University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sport Coaching and Physical Education (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

You relish sport’s ability to bring joy and to improve the mind and body. You have a true passion for sport coaching, helping others discover the physical, mental and social wellbeing impacts of sport. Here you can discover a like-minded community of sports enthusiasts. This sport coaching and physical education foundation year will help you on your way to achieving our full degree, accredited by CIMSPA, designed so you can be supported by our expert lecturers to confidently step into your ideal future career and gain the knowledge to make a difference. What’s more, our sport courses are ranked 1st in the North West for continuation and 2nd in the North West for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2023 Results). Course Overview If you are passionate about becoming a sport coach but do not have the required qualifications for direct entry, our foundation degree in sport coaching and physical education offers a supportive alternative route into higher education. You’ll examine the theory of physical education, sport and coaching science across education, leisure and community sectors. 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. With numerous career options upon graduation including sport coaching, teaching, sport development, performance analysis and event management. 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. 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.
  • Reach the right level for progressing onto the full sport coaching and physical education degree programme, building a solid foundation of skills from which to expand upon.
What you will learn Year one
  • Essential University Skills 1
  • Essential University Skills 2
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
  • Leading and Managing Individuals and Organisations
  • Individual Case Study
  • Sport in Action
Year two
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Developing the Practitioner Toolkit
  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Principles of Human Movement & Function
  • Multi-Skills Development in Physical Education and Sport
  • Part 2 Practice Assessment
Year three
  • 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 four
  • Independent Investigative Project
  • Current Issues in Sport Development and Physical Education
  • Managing Community Events
  • Club and Coach Development
  • Performance Analysis in Sport

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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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 £13575 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Sport Coaching and Physical Education (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS