Physical Education and Coaching (BSc Hons)

Physical education student teacher.

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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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.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC 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


  • 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 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.

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Staff Profile

Ben Moreland

“I've always been fascinated by people, and this is especially interesting when focused on sports and exercise environment. Very few other vehicles have the same potential to attract a diverse range of people, and that’s something that our students have a great opportunity to harness through the course. I also run the award-winning Sport Malawi project which enables our students to work together with local practitioners to deliver workshops in sports coaching, outreach and education overseas. This is a transforming encounter through which students have a unique and challenging learning experience.”

Learn from successful PE teachers and sports coaches

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.

Sport Malawi

Develop skills internationally through Sport Malawi

Take advantage of 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.

Male and female coaching primary aged children

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, towards CPD courses, during your degree.

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