BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education

The coach is responsible for instructing, training, 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?

The Sports Coaching and Physical Education degree will explore the scientific approach to coaching. You will find out which areas of knowledge, such as human movement, pedagogy, athlete development,  physiology and psychology can help contribute to making coaching methods effective.

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

Throughout your studies you will gain a significant amount of sports industry experience working with sports teams in the local area such as Peterborough United Football Club, Vivacity and Premier Sport. In addition students have worked in local schools as teaching assistants in PE lessons gaining valuable experience in teaching.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • Smaller class sizes will lead to a significant amount
    of contact time with your lecturers to help support you with your studies.
  • As well as lectures at our main Park Crescent campus, students will use state-of- the-art sports laboratory, gym facilities and sports hall based at the college.
  • Coaching and teaching placements will be offered to students to help develop experience and improve career prospects.
  • 100% of students in 2015/16 were employed in a sports related job before or within 6 months of graduation.

2017 National Student Survey (NSS) results

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education

100.0%    Overall satisfaction
90.00%    The teaching on my course
95.00%    Assessment and Feedback
90.00%    Academic support

72 UCAS points with at least one qualification in a related subject:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language  qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Human Movement (15 credits)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (15 credits)
  • Pedagogical Principles in Sport (15 credits)
  • Applied Pedagogical Principles in Sport (15 credits)
  • Organisation and Structure of Sport (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
  • Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Psychological Profiling (15 credits)
  • Perceptual Motor Skills (15 credits)
  • Sports Development (15 credits)
  • Applied Teaching and Coaching (15 credits)
  • Performance Analysis (15 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
  • Applied Research Skills (15 credits)
  • Applied Research and Employability (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Project or Applied Practitioner (30 credits)
  • Strategic Sports Development (15 credits)
  • Ethical Coaching and Mentoring (15 credits)
  • Long Term Athlete Development (15 credits)
  • Developing Performance Athletes (15 credits)
  • Applied Sports Psychology (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one full day a week over two semesters per year).

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective log book
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Work based assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Written examination
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Dissertation (final year)

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

This course will provide you will the skills and knowledge to help you progress into careers such as a sports coach, performance analyst, sports development officer, sports scientist, sports psychologist, fitness instructor/ personal trainer and a strength and conditioning coach. The course will provide you with the foundations to progress on to postgraduate qualifications such as a PGCE or MSc. Work placements will be embedded into your modules to provide you with valuable experience required for working in the sports industry.

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

Apply via UCAS
If you missed the first UCAS deadline on Monday 15th January 2018 and have not yet applied for university, you can still apply now for a full-time undergraduate degree at University Centre Peterborough via UCAS.  You do not need to wait until UCAS Extra starts on Sunday 25th February 2018.

UCAS Extra
UCAS Extra runs from Sunday 25th February to Wednesday 4th July 2018 and gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Thursday 5th July 2018 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

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BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education

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