Course details

Subject area

Sport, Health and Physical Education

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Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Do you really enjoy sport but are undecided on your future career?

This course will allow you to keep your options open whilst enjoying studying a range of interesting subjects which can be applied to a variety of sport and teaching-related jobs.

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About this course

You’ll practice teaching and coaching skills from a range of perspectives such as working in schools and community settings. 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 (how to teach and coach), sports science, analysing performance, 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.

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.

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 topics such as fitness, performance, physical activity or enterprise.

Why study with us?

  • Broaden your career options. You’ll study the subjects of physical education and sports coaching from primary and secondary age children right through to the adult population.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to undertake profressional placements to gain invaluable work experience.
  • Follow your passions. We’ll give you the chance to specialise in the areas that interest you, whether that’s teaching, coaching or working with professional sports clubs or governing bodies.


The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three years of study.

Modules by Year

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Introduction to Teaching and Coaching
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Policy and Practice in Sport and Physical Education
  • Sociology and Psychology of Physical Education and Sports Coaching

Students are required to choose one option module from:

  • Analysing Sport
  • Health and Fitness

Students are also required to choose one option module from:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Scientific Principles of PE and Coaching: Anatomy and Physiology

Integrated assessment

At the end of Semester 1 and 2 of the first year of study, students will undertake an integrated assessment which draws on learning from across three different modules from the programme.

  • In Semester 1 students will complete an assessment integrating content from Ethics, Society, and Employability with content from Introduction to Teaching and Coaching.
  • In Semester 2 students will complete a second assessment integrating content from Ethics, Society, and Employability with content from Sociology and Psychology of Physical Education and Sports Coaching.
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Research Methods 2

Students must also choose one option module from each of the groups below. Some combinations of modules are not able to be chosen - Course Leaders will explain in more detail as option modules are chosen.

Group 1

  • Physical Activity for Health
  • Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice

Group 2

  • Coaching and Assessment of Performance
  • Scientific Principles of Physical Education: Biomechanics

Group 3

  • Applied Pedagogy in Physical Education
  • Coaching Pedagogy

Group 4

  • Professional Development and Placement 2
  • Volunteering in SHN

Group 5

  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice
  • Event Management
  • Growth and Development of the Athlete
  • Advanced Training Methods


Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Contemporary Debates in PE
  • Dissertation

Students are required to choose one option module from:

  • Inclusive Physical Education
  • Professional Practice in Coaching

Students are required to choose two option modules from: 

  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Community Sport Development
  • Professional Learning Through Work
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • Exercise Referral

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development
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A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

UCAS tariff104
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/grade 4 or higher in English Language.
Typical A Level offerBCC

Student Finance

UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2021/2022.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2022/23 entry will be set in summer 2021.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students, including EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2021/22.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa. 

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs 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.
  • On some courses there may be additional costs, such as field trips, equipment, accreditations, that may be part-funded by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • 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.

How to apply

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On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional placements

Previous placements have included assisting in primary and secondary schools and delivering fitness sessions alongside personal training and strength and conditioning professionals. Some students have worked with county sports partnerships or national governing bodies for sport, such as the Football Association, Rugby Football League and England Netball.

Career opportunities

You could go on to become a sports coach for children or athletes or work in the fitness industry, physical activity and health promotion, sport development or event management settings. Graduates have also gone on to further study to become a teacher or pursued a career in the uniformed services.

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