BA (Hons) (Accelerated)

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BA (Hons)


2 years FT (Accelerated)


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There is a significant shortage of sports teachers across various regions in the UK. Studying sport teaching could offer you the opportunity to fill this gap. 

We have invested £44m in our flagship facilities, including sport, to support your future career opportunities

Our Sport and Education accelerated degree is a dynamic and interdisciplinary program that integrates the fields of sports and education. This unique course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between sport and education, preparing them for diverse career opportunities in both sectors. 

The curriculum is carefully crafted to blend theoretical knowledge with practical skills, offering a well-rounded educational experience. Gaining a full undergraduate degree in just two years, this course offers a swift route for you to progress onto qualified teacher training. It also opens the doors to a wide range of other career opportunities, from working in a variety of different education settings including Sports Development, Community Coaching, or Learning Mentors. 

Why should I choose this course?

  • NO EXAMS – If you are not keen on exams, this course is for you. Unlike many degrees in this field, you will have no written exams during or at the end of the course and will be assessed through practical assessments and coursework only
  • ACCELERATED DEGREE – Start your future in just two years with our accelerated sport and education degree, with the opportunity to progress onto teacher training or move directly into industry
  • WORK EXPERIENCE – Students will have the opportunity to gain experience in a number of different settings including schools, colleges, local community groups and sports clubs
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – We work with you to provide experiences suited to your career goals, allowing you to explore roles within both sport and education sectors
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)

Our facilities

Students on our sports courses at University College Birmingham have access to a wide range of excellent facilities. Our campus features a dedicated Human Performance Centre, cutting-edge gym and sports injury and massage clinics, while you also have access to the state-of-the-art facilities at nearby Avery Fields, thanks to our partnership with local rugby club Bournville RFC.

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Entry requirements

Sport and Education (Hons)

A-levels: Grade profile of 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-levels (e.g. A*A* or BBC) in any subject combination.

T-levels: T-level with an overall Merit grade.

BTEC: Grade profile of DMM from any subject. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff:Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at University College Birmingham for entry. A minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points will be required from a vocationally relevant subject matter.

GCSEs: GCSE/IGCSE maths, English language and science grades A*-C/9-4 (no equivalence). 

Students on this course are subject to the Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise Policy, together with a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. University College Birmingham will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check. 

International students

For academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

Please note: As an International Student, when choosing optional placement, a visa extension may be required.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. 


Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours): 

  • Large group teaching – 6 hours  
  • Smaller group teaching – 6 hours  
  • Tutorials – 2 hours  
  • Work experience 

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. 


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course: 

Coursework– 50% 

Practical assessment– 50% 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Additional qualifications and training

You will have opportunities to gain additional qualifications, including: 

  • Level 2 and Level 3 Gym Instructor and Personal Training qualifications 
  • 1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Multi-Skills Development in Sport 
  • First Aid Qualification/ Paediatric First Aid 
  • Makaton 

Please note extra qualifications may incur an additional fee. 

Uniform kit and costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £100 depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.) 

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard-length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. There will be no change to this tuition fee for the forthcoming two academic years (2023/24 and 2024/25).

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be £13,500 per year. The course fee for academic year 2024/2025 is £14,000 per year.

If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year or £250 for a half-year placement.

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Scholarships and bursaries

Sporting Excellence Scholarship

Students on our sports courses at University College Birmingham may be eligible to receive one of our Sporting Excellence Scholarships. These are open to applicants from any country who are able to demonstrate ongoing excellence in sporting achievement.

Two levels of support package are available, with awards of up to £3,000 towards competitions, training costs and equipment over three years of study. The scholarship also includes:

  • University-branded training kit 
  • Free gym membership 
  • Individually tailored programme - may include nutrition, sports psychology, strength and conditioning or lifestyle support 
  • Weekly sports therapy/massage 

To find out more about the levels of support and eligibility criteria, visit our scholarships and waivers page.

Kick-Start Scheme

As a new student studying this course full-time, you will receive £300 per year through our Kick-Start Scheme (UK students only, eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You may also qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.

Unibuddy Community - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.

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Course breakdown

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Core Modules

Introduction to Education Studies

Education is a process, a subject and an academic discipline. This module aims to develop your awareness of all three and is designed to help you transition from previous experience and learning to undergraduate study. It provides you with essential skills to support you throughout your degree, including academic writing, presenting and collaborative working, as well as exploring all the elements that make education studies unique

Principles of Coaching

This module aims to give you an understanding of different styles and practise designs in order to create a positive learning environment for your participants. You will also look at coaching in a range of contexts from school sport through community participation and working with adult groups. By the end of the module, the aim is that you will be confident in preparing and delivering a coaching session to a range of audiences. As part of this module, you will also have the opportunity to work with/observe a range of coaching sessions in these environments.

Pioneers, Pedagogy and Philosophy

This module will consider the fundamental principles underpinning pedagogy by exploring key pioneers that influence today's practice whilst also introducing contemporary pedagogical practices, both in a national and international context. Content will consider approaches used by other countries including, the Nordic Countries, Italy and New Zealand and explore how they differ from the approaches used within the UK.

