Key facts

Location:

The BA (Hons) award is taught at the Stoke-on-Trent Campus. The Foundation Year is taught at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College.

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year) full-time
UCAS code: C603, C605 (with a foundation year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

If you want to pursue a career in sports coaching, 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 sports coaching and development.

We have established relationships with Stoke City FC, Port Vale FC, local and regional schools, coaching companies and organisations across a wide variety of team and individual sports. These provide excellent placement opportunities, enabling you to apply your skills in a real-world setting.

Under the watchful eye of our expert coach educators, you’ll develop your practical coaching skills across a variety of sports. These skills are further enhanced by analysing athlete and team performance, using cutting edge Dartfish and ProZone motion and match analysis technologies.

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

Course content

Our course helps you to develop to a high professional standard, 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.

Modules

The table below provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own areas of specialist interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you will have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

You will only study foundation year modules if you are on the foundation year route. 

Foundation Year

Semester 1
Module title
Study Skills and Research Methods Compulsory
Coaching in Sport Compulsory
Social Aspects of Sport Compulsory
Introduction to Sports Psychology Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Study Skills and Research Methods Compulsory
Coaching in Sport Compulsory
Social Aspects of Sport Compulsory
Introduction to Sports Psychology Compulsory

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Developing Research Skills in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Academic & Employability Skills in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Sport & Culture in Global Context Compulsory
Sports Science for Coaches & Teachers Compulsory
Coaching and Teaching in Sport Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Developing Research Skills in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Academic & Employability Skills in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Fundamentals of UK Sports Policy Compulsory
Coaching and Teaching in Sport (Invasion Games) or Coaching and Teaching in Sport (Individual Sports) Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Research & Graduate Employability in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Real World Project Compulsory
Placement: Coaching & Sports Development Compulsory
Coaching, Analysis & Skill Acquisition Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Research & Graduate Employability in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Real World Project Compulsory
Placement: Coaching & Sports Development Compulsory
Coaching, Analysis & Skill Acquisition Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Personal & Professional Development in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Advanced Coaching & Teaching Skills Compulsory
Global Sport in Development Compulsory
Children in Sport and PE Optional
Football Culture Optional
Fitness Instruction and Personal Training Optional
Match Analysis Skills and Technology in Sport Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Personal & Professional Development in Sport & Exercise Compulsory
Advanced Coaching & Teaching Skills Compulsory
Drugs in Sport Optional
Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching Optional
UK Sport in Development Optional
Sport, Media & Culture Optional

Teaching 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.