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BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Physical Education

Develop a broad understanding of coaching and education.

Close partnerships with local sports clubs

Entry requirements

Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.

Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.

Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D.

And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.

DBS check required.



UCAS points 96

UCAS code SCP1

Duration Three years full-time with direct entry possible to years two and three.

Course Summary

This course offers you a very broad understanding of sport, coaching and physical education meaning you could turn your career to coaching at an elite level, teaching, or broader sport development and management themes. It enables you to develop hands-on expertise in coaching and teaching, underpinned by an in-depth understanding of how to deliver coaching, how people learn, sport analysis, and sport science.

This degree provides a foundation for a range of careers in sport, including recognised pathways into PGCE and Masters programmes. As you develop your understanding of career options, you will have the opportunity to tailor your degree to best meet your future needs.

Why this course at Marjon?

Lecturers are qualified teachers or hold high industry level coaching awards.

The teaching team bring a range of experience from professional clubs and schools.

Develop your knowledge of sport and coaching practice in our world-class Sport & Health Centre.

Gain real-world experience on work placement and via our extensive links with schools, professional sports clubs and elite and community sports programmes.

Opportunities to earn industry-recognised qualifications including UKCC awards and first aid certificates.

Overseas study opportunities in the USA.

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

In our first year we are learning how to run practical coaching sessions. We film them and then analyse ourselves and discuss strengths and weaknesses of different coaching styles. During the second year we will learn about the fundamental mechanics and movements of the body and about physiology and psychology in sport. In third year we can choose some our modules based on the career path we want to work towards.
Liam - First year, BA (Hons) Sport, Coaching and Physical Education


1st Year

Engaging with learning: personal & professional development
Coaching and Teaching: Process & Practice
Sports science principles of growth & development
Foundations of sport development
International studies in sport & PE
Fundamental movement skills: Skill acquisition, mechanics & analysis

2nd Year

Work-based learning (placement) Or Sport event management
Research methods
Learning theory & the learner
Coaching theory and practice
Sport and education
Inclusion in sport
International semester long placement*

3rd Year

Pedagogy in practice*
Coaching children in sport
Leadership and management in sport & PE
Performance coaching*
Sport and excellence*
Graduate employability in sport
Graduate employability in sport

What might you become?

Sport, Coaching & PE graduates could go on to roles in sports coaching, sport development, further education lecturers, the Armed Forces or sport governing bodies. They can also progress on to a PGCE to qualify as a PE teacher or embark on postgraduate studies such as a Masters degree or Research.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

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Course leader

Kelvin Kirk

My name is Kelvin Kirk, and having started as a PE teacher, I now head up this course having taught in university for nearly 20 years. During this time I progressed up through the coaching ranks of volleyball to become a Coaching Staff Tutor, awarding coaching qualifications. More recently, these generic coaching skills were transferred to junior football, which I coached for several years. I believe this wealth of experience and real-world knowledge will be of great advantage to my students’ learning experience. In addition to my sporting passions I am particularly interested in the areas of primary PE, and the increasing use of modern technology in enhancing PE.

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Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum

Funding available for this course


Additional costs:




Dr Kass Gibson

Associate Professor

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Kass is a qualified PE teacher who has taught in schools, colleges, and universities in New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and the UK. He is a member of the University of Toronto’s Suffering, Pain and Ethics Lab Scientific Team. His research examines experiences and practices in physical activity health promotion, sport, and physical education.

Ian Stonebridge


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Ian was an apprentice at Tottenham Hotspur, and played professionally for Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers, representing England at Under 18 level. He retired through injury and now coaches at Plymouth Argyle’s Youth Academy. With a UEFA ‘B’ Licence and FA Youth Award coaching qualifications he understands the football-specific knowledge required to coach in a range of different environments, from ‘grassroots’ to the elite game. He teaches coaching process, coaching philosophy and behaviour, and the coach-player relationship.


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