Sport in Society

This module is inter-disciplinary in approach and places the analysis of sport within a broad sociological and historical context. Specifically the module aims to demonstrate an analytical understanding of the role sport plays in contemporary society by way of applying sociological approaches and theories to modern day issues. Students are encouraged to critically think and debate the role sport plays in society and to look at the impact this has had on the development and structure of sport particularly in the UK.

Exploring the learning environment

This work experience module is designed to help you identify the ways teaching and learning can be organised in a range of settings. It will offer you the chance to select contrasting opportunities to enable you to evaluate how environment impacts on the educational experience of all involved.

Theories of reflective practise in Education

In this module, you will develop your understanding of the importance of reflection to inform professional practice in an education context. You will explore contemporary theories of reflection, examining how these can be applied in order to provide insight for teaching and learning. You will be encouraged to explore personal beliefs and the potential impact of these on your own professional practice, and on the practice of others, in order to equip you with reflection as a professional competence. You will work collaboratively, through discussion and applied tasks, to evaluate research related to reflective practice, in order to develop your understanding of how teaching and learning can be effectively tailored to meet learner requirements.

Child Protection and Safety in Practice

This module provides the framework of understanding for practitioners, regardless of their domain of practice, to be able to recognise children at risk, identify signs of abuse, understand the legislative framework, and the concept of interagency working, which underpins practice, and enables practitioners to act swiftly to ensure that the best interests of the child are served. This module will enable you to: - Provide a comprehensive framework of knowledge in relation to safeguarding children: this can be applied to safeguarding children in practice in a variety of settings. - Provide a flexible framework for assessing and managing risk. - Provide a framework for multidisciplinary practice, and safe and effective cooperation, in relation to safeguarding children.

Research for Sport and Education

You will be introduced to the management and application of research, looking at using primary and secondary research tools and techniques through various research activities. You will establish research aims, objectives, research methods and how to collect both qualitative and quantitative data for use in your own research. The module will be delivered via a blended approach with students completing activities and gaining support via lecture tutorials.

Developing Professional Practise in Education

This module will help you identify what professional behaviours are expected in education settings. You will explore the frameworks used by teachers and childcare workers in the UK to judge professional standards and competences, and then use these during work-based placements to identify the attributes associated with educational provision.

Core Modules

The Developing Sports Coach

The aim of this module is to provide you with knowledge and experience of effective coaching sessions, focusing not just on the delivery of effective sessions but in addition giving consideration towards planning and evaluation. The module will introduce you to reflective coaching in order to improve coaching further.

Performance Analysis

The aim of this module is to provide students with the experience of analysing selected athletes. The focus of the module will be for students to develop their own methods of analysing performance. Within the module students will consider how from the analysis they can identify improvements to performance. The role of performance analysis will be considered, and the impact of enhancing coaching and subsequently, player performance.

Research in Education

Educational research helps us to understand the process of learning and teaching. In this module you will be introduced to the guidelines, skills and competences needed to explore a self-selected topic relevant to Sport and Education. You will be supported throughout this module to plan and carry out a research project, including the development of an ethical approach, data collection methods and analytical skills.

Special Populations and Inclusive Coaching

Building on the understanding achieved within previous coaching modules, students will be given the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge of working with different groups. The students will experience an inclusive coaching environment, i.e. SEN, disability sport, etc., and gain an understanding of the adaptations needed in order to deliver an effective learning environment. Students will be able to evaluate their delivery and highlight possible areas for adaptations and development.

Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in education setting

This module explores of how social and cultural experiences have implications for diverse learners' education in mainstream and SEN settings. You will explore issues of equality and difference in relation to Education both in the UK and globally, looking at relevant legislation and practice in order to justify your own position based on principles of equality of access, provision and outcomes.

Work-based Learning in Sport

The aim of the module is for you to gain work-based experience within the sport and education industry. The experience will allow you to further enhance both your career specific skills and transferable skills. Throughout the work-based learning module you will have the opportunity to experience and observe a variety of different practices. The module further aims to develop your ability to analyse the work-based experience, with the use of reflection models. In addition, the module is focused upon ensuring you are employment ready following the completion of your studies.

Pedagogical Leadership in Play

This module encourages students to develop a critical and comprehensive understanding of the key principles of pedagogical leadership within play and learning environments. Both contemporary and classical theoretical frameworks concerning leadership and management are critically evaluated with a view to exploring how such theories afford us a frame through which to view and develop best practice in leadership. The module focusses on the diverse ways in which early years practitioners design, develop, execute and assess pedagogical leadership in play and learning.

The modules listed above for this course are SUBJECT TO VALIDATION. They are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by the industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible. 


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Work placements

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our Hired team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Work placement opportunities and requirements are integrated into some of the modules that you will study on our BA Sport and Education course, allowing you to put theory into practice and enhance your future employability. 

This accelerated degree will take you on a dynamic journey where sports and education come together, opening doors to a fulfilling and influential career. Begin the path to becoming a leader in this dynamic field where you will blend theoretical knowledge with practical skills. 

Nathan Price Programme Lead Sport and Education

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Primary school teacher

Average Salary: £29,364

Secondary school teacher (physical education)

Average Salary: £29,364

Further education teacher

Average Salary: £33,000

Community sports coach

Average Salary: £21,000

Sports development officer

Average Salary: £30,000

Learning mentor

Average Salary: £22,500


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