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Undergraduate Course

Physical Education and Sports Coaching BA (Hons)/MArt

Become a PE teacher or sports coach and inspire people of all ages to get involved in sport and get the most out of it.

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This course is ideal if you want to change lives and communities through sport. Our focus is on promoting healthy, enjoyable participation in sport for everyone in our society. These values will inform your learning and guide you to prepare for a career in physical education or sports coaching.

  • Available in Clearing

York campus

  • UCAS Code – C6C2 | MArt C6C9
  • Duration – 3 years full time | 6 years part time | MArt 4 years full time | 8 years part time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

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Course overview

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.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are studying full time or part time.

In your first year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to you to the key concepts across the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor areas of learning in sport, exercise, and physical education. In developing an understanding of these areas, you will start your journey to become a reflective, value led practitioner.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about the importance of human physiological systems for health, exercise and sport. You will gain the necessary skills to perform a range of physiological measures that can be used to evaluate an individual’s health status. You will learn how to interpret and communicate scientific information and use contemporary research to investigate and solve problems.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to basic methodological approaches, theories, and concepts that are used to study the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours of participants in sport and exercise. You will learn how to understand and explain the psychology of sport and exercise.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will provide you with a firm grounding in research skills. You will learn basic analytical techniques and the fundamental concepts and principles that are key to research methods in the field of sport.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to the fundamental mechanics that underpin all aspects of human movement for performance and health. You will take a multidisciplinary approach, which will provide a vital foundation for the theoretical perspectives covered across the course. We will introduce you to basic concepts of research, scientific enquiry and academia.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

As a future practitioner it is important for you to understand the increasingly complex and diverse nature of modern society. This module will introduce you to a range of social issues in sport from a sociological perspective. You will be encouraged to develop a more critical understanding of long term power struggles surrounding issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in sport.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will advance your skills in both research methods and research design, allowing you to progress beyond the stage of being an informed consumer, to becoming an informed critical thinker. You will learn how to produce quality research using a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs commonly employed in sport research.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Sport and exercise psychology includes an array of complex theories and concepts, and a vast amount of accompanying research. On this module you will explore how these theories and concepts are tested in sport and exercise contexts, and how research findings allow different theories and concepts to be evaluated.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore key pedagogical concepts. This will help you realise the need to plan, teach and evaluate sessions which facilitate the learning and development needs of children. We will discuss the role of the sport educator and the duties and behaviours of an effective teacher or coach. You will draw on relevant theories that can be used to develop effective learning behaviour.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your research, writing proficiency and design skills. You will work with an academic supervisor to identify a research question and plan a piece of empirical research to answer that question. You will have the opportunity to share your proposed research at a student research conference and receive formative feedback from peers, staff and invited guests.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

The aim of this module is help you to develop your passion for critical inquiry, as well as your confidence in challenging social injustices. You will examine a broad range of ethical dilemmas, theories and interventions in the field of sport.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will broaden your understanding of inclusion in PE and sports coaching, enabling you to adapt the learning environment to meet learner needs effectively. You will also begin to develop an understanding of the similarities and differences between sports coaching and PE.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 1 compulsory Research Paper (dissertation) module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory module in semester 2.

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will investigate a topic of your choosing, taking into consideration the ethical issues associated with research. With support from your tutor, you will analyse data, evaluate your findings and produce a final research report.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will further your understanding of applied practice in sport and exercise psychology. You will gain the practical and psychological skills training that can be used to improve performance, increase participation and support wellbeing in sport and exercise contexts. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of practitioners in sport and exercise psychology and the psychological skills training that is required.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will gain a greater understanding of the pedagogical process, principles and practice of physical education and sports coaching. You will also specialise in an area of interest (PE or coaching). This module is particularly relevant if you wish to pursue a career in teaching, coaching or instructing sport.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will consolidate and develop your understanding of social justice by examining ethical issues in sport. You will explore a broad range of ethical dilemmas, theories and interventions in the field of sport. This will provide you with the skills to inform and shape decisions relating to performance, practice and governance.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn how to plan an effective curriculum or coaching programme that meets the needs of participants and enables you to assess their development. You will learn how to propose programme objectives, content, instruction and policies.

Year 4

This is only for if you are taking the extended MArt option.

In your fourth year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 4 compulsory modules across semesters 1 and 2.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will engage with advanced research methodologies. You will propose a viable and ethically sound project that answers a research question at the forefront of sport, exercise, or physical education. Once the project is complete, you will gain experience of sharing your findings using the typical methods used in research. You will draw from previous modules on the course, especially those that focus upon research design and analysis. A high level of independence and evaluative skill is needed on this module.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module is your opportunity to put what you have learnt on the course into practice with one of our community partners. You will work in an area that directly aligns with your course. You will gain invaluable practical experience that prepares you for a career in sport, exercise, or physical education.

This module has 3 phases:

  • A preparatory phase focused on preparing for the placement
  • A placement phase, where you will experience working in a sport, exercise, or physical education context
  • A debrief phase after the placement, focused on reflection and formative activities.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop the skills needed to work with other practitioners, understand other disciplines, and work in an interdisciplinary manner yourself. You will learn how to solve complex problems that are best approached in an interdisciplinary manner. You will be challenged and encouraged to think about old problems in new ways and extend your knowledge outside of your own areas of expertise.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will be introduced to current issues and debates in sport, exercise and physical education. We will provide you with the critical tools to help guide you towards new insight. You will investigate research methodologies, statistical techniques, and consider broader sociocultural issues that shape what is studied in sport, exercise, and physical education, and how it is studied.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

A typical week will consist of:

  • 3 lectures
  • Smaller classes to further investigate the theory you learn in lectures (for example seminars, practical sessions and workshops)
  • Supported open learning (for example journal club and supervised laboratory and practical activities)
  • Sports scholarship sessions which focus on your academic skills and career development

You will also have regular individual tutorial sessions with your academic tutors to support your learning.

Alongside these timetabled sessions you will carry out your own independent study. This often involves laboratory or field-based practical work, data collection and presentations.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

The assessments we use are designed to develop skills which will be applicable to a career in sport. This includes a lot of applied practical work, giving you the hands on experience which will be essential to your future career.

You will receive feedback on your work throughout each module. This will help you to improve your work for your graded assessments. You will also benefit from self evaluation and peer assessment with your classmates.

The types of assessment we use become more varied as you progress through the course. These include practical sessions, presentations, reports and written essays.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching

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.

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

 

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

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2022 entry

From 2022 entry, the minimum entry requirement for this course will be 104 UCAS Tariff points.

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.

International entry requirements

Additional Requirements

For entry onto this course, you will also need:

  • DBS check

This course is available with foundation year

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.

Sport foundation year

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.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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