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Sport, Coaching and Physical Education

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years


Department of Sports, Health Sciences and Social Work

UCAS Tariff Points



The Sport, Coaching and Physical Education (BSc) at Oxford Brookes is the first step on your journey to becoming a high performing sports professional. 

Oxford Brookes is a leading UK sport universities. We have 40 sports clubs. Our sports facilities across both our Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses have recently been refurbished. 

We have a wide range of facilities including:

  • a swimming pool
  • a sports hall
  • a fitness suite
  • tennis and squash courts
  • football pitches 
  • rugby pitches
  • a golf course 
  • a physiotherapy clinic

Our staff have been professional coaches, officials and team managers at Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World University Games. Many are involved in exciting research projects. 

You will learn about human behaviour by overcoming your own learning challenges. You will experience teaching and coaching firsthand. You will apply the theory you are learning to the real world. You will develop the self-awareness that a coach or teacher needs. You will understand your own behaviour and use this develop your own coaching philosophy.

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How to apply

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: 3 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) to include Mathematics, English Language and Science

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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU 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/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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.

Financial support and scholarships

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

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. 

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Study modules

Year 1

Optional modules

Sport Pedagogy

Coaching: Practice to Theory 1

Skill in Sport: Learning and Mechanics

An Introduction to the Sociology of Sport

Academic and Research Literacy

Exercise Physiology and Anatomy

The Sports and Exercise Practitioner

Effective Coaching Practice

Year 2

Optional modules

Research Methods for Sport and Health Sciences

Coaching: Practice to Theory 2 (double)

Work Experience

Global and Cultural Studies in Sport

Professional Practice in Sport Coaching

Principles of Training for Sport and Exercise

Sports Psychology

Sports Development

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

Applied Sports Psychology (double honours component)

Advanced Social Theory in Sports Coaching (double honours component)

Independent Study in Sport and Health Sciences (honours component)

Project/Dissertation (double honours component)

Advanced Coaching Practice (double honours component)

Integrated Approaches to Training and Performance (double honours component)

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

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.

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
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 21%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 79%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 10%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 72%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 10%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 74%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.


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
  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 6%
  • Coursework - 84%
  • Practical exams - 10%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 85%
  • Practical exams - 15%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 85%
  • Practical exams - 15%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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.

Student profiles

Our Staff

Mr Daniel Newcombe

"Danny is a Senior Lecturer and teaches the coaching and practice to theory strand of the degree."

Read more about Daniel

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