Physical Education and Coaching (BSc Hons)

Physical Education and Coaching

BSc (Hons)

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Gain the skills and experience required to play a key role in the development of future of athletes.

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Unbeatable experiences

Put your learning into practice in a school, club or community context.

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Get involved in Sport Malawi, a four-week expedition in Southeast Africa where staff and students deliver workshops and coaching sessions.

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We're connected to more than 100 schools and sports clubs, so we can help you find placements to match your interests.

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Work with influential organisations and industry practitioners to develop school sports.

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Benjamin Moreland

Benjamin Moreland

A member of the course team

"I have an interest in a variety of activity and sport settings, focussing 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. Outside of teaching I am keen on mountain biking and surfing."

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Course outline

Our sports courses are in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects and the top 25 for spend per student in sport according to the Guardian University Guide 2020. This course is also rated 94% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

Sport and physical activity is fundamental to the healthy development of young people. This degree focuses on the development of young people in sports teaching and coaching contexts. You’ll develop skills across a range of sports and physical activities, gaining experience in schools, after school settings and sports clubs. Many graduates progress into a PE teaching career.

You’ll explore primary and secondary physical education (PE) with a range of ability groups. From the start of your programme you’ll work with an educational provider in Gloucestershire to gain as much teaching experience as possible over your three years. The course includes both practical and theoretical aspects of teaching PE.

You’ll explore sports taught in schools, such as football, netball, swimming and athletics, as well as more alternative activities such as dance, Zumba and parkour. You’ll work with the physical education team, all of whom have Qualified Teacher Status and experience teaching in schools. They will develop your expertise in different teaching approaches, contemporary educational policy and inclusive practice.

Alongside PE you’ll develop essential skills and effective practice within youth settings, specifically within extracurricular activities, school sport and coaching in the community. You’ll work with our sports coaching lecturers who have extensive coaching experience, from grassroots to performance sport, and who support GB Rowing, British Equestrian, GB Paralympic squads, and the England and Wales Cricket Board. You’ll also be able to gain your Sports Coach UK qualifications alongside your degree.

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Study style

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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Sport, Health and Social Issues' to 'The Sporting Landscape'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Industry links

With a thorough understanding of teaching and 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 graduates progress into careers as PE teachers.


  • Primary school teacher (via PGCE)
  • Secondary PE teacher (via PGCE)
  • Sports and PE activator
  • Sports specialist primary teacher
  • School sports coach
  • Community sports coach

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

96 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

CCC at A levels, BTEC MMM or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. 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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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeA4R5
BSc (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageA4R6

School of Sport and Exercise

Our School of Sport and Exercise degrees are based in our new international-standard sports arena and state-of-the-art labs. You'll be challenged and supported by experienced coaches, therapists and scientists, building strong skills for employability and for lifelong learning.

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