The global sport coaching industry is worth billions, and with growing awareness of the health benefits of keeping fit, trained coaches are in demand. Sports coaches, managers, assistants, coordinators and instructors all help individuals reach their sporting potential.
As a qualified coach, you could work across all sporting areas with amateur athletes or sporting professionals. You will create and manage practice sessions. Evaluate performance and improve people’s skills, techniques, form and stamina.
You are enthusiastic, passionate and a great communicator. Your passion and commitment to sport knows no bounds. You have the ability to inspire confidence, motivate performance and mould the sportsmen and women of the future.
The BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching (third year top up) will be a direct progression route for students who have successfully completed a Higher National Diploma in Sport. This will provide students the opportunity build upon their skills and knowledge obtained on the HND programme to progress onto a one year BSc (Hons) top-up.
The year will focus on extending three key sports specific strands; coaching, management of sports development strategy and sports science. The programme will have a strong vocational relevance through applying theory into working with athletes as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The year will have a strong focus on ensuring students are prepared to undertake a dissertation in a related sports area through the research skills in sport module.
The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching programme will provide you with the knowledge and experience needed for a professional career in sport and fitness coaching. As a student, you will have the opportunity to tailor your qualification to specialise in a sport of your choice. You will develop an awareness of sports science, nutrition, safeguarding and first aid, and explore motivational techniques, styles of communication, performance analysis and plans for athletic progression.
You will learn in a range of sporting settings and benefit from a placement, which will ensure you can apply theory you have learnt in seminars and lectures to real-life sporting environments. You will be taught by academics and vocational experts who will stretch and challenge you at each stage of your journey, and make use of the institution’s own gym, which is furnished with the latest TechnoGym equipment.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 40 or 20 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 6 only.
*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2020.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Additional requirements for International Students:
As a newly qualified professional in the area of sport and fitness coaching, you could progress into a diverse selection of roles including in government agencies, private coaching, sporting agencies, team management or sports therapy. Your career will leave a lasting impression on individuals of all abilities and you could shape the future of sport in the UK.
The BSc Sports Coaching programme is designed to enable students to enter employment in sport with an appreciation for the importance of being able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Students are supported to fully examine a range of careers within related fields/ within the multidisciplinary team (other than those directly related to sports coaching), for example, sports nutritionist, sports psychologist, physiotherapist/ sports therapist, exercise physiologist, lifestyle advisor, health and fitness professionals and teaching PE.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.