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What makes Sports Coaching and Physical Education FdSc at the University of Worcester special?

Are you interested in pursuing a career within sports coaching or teaching? Looking for a possible career change? Interested in an opportunity to gain valuable vocational skills and experience? Want to achieve nationally recognised coaching qualifications to enhance employability?

Our Sports Coaching and Physical Education FdSc is the perfect course to kick-start your career in sports coaching or teaching.

This exciting and innovative two-year full-time course addresses the fundamentals underpinning sports coaching and physical education within an applied context. Embedded nationally recognised coaching qualifications and employability awards provide you with a great foundation to gain valuable vocational skills, work-based experience and employment.

The modules are delivered within the University's state-of-the-art sports facilities to support the application of theory into practice. Our student-centred approach will ensure you receive extensive support and guidance to reach your academic potential and vocational goal.




Key features

  • Sports scholarships available
  • Embedded vocational qualifications
  • 2 day delivery and part-time study option
  • Exceptional academic and pastoral support
  • Progression to Level 6 (Year 3) BSc in PE & Sports Coaching Science, Sports Coaching Science BSc (Hons) or Physical Education BSc (Hons). 

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

72 UCAS Tariff points

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check may be required for some modules.

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

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Scientific Foundations of Sports Coaching & Physical Education
  • Introduction to Sports Coaching
  • Teaching Primary Physical Education
  • Investigative Skills
  • Introduction to Motor Learning & Skill Acquisition
  • Principles of Inclusive Sports Coaching & Physical Education

Year 2

  • Application of Scientific Principles in Sports Coaching & Physical Education
  • Pedagogy & Practice in Sports Coaching & Physical Education
  • Vocational Placement
  • Applied Investigative Skills
  • Physical Activity, Health & Exercise
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?


The Sports Coaching & Physical Education FdSc 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 workshops, lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals, fieldwork, practical activities etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities.

Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

Pre-course information will be made available to students.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching.

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 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.


  • 2 year full-time
  • 3-4 years part time


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.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practise 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, 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.


You will receive feedback on practise 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.

In person teaching from September

We intend to start the academic year as planned in September 2020.

For many years, the majority of our teaching has taken place in small group settings such as seminars, laboratory classes, tutorials, clinical simulation and other practical sessions. We are planning to continue to teach these in person, while strictly following the Government safety guidelines in place at the time.

Other sessions will be delivered through a blend of in-person and online learning. You can read more about this approach in our coronavirus FAQs.

Find your passion

Meet The Team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.


Chris Cattell

Chris joined the School of Sport and Exercise Science in 2013 and was appointed to lead the Sport, Coaching and Physical Education HND. Chris has lectured in further and higher education for over 20 years on a range of sports-related courses. His areas of interest include sports coaching, motor learning and skill acquisition, and disability sport. Chris is a passionate and enthusiastic lecturer who strives to create a learning environment that is conducive to personal, academic and vocational development.


Where could it take you?

Although the Sports Coaching & Physical Education FdSc is the perfect course to kick-start your career within sports coaching and teaching, the nationally recognised coaching qualifications and employability awards will provide you with a great foundation to apply for a wide range of careers in sport.

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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 is £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 2020/21 is £12,700 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 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

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.

Due to placement opportunities, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Any additional vocational qualifications will incur a cost.

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.


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.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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.



Get in touch

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

Chris Cattell

Course leader