education teaching or Primary teaching. Others go onto to study a Masters in Sports Coaching Science. However the content of the course develops a variety of employability skills, enabling Graduates to enter into a extensive range of different professions including, Sports Administration Development, Sports Development Officers, Sports Activity Leader, Social Media Marketing Co-ordinator; Sports and Disability Inclusion Coach; Recruitment Consultant Specialist and many more.

It was the perfect balance between practical PE and theory and the course gave me free rein to choose what modules and pathway best suited my interests and future career goals.

Paige Nicholls, Physical Education Joint Honours graduate

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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 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

All Physical Education and Sports Coaching students are expected to wear School of Sport and Exercise Science branded sports kit. This includes a polo top, t-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt and costs approximately £85.

For work placements, students are expected to self-fund any travel costs incurred.


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 £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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