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What makes Sports Coaching & 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?

The Sports Coaching & 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

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.

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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
  • Optional Language Module

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.

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.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

  • Chris_Cattell

    Chris Cattell

    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?

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 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in the academic year 2019/20 is £1,156 per 15 credit module and £2,313 per 30 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 £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page


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.



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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  

Course leader

Chris Cattell
01905 54 2633