BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education

Course overview

The coach is responsible for instructing, training and directing the athlete or the team. Their aim is to develop the players' skills or to achieve a specific goal. But how does the coach know which methods to use?

In this innovative degree, you will explore the scientific approach to coaching. You will find out which areas of knowledge, such as human movement, pedagogy, child development, physiology and psychology, can contribute to making coaching methods more effective.

This course is designed to explore the scientific basis of coaching to supplement the craft knowledge gained by a coach. These methods are explored within a specialised laboratory environment utilising the latest technology and analytical equipment in a small, friendly and supportive setting.

Key Facts

Science & Technology
University Centre Peterborough
3 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study available

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BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education

This degree has two main aims:

  • To provide you with a firm understanding of the theory underpinning the physical education and coaching processes and how such theories can be applied.
  • To equip you with communication, organisational, practical, analytical and scientific skills necessary for coaching and teaching sport.


Our students work with a number of sports clubs throughout their studies including Peterborough United and Leicester Tigers which provides them with the real life experience needed to get a job at the end of their degree. Some of our students also find paid jobs in coaching and personal training during their studies

The specific aims of this course are:

  • To address relevant QAA subject benchmark statements and United Kingdom Coaching Certificates (UKCC) qualification guidelines.
  • To provide a framework of modules for the development of the theory, concepts and practical application of Coaching and Physical Education.
  • To provide you with the necessary oral, written, practical and technical skills to operate effectively as coaching practitioners.
  • To provide you with the required knowledge to operate ethically and safely as coaches.
  • To allow you the opportunity to work independently in real-life situations.
  • To build up a range of transferable skills and competences relevant to careers in coaching sports development and other graduate employment situations.
  • To allow you the opportunity to plan, execute, analyse and report on a research project of your own design.
  • To provide you with the opportunity to study for professional qualifications (national governing body coaching).
  • To promote access to, and further progression within, higher education, research and professional development.

Module guide

Year one core modules 

  • Anatomy in Motion
  • Coaching and Behaviour
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Research Methods in Sports and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year two core modules 

  • Applied Coaching
  • Exercise Testing
  • Perceptual Motor Skills
  • Performance Analysis
  • Psychological Profiling
  • Research Methods
  • Sports Development

Year three core modules

  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Effective and Ethical Coaching
  • Long Term Athlete Development
  • Scientific Basis of Training
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Undergraduate Major Project


We use a mixture of assessment methods such as completing performance analysis work, coaching portfolios, presentations, essays and examinations.

Associated careers

This innovative blend of theory and practice will develop you into a modern scientific coach who is able to coach an array of learners in any age group. It may also lead into other related jobs such as sports development, performance analysis and teaching.

Entry Requirements

A levels required;
2 A levels one of which needs to be a science subject.

BTEC/Access required;
A BTEC National or a full Access Certificate in a related subject.

GCSEs required;
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

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