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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 (NSS 2017)
  • 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
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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 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.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office 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

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • 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:

  • 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 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 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.


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 £94 per week to the £153 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.



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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