This two-year foundation degree course is aimed at individuals who are currently working or gaining experience within physical education settings and the sports coaching industry, or those looking to become a physical education teacher or sports coach.
- Strong focus on personal development enables you to develop a CV and enhance your career opportunities
- Substantial vocational aspect to the programme
- Flexible two-day a week schedule
- Opportunity to study for one further year to achieve an undergraduate degree on either BSc Sports Coaching Science or BA Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development after successful completion of the programme
Why study Physical Education and Sports Coaching?
Studying physical education and sports coaching at university can empower graduates to develop a career that inspires young people, adults and communities to make the best of themselves through sport and physical activity.
Many primary schools use sports coaches to deliver physical education provision, so an understanding of physical education alongside sports coaching principles will help effective delivery.
This two-year degree is aimed at individuals who are currently working or gaining experience within the physical education and/or sports coaching industry, or additionally, those looking to progress in the field.
One key aim is to develop self-sufficient sports coaches and educators within two years and you will be encouraged by your tutors to build on your professional experience and industry qualifications.
Why St Mary's?
St Mary’s University has a history of developing teachers and sports professionals. This course has been designed to provide a grounding in sports coaching and physical education theory to enhance your understanding of effective practice.
During the second year of the course, you will complete a formal work placement. Placements are usually located at a place convenient to you - either near the University or close to your home. Previous students have undertaken placements within local schools and sports clubs.
Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of a foundation degree and provides students with the opportunity of spending a further year completing a Sports Coaching Science BSc (Hons) or Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development BA (Hons) undergraduate degrees.
Please note: Physical Education and Sports Coaching is subject to revalidation.
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Dr Paul Dancy
Programme Director - Sports Coaching Science BSc and Sports Coaching FdSc
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