University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sport Coaching and Physical Education

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Course summary

You’ll examine the theory of physical education, sport and coaching science across education, leisure and community sectors. You’ll build on this with a focus on teaching and coaching. A learn-and-do ethos will see teaching complemented by practical sessions whilst experience in schools, clubs and community groups will provide real-world application. Completing 50 hours of work experience will prove invaluable for your CV. You’ll receive the support of industry-sourced professionals and have access to facilities including a sports hall and performance laboratories, Salt Ayre leisure centre and Brathay Hall and estate. You may be eligible for additional qualifications including coaching awards. Fast track your job hunt with our industry links, which include professional sport clubs and national governing bodies of sport. You’ll have numerous career options upon graduation including sport coaching, teaching, sport development, performance analysis and event management. 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.
  • Gain CIMSPA accreditation boosting your graduate prospects and gain free qualifications recognised by industry 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.
What you will learn There are three distinctive features of the programme: Emphasis on experiential learning through its applied and vocational nature. You will study a range of disciplines, delivered with an applied focus on the complex reality which is modern physical education, sport coaching and sport development. Flexible nature of the delivery of the programme, which utilises a range of learning strategies with an emphasis on the skills and practices involved in physical education, sport coaching and sport development, alongside an understanding of vocational practice. Strong focus on employability and personal enhancement. You will be provided with the opportunity to achieve a vast range of additional qualifications throughout the entirety of the programme, free of charge. You will make links with the careers team to discuss your skill development and to help you reflect on how these link to your employability, graduate skills and career development in your chosen future specialism. Year one
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Developing the Practitioner Toolkit
  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • Principles of Human Movement & Function
  • Multi-Skills Development in Physical Education and Sport
Year two
  • Delivering Sport and the Physical Education Curriculum
  • Leadership and Relationships in Sport
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Investigative Techniques
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Developing Communities through Sport
Year three
  • Independent Investigative Project
  • Conduct an original research investigation supported by a dissertation supervisor.
  • Current Issues in Sport Development and Physical Education
  • Managing Community Events
  • Club and Coach Development
  • Performance Analysis in Sport

Course details

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4

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 £13250 Year 1

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