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BA (Hons)Sport Coaching and Physical Education (Top-Up)

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UCAS code: SC14
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a sport coaching and physical education top-up degree at Solent University

Enhance your existing qualifications with essential practical experience, to become a knowledgeable and confident coach for physical education and sport development.

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    investment in our campus and industry-standard facilities
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    out of 130 institutions for assessment and feedback (NSS 2023)
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    in the top 20 best student cities (StudentCrowd, 2023)
  • Ultra-modern sports complex, featuring two sports halls, two fitness studios, strength and conditioning and high-performance gyms, health and fitness and personal training teaching gyms, and a sport and exercise therapy clinic. 
  • Learn from an experienced course team who hold a wide range of experience in education, coaching and sport development.
  • Opportunity to gain additional qualifications endorsed by 1st4sport and the Assocation for Physical Education. These include national governing body coaching awards in a multitude of sports including football, rugby, badminton, netball, tennis... 

Course overview

The course combines theory, research and practical skills to ensure graduates adopt innovative approaches to teaching and coaching. You’ll learn to critically analyse current practices and develop an evidence-based approach to workplace tasks.

The course is split into five modules. Core modules include Games Based Coaching, Teaching Physical Education In Schools, and a final dissertation project. You’ll also choose two optional modules, refining your knowledge and building specialisms in areas that are best suited to your career ambitions.

You’ll learn contemporary coaching and physical education techniques including physical literacy and games based coaching. This work will then be put into practice outside of the classroom, where you will have the opportunity to deliver PE sessions to local primary school children. Planning, delivering and evaluating these PE lessons form a part of your unit assessment and provide invaluable experience for your CV.

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Course features

  • Additional qualification

    This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

Who is this course for?

Solent’s sport coaching and physical education top-up is open to students with a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent qualification in a sports-related discipline. Applicants will be interviewed to discuss the suitability of their dissertation proposal and research topic.

What does this course lead to?

This one-year top-up course is the ideal springboard for careers in teaching and youth sport. Graduates will be well prepared to progress onto a PGCE, School Direct or Teach First programme.

Those who aren’t pursuing a career in teaching can make an impact in a range of other careers. These include sport coaching, leisure management, and graduate level roles across the wider leisure and service industry.

Solent stories

Hear from Solent alumni about where their careers have taken them and how studying at Solent prepared them for their future.

Every lecturer I’ve had has been very friendly and approachable, and has always made time to answer any questions.

Two physical education students in the gym

Daniel Clare

Current student

Meet the team

Learn from academics and practitioners who hold a wide range of experience in education, coaching and sport development.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Solent University is home to a range of sporting facilities and gyms. Students on this course will use the Solent Sports Complex to plan, deliver and evaluate their coaching and PE work.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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