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Sport Coaching Science

BSc (Hons)

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What is Sport Coaching Science BSc (Hons)?

The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching Science degree aims to develop your understanding of the dynamic and complex interactions which exist within the coaching environment. You’ll investigate the science behind performance for athletes and coaches, while developing vital practical coaching skills.

As part of an integrated programme with our Masters (MSci) in Sport Coaching Science, there’s also an opportunity to seamlessly progress beyond the BSc (Hons) into further study. This progression pathway offers greater exposure to real-world placements and opportunities to work in collaboration with our network of external partners, enabling achievement of a Master’s degree in Sport Coaching Science. Our partners include Gloucester rugby, Aston Villa FC, Cheltenham Town FC, Severn Stars Netball and Bristol Bears rugby.

Study style

You’ll explore key pathways in pedagogy, leadership and coaching sciences such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology, ethics, and performance analysis, offering opportunities to explore theoretical and practical issues throughout. The course will provide you with an insightful awareness of how theory from a range of areas can both inform and be informed by practice in order to develop your critical and innovative problem-solving abilities.

Our programme is recognised as among the strongest in the UK. The forerunner to this new degree received 100% overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey. All the successful elements of this course (methods and teaching practice, as well as our expert academic team) are an integral part of this new, improved course.

This course has an interactive, innovative practical learning focus and we encourage integration with other courses (e.g. Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science) to foster a multi-disciplinary understanding of sport coaching science. We have a strong coaching community, both within the university and with external partners, generating a range of theoretical, practical and experiential learning opportunities.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at UCAS.com)

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Oxstalls, Gloucester C623 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester C623

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to study further or work in:

  • professional sports coaching
  • roles within professional sport clubs
  • roles within national governing bodies
  • coach education
  • coaching science – eg position-specific coaching roles, analyst.

Industry links

Courses in the School of Sport and Exercise are endorsed by The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA). As a CIMSPA partner we’re committed to supporting them to realise the ambitions of Sport England’s Professional Workforce Strategy. You’ll gain a range of benefits, including confidence that employer-led professional standards have been included in course design, enabling the development of work-ready graduates. Also, CIMSPA memberships for University of Gloucestershire students is just £5, saving 83%

With Professional Practice at our core you will have a variety of opportunities to acquire qualifications associated with different national governing bodies, alongside your study. Your engagement with practical sessions, placements and the application of your knowledge will help you reflect on how you influence and are influenced by coaches, athletes and significant others.

Taught by national and respected coaches

Our teaching team has a breadth of experience in sport coaching science, and members have worked at national and international level in coaching, coach education or in sport science disciplines in their respective sports. They work with organisations such as UK Coaching, Sport England, GB Rowing, British Equestrian, GB Paralympic squads, and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Sports students rowing a canoe

Work with professional sports teams

You’ll have opportunities to work with professional athletes and teams throughout your degree. Students have recently gained experience with Cheltenham Town Football Club, Gloucester Rugby and England Netball.

netball match in sports hall

Get inspired at our annual sports coaching conference

We host one of the largest student sports coaching conferences in the country each year, where students hear from high-profile athletes, coaches and academic experts.

people talking outside a large modern sports hall

Placements

The course has links with national and international sports clubs, national governing bodies and placement providers. You can focus on a sport of their choice, often engaging with the full breadth of the talent development pathway, from junior to senior age groups.

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