BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching
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If you are an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, our degree in sport, fitness and coaching will develop your understanding of sports science, training, coaching and leadership principles, as well as increasing your current effectiveness and skills in these areas. In the course of your study, you will always come back to what matters most: applying science and theory to practice. You will do this through the use of case studies or reflecting on real and potential work situations using film, text and online materials. Throughout, you will focus on the all-round physical and psychological needs of sports participants or exercise clients. In addition to your OU study, you will need to identify and complete a UK-accredited qualification in either coaching or exercise instruction. This degree course will enhance your career prospects, your understanding of your work role and your communication and analytical skills.
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Undergraduate or bachelors degrees are nationally recognised qualifications consisting of academic study designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of a subject.
For a degree in a named subject, such as business studies or humanities, you'll study mainly in your chosen subject, although you may be able to include some modules from other subjects.
With The Open University you could also study an Open degree where you can combine a range of modules from similar or different subjects to suit either your particular career or personal interests.
You can use a degree to:
change careers or progress your current career gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in gain professional recognition go onto postgraduate study, such as a diploma or masters degree.
You do not need experience of working in the sector prior to starting this degree. But you’ll find the modules and the assignments much easier and more fulfilling if you can draw on employment experience (paid or unpaid) in the sector during your study.
As part of the Stage 2 work-based learning module you will need to have gained in the last eight years – depending on your professional interest – either:
an exercise instruction qualification recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
or a coaching qualification from an established sport with a recognised National Governing Body.
If you do not hold a suitable qualification prior to commencing the module, you will need to obtain one in parallel with your OU studies. Details of which certificates and levels are acceptable are available
Career relevance and employability
This BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching is relevant if you want to enhance your prospects in sports coaching, fitness training or the leadership of recreational groups. It is also valuable if you are self-employed in the sport and fitness sector, working at sports clubs or wishing to further your career in sports management or sports development. Some students use this qualification as a route towards teaching physical education (PE) although you will need to have GCSEs in English and mathematics, and possibly science, as well as complete subsequent postgraduate training.
Sport and fitness employment requires well developed skills for motivating customers including the communication skills (written, oral and online) that are needed to enhance good relationships and coaching. This degree course will enhance your career potential and give you the opportunity to develop skills which employers will value, including:
empathy with participants
knowledge of safety and welfare issues
understanding group and individual psychology
searching for and presenting information
use of IT.
Overall, you will become a more critically aware leader who can reflect on your own and other’s practice and apply scientific theory to practical situations.
There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the
OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication and look at our OU study and your career subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
Choose a pathway and register
Pathways allow you to specialise or choose particular topics that interest you. You will need to choose a pathway before registering.
You can choose from two different pathways depending on whether you want a degree where your work-related assessments focus on exercise instruction and training or the teaching and coaching of sport.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
If you have already completed some successful study at higher education level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible, and before you register for this qualification.
If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete this qualification. This may also mean that the next start date and the maximum time limit for this qualification are different to those shown above.
Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Practical and professional skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Classification of your degree
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching degree entitling you to use the letters BSc (Hons) SFC (Open) after your name.
Your honours degree will be classified as first-class honours, upper second-class honours, lower second-class honours or third-class honours.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our
Essential Documents website.
If you have a disability
Choosing the qualification that’s right for you is very important. Depending on your disability, long-term health condition, mental health disability or specific learning difficulty, you may need to consider any challenges posed by:
the learning objectives: for example, to gain an honours degree in a language you must be physically able to speak the language
how the modules are taught: for example, some of our science qualifications require that you complete laboratory work
any work-based competency requirements.
Choosing the right qualification can be a complex mix of the subject requirements and the support you may need. To help you assess whether the qualification you are interested in will work for you, further advice is available from:
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007),
Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you
will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you
register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities
we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move.
As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed
feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online
tutorials, or by phone.
For more information read
Distance learning explained.