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What makes Sport, Coaching & Physical Education at Worcester special?

This two-year HND programme – with entry from 180 UCAS tariff points – is taught at the University of Worcester’s campus. The course addresses the fundamentals that underpin sport, coaching and physical education and can also be a springboard leading to a full degree in a range of sports areas.

With an innovative approach that draws in subjects from across the sporting spectrum, a strong emphasis on applied knowledge and work-based learning, and the chance to enhance your employability with nationally recognised coaching qualifications, this programme can open the door to a number of exciting opportunities.

Key features

  • Excellent facilities, including BASES-accredited physiology labs, our Motion Performance Centre, and the University of Worcester Arena - an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Possible progression on to Year Three of a range of sports degrees
  • Wide range of future career possibilities, including teaching, sports science, sports marketing and coaching

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

180 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above

Access to Higher Education Diploma will be considered

Relevant vocational qualifications and experience may also be considered

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required for some modules

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Scientific Foundations of Sport
  • Introduction to Sports Coaching
  • Disability in Sport and PE
  • Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport
  • PE: Context and Issues
  • Sport in the UK

Module options

  • Teaching Children to Play Games
  • Leading and Managing Groups and Teams

Year 2

Core modules

  • Application of Scientific Principles in Sport
  • Pedagogy and Practice in Sports Coaching and Physical Education
  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Using Performance Analysis in Sport and PE
  • Work Based Learning: Sport, Coaching and Physical Education
  • Physical Activity, Health and Sport

Module options

  • Sport in the Community

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

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  • Develop a broad and progressive level of knowledge, including understanding of different perspectives, academic writing, research and skills required for employment in the dynamic sport and exercise sector (team work, problem solving, ICT etc.)
  • Utilise and apply concepts, models and practices in a wide variety of sport-related settings
  • Engage effectively in analysis, reflection and evaluation of yourself and others
  • Work independently whilst applying knowledge in work-related situations/scenarios
  • Develop the skills and attributes to perform effectively in the domains of Sport, Coaching and Physical Education; demonstrating safety and ethical awareness whilst undertaking a range of leadership roles

Teaching approach

  • Lectures, seminars, demonstrations, sports-related simulations, tutorials, group and individual project work, supervised independent learning, directed study, open and resource-based learning, e-learning, work experience and placements
  • Mix of tutor-led, student-led and independent learning
  • Learning opportunities enable active assimilation, application, questioning, debate and critical reflection · Guest speakers and visits
  • Application of theory and practice

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Chris Cattell

    Chris joined the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science in 2013 and was appointed to lead the Sport, Coaching and Physical Education HND. Chris has lectured at both FE and HE for over 18 years on a range of sports-related courses. His areas of interest include exercise prescription; health assessment and evaluation; sports coaching; and sports psychology. Chris is a passionate and enthusiastic lecturer who strives to create a learning environment that is conducive to personal and academic development.


Where could it take you?

The course provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers in sport including:

Sports graduates from the University of Worcester have gone on to gain employment in the following areas:

  • Sport Community Coaching (including disability coaching career opportunities)
  • Sport Performance Coaching
  • Sport Development Officers
  • Sports Marketing
  • Performance Analysis
  • PE teaching
  • Armed Forces and Police
  • Coaching Business Start-up
  • Graduate level employment in the Private, Public and Voluntary Sectors.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue to study for a sports-related degree and other professional qualifications.       




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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2015 is £11,120 per year. Tuition fees for international students enrolling in 2016 are yet to be confirmed.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sport, Coaching and Physical Education (HND/SCPE) with course code C610

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Chris Cattell
01905 54 2633