Sports Coaching

at City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College

Study options

Award

BA (Hons)

Key facts

Location:
City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year
Duration:
4 Years

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 develop your practical coaching skills across a variety of sports and can tailor your learning by choosing 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.

Through established partnerships with internationally recognised organisations, including UK Coaching, The FA, the RFU and Nippon Sports University, and 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, you’ll have the opportunity to assist with research projects, participate in additional coaching workshops and undertake coaching consultancy work to complement your studies.

You’ll also have the chance to work with local, regional - and in some cases national - stakeholders to assist in delivering innovative and best coaching practices, and co-produce work to promote physical activity to marginalised populations.

Industry leading technology

Throughout the course, you’ll use industry leading technology to enhance your skills and prepare you for a job in industry:

  • NVivo and SPSS are used in research methods modules and can be employed within your independent research projects.
  • Dartfish (a sports performance analysis software platform) and Global Positioning System Technology (wearable technology) are used to dissect individual and/or team performance and track the movement demands of individual and team sport performance.
  • In the physiology module, you’ll work in our dedicated labs using equipment including Cortex Metalyzer (to measure resting metabolic rate), Biodex (for isokinetic testing), BodPod Body Composition System, Bio-Pac ECG (to measures electrical activity of the heart) and Bio-Pac EMG (to evaluate the response of muscle against nerve stimulation).

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

Work placements

The second year of your studies incorporates a Student Placement module where the experience and skills of your preferred career can be refined and supported by experienced practitioners and university staff.

Placement providers include:

  • Stoke City FC - Youth Academy and Women’s team, and Community Trust
  • Port Vale FC - Youth Academy and Women’s team, and Foundation Trust
  • Bee Active
  • Local Schools
  • Staffordshire FA
  • A variety of local sports clubs
  • Lichfield Rugby Union Football Club - Men, women, and junior teams
  • Welsh Rugby Union – Age-grade player pathway programs

You’ll also have the chance to undertake a ‘Real World Project’ and present to prospective employers the reflections and findings of your project.

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.

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.

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.

Corey Mallen - BA (Hons) Sports Coaching

Corey Mallen - BA (Hons) Sports Coaching

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Corey tells us why our Sports Coaching degree was the obvious next step in his career.

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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: 48 points
  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP
Ellen Meadowcroft - BA (Hons) Sports Coaching

Ellen Meadowcroft - BA (Hons) Sports Coaching

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Find out how our Sports Coaching degree set Ellen onto the right track to start her career as a PE teacher.

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Careers

Example careers and earnings include:

  • Sports Performance Analyst (starting @ £18,000 with progression to £36,000)
  • Community Sports Coach (starting @ £16,000 with progression to £21,000)
  • School Teacher (starting at £25,000 with progression to £41,000)
  • College Lecturer (starting at £27,000 with progression to £45,000)
  • Sports Development Officer (starting at £16,000 with progression to £30,000)
  • Sport, Health and Wellbeing Leader (starting at £16,000 with progression to £31, 000)
  • Women’s Sports Participation Officer (starting at £16,000 with progression to £29,000)
  • Inclusion Sports and Physical Activity Officer (starting at £16,000 with progression to £25,000)
  • Sport and Physical Activity Operations Manager (starting at £16,000 with progression to £35,000)
Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sports coaching. Modules that centre on pedagogical aspects of understanding effective and contemporary methods of coaching have lead lectures delivered by university staff, Visiting Teaching Fellows and guest lecturers.

These are followed by coaching practicals which cover a broad range of sports and inclusive physical activities like multi-skills. There is a mixture of how these practicals are delivered. On occasions staff led these to offer examples of contemporary practices with students having the chance to work with staff to co-deliver these sessions to peers and external groups, such as college students and school pupils. Students are then encouraged to collaborate with peers and independently deliver sessions with support and guidance from staff as they progress through their studies.

Other modules that focus on the cultural aspects of sport and physical activity, employ a blended learning approach whereby in person lectures and seminars are complemented with independent learning activities or online sessions via Microsoft Teams.

Seminars enable you to discuss and constructively develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students.

Throughout your studies, staff leading modules are research active, providing contemporary insights into each discipline of sports coaching and producing evidence-based teaching content. There are regular opportunities to voluntarily assist with research projects, additional coaching workshops and coaching consultancy work to complement your studies.

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.

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.

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.

To support you in preparing for assessments, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor. Further support is provided through the Department of Sport and Exercise Science’s Student Success Officer and the University’s central Academic Skills team which provide group and one-to-one help to support your learning in several 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).

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 0

22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

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

Year 0

16% practical assessments
46% coursework
38% written exams

Year 1

15% practical assessments
41% coursework
44% written exams

Year 2

48% practical assessments
53% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

35% practical assessments
59% coursework
6% 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.

To support you in preparing for assessments, you will have timetabled meetings with your academic mentor. Further support is provided through the Department of Sport and Exercise Science’s Student Success Officer and the University’s central Academic Skills team which provide group and one-to-one help to support your learning in several 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).

Dr Alexander Blackett

Senior Lecturer

Researcher in sport coaching, I consult with international sports organisations and national sports governing bodies to improve coach education, learning and development provision. I was awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Services in 2017.

Alexander's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time, with a foundation year
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £5,950 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

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.

Our students

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)

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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