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Physical Education and Youth Sport Coaching

BSc (Hons)

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UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
21 September 2020
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Our highly regarded Physical Education and Youth Sport Coaching degree will prepare you for a career in teaching, coaching, health and fitness, or sports development.

Practical performance and the development of teaching and coaching skills are central to this course. 

This course is informed by close links with organisations such as the Youth Sport Trust, Sport Across Staffordshire and the West Midlands Teacher Training Consortium. You’ll be taught by experienced lecturers who hold high-level coaching qualifications and are well connected within the industry.

This will help to ensure that you’re work-ready when you complete the course, with your own network of connections already underway. As a Sport and Exercise student, you’ll be guaranteed a placement, internship or volunteering opportunity during your studies, in order to apply your knowledge and develop real world skills.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Physical Education and Youth Sport Coaching

The course has a number of links with primary, secondary, private and special schools and academy across the region, and is informed by links with organisations including the Youth Sport Trust and Sport Across Staffordshire.

Course content

Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on performance, teaching and coaching. We will also teach you the theoretical knowledge to support this, by exploring the scientific and social aspects of sport. You will have access to a wide range of digital and online technologies and applications to enhance your learning experience.

Our teaching enables you to be actively engaged in interactive activities through the inclusion of teaching aids via smartphones, tablets or laptops.

In your first year, you'll have the opportunity to focus on your own area of interest in year one. This could include racquet sports, athletics, swimming and other team sports, as well as gymnastics, dance and adventure activities.

In your second year you will further develop core knowledge and your third year will provide you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area. A guaranteed placement or internship will be offered to you during your studies. A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) screening is compulsory for work experience. This placement opportunity - which is often in a school or youth sport setting - is well regarded by employers and will make an excellent contribution to your CV.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Academic And Employability Skills In Sport And Exercise 15 credits
Coaching And Teaching Football 15 credits
Coaching And Teaching In Sport 15 credits
Developing Research Skills In Sport And Exercise 15 credits
Fundamentals Of The Psychology Of Sport And Exercise 15 credits
Sports Science For Coaches And Teachers 15 credits
Teaching And Coaching Pe National Curriculum Activities 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Sport And Exercise Psychology 30 credits
Coaching, Analysis And Skill Acquisition 30 credits
Physical Education And Youth Sport Theory, Practice And Placement 30 credits
Research And Graduate Employability In Sport And Exercise 30 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Children In Sport And Physical Education 15 credits
Contemporary Issues In Sports Coaching 15 credits
Inspiring Learning: Physical Education Pedagogy 15 credits
Personal And Professional Development In Sport And Exercise 30 credits
Professional Practice And Cpd In Sport 30 credits
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You will be provided with opportunities to prepare you for employment.

The BSc (Hons) PE and Youth Sport Coaching prepares you for career progression in teaching, professional coaching, health and fitness, and sport development.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in athletics development, football coaching and lecturing.  A number of our former students are now working as Physical Education teachers, Heads of Department and other roles within schools or youth sport.

Most Sport and Exercise graduates have gained positions within the industry with others progressing into teacher training.

Students may also wish to continue their studies through progression onto our Masters courses.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on the subject area, your choice of option modules and professional body requirements. However, you can expect that coursework assessment will account on average for 50% to 100% of assessment tasks across all levels.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dan Dawson
Dan DawsonLecturer

Dan is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise and is the Course Leader for PGCE Physical Education and PE and Youth Sport Coaching courses. 

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
16 September 2019
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
21 September 2020

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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