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Sport, Coaching and Physical Education BSc (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Sport, Coaching and Physical Education BSc (Hons)?

Sport and physical activity is fundamental to healthy development of individuals. The Sport, Coaching and Physical Education degree will focus on understanding the development of participants in sports teaching and coaching contexts.

You’ll develop skills across a range of sports and physical activities, gaining a variety of experience in schools, coaching settings and within community sports development contexts. Many graduates progress into careers such as a PE teaching, sports coaching and working within local authorities or county sports partnerships.

The course will explore innovative approaches to coaching/teaching and encourage you to critically reflect on your own delivery and the impact different approaches have on learners. In addition, you’ll develop an understanding of contemporary issues in physical education and coaching including motivations to participate in sport and physical activity as well as the barriers to participation for different abilities and backgrounds.

Study style

This course includes both practical and theoretical aspects of teaching and coaching. Our lecturers teach on their areas of expertise and passion so you’ll always get current up to date information from those involved in clubs and community settings beyond the university.

Through the course you’ll explore key pathways including research design, pedagogy and sociology offering opportunities to explore theoretical and practical issues throughout.

In addition to this you’ll have the opportunity to explore practice in context through placements which are offered each year to encourage experiences within a variety of settings. The course will provide you with an insightful awareness of how theory from a range of areas can both inform and be informed by practice in order to develop your critical and innovative problem-solving abilities.

This course has an interactive, innovative practical learning focus and we encourage integration with other courses (eg Physical Education, Sport Coaching Science) to foster a multi-disciplinary understanding of Physical Education and Coaching. We have a strong community, both within the university and with external partners, generating a range of theoretical, practical and experiential learning opportunities.

If you don’t meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

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Entry requirements

    • 104 – 112 UCAS tariff points, BCC – BBC at A levels, MMM – DMM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester C624 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester C624 £9,250 TBC
Sep 2025 Oxstalls, Gloucester C624 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Primary School Teacher (via PGCE)
  • Secondary PE Teacher (via PGCE)
  • Sports and PE Activator
  • Sports Specialist Primary Teacher
  • School Sports Coach
  • Community Sports Coach.

Industry links

With a thorough understanding of teaching, learning styles and coaching techniques across a range of sports, you’ll graduate with the expertise that schools and community sports settings are looking for in Sports Educators and Coaches. Many of our graduates progress into careers as PE teachers.

Learn from successful PE teachers and sports coaches

Our teaching teams include qualified teachers with industry experience, and sports coaches working with national governing bodies of sport. Their specialisms include hockey, athletics, rugby, skiing and netball.

Develop skills internationally through Sport Malawi

Get involved in our international sport for development project, Sport Malawi. Gain experience teaching and coaching in a different culture in a different country – deliver sports workshops and make a difference to the quality and provision of Malawian sports.

Learn all you need to know about setting up as a freelance practitioner

Working with our business hub, The Growth Hub, you’ll develop your business expertise to prepare you for setting up as a freelance practitioner. This means that you can start earning money as a Sports Coach and towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses during your degree.

Trips and experiences

We’ve just invested £9 million in transforming our Oxstalls Campus where we’ve built an international standard sports hall with arena seating for 1,250 people and international standard 3G pitches. There are also dedicated pitches for football and rugby, and a new cricket pavilion. These state-of-the-art facilities are in addition to our existing sports hall and gym, as well as our highly advanced strength and conditioning suite and sports laboratories.

Off campus you’ll have the chance to get involved in Sport Malawi – a four-week expedition in Southeast Africa where staff and students deliver workshops and coaching sessions.


You’ll gain vital industry experience through built in work placement modules and opportunities throughout the course. With links to over 65 education providers and 50 community and performance clubs, there are plenty of opportunities to choose from. Our Sports Placement Team and your Personal Tutor work with you to find the best ones.

"I focus on access, opportunity and cultural issues"

“I have an interest in a variety of activity and sport settings, focusing on access, opportunity and cultural issues. I have worked extensively on charitable projects assessing the impact of Sport for Development projects and worked on a number of commissioned research projects investigating the role of sport within at risk, criminal and volunteering environments. I deliver a range of modules over a number of courses, embedding innovative and critical practice within the sociology and culture of activities and sport.”

Benjamin Moreland, Academic Course Leader for Sports Business and Coaching

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