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

If you want a thorough grounding in sport, coaching and physical education – perhaps to prepare for a career in teaching or coaching – our HND is the ideal stepping stone. It can also lead to a full degree in a range of sports areas. And when you choose to study here, you benefit from superb facilities and extremely supportive lecturers and tutors.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to gain coaching and industry qualifications alongside your HND. We give you the time, space and subsidies to choose from a huge range of nationally recognised courses.

Key features

  • 100% overall student satisfaction for Sport, Coaching and Physical Education HND (NSS 2017 and 2018)
  • Excellent facilities – including the Thomas Telford Biomechanic Laboratories and our Motion and Performance Centre – which you use every week for lectures and practical sessions
  • Great playing facilities outdoor and indoor, including the University of Worcester Arena, an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Lecturers who are trained practitioners in sport or exercise science, and still do the job in the community – they can show you tips and short-cuts you won’t find in any textbook
women playing basketball in the University Arena
100% satisfaction

This course received 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

72 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 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 you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

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

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and practical activities. The interactive workshops and practical’s take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. While the seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in the second year of study.

You have an opportunity to undertake the second semester in the second year of the course at one of our European or international partnership institutes.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the type of module as some may have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 1 hour introductory lecture
  • 1-2 hour interactive workshop or practical
  • 1 hour seminar

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-28 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and majority of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, presentations, reflective journals, portfolios, practical delivery, in-class test, and a written examination.

 The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
6 x written assessments (including essays, laboratory report; review of literature)
5 x presentations (individual and group)
1 x practical work-sheet completion
2 x practical delivery
1 x work-card creation
1 x creative task
1 x in-class test

Year 2
8 x written assessments (including essays, reports; review of literature; research proposal)
3 x presentations (individual and group)
1 x written exam


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

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

  • Chris_Cattell

    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:

  • 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 tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).

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.



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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