Sports Coaching

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BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
C603
UCAS code:
C605
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year at City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021

Specialist laboratories

Our facilities include specialist laboratories and clinics to give you hands on experience

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

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 on our Sports Coaching degree 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.

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 on our Sports Coaching degree 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

Work placements

The Sport and Exercise Department works with local, regional and national employers alongside international university partners to provide students with placement and work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad. In 2018/19 our students visited Nippon Sport Science University in Japan and we are currently planning this years’ trip to ILEPS in Paris.

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 prepare you for employment in a range of roles within the Sport and Physical Activity sector, which contributes approximately £40 billion to the UK economy each year and employs approximately one million people. Staffordshire University is one of only a few Universities working in partnership with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), your professional development body.  This demonstrates our commitment to supporting you to reach your career goals, access free ongoing CPD, networking opportunities and access to your chartered professional body.  In your first year, your CIMSPA student membership will be included at no additional cost; for more information on the benefits of student membership please visit CIMSPA.

On completion of the course you will should have had the opportunity to improve your employability prospects and get your career off to a great start as a sports coach. 

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 prepare you for employment in a range of roles within the Sport and Physical Activity sector, which contributes approximately £40 billion to the UK economy each year and employs approximately one million people. Staffordshire University is one of only a few Universities working in partnership with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), your professional development body.  This demonstrates our commitment to supporting you to reach your career goals, access free ongoing CPD, networking opportunities and access to your chartered professional body.  In your first year, your CIMSPA student membership will be included at no additional cost; for more information on the benefits of student membership please visit CIMSPA.

On completion of the course you will should have had the opportunity to improve your employability prospects and get your career off to a great start as a sports coach. 

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

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Coaching In Sport 30 credits
Introduction To Sport Science 30 credits
Social Aspects Of Sport 30 credits
Study Skills And Research Methods 30 credits
Show 1 optional module

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
  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

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Facilities

Sports Equipment

Our facilities include a vast array of industry standard equipment, from our cryotherapy and electrotherapy machines to our eye tracker software.

Practical Coaching Areas

We have an indoor sports hall, outdoor 3G surfaced AstroTurf pitches, biomechanics and strength and conditioning laboratories on campus. You’ll find a 25m swimming pool and 400m athletics track within walking distance.

Careers

Graduate destinations from 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.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Year 1

20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
80% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

16% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
71% of time in independent study
13% of time in placements

Year 3

17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
83% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and practical sports environments including an indoor sports hall and floodlit AstroTurf pitches.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and practical sports environments including an indoor sports hall and floodlit AstroTurf pitches.

Year 1

5% practical exams
53% coursework
43% written exams

Year 2

35% practical exams
65% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

22% practical exams
78% coursework
0% written exams

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.

Dr Alexander Blackett

Senior Lecturer

Alex's diverse coaching experience ranges from Stoke City Ladies FC to coaching football in New Zealand on their International Player Development Progamme and across the Midwest States of the USA. Alex's interests lie in analysing sport coach le…

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Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year at City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

UK 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 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).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • DBS checks where required for assessed modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules
  • DBS checks where required for assessed modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

The University is great at helping students develop communication skills, either written, oral or presentation. The use of interactive presentations, videos and social media platforms also built an interactive learning environment that increases learner engagement.

The lecturers also engage with students individually or in small groups which allows you to have an active role and grow in motivation and participation while on the course.

The University has also got some great relationships with leading institutions in the sporting industry, so my advice would be to get as much work experience as you can and make it worthwhile.

Christie Scanlon

Graduate, BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching (Former title of our Sports Coaching degree)

Fantastic university with a warm friendly environment. The staff and students are all very friendly and helpful and the staff will always go the extra mile to help you to reach your full potential. I would not be in the position I am today if it was not for the support, advice and opportunities Staffordshire University has provided me with.   

Sam Richardson

Graduate, BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching (Former title of our Sports Coaching degree)

It is a great course, and if you put in the time and effort required you will get a lot out of it. Since graduating, I have started my Masters in Sports coaching at Staffs through distance learning, and I have started 2 coaching jobs.

There is a great learning environment at the University, and I am happy to be continuing my studies at Staffs even through distance learning.

Christopher Maginis

Graduate, BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching (Former title of our Sports Coaching degree)

I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Staffs and specifically, on the Sports Coaching course. Teachers are helpful, knowledgeable and create a thriving environment for success.

Josh Bull

BA (Hons) Sports Coaching

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