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Course details

Subject area

Sport, Health and Physical Education

UCAS tariff points


Start date(s)

2020, 2021



Study abroad


Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Are you passionate about helping people realise their sporting potential?

A Sports Coaching degree will help you develop the skills to work as an effective sports coach in a variety of settings.

You will examine the fundamentals of sports coaching practice and the science which explains how coaches can be effective. You will use some of  the latest coaching technology as used in professional sport and discuss the complex nature of working effectively and inclusively with different  people in different environments, recognising that the coaching sector spans from participation and children’s coaching to elite performance coaching.

The Student Contract

Your health and wellbeing is important to us which means that we may need to adjust elements of our courses, such as the timings of our placement provision, to take into account COVID-19-related government restrictions. However, please be assured that we will do our utmost to limit any impact this has on your university experience. If you have any questions about your course, please contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

We offer a large amount of practical activity within most of our Sport, Health and Physical Education undergraduate courses. This is an integral part of many modules and contributes both competency-based learning and practical context within which theory can be learned, applied and assessed. In our approach to blended delivery in Academic Year 2020/21, the online content will complement the on-campus delivery, ensuring you are both prepared for on-campus teaching and are able to utilise this on-campus delivery to enhance your subsequent learning. In addition, we will seek to ensure you have access to ‘live’ staff expertise and support through digital platforms to help build a community of learning for all students.

Online teaching will see virtual classroom sessions in Microsoft Teams ‘sandwiched’ between structured preparation activities and follow-up tasks to reinforce learning. Teams, Moodle and Panopto will be used as appropriate to provide a range of learning materials, opportunities for engagement with other students (eg via small group work) and tutors, and to create tasks for you to undertake alone and with others.

We will ensure that each week you are aware of what is expected and how best to access materials and content, and engage in learning activities.

About this course

As part of this course, you will study coaching models and styles, as well as psychosocial aspects such as learning and leadership. We’ll help you to understand the professional codes of practice to which coaches must adhere, exploring the ethical and moral responsibilities of the coach. Understanding the scientific principles of sports coaching is crucial, so you’ll learn how to identify performance indicators and coaching strategies across a variety of sports. You’ll examine the physiological components of performance, learning about skeletal and muscular anatomy and function. 

You will be taught in small groups to enable you to gain quality practical experience to 'learn through doing' with guidance and support from experienced staff.

You’ll complete professional work placements, either at home or abroad, and will have the option to work with business experts in your final year to develop your own viable business plan. Plus, you’ll develop the sector-specific skills with experience of using the latest high-performance sport technology, such as GPS tracking and 3D motion tracking equipment.

Why study with us?

  • Get hands-on experience. You’ll apply what you’ve learnt in practical workshops and professional work placements.
  • Our course content is aligned with accredited coaching bodies so you will have the opportunity to take nationally recognised coaching qualifications alongside your course.
  • Specialise in your favourite sports. We’ll give you the opportunity to align your assessments and projects to the sports that interest you.


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 or four years of study.

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Being Healthy in a Modern World
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise

You will only study these modules if you are studying for the degree with Sport and Health foundation year (4 years)

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 Physical Education and Sports 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): 

  • Coaching and Assessment of Performance
  • Sport Psychology: Principles of Practice
  • Research Methods 2
  • Coaching Pedagogy

Students are required to choose one option module from: 

  • Professional Development and Placement 2       
  • Volunteering

Students are also required to choose one option module from:

  • Growth and Development of The Athlete
  • Advanced Training Methods


Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Skill Acquisition and Motor Control
  • Management and Development of Sports Coaching
  • Professional Practice in Coaching    
  • Dissertation

Students are required to choose one option module from:

  • Performance Coaching
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • Professional Learning Through Work
  • Exercise Referral

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

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.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

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
  • The right tools and technology
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A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to 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 & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2020/2021.

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 2021/22 entry will be set in summer 2020.

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:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2020/21. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

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.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised 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

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

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

Our students typically complete placements at professional sports clubs, community schemes or grassroots-level clubs. You could also work in primary or secondary schools. Opportunities also exist working in sports foundations in health and wellbeing and sports development roles. You can also go overseas, providing teaching and coaching sessions in South Africa.

Career opportunities

This degree will prepare you for a career working for sports clubs or providing sports opportunities within the community. Graduates can pursue a range of careers including training and education officer, teaching (after further study), high performance sports coach, children’s sport leader and sport development manager.

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