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Physical Education and Sports Coaching FdSc

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2 years

UCAS points

72 - 48

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 10 for Student ExperienceThe Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 5 for Teaching Quality

Confidently guide others in sport with our hands-on Physical Education and Sports Coaching degree

Empower others through sport with our Physical Education and Sports Coaching degree. If you currently work, or aspire to teach, in physical education or sport coaching, this course is for you.

You will study on campus twice a week, covering topics like:

  • young people’s holistic development
  • talent development
  • contemporary issues in PE and sport
  • health and wellbeing
  • teaching skills.

Excellent reputation and teaching

We have a strong reputation for our sports and education programmes. The Times Good University Guide 2023 rated us in the top 5 for teaching quality. Additionally, we placed 5th for student experience in the Complete University Guide 2024.

Our student, Sophy, tells us that our tutors “always offered support and encouraged us to push our boundaries”.

Work placements: build professional experience

You will undertake a work placement in your second year. This will allow you to apply your studies to a professional environment and strengthen your skills. Previous students have worked at:

  • schools
  • sports clubs.

Opportunities for further study

Once you successfully complete our Physical Education and Sports Coaching degree, you can choose to spend a third year completing either our:

Jessica Boyd, Lecturer - Physical and Sport Education

Jessica Boyd

Course Lead - Physical Education and Sports Coaching FdSc

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Standard offers will normally be made at two D grades for A level (one of which should be in a science subject) or the equivalent including Vocational A levels (VCEs), AS Levels, BTEC or Access. This must include at least one 6-unit qualification.

Lower offers may be made in some cases, for example to mature students where the candidate's academic profile is offset by practical or vocational experience.

It is favourable for applicants to be currently working in the sector they wish to study in.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

72 - 48

UCAS points


GCSE grade 4/C (or equivalent) in English Language is required. Maths and Science also preferred

We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

Student Visa

This course is not suitable for international applicants who require student route sponsorship.

UCAS Personal statement support

Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

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Funding Information

*Please note: tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs can occur if you opt to purchase a St Mary's sports kit and core text books.


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 30%

Independent study - 70%

*Contact time includes 5% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

A range of teaching methods including presentations, discussions, small group work, workshops and practical sessions are utilised.

Students are expected and challenged to bring their own work experiences into the discussions and to learn to place their academic work into an appropriate vocational context.

This degree regularly welcomes specialists in the field of physical education and sports coaching to deliver visiting lectures on current trends and applications of theory to the workplace.

Class sizes tend to be around 20 students for core modules, and 10 to 15 students for optional modules.

Assessment methods

The assessments are structured so as to reflect the underlying vocational principal of the course. Methods of assessments include presentations, coursework and portfolios, as well as practical and spoken assessment.

Students will need to develop their critical analysis and reflective skills in order to develop writing and reasoning through a range of topics relating to physical education and sports coaching. It is also critical in this field to be ‘fit to practice’ and so students must be well versed in practical demonstration alongside the theoretical underpinning.

There are no traditional written exams.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

On our Physical Education and Sports Coaching FdSc, you will build key transferrable skills, such as time management, teamwork, and communication.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Physical Education and Sports Coaching FdSc include:

sports coaching in schools, clubs, and companiessport recreation and developmentteaching (following graduate training schemes or PGCE courses)

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