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Sport, Coaching and Physical Education

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS Tariff Points



This degree is suitable for people with an interest in sports and physical activity, whether you aspire to work:

  • with sports professionals
  • in schools
  • improving the health and fitness of the general public.

Our lecturers will teach you the latest coaching methods, using knowledge from their research projects and experience as professional athletes, coaches and international level team managers. You will join a friendly, supportive and close-knit academic and student community to help and advise you during this exciting and challenging course.

You will have opportunities to:

  • use problem-based-learning to put theories to the test in the lab or on the sports pitch
  • gain industry experience from a variety of work placements
  • get valuable career advice, guidance and contacts through an industry mentoring scheme

You will also have the ability to attain internationally recognised vocational qualifications by CIMSPA which demonstrate a practical ability that is vital in post-graduate employment.

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English. For English, Level 2 Functional Skills is accepted as an alternative to the GCSE.

Ability to demonstrate an interest and commitment to sport. 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

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.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

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. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

You will study a range of modules that focus on the key aspects of sport, coaching and physical education.

In Year 1 you will start developing the critical skills you need to become an expert academic practitioner.

In Year 2 you will have greater opportunities for choice and specialisation. Your ability to compare, contrast, reflect and relate concepts will be evaluated. 

In your final year you will demonstrate your ability to work independently with a focus on research-oriented work. 

Student typing coursework

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Fitness and Assessment

Human Movement and Skill in Sport

Intro, to the Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Sport Pedagogy

Coaching: Practice to Theory 1

An Introduction to the Sociology of Sport

The Sports and Exercise Practitioner

Effective Coaching Practice

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Coaching: Practice to Theory 2 (double)

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise

Work Experience

Optional modules

Pedagogic Practice in Teaching and Coaching

Performance Analysis

Talent ID and Development

Global and Cultural Studies in Sport

Principles of Training for Sport and Exercise

Sports Development

Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Advanced Coaching Practice (double honours component)

Optional modules

Advanced Practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Double Honours)

Professional Practice in Sport Coaching & PE

Advanced Social Theory in Sports, Coaching and PE Coaching (double honours component)

Dissertation (double honours component)

Strength and Conditioning for Sport and Health (Double Honours)

Work placements

Optional modules

Work placements

Our degree has a compulsory, work experience oriented, teaching and learning strand across all three years. This combines lectures and workshops where students look at the range of careers within the sports sector, practise applying for jobs and shadow locally identified professionals. They will be immersed in work-based observation, placement opportunities and analysis as part of this process. Recent placements have included working alongside the coaching team at Oxford United FC, supporting athletes funded by TASS (the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme), and placements in local school PE departments.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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Learning and teaching

You will gain both knowledge and practical skills. This includes the use of innovative technology in sport, coaching and physical education. 

You will be supported to develop a level of self development and independence. The skills you develop will be transferable into a number of careers. 

We have a good range of well-equipped and modern facilities. You will be taught safe and effective ways to carry out investigations under the supervision of staff. 

Teaching methods include: 

  • group lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorial sessions


Assessment methods used on this course

In Year 1 you will sit a written exam worth 6% of your grade. The other 94% of your grade will come from coursework. 

Years 2 and 3 are assessed 100% on coursework.

Assessment methods include: 

  • portfolios
  • group and individual presentations
  • practical assessments of coaching and teaching ability

You will learn by: 

  • course handbooks
  • module handbooks
  • virtual learning environments 
  • classroom-based activities

Study Abroad

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.

After you graduate

Career prospects

This course will give you the skills and knowledge required to enter a variety of professions. These include sports coaching, physical education and sports development within local authorities, national governing bodies, sports clubs and private organisations.

Students are encouraged to attend sport-related careers fairs in London and the Midlands.

Popular choices for our graduates include becoming sports coaches, teachers and professionals in the sports sector. Many of our students apply to become fully qualified teachers by gaining a place on a PGCE and our placement opportunities help students build towards readiness for further study.

Other careers also include sports development, management, and marketing. Some students secure coaching and sports science related posts in elite and professional sport. Furthermore, our students are increasingly successful in securing non-sports specific graduate jobs due to the nature of the transferable skills gained whilst studying at Brookes.

Further study

Many of our graduates continue their studies with a PGCE or another course at master’s level. The course is designed to have a clear pathway into Sports Coaching and Physical Education. The leadership, problem-solving and communication skills developed throughout are an ideal grounding for this and many other professions.

Similarly a number of students choose to go on to postgraduate study in coaching science, sports journalism, research, medicine, sport science, sports management, physiotherapy and health promotion.

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Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.