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To some people, sport and physical education are the same. To others they both serve important purposes in our society. Here at Oxford Brookes, you can learn to improve performance and inspire participation in all areas, from schools and community sport clubs to elite sport organisations.
Sport, Coaching and Physical Education at Oxford Brookes is a community. A community where your lecturers care just as much about coaching and teaching as you do. Where you’ll fit in regardless of what sport you’re into or what you want to do when you graduate. Where you’ll feel free to discuss and challenge your experiences of your practice to learn what works and why.
We believe that you’ll learn best through experiences, so you’ll solve real coaching and teaching challenges, create and analyse your own data as budding practitioners, and even work in clubs and schools to put your ideas to the test. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop job prospects throughout all 3 years and the mix of practical and theoretical study will help make you a valuable addition to any organisation.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Real world insights
Our lecturers work in sport and education as PE teachers, coaches, coach developers, sports psychologists and other sport and education roles.
A strong career focus throughout
You’ll go on placement, hear from visiting expert practitioners and work on real-life projects.
We’ve designed our course to let you choose what to focus on based on your strengths or interests.
A strong community
You’ll belong to a community of practitioners who really care about sport, teaching and physical activity.
Understand your practice through theory
We encourage you to learn by putting your knowledge to the test in real life, then using your discoveries in your work.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
During the course you’ll develop your coaching skills, expand your knowledge of fitness and human movement and we’ll introduce you to the psychology and sociology of sport too.
In year 1, you’ll learn all the basic skills you need to succeed in your degree and later in your career. By year 2 you’ll understand more about the principles of the subject so you will start to specialise by choosing optional modules. You’ll have the ideal opportunity to try your skills in a practical setting during the work experience module which runs across the whole year.
Year 3 is your time to advance your skills and start working towards a potential career path. You can develop your coaching practice even further and conduct your own research or independent project working with a supervisor. Optional modules in subjects like strength and conditioning or sport and exercise psychology will help you become a well-rounded and knowledgeable graduate, whatever you choose to do next.
Learning and teaching
This is a practical course underpinned by theory. You’ll learn the principles of coaching and related subjects like sociology and psychology during lectures and seminars. Then you’ll apply your new knowledge during projects, work experience and other practical sessions.
We’ll show you how to use our modern equipment safely and how to run your own projects and investigations. We help you think critically and conduct research so you can feel confident you have the skills to succeed in your career.
You will be mostly assessed through your coursework, your first year also has one written exam worth 6% of your grade.
Years 2 and 3 are assessed through coursework.
You might build a portfolio, give a presentation or demonstrate some of your coaching skills as part of your coursework. We try to keep the assessments as flexible and authentic as possible so you can complete the course in your own way and focus on the elements that interest you.
Many students go on to become coaches and teachers, but there are lots of related jobs in sports too. You might look for opportunities in:
- national governing bodies
- sports development
- talent ID and development
- elite sports – playing or getting involved in other ways
- postgraduate research or further study.
However, your options aren’t limited to sport and education. We focus on developing high performing graduates ready for any challenge. So your communication skills, critical thinking, and work ethic will be useful in a huge range of roles.
Some students stay with us for postgraduate degrees, like our MSc Applied Coaching Science. You might also choose to use your degree as a stepping-stone to postgraduate research study in an area like sport, physical education, physical activity, health or physiotherapy.
"The atmosphere around Oxford is lovely, there is a real student ‘feel’"Read more about Imogen
"I was able to see elite coaching in action and had the chance to carry out my own research."Read more about Lauren
"One of my placements led me onto my current role in sports development!"Read more about Nicole
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.