University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sport Coaching and Physical Education (Top up)

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Course summary

You care about the health and well-being of others. You love sport’s ability to transform lives and want to share your passion. Here you can discover a like-minded community of sports enthusiasts. The knowledge and skills you'll develop will boost your qualifications to degree level and with the support of our expert lecturers will allow you to confidently step into your ideal future career. Course Overview You’ll examine the theory of physical education, sport and coaching science across education, leisure and community sectors. A learn-and-do ethos will see classes complemented by practical sessions, while experience in schools and community groups will provide real-world application. You’ll benefit from the support and first-hand knowledge of professionals. Alongside this, you'll have access to numerous facilities, including our sports hall, functional fitness training room, human performance laboratories and specialist IT rooms. Fast track your job hunt with our industry links. You’ll have numerous career options upon graduation including sport coaching, teaching, sport development, elite performance analysis and personal training. On this course you will

  • Gain academic and vocational key skills through both classroom and community engagement projects linked to specific modules.
  • Be taught in small class sizes which means you get to know your class and tutors well, allowing you to feel supported during your studies.
  • Have access to an extensive range of partner organisations in sport including Active Cumbria, Active Lancashire and Golf England facilitating learning opportunities, guest speakers and placements.
  • Follow the successes of our graduates who have pursued careers in PE teaching, sport development, event management, high-performance coaching and community coaching roles.
  • Benefit from our partnership with local leisure centre, Salt Ayre, giving you access to even more high-quality sports facilities.
What you will learn You will examine the theory of physical education, sport and coaching science across education, leisure and community sectors, hands-on experience plays a big part in this course. 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 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. Year one
  • Independent Investigative Project
  • Current Issues in Sport Development and Physical Education
  • Club and Coach Development
  • Performance Analysis in Sport
  • Managing Community Events

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.

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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

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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 £13250 Year 1

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