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Physical Education & Sports Coaching

BA Honours

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Physical Education & Sports Coaching

BA Honours


  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Physical Education will prepare you for postgraduate study in teacher training, which will qualify you to become a primary or secondary teacher. You'll be prepared for sports coaching for children or athletes and roles in the fitness industry, physical activity and health promotion, sport development or event management. You could also follow in the footsteps of some of our previous graduates and start your own business.

Why study with us?

• Broaden your career options. You'll study lifelong learning in both physical education and sports  coaching from primary and secondary age children right through to the adult population.

• Develop a stand-out CV. You'll complete professional work placements as part of your degree, get the opportunity to complete a year-long volunteering module, and even have the chance to study abroad in countries such as Australia.

• Follow your passions. We'll give you the chance to specialise in the areas that interest you, whether that's teaching, coaching athletes or working with governing bodies such as the FA.

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TOP 25

We're in the top 25 in the UK for teaching and course satisfaction.

(Guardian University Guide 2020)


professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.


of our Sport and Physical Education graduates in work or further study within six months.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 - latest data available)

Course Information

About this course >

​You'll practice in a range of settings, from primary and secondary physical education to community coaching. You'll develop an appreciation of how the disciplines of physical education and sports coaching complement each other, studying a combination of practical and theoretical modules in pedagogy, sports science, research methods, sports policy, psychology, sociology and philosophy of sport.

Our vocational approach means you'll learn by doing, applying theory to a range of practical activities such as games, athletics, outdoor adventure activities, gymnastics and dance.

At the end of your first year you can continue with Physical Education and Sports Coaching or transfer to Physical Education or Sports Coaching.

Thanks to our fantastic employer links, you'll have the opportunity to work with schools and professional sports clubs and we'll encourage you to volunteer or work in physical education and sports coaching alongside your studies. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake coaching awards in a wide range of sports.

The flexible nature of the degree means you'll have the chance to adapt your knowledge, skills and experiences to any age group. You can also specialise in the areas that interest you the most, choosing from modules that include strength and conditioning, physical activity, sport development or enterprise. What's more, you can even gain additional coaching qualifications alongside your degree.

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Further Study

Modules >

​Various themes run through the course of your degree. These include Psychology, Sociology, Sport Science, Pedagogy, Philosophy and Personal and Professional Development for Employability. 

Year 1

You will gain a good foundation of knowledge to help you with your transition to university. This will include help with your academic skills in order to be successful in your studies and you will be introduced to the  academic disciplines relating to both physical education and sports coaching. A combination of practical and theoretical modules ensures you learn in an applied setting. This means that the theory you learn is aligned to practice, thereby introducing from the onset the vocational nature of the programme you have chosen. The topics you will cover are: pedagogy, sociology of sport, sports science, research methods, sports policy and philosophy and will be applied in a range of practical activities such as games, athletics, OAA, gymnastics and dance activities.

Year 2

You will build upon your first year by being able to apply the knowledge gained in a more applied setting. You will begin to draw together the key themes and understand how they all relate to physical education and sports coaching in an interdisciplinary way. Modules such as Physical Activity and Health or the option module of Event Management enable this type of approach to be applied. You will continue to explore in greater depth the areas of pedagogy, sociology, sports science, research methods and philosophy and these will again be applied to games, athletics, OAA, gymnastics and dance activities.  The range of options in your second year allow you to develop further expertise in particular areas of interest, building your own programme of study relating to your future career aspirations.

Year 3

In your third year, you will become a more independent, critical and analytical student and is the final step in the graduate journey. You will continue to draw on the key themes running through your degree programme in an advanced manner. You will be assessed in practical and applied settings where you can showcase your level of development and preparation for the graduate workplace. The dissertation module is accompanied by a range of options from contrasting areas of physical education and sports coaching.

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here. #expand#​


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

​Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You could complete your placements in the UK or abroad, and we also have partnerships with international charities. These have given our students the chance to deliver sporting opportunities in Rwanda, Cameroon, Uganda and Kenya.

Graduate Opportunities

Many of our graduates successfully go on to teacher training, becoming PE teachers and primary teachers, as well as working with professional sports clubs. You'll also be prepared for a career in performance or community coaching, as  well as related careers in personal training, strength and conditioning, health and wellbeing and sports development.

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