University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sport Coaching and Physical Education (Top up)

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Course summary

Course Overview This course is ideal for students with a level 5 qualification looking to top up from further education or transfer from another University. You'll examine the theory of physical education, sport and coaching science across education, leisure and community sectors but there is nothing virtual about this course, hands-on experience plays a big part. Your academic learning will be intertwined with practical sessions in our purpose-built sports facilities. This programme focuses on physical education, sport coaching and sport development, blending academic rigour and vocational skills. It consistently links up-to-date multidisciplinary theory with practical skills. It is designed to appeal primarily to those seeking careers in sport coaching, physical education/sport teaching in primary, secondary and tertiary sectors (further post-graduate study would be required) and sport development officers within national governing bodies and local authorities Why Choose University of Cumbria

  • Our great links with sports partnerships and bodies boost your career prospects
  • Our strong relationships with local and regional organisations give you the opportunity to liaise and work with real-life stakeholders and community groups
  • Opportunities to organise sporting events with schools and in the community
  • Great tutor support and we get to know you because our class sizes are small
  • Our tutors have a wealth of experience in sport as coaches and managers
  • Great sports complex and up-to-date facilities
  • Our aim is to give you all of the academic knowledge and practical skills needed in the teaching of physical education and the coaching of sports activities from childhood to elite performance.

Course details


Year One: Independent Investigative Project: Conduct an original research investigation of your own choice, supported by a dissertation supervisor, and communicate your findings. Current Issues in Sport Development and Physical Education: You will explore a variety of contemporary issues in sport development and PE and examine these issues in light of claims made for tailored cross-cutting interventions with specific population groups. You will consider the challenges faced in promoting positive lifestyle behaviours to different groups in society. Club and Coach Development: The module aims to enable students to explore and critically analyse specific coach education methods, and how these impact at participation and performance levels. You will also examine and consider club structures and key infrastructural development aspects, the contemporary drivers and influences upon club development, and the role of sports clubs within communities. Performance Analysis in Sport: This module aims to develop your understanding of assessing technical, tactical and strategic performances through theory and a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. This will enable in-depth analysis of performance and appropriate conclusions to be drawn in order to improve the athletes' performance. Managing Community Events: This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the planning and implementation of community-level sport, physical activity and health promotion themed events. This knowledge will be applied in respect of student teams planning and delivering a community event, with the support of an industry partner, and evaluating the event in terms of its intended outcome.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in relevant subject.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

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Sport Coaching and Physical Education (Top up) at University of Cumbria - UCAS