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BA (Hons) - Sport, Coaching and Physical Education (with integrated foundation year)

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).

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Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity

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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.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The first year of this degree allows you to settle into university life and gain the confidence and skills needed to succeed in your degree. You will develop the intellectual, scientific, practical and investigative skills that underpin the inter-disciplinary approach to the study of sport coaching and physical education. For the following three years, there are three distinctive features of the programme: Emphasis on experiential learning through its applied and vocational nature. You'll study with a focus on the complex reality of modern physical education, sport coaching and sport development. Flexible nature of the delivery of the programme, utilising a range of learning strategies with an emphasis on the skills and practices, alongside an understanding of vocational practice.
Strong focus on employability and personal enhancement. You'll be provided with the opportunity to achieve a vast range of additional qualifications throughout the entirety of the programme, free of charge.

Year one

During the integrated foundation year, you will be taught alongside students from a range of programmes within the Institute of Health. During this time, you will be equipped with the essential skills needed to study at degree level while undertaking challenging and authentic tasks that aim to test your decision-making skills in a sports coaching environment.

  • Essential University Skills 1
    Develop academic and professional skills.
  • Essential University Skills 2
    Build upon the skills developed in Essential University Skills 1. You will expand your learning in the areas of research, writing structure and reflective learning.
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
    Explore a range of contemporary issues through the lens of the media that relates to psychology.
  • Leading and Managing Individuals and Organisations
    An introduction to the key concepts in leadership and management.
  • Individual Case Study
  • Sport in Action
    Explore the key theoretical aspects that underpin the study of sport and exercise.
Year two
  • Personal & Professional Development
    A grounded, practical introduction to a range of skills to make sense of academic research, including how to find, evaluate and read academic sources.
  • Developing the Practitioner Toolkit
    Explore an underpinning knowledge and understanding of fundamental pedagogical processes within sports coaching and physical education teaching.
  • Introduction to Sport Development
    Explore sport development and the complementary work of the PE profession. The contested purposes of sport development and PE, equality and diversity issues about structure, policy and provision will be addressed.
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology
    You will explore some of the processes that underpin the teaching and learning of skilled movement patterns and examine factors affecting motivation. The concepts covered will be applied to coaching, physical education and physical activity participation.
  • Principles of Human Movement & Function
    Introduction to the basic biomechanical, anatomical and physiological systems, principles and concepts that underpin human movement and function. The areas of anatomy, kinesiology, kinematics and kinetics will be covered along with the parameters that govern movement.
  • Multi-Skills Development in Physical Education and Sport
    Develop knowledge and practical application of multi-skills development in sport and physical education. The concept of physical literacy and the development of fundamental movement and sport-specific skills in young children will be explored.
Year three
  • Delivering Sport and the Physical Education Curriculum
    You'll enhance your understanding of the role of physical education within the national curriculum at each key stage. You'll develop an understanding of the relationship between teaching/coaching and learning and experience a variety of teaching/coaching methods, models and frameworks for learning.
  • Leadership and Relationships in Sport
    The module aims to provide you with an understanding and awareness of the nature of coach behaviour and coach-athlete relationships. Models of leadership and practitioner will be explored using a variety of methods.
  • Work-Based Learning
    A 50-hour vocational placement within an organisation of choice. An opportunity to analyse professional practice and reflect upon real-life experiences.
  • Investigative Techniques
    Prepare to conduct a personal research project in an area of interest aimed at developing professional knowledge and expertise. Consider research methodology, ethics, data analysis and formulating a research question.
  • Developing Communities through Sport
    Develop an insight into the causes of sport and wider social exclusion, and how sport can help promote health improvement, community regeneration, educational attainment and prevent youth offending.
  • Field Based Conditioning
    This module, which builds on the knowledge gained on the Level 4 Principles of Human Movement and Function module, will focus on how to improve the physiological parameters that govern successful sporting performance. You will explore physiological responses to conditioning strategies within a range of sports.
Year four
  • Independent Investigative Project
    Conduct an original research investigation supported by a dissertation supervisor.
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
    Working in a small team, and with the guidance of an industry mentor, you have responsibility for planning, marketing, financing, delivery, and evaluation of a local community event, with specific key performance indicators to achieve.
  • Club and Coach Development
    Develop a critical insight into issues facing community sports clubs and their contributions to local communities. Explore and critically evaluate key coach education concepts including experiential learning, communities of practice and mentoring.
  • Performance Analysis in Sport
    Develop an 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 to improve the athletes' performance.
  • Managing Community Events
    Working in a small team, and with the guidance of an industry mentor, you have responsibility for planning, marketing, financing, delivery, and evaluation of a local community event, with specific key performance indicators to achieve.

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