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Sports Coaching and Physical Education with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

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Our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education will help you develop the pedagogical practice required to coach athletes across a range of ages and abilities, as well as gain knowledge of all areas of the Physical Education curriculum at both Primary and Secondary school level....

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September 2024
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

This course is:

Open to International Students

Overview

Our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education will help you develop the pedagogical practice required to coach athletes across a range of ages and abilities, as well as gain knowledge of all areas of the Physical Education curriculum at both Primary and Secondary school level. Following graduation, you will be in a position to gain employment within a sports coaching or school sport setting or embark on postgraduate studies. 

Why choose a foundation year course?

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education with a Foundation Year course has been specifically designed to support your transition to degree-level study in Sport. As a student, you will undertake a foundation year situated at level 3 study, which has been designed as a prelude to your chosen degree course, providing opportunities for you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding. Your learning journey through your foundation year will provide a secure platform on which you can build throughout your academic career in higher education. 

As part of the foundation year, you will explore and develop a number of essential academic, interpersonal and professional skills that will help you succeed in your future degree level studies. 

On successful completion of your foundation year, you are guaranteed to progress on to the first year of the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education degree. If you are interested in progressing on to one of our other Sport degrees, this will be subject to space available on those courses and on meeting the relevant entry requirements, which may include passing an interview.  

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

We will help you develop a keen understanding of your own coaching and teaching philosophy, along with providing you with knowledge of industry and cultural factors that influence the wider context of sport. You will benefit from practical application of the theoretical underpinnings of coaching and PE teaching and have access to hands-on experiences.   

Physical education continues to be an important part of Government agendas, so with this in mind, you will also learn relevant and up-to-date information that is linked and mapped to the National Curriculum for Physical Education (NCPE). You will be taught the contemporary information that educators within this sector require. It won’t just be about sport either; you'll be looking at different aspects of health and people at opposite ends of the health spectrum. It's a chance for you to gain the knowledge and skills needed to negotiate different challenges in your future profession.   

To help build these skills, you'll go on placements, working face-to-face and gaining first-hand experience in a coaching and/or school environment, something which will enhance your future employability.  

Accredited By

This course is accredited by:

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Why Choose Us?

  • You'll gain vital, first-hand experience of physical education by undertaking placements, typically in schools, where you can build up your knowledge and enhance your attributes.
  • You'll receive talks from guest lecturers who work within the sector and can provide relevant, up-to-date advice.
  • The course is mapped to the national curriculum of physical education, ensuring that what you learn mirrors what the sector needs.
  • If you’re interested in physical education at primary school level, you can learn the exercises and information that children of that age require.
  • There will be a host of practical-based teamwork and activities, ensuring you learn by doing.
  • Our sports students split their time between our campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and the world-class Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham. State-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge resources include physiology labs and a sports therapy suite.

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Entry Requirements

These entry requirements apply for entry in 2024/25.

All required qualifications/grades must have been achieved and evidenced at the earliest opportunity after accepting an offer to help confirm admission and allow for on-time enrolment. This can also include other requirements, like a fee status form and relevant documents. Applicants can track their application and outstanding information requests through their BCU mySRS account.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements

80 UCAS Tariff points, from three A Levels or equivalent

Level 2 qualifications
GCSE GCSE English Language or Literature, GCSE Maths and GCSE Science at grade C/4 or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) See level 3 entry requirements under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Scottish National 5 English Language or Literature, Maths and Science at grade C or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.
Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) qualifications

A Level and Advanced VCE

  • CDD / 80 UCAS points
  • Including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology or Physical Education at A-level or Level 3 equivalent, at grade C or above
  • Excluded subjects: General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project

Access to HE Diploma

 

  • Pass with 60 credits overall in a Science subject. At least 45 credits at Level 3 with 18 credits at Merit or Distinction which must be in Biology, Chemistry or a Health-related subject

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

  • MMP
  • Must be in Biology, Sport, Applied Science or Health

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

  • MMP
  • Must be in Biology, Sport, Applied Science or Health

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Obtain a minimum score of 24 overall with grade 4 or above in Biology, Chemistry or Physics at Higher Level
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above, we will accept Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above, we will accept grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma

Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

  • Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects
  • This must include English Language and Maths taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O4) or Higher level (minimum grade H4)
  • Must include Sport, Health or a Science-related subject at Higher level

Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

  • Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers
  • Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD
  • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken, you must achieve grades of DDDD
  • Must include a Sport, Health or Science subject at Higher level or above

T-Levels

  • Pass overall (C or above on the core)
  • Must be in Science
Other qualifications

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

International Qualifications

International Baccalaureate: Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall.

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6, with no element below 5.5. If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTS must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree
  • TBC
  • Apply via UCAS

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2024

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree
  • TBC

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

DBS check

If your course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, the cost is included in your fees.

Uniform

You will be provided with a BCU tracksuit.

Project materials (mandatory)

This course includes project work that requires you to develop and produce a portfolio or collection. You'll be expected to provide the materials for use in your individual major projects; costs will vary depending on the materials selected.

Placement expenses (mandatory)

Placements are a compulsory element of many health and sport science courses. You'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

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Course in Depth

Foundation Year

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

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The course content is designed to ensure graduates develop the pedagogical practice required to coach athletes across a range of ages and abilities, as well as the delivery of all areas of the Physical Education curriculum at both Primary and Secondary school level. Following graduation, you will be in a position to gain employment within a sports coaching or school sport setting, or embark on postgraduate studies, such as a PGCE in Physical Education.

The sports coaching and physical education with a foundation year course will be a mix of work-based placements, enabling you to build your knowledge and gain first-hand experience, and assessments.

CIMSPA logo
The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)

CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector, committed to supporting, developing and enabling professionals and organisations to succeed and, as a result, inspire our nation to become more active.

Employability

Enhancing your employability skills

Physical education and conditioning continue to be a global concern, so this course ensures you are given the relevant, up-to-date information you require to enter employment.

Upon graduating, the ultimate goal will be to enter the PE and school sport environment, promoting lifelong physical activity and healthy active lifestyles. You can also progress on to a PGCE or a Masters degree, furthering your skills.

Placements

Placements play a significant role in this course, as it is important you build up your experience and knowledge of working within the sector. You'll work in schools on placements, gaining first-hand exposure to the sector and how teachers create, carry out and build on different sports-related activities.

More about our placement opportunities

International

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities & Staff

Teaching for our Sports courses is split between our £71 million campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and the world-class Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham. Our cutting-edge facilities for sports students include a state-of-the-art sport and exercise lab, sports therapy suite, biomechanics lab and physiology labs.

The Stadium was home to the Commonwealth Games in summer 2022, and the University is investing an additional £5m to develop space in the East and West stands as a home for our students.

Our new home at Alexander Stadium

Our staff

Julie Davis

Foundation Year Lecturer

Julie joined the ADD (Academic Development Department) in 2018 as a Lecturer on the HELS Foundation Year programme. Prior to joining Birmingham City University, she worked at a number of local FE and HE institutions where she developed and delivered a range of Early Years and Education programmes.

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Jessica Lowe

Foundation Year Lecturer

Jessica joined the ADD (Academic Development Department) in 2019 as a Lecturer on the HELS Foundation Year Programme. Her role is to lead and develop modules to support students on their journey on the Foundation Year Programme. Prior to joining BCU, she has worked in a FE and HE institution teaching students on a range of courses in Early Years...

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