Sport Coaching Science (BSc Hons)

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Now recruiting for September 2021 start

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3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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 will investigate the science behind performance for athletes and coaches, while developing vital practical coaching skills.

This programme explores 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.

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 foster an appreciation of how you influence and are influenced by coaches, athletes and significant others.

As part of an integrated programme with our Masters (MSci) in Sport Coaching Science, there is 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

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Study style

Our programme is recognised as among the strongest in the UK. 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.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

112 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeC614
BSc (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageC623


  • Further study to postgraduate level
  • Professional sports coach
  • Roles within professional sport clubs
  • Roles within national governing bodies
  • Coach education
  • Coaching science (e.g. position-specific coaching roles, analyst)

Industry links

The course has links with national and international sports clubs, national governing bodies and placement providers. Students 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.

Associated professional accreditations

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

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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.

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Work with professional sports teams

You will 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.

Sports coference

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.

School of Sport and Exercise

Our School of Sport and Exercise degrees are based in our new international-standard sports arena and state-of-the-art labs. You'll be challenged and supported by experienced coaches, therapists and scientists, building strong skills for employability and for lifelong learning.

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