Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Interested in sport coaching as a form of education? Keen to study a sport degree that will put you on the pathway to a teaching career? Realise your ambitions on this challenging and vibrant new course.

Bringing together the art and science of both sport and education, this inspiring degree will build your academic and practical skills in equal measure. It is now available as a four-year course with a foundation year to give you a strong basis for your future studies and career.

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Broaden your perspectives

If you have an interest in sport coaching as a form of education, this innovative and interdisciplinary course is a perfect option for you. It leads to a qualification which will help you stand out in the graduate job market.

While more traditional sport coaching degrees concentrate on the physical training of athletes, our BA (Hons) broadens your perspectives and gives you a deeper understanding of the relationships between the disciplines of sport and education.

Exploring the importance of the sport coach as an educator, you’ll cover the principles of learning and how they can be applied in different educational settings for teaching and coaching practice alike.

Drawing on areas such as educational psychology and human development, you’ll also develop your awareness of contemporary theory which will prove invaluable should you decide to progress to teacher training.

Translate theory into practice

Our close links with both the sports industry and the education sector will open doors for you. Employers have had significant input into the design of this course, so you can be sure that what you are learning will meet their needs and expectations.

It also means you can start to build your professional networks and enjoy opportunities such as work experience, industry-backed research and coaching practice, including delivering sport sessions to groups of different ages and abilities.  

By working in real-world settings – such as with sports clubs, schools, colleges, community organisations and local authorities – you will gain a better appreciation of the educational aspects of sport as well as the different career options available.

Make the most of our impressive facilities

You can take full advantage of the facilities at our iconic new £10.8 million Sports Centre, which boasts a main hall, fitness gym, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a café. 

Our substantial investment in sport has also seen the introduction of bespoke equipment and state-of-the-art laboratories to keep our sports students at the forefront of new developments in testing and measuring the parameters of health and fitness. You will advance your skills in our high-specification sport and exercise  and biomechanics laboratory. You will also become adept in using a range of computer software packages for statistical and movement analysis.

Skills to take you far

We take every opportunity to enrich your learning experience, fostering important transferable skills and intellectual abilities beyond the core content of your degree.

Alongside the course, you will benefit from our Steps to Success programme which promotes your personal and academic development and helps you make more informed decisions about your future career plans.

You’ll develop skills in academic research too, conducting an independent investigation into a theme of your choice – with the chance to showcase your findings to lecturers and fellow students at a University conference. This experience is particularly helpful if you would like to study at postgraduate level.

To add variety and interest to your CV, we support you to pursue additional professional qualifications, including coaching badges and other awards given by the National Governing Bodies for specific sports.

Expertise to inspire you

You’ll be motivated and engaged by expert tutors who know all about combining education and sport: they do so every day in their work. Supportive, encouraging and approachable, they can call upon a wealth of professional as well as academic experience.

Thanks to our flourishing partnerships across the sector, you will also be able to attend inspirational guest lectures and network with professional coaches, elite athletes and education specialists. 

What you will study

You’ll study core modules in Sport and Education, to provide you with a fundamental understanding and the practical skills and experiences to work within a sport and education environment. You will develop research and professional skills throughout the programme, which will enable you to pursue postgraduate study and employment.

You'll study modules such as:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Study Skills in Science
  • Research Methods in Data Handling
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology of Education

If you already have level 2 English and Maths, you will not be required to take English and Maths core modules

  • Research and Academic Skills * - Taught in two parts, providing the academic skills required for undergraduate study and the research skills needed to facilitate independent research
  • Teaching Learning and Curriculum - Provides insights into how and why the current school curriculum provision in the statutory years has developed over the last three decades
  • Psychology and Education Understanding Teaching and Learning - This module is concerned with the contribution psychology has made to the education sector
  • Sports Coaching and Leadership - The aim of this module is to introduce and review principles of coaching and leadership
  • Coaching and Skill Acquisition * - This module will focus on the application of skill acquisition theories in the coaching practice
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology - Examines various personality and social-psychological factors that impact upon participation and performance
  • Research Methods * - Study a variety of research techniques including quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry
  • The Learning Coach: The Learning Approach - Provides students with a sound understanding of sport coaching principles in the context of learning
  • Individual Differences and Learning - Explores the psychology of individual differences and will consider two concerns in this area, namely intelligence and personality
  • Principles and Practices of Training - Designed to give students an understanding of the concepts and practice of training and fitness
  • Small Business Planning in Sport * - Develops knowledge of the process of entrepreneurship and the environment in which the process takes place when developing a small business
  • Curriculum Frameworking

Optional module:

  • Community Sport and Physical Activity Development - The module focuses on developing the student’s understanding of concepts and issues related to models of athlete development

This course offers an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year of studies.

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
  • Independent Study - Provides students with the opportunity to reflect and build upon their subject knowledge and expertise by conducting an in-depth investigation
  • Understanding and Managing the Behaviour of Learners - Provides an opportunity for students to examine theoretical and professional perspectives on managing the behaviours of learners
  • Mentoring in Education and Lifelong Learning - Explores a range of mentoring and coaching models used in lifelong learning settings
  • Adaptive Coaching Theory and Practice * - Provides students with an opportunity to develop themselves as practitioners progressing their coaching, teaching and communication skills
  • Advanced Coaching Practice - Aims to develop the student’s ability to consider human movement principles, exploring the essence and purpose of movement

Optional module:

  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Psychology - This module will provide students with a critical awareness of contemporary issues in sport psychology

* Module includes Personal Development Planning

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

This course is delivered using a variety of traditional and contemporary teaching and learning methods. These include lectures, tutorials, and practicals, as well as innovative approaches using information technology. A student-centred approach is adopted throughout and considerable emphasis is put on experiential learning, as well as the practical application of underpinning principles.


A variety of assessment methods are used during the course, which include essays, written and practical exams, reports, portfolios, and presentations. In addition to final module assessments, students will receive feedback on their performance throughout the course enabling learning and progression.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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One of the major benefits of this degree is that it paves the way to such a wide variety of careers. Your qualification will set you apart as a versatile and resourceful graduate with a strong set of transferable skills.

You could choose to chart your future career in sport coaching, in education or in a combination of both. There are also interesting roles in broader areas such as physical activity co-ordination, sport and health development, fitness and recreation management, and health promotion.

In addition, this degree serves as a springboard to postgraduate education in Sport. You could, for instance, consider masters level courses such as our innovative MRes Sport and Exercise programme.

If your studies have spurred your interest in a teaching career, you will also discover multiple progression routes at the University of Derby. These include our PGCE PrimaryPGCE Secondary (School Direct) with Qualified Teacher Status or PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training) programmes, all of which are based at the Derby Campus. Entry to these courses is subject to you meeting initial teacher training entry requirements and DBS clearance.

Dr Stuart Mourton

Dr Stuart Mourton
Programme leader

Programme Leader - BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Lecturer in Motor Control

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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