Leeds City College

Physical Education and Sports Coaching (Top-Up) Leeds City College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The Open University


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Course summary

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This exciting programme has been developed in conjunction with current physical education teachers, sports coaching specialists and self-employed school orientated sports coaches. The course will further develop your knowledge in coaching sport, ways of enhancing learning and performance and dealing with current issues within modern society. The course will also advance your understanding and application of classroom activities, educate you on methods of assessment and the use of technology in the classroom. The mix of practical and written assessments throughout the course will aid your employability options on completion of the course.

Opportunities on the course allow you to gain experience of working closely with a school or a coaching company to help aid your coaching and teaching delivery in a developmental and supportive environment. This personal and professional development throughout the course is extremely attractive to employers, and previous students have achieved part time or full time employment following their active engagement in these opportunities.

The course also offers places for a number of students to undertake a three week work placement abroad at a variety of schools in Orebro, Sweden, working in both primary and secondary education or in Verumaki, Finland, where students will assist or lead sporting activities at summer camps for local children. These three week work placements are fully funded through Erasmus funding and previous students have been extremely positive about the experience gained from these opportunities. These placements provide students with valuable industry experience, networking opportunities and important international employer links within the education system.

Course details


The five teaching modules of the BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching may include:

Independent Major Study (40 credits)
Optimising Learning and Development (20 credits)
Contemporary Issues (20 credits)
Practical PE and Sports Coaching (20 credits)
Technology Enhanced Learning (20 credits)

Assessment method

The course will consist of 60% coursework, 20% practical delivery and 20% presentations, in order to offer you the closest real-life experience to secure future employment. The practical and classroom assessment methods will simulate workplace assessments to increase your knowledge, experience and ability to acquire employment. Other assessment methods will aim to develop your verbal and written communication skills, which are essential for future employment.

Examples of assessment methods used within the course are:

  • Practical sessions will assess the quality of planning and delivery to meet the desired learning outcomes of the session.

  • Written reports will assess the ability to utilise theory for optimising the development of students and athletes across both classroom and practical settings.

  • Presentations will assess the appraisal of concepts and theories, current practices and the proposition of practical solutions for future development across areas of sport coaching and physical education.

The course lecturers will clearly explain the course content, interlinking the assessment methods and requirements of each assessment. All of the relevant information on assessments are provided within the module handbooks, made available to students after enrolment.

The assessment methods are below:

  • Practical delivery
  • Individual Research Project
  • Research Proposal
  • Presentations
  • Classroom Lesson Observation
  • Viva
  • Reports
  • Essays

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C619
Institution code L21
Campus name University Centre
Campus code 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leeds City College and it's various centres welcome students from across the EU and international students who are already residing in the UK. The College is not currently recruiting students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose immigration permission is for education only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Maths Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
HND (BTEC) M Merit grade in a relevant subject such as sport, physical education or coaching.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (DBS) prior to commencement on placement, which will be paid for by the department.


A successful interview required.


An appropriate reference is required to evidence practical exercise and suitability for the course.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7,250 Year 1
EU £7,250 Year 1
England £7,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,250 Year 1
Scotland £7,250 Year 1
Wales £7,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year.

Provider information

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