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Sports Coaching

BA (Hons)

Top 10 for Sports Science

Our courses placed in the UK top 10 in the Guardian league tables 2019

Expert Academic Staff

Supported by Specialist Guest/Visiting Fellows, such as The FA and UK Coaching

Strong Industry Links

Connections with NGBs and Regional Sports Organisations, including SASSOT and Staffs FA

UCAS code:
C603
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
9 September 2019
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If you want to pursue a career in sports coaching and development, either in the UK or abroad, then our Sports Coaching degree is for you.

Do you want to help athletes and teams perform to their absolute best? Or maybe you like the idea of helping to shape sports policy? Wherever your sporting ambitions lie, we’ll give you the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need to build a successful career in the sports industry.

Supported by our research active educators, you’ll take a multidisciplinary approach to sports coaching that encompasses sport pedagogy, psychology, sociology, policy and more.

You’ll also develop your practical coaching skills across a variety of sports. We have established partnerships with internationally recognised organisations, including UK Coaching, The FA, the RFU, Nippon Sports University, as well as regional sporting and educational organisations such as Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire University Academies Trust, Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre, Stoke City FC Community Trust and Port Vale FC Community Trust.

In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your learning between a specialised sports coaching focus, or a broader study experience that incorporates greater sports development and sports sociology themes, particularly in the final year of your study.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Sports Coaching

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Sports Coaching

Course content

This course will help you to develop yourself to a high professional standard; you’ll be ready to work and excel in today’s dynamic sports industry. You’ll acquire the skills and knowledge to work within the sports development and coaching sector, with modules covering content relating to various aspects of sports coaching, sports development, management, sports sociology and sports policy.

Different people learn in different ways, so we teach students through a blend of lectures, practical sessions, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops, seminars and virtual learning environments. Your coach education lecturers will use active learning principles to demonstrate best practice methods for the application of coaching theory to practice.

In your second year, you’ll typically spend one day each week on a mandatory work placement. Working in a well-supported sports-related professional environment, you will fine-tune your future career path and significantly increase your employability prospects.

Previous students have undertaken their work placements in sports coaching companies and PE departments in local schools, and as match analysis interns at Stoke City FC and Port Vale FC. We’ll also help you develop your employability skills, such as how to communicate with colleagues and clients effectively, time-management and decision-making. These skills are invaluable when seeking a career in the growing and vibrant sports coaching and development industry.

This course will help you to develop yourself to a high professional standard; you’ll be ready to work and excel in today’s dynamic sports industry. You’ll acquire the skills and knowledge to work within the sports development and coaching sector, with modules covering content relating to various aspects of sports coaching, sports development, management, sports sociology and sports policy.

Different people learn in different ways, so we teach students through a blend of lectures, practical sessions, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops, seminars and virtual learning environments. Your coach education lecturers will use active learning principles to demonstrate best practice methods for the application of coaching theory to practice.

In your second year, you’ll typically spend one day each week on a mandatory work placement. Working in a well-supported sports-related professional environment, you will fine-tune your future career path and significantly increase your employability prospects.

Previous students have undertaken their work placements in sports coaching companies and PE departments in local schools, and as match analysis interns at Stoke City FC and Port Vale FC. We’ll also help you develop your employability skills, such as how to communicate with colleagues and clients effectively, time-management and decision-making. These skills are invaluable when seeking a career in the growing and vibrant sports coaching and development industry.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Study Skills and Research Methods
Coaching in Sport
Social Aspects of Sport
Introduction to Sports Psychology
Year 1 compulsory modules
Developing Research Skills in Sport & Exercise
Academic & Employability Skills in Sport & Exercise
Sport & Culture in Global Context
Fundamentals of UK Sports Policy
Sports Science for Coaches & Teachers
Coaching and Teaching in Sport (Invasion Games) or Coaching and Teaching in Sport (Individual Sports)
Coaching and Teaching in Sport
Year 2 compulsory modules
Research & Graduate Employability in Sport & Exercise
Real World Project
Placement: Coaching & Sports Development
Coaching, Analysis & Skill Acquisition
Year 3 compulsory modules
Personal & Professional Development in Sport & Exercise
Advanced Coaching & Teaching Skills
Global Sport in Development
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Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points, plus GCSE Grade C or above in Maths, English or equivalent
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Access awards (60 credits, with 45 at Level 3)
  • Typical UCAS offer: 48 points

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Careers

Graduate destinations from our Sports Development and Coaching degree (the former title of our Sports Coaching degree) include:

  • Sports coaches working with athletes across a variety of sports in both the UK and abroad
  • Sports development officer – local authorities and national governing bodies of sports
  • Match analysts at professional sports clubs
  • Entrepreneurs in sport and leisure, setting up their own sports coaching or sports related businesses
  • Personal trainers working with recreational athletes

Former graduates have entered PE teacher training and others have progressed to Masters level study.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Different people learn in different ways, so we teach students through a blend lectures, practical sessions, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops, seminars and virtual learning environments. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 

Different people learn in different ways, so we teach students through a blend lectures, practical sessions, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops, seminars and virtual learning environments. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. 

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, 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. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, 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. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes coach educators and practitioners with sports coaching and industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Ashley Gill
Ashley Gill Course Leader

I have a multidisciplinary approach to sports education and aim to facilitate the learning of students to develop subject specific knowledge, and an overall understanding of sport and exercise. 

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For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£5,920 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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BA (Hons)
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9 September 2019

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