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Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science BSc (Hons)

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

The benefits of sport are varied and invaluable, particularly for younger people seeking to find their place in the world. As a PE teacher or a coach, you can enjoy the dual benefits of working in a field that you are passionate about, whilst helping others discover the joys of sport for themselves.

At Worcester, our flexibly structured degree programme allows you to choose the path that best suits you. You can mix PE components with the coaching elements that best fit your interests, and if your plans for the future change as you learn, you can alter the mix to pursue a range of different sporting careers.

Key features

  • Small class sizes allow for in-depth exploration of ideas
  • Incredible facilities, including the University of Worcester Arena - an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Versatile structure -choose from a variety of disciplines to shape a course that suits you
  • Opportunities to study abroad for a semester

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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I would like to thank all of my classmates and tutors for their unbelievable guidance and support, in particular the sports coaching science team for the incredible opportunities to gain experience and progress.

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.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

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

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?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Introduction to Physical Education
  • Dance & Gymnastics
  • Principles of Sports Coaching

Module options

  • Fundamentals of Athletics in Schools
  • Scientific Principles of Movement in PE
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability
  • Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Personal Growth and Team Building Though Outdoor Adventurous Activity
  • Fundamentals of Athletics in Schools

Year 2

Core modules

  • Learning and Teaching in Physical Education
  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice

Module options

  • The Research Process
  • School Based Learning
  • Teaching Gymnastics and Dance in Secondary Schools
  • Swimming and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Teaching Special Education Needs and Disability PE in Schools
  • Scientific Analysis of Sports Coaching
  • The Research Process
  • Sport Event Operations
  • Motor Skill Progression
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Strength, Power and Speed
  • Multi Sports
  • Sport and Disability

Year 3

Core modules

  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching

Module options

  • Independent Study (taken over two semesters)
  • Independent Study (taken in one semester)
  • Application of Learning Theory in Physical Education
  • Primary Physical Education
  • 14-19 PE and Sport
  • Beyond the PE Curriculum-Participatory Action Research
  • Independent Study
  • Coaching Placement and Professional Development
  • Work-Based Learning (Coaching Placement)
  • The Sports Entrepreneur
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Applied Performance Analysis
  • Global and Olympic Sport
  • Learning and Performance of Sports Skills
  • The Developing Child in Sport
  • International Sport Development and Volunteering
  • Advanced Sport and Disability
  • Advanced Sports Nutrition

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

During the course, you will be taught by an experienced and enthusiastic team of physical education practitioners who are committed to providing a quality experience that will enable you to become an effective and employable graduate.

You will gain valuable experience on placements and have the opportunity of working in both primary and secondary school settings.


A wide range of assessment methods are used which include; performance analysis, presentations, essays, teaching and coaching sessions, exams and projects, practical work experience and independent research.

These reflect the nature of the content and context of the module.

Key/transferable skills are an aspect of all module assessment methods.

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science.



Where could it take you?

Upon completion of their studies, a large number of PE graduates will progress onto routes leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), in order to fulfil their ambitions of becoming a teacher. However, PE graduates are also able to enter many different career pathways as they will have developed analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be applied in many types of employment.

A PE graduate will be well prepared for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility, and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances. Also, within the PE programme there is a clear focus on the development of ‘personal learning and thinking skills’, meaning that students become team workers, self-managers, creative thinkers, effective participants, independent enquirers, critically reflective practitioners, who are ICT literate. These may be seen as attributes which all employers seek.

The Sports Coaching Science aspect of the degree provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers, including sports development and management, sports coaching, fitness instructor, match and performance analysts, teaching, research, the armed forces and public services.

Students on the degree pathway have gained employment in a range of countries typically in Europe and the U.S. Typically graduates are competent in coaching learners of all ages and abilities. Graduates gain employment across the spectrum from professional Club academies to running their own sporting camps. We are developing a reputation in coaching and teaching athletes with a disability from “the playground to the podium” and currently are aware of over 25 graduates who have gained employment in this important area.

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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.

International students

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.

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 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.


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 (2018/19 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science BSc (Hons) - C690

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.




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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Physical Education

Rebecca Foster
01905 54 2183

Sports Coaching Science

Dr Andrea Faull 
01905 855265