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Sport and Physical Education

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D-B,C,C

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP-DMM

UCAS Tariff

88-112

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 88 - 112. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Sports coaching

Do you love sport? Do you dream of a career enhancing the lives of young people? If yes, this course could be the one for you.

Our BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education will set you up for a truly rewarding career working to promote the importance of and embed sport and wellbeing within our communities. Upon graduation you’ll have the CV, knowledge and experience required for a successful application into teacher training.

**Why study this subject?**
Positive experiences at an early age help build the foundations for an active life. If children and young people have experiences that feel fun, positive and give them a sense of confidence, they’re more likely to want to be active in the future.

You could be a part of this in a career delivering sports education to children and young people, either as a PE teacher, sports coach or working in the community.

With the right teaching and hands on learning experiences, you could turn your passion for sport education into a rewarding and successful career.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
This course is aimed at providing exciting career opportunities for those wanting to become a PE teacher. It offers a route towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You’ll develop knowledge of the fundamentals of physical education and youth sport, including applied coaching, child development, sports and education policy and practice, and sport science.

We’ll provide you with the knowledge and experience you’ll need to not only successfully apply for teacher training, but you’ll develop transferrable skills to work in the public, private or voluntary sectors.

By studying this course at BNU, you’ll be given the opportunity to gain National Governing Body qualifications in a variety of sports as well as apply for work experience within local schools, colleges, sports clubs and societies.

**What facilities can I use?**
Our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre includes an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation.

The Human Performance laboratory is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.

**What will I study?**
In this course, you’ll explore the national curriculum at primary and secondary school level, including major games, dance, outdoor and adventure activities.

You’ll learn how to be a community sports coach, thinking about key youth sports issues like sustaining sports participation into adulthood, the obesity crisis and the need to promote physically active lifestyles.

Across your three years here, you’ll study areas like sports coaching, games in sport and education, sports and society, diversity and wellbeing, biomechanics, child development, energy and nutrition, strategies in youth sports and outdoor education.

In your final year, you’ll also work with a personal tutor to produce your final dissertation project which will reflect an area within sport and physical education that you’re particularly passionate about.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
The BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education course is practice-based and you’ll be taught through a combination of practical classes, workshops, lectures and seminars with a contemporary focus on coaching and physical education.

Assessment is 100% coursework based and will include essays, reports, case study analysis, presentations, portfolios and reflective writing.

There will also be an ongoing assessment of transferrable skills such as session planning, delivery and adaptation.

Collaborative working is incorporated too to help you engage in more complex projects, getting you familiar with how you’ll work with teammates and colleagues in your future career.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Human and Social Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Sports coaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
E
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Sports and fitness occupations
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Information technology technicians

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sport and exercise sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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