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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Each year, there are many students who complete the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course who go on to study at postgraduate level. This includes the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to teach in primary or secondary schools and Masters in Sport Psychology, Strength and Conditioning or Sport and Exercise Science.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Sports Coach
  • Performance Analyst
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Scientist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Exercise Referral Specialist

Who is it for?

BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching) degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in sport, leisure or the health industry.

This course follows a multi-disciplinary approach where you will study core modules such as physiology, psychology and coaching, and learn about the interaction between these core disciplines as experienced in real life settings. You will also have the opportunity to study applied modules and tailor your degree to your preference through modules such as performance analysis, strength & conditioning and the developing athlete. You will develop a theoretical understanding of sport, exercise and coaching sciences and be able to apply it within practice.

These scientific methods are explored with a specialised laboratory environment utilising the latest technology and analytical equipment in a small, friendly and supportive setting. As well as lectures at our Peterborough campus, students will use a state-of-the-art sports laboratory, gym facilities and sports hall at Peterborough College.

Employability is a key theme and will be embedded into your modules. Throughout your studies you will gain significant experience in the sports industry working with sports teams and organisations such as Peterborough United Football Club, Peterborough Rowing Club and a variety of educational institutions.

Previous students have worked in local schools as teaching assistants in PE lessons gaining valuable experience in teaching (an enhanced DBS check is required), whereas others have obtained internships working with sports academies.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

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What is covered?

YEAR 1 - Level 4

  • Introduction to Academic Skills for Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
  • Human Anatomy (15 credits)
  • Psychological Basis of Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Sports Development (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Sports Coaching (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Performance Analysis (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Skill Acquisition (15 credits)

YEAR 2 - Level 5YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

  • Applied Research Skills (15 credits)
  • Applied Principles of Sports Training (15 credits)
  • Developing Effective Teaching and Coaching (15 credits)
  • Project Preparation and Employability (15 credits)
  • Fitness Testing and Training (15 credits)
  • Assessment in Applied Sport Psychology (15 credits)

Chose 1 of option A and 1 of option B modules:

  • A - Practical Coaching Skills (15 credits)
  • A - Anticipation and Decision Making in sport (15 credits)
  • B - Applied Performance Analysis (15 credits)
  • B - Introduction to Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)


  • Undergraduate Major Project or Undergraduate Placement Project (30 credits)
  • Multidisciplinary Approaches to Training and Assessment (30 credits)
  • Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology (15 credits)
  • Leadership, Management and Mentoring (15 credits)

Chose 1 of option A and 1 of option B modules:

  • A - Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Science (15 credits)
  • A - Strength and Conditioning for Human Performance (15 credits)
  • B - The Developing Athlete (15 credits)
  • B - Coaching Placement (15 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

72 UCAS Points from a sports related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

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