Physical Education and Sports Coaching (Top-Up) - BA (Hons)

Physical Education and Sports Coaching (Top-Up) - BA (Hons)

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This course is subject to validation by The Open University.


This exciting programme has been developed in conjunction with current physical education teachers, sports coaching specialists and self-employed school orientated sports coaches.  The course will further develop your knowledge in coaching sport, ways of enhancing learning and performance and dealing with current issues within modern society. The course will also advance your understanding and application of classroom activities, educate you on methods of assessment and the use of technology in the classroom. The mix of practical and written assessments throughout the course will aid your employability options on completion of the course.

Opportunities on the course allow you to gain experience of working closely with a school or a coaching company to help aid your coaching and teaching delivery in a developmental and supportive environment. This personal and professional development throughout the course is extremely attractive to employers, and previous students have achieved part time or full time employment following their active engagement in these opportunities.

The course also offers places for a number of students to undertake a three week work placement abroad at a variety of schools in Orebro, Sweden, working in both primary and secondary education or in Verumaki, Finland, where students will assist or lead sporting activities at summer camps for local children. These three week work placements are fully funded through Erasmus funding and previous students have been extremely positive about the experience gained from these opportunities. These placements provide students with valuable industry experience, networking opportunities and important international employer links within the education system.

Duration 1 Year Full Time
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72681-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What You Learn / Units

The five teaching modules of the BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching may include:

  • Independent Major Study (40 credits)
  • Optimising Learning and Development (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues (20 credits)
  • Practical PE and Sports Coaching (20 credits)
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (20 credits)

Benefits / Skills you will develop

Developing students to become lifelong-learners is central to the learning and teaching strategy for the programme and as such, all the learning and teaching methods across the programme are designed to encourage all students to take an independent approach to learning.

You will develop a range of academic skills such as: presenting, referencing, academic research and writing,  In addition to other classroom or practical delivery based skills required by employers such as communication, planning, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and the use of ICT.

Skills such as time management, leadership, communication and team work will be developed throughout the course and are fundamental to roles such as: a teaching assistant, a community sports coach and after school club coaches.

How you will be assessed

The course will consist of 60% coursework, 20% practical delivery and 20% presentations, in order to offer you the closest real-life experience to secure future employment. The practical  and classroom assessment methods will simulate workplace assessments to increase your knowledge, experience and ability to acquire employment. Other assessment methods will aim to develop your verbal and written communication skills, which are essential for future employment.


Examples of assessment methods used within the course are:

  • Practical sessions will assess the quality of planning and delivery to meet the desired learning outcomes of the session.
  • Written reports will assess the ability to utilise theory for optimising the development of students and athletes across both classroom and practical settings.
  • Presentations will assess the appraisal of concepts and theories, current practices and the proposition of practical solutions for future development across areas of sport coaching and physical education.

The course lecturers will clearly explain the course content, interlinking the assessment methods and requirements of each assessment. All of the relevant information on assessments are provided within the module handbooks, made available to students after enrolment.


The assessment methods are below:

  • Practical delivery
  • Individual Research Project
  • Research Proposal
  • Presentations
  • Classroom Lesson Observation
  • Viva
  • Reports
  • Essays

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

The course will be delivered at the University Centre.

The Higher Education Sports department works in partnership with Firehouse Fitness gymnasium. All students enrolled onto the Top-Up degree automatically receive a free gym membership to Firehouse Fitness for the academic year. The Higher Education Sports department also works in collaboration with The University of Leeds. Many  practical sessions will be delivered at the University of Leeds’ the Edge or Gryphon sports halls, which gives students fantastic access to some of the best facilities in Leeds.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer:

Foundation Degree: Pass on the second year of an FD in sport, physical education or coaching related subject.

HND: Merit grade in a relevant subject.

GCSE English: English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths: Maths Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International Qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

DBS Checks: Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (DBS) prior to commencement on placement, which will be paid for by the department.

Interviews / auditions: A successful interview required.

References: An appropriate reference required to evidence practical exercise and suitability for the course.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this course.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is C619 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's Next

A range of employment opportunities are available once you have graduated. Graduates have the opportunity continue onto further study, such as: Post Graduate Certificate in Education (QTLS or QTS), Masters degree or vocational qualifications to increase self-employed revenue.

It is expected that graduates will find employment in a range of physical education teaching or sport coaching roles including: primary, secondary or further education physical education teaching assistant, after school sports coach, coaching award assessor, youth, disability or adult sports coach within the community.

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