Physical Education & Sports Coaching BA (Hons)

If you agree with us that every child has the right to an exceptional physical education and that all sportspeople should have access to great coaches, this degree will help you prepare to follow a career as a teacher or coach. The degree balances practice with theory and stresses the importance of a value-led approach to physical education and coaching.

UCAS course code
C6C2
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study abroad
Yes - see our study abroad pages for more information
Start date
September 2018 | September 2019
School
Sport

Course overview

A distinctive feature of all the Sport Degrees at York St John University is that they are underpinned by our philosophy (our ‘school of thought’) which is value-led and which stresses the importance of Social Justice. Therefore, on our Physical Education & Sport Coaching Degree there is a focus on the right to play, stressing participation over consumerism and holding to account those who seek elitism rather than sporting excellence.

The academics who teach Physical Education & Sports Coaching have both practical and research experience. Our research includes work on bullying in sport and PE and on equality issues in sport.

100% of 2017 graduates from the School of Sport are now in employment or further study, with 74% of these in professional or managerial roles.

(Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2017)

Course structure

Following a generic Level 1 aimed at providing all students with the fundamental knowledge, understanding and skills to be successful within the programme. 

In Levels 2 and 3 you will also have the opportunity to engage in specialist modules aligned to your Degree award title. This includes modules in Physical Education, Sports Coaching, Pedagogical and Coaching Practices and Contemporary Issues in Physical Education and Sports Coaching.

Level 1

Modules include:

  • Research, Practice, and Citizenship 
  • 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

All modules are 20 credits

Level 2

Modules include:

  • 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

All modules are 20 credits

Level 3

Modules include:

  • Research Paper (40 credits)
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
  • Teaching and Coaching for Lifelong Participation (20 credits)
  • Social Justice in Sport: Sociological Perspectives (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Education and Sports Coaching (20 credits)

 

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Teaching & Assessment

Delivery

The School of Sport boasts fully-accredited members of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) demonstrating sustained excellence to teaching, learning and assessment, resulting in research-informed contemporary practice. This puts us at the forefront of numerous teaching, learning and assessment initiatives, which have embedded technology enhanced learning into the curriculum. As a result, you will benefit from our use of video feedback in coach development, flipped classrooms, e-polling, engaging students through tablet technology, blended delivery approaches and audio feedback on written work and examinations. 

 

Teaching & Learning

To reflect developing knowledge, ability and competence within the field of Physical Education & Sports Coaching the assessment portfolio changes in nature, becoming more diverse and challenging over the course of the programme. Level 1 for example, utilises continuous assessment allowing in semester review and evaluation of performance as well as presenting the opportunity to employ interventions aimed at improving success within the semester.

Levels 2 and 3 present additional opportunities to demonstrate skills of analysis, synthesis and critical review through a variety of assessment approaches that seek to embed research design, engagement and interpretation into the curriculum.

Typically a standard student week will consist of:

  • Three lectures
  • Smaller ancillary classes to support the theory delivered in lectures (for example seminars and workshops)
  • Time-tabled supported open learning (for example journal club and supervised laboratory and practical activities)
  • Sports Scholarship sessions designed to facilitate your success as a University student and enhance your career development
  • Frequent time-tabled personal and academic tutorial sessions

All of this is underpinned by completing your own independent self-directed study, which often involves laboratory of field-based practical work, data collection and presentations.

Assessment & feedback

The teaching and assessment strategies employed across sport are engaging, student-centred and learning orientated. Examples include, 'real world' applied practical work  which develop career-orientated skills and competencies.

To improve the quality of the student learning experiences the programme will use formative assessment, i.e. regular opportunities to recieve feedback on your practical and academic development that does not count toward final degree marks. To facilitate the development of assessment literacy and reduce student confusion and anxiety, assessment modality has been streamlined alongside reducing the range of learning outcomes and assessment criteria employed.

 

Research

The School of Sport offers a vibrant research culture for students. Students will read research, learn about the latest research techniques, and eventually conduct their own research as part of their programme. Students will also be taught by staff members who conduct research at the forefront of the study of sport and exercise. This means that students are able to learn about the most up-to-date issues in their areas of interest on our programmes.  The Motivation, Performance and Well-Being (MPaW) research group, for example, is among the largest and most productive in the world with regards to examining the consequences of being perfectionistic in sport and exercise. Other work within the school focuses on the physiological and biomechanical aspects of athlete development. This work is conducted in collaboration with professional sports clubs and our other community partners. There is also exciting research taking place examining socio-cultural aspects of sport participation including gambling in football and the experience of bullying in Physical Education (PE). We are proud to say that much of the research in the School of Sport was identified as “internationally excellent” and “world-leading” in the last assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (REF 2014).

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

Satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check

Professional sports experience and industry recognised qualifications may be considered in lieu of some of the academic admissions requirements.

For more details please contact admissions@yorksj.ac.uk

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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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2018 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

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

 

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2018 / 19

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2018 / 19

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

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

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

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

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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