BA (Hons)/MArt Physical Education and Sports Coaching

BA (Hons)/MArt Physical Education and Sports Coaching

All children deserve a high quality physical education and all sportspeople benefit from well trained, responsible coaches. This course balances academic theory with more practical learning. As your theoretical knowledge grows your coaching practice will develop along with it. Alongside modules about the science of human movement, you will also study sport from social, ethical and historical perspectives. You will explore the impact sport has on people’s lives as well as on their bodies. This will allow you to go into your career with a more rounded view of how sport can benefit individuals and society.

There are plenty of opportunities to gain industry experience through our extensive connections with local schools and sports teams. Our partners in the area include York City Football Club and York City Knights rugby league team. Our community partners also contribute to your academic study, with a guest lecture or case study from an industry professional on every module. YSJActive, the university’s sport and wellbeing service, also offers opportunities to get involved in placements and community volunteering projects.

The academic staff who teach on this course are both experienced industry professionals and active researchers. This means that your learning is relevant and informed by the latest thinking. By joining us you will be part of our vibrant research environment and help push the boundaries of what we know and understand about sport. You will investigate contentious issues concerning:

  • Bullying and gambling in sport
  • How money impacts the personal lives of professional sportspeople

This course can be studied as a 3 year BSc (Hons) or as a 4 year MSci. If you choose the 4 year option you will graduate with a Masters level qualification. You can make this choice at any point during your degree.

Choosing this option means that you will:

  • Stay for an extra year, gaining even more skills, knowledge and experience
  • Be guaranteed a professional placement as part of your course
  • Have more opportunities to build professional connections and increase your employability
  • Leave with a postgraduate MSci instead of an undergraduate qualification, without needing to reapply for a new course
If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year or you can proceed onto one of our integrated masters courses.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This course is ideal if your ambition is to become a Physical Education teacher at either primary or secondary level. The skills you gain in coaching, communication, fieldwork, planning and research will also be beneficial in a range of other sport and health based careers.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Teaching
  • Coaching
  • Outdoor education
  • Sport management
  • Personal training
  • Youth work

Course Details

Year 1

Fundamentals of Practice in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Education
Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology
Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Introduction to Research Methods in Sport
Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
Fundamental Sociological Issues in Sport, Culture and Society

Year 2

Research Design and Analysis
Theory and Research in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Key Pedagogical Behaviours of Sport Educators
Applied Research Methods and Design
Social Justice in Sport: Ethical Perspectives
Pedagogical Processes in Physical Education and Sports Coaching

Year 3

Research Paper
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Teaching and Coaching for Lifelong Participation
Social Justice in Sport: Sociological Perspectives
Effective Planning in Physical Education and Sports Coaching

Year 4

Advanced Research Methods and Dissemination
Placement in Sport, Exercise, or Physical Education
Interdisciplinary Working in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Education
Debate and Current Opinion in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Education

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