University Of Sunderland
Campus: City Campus , Sunderland
Physical Education and Sports Coaching with Integrated Foundation Year
4.0 Years • 100% Funding Available
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You’ll be introduced to the national curriculum of primary and secondary physical education with an emphasis on child development, diversity and inclusivity.

As part of the course, you’ll undertake a minimum of 300 hours in work-based or professional practice, gaining experience working with 4-11 year-old children and 11-16 year-olds as the course progresses. These practice elements take place throughout the three years of the course and you will be expected to pass all elements to the final stage practical module (Professional Practice in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 3)


  • Foundations of Health Sciences and Wellbeing (60 credits)
  • Practical Numeracy Skills (20 credits)
  • Foundation Project (20 credits)
  • Succeeding at University and Beyond (20 credits)
  • Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)

Develop key study and employability skills essential for academic and professional success. Increase your awareness and understanding of the processes involved in learning and professional development.

  • Sport and Physical Activity in Contemporary Settings (20 credits)

Identify contemporary issues in sport and physical activity. Explore how political, economic, social and cultural factors shape practices, values and ideals in sport and physical activity. 

  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

Study key concepts from theories and models and their application to health-related physical activity, exercise and sport performance. Demonstrate knowledge of psychological theories, models and assessments and explain their relevance.

  • Principles of Physical Education and Sports Coaching 1 (20 credits)

Learn how to design, deliver and reflect on teaching and coaching sessions suitable for children aged between 4-11 years. Take an introductory look at approaches to teaching and learning and the underpinning theory that supports delivery in a practical setting.

  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Leadership (20 credits) 

Focus on issues that impact upon leading, coaching, instructing and exercise related sessions. Investigate the roles of the coach and instructor, qualities and requirements of the effective coach and instructor and the psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence them.

  • Professional Practice in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 1 (20 credits)

Support and deliver physical education and sports coaching sessions. Reflect on the range of activities undertaken in a professional placement environment.


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • Research Methods (20 credits)

Study the research process and learn how to construct an investigation from an initial idea, to the point of completing and presenting the study. Learn quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and apply the most appropriate research.

  • Fundamentals of Sports Coaching (20 credits)

Gain an understanding of the coaching process by investigating the roles of the coach and the components of effective coaching. Address the differences in practice and closely examine participation and performance coaching.

  • Theory and Practice of Sports Coaching (20 credits)

Undertake practical coaching activities in a placement setting. Design, deliver and reflect on a series of practical sessions. Link theory to practical coaching activities, with a focus on the planning and undertaking of effective sports coaching sessions.

  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Education and School Sport (20 credits)

Analyse challenging issues in present-day physical education and school sport including challenging obesity, inclusivity, anti-discrimination and anti-social behaviour. Consider the futures of physical education and school sport.

  • Principles of Physical Education and Sports Coaching 2 (20 credits)

Learn how to design, deliver and reflect on teaching and coaching sessions suitable for children aged between 11-16 years. Study contemporary approaches to teaching and learning with a specific focus on games-based delivery.

  • Professional Practice in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 2 (20 credits)

Undertake a placement in a secondary school setting. Design and deliver a participant-centered project to meet the needs of a group of children aged between 11-16 years. Deliver an oral presentation reflecting on the project using evidence gathered during the placement.


  • Applied Research Project (20 credits)

Complete an applied research project that addresses an issue of policy or practice central to the field of teaching or coaching that is linked to your professional practice.

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport Coaching (20 credits)

Explore the differences and similarities in knowledge, skills, and vocational opportunities that underpin the professional development of coaches. Gain knowledge of the specific training requirements of individual and team sports and how to apply this to modern training methods.

  • Developing Excellence in Sports Coaching (20 credits)

Develop your theoretical knowledge into vocational practice. Critically evaluate your professional skills in a coaching setting and reflect on professional practice.

  • Organising and Managing Sport (20 credits)

Learn to apply management theories, concepts and practices to the process of managing sporting organisations, businesses, facilities and events. Design and produce a business plan for a sporting event or facility.

  • Principles of Physical Education and Sports Coaching 3 (20 credits)

Learn how to make informed judgments on the performance of participants – with specific focus on 14-18 year olds – to offer suggestions for improving their learning experience.

  • Professional Practice in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 3 (20 credits)

Undertake a placement in a school or sports club of your choice, working with either primary school or secondary school pupils. Learn how to design, deliver and reflect on the sessions you will be expected to deliver while under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

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Overall of 360 in United Kingdom Scale .

Potential employers for graduates of this course include national sports associations, sports and leisure companies, recreation services, local authorities, health bodies including the NHS, schools and colleges.

During the course you will be encouraged and supported to obtain National Governing Body Coaching Awards to support future development in the area. This will allow you to develop the skills required to become an effective coach across a range of activities.
Job roles include the following (some require further training):

  • PE teacher
  • Sports coach/instructor

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Not if you are a National of one of the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

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