Sports Coaching (BSc Hons)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


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


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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Our sports courses are in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects and the top 25 for spend per student in sport according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Develop your expertise in sports coaching as well as sports science areas that support effective coaching such as performance analysis, biomechanics and psychology. Learn from lecturers who are sports coaches, working with partners such as GB Rowing, British Equestrian, GB Paralympic squads, and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

You’ll develop advanced coaching skills across a range of sporting areas, with the ability to pursue one sporting area or coach across multi-sports in professional performance or community contexts. If you want to graduate as a qualified coach, you can complete National Governing Body UK Coaching Certificates (levels 1, 2 and 3) alongside your studies.

Alongside work placements with organisations such as Cheltenham Town Football Club, Gloucester Rugby and NGB British Rowing, you’ll have opportunities to work with university sports teams and professional partners. These include our All Golds rugby league team, our Rugby Sevens BUCs champions, our competitive women’s futsal team, England Netball and England Hockey.

You'll learn in our sports facilities at our Oxstalls campus with sports coaching students from all years.  On-campus camaraderie is strong. Facilities include a modern sports hall, all-weather pitch, astro-turf, mirrored sports studio, gym, physiology, bio-mechanics and bio-assessment labs, motion performance equipment, strength and conditioning and therapy suites and an environmental chamber.

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Study style

We are one of a select few universities to have achieved SkillsActive accreditation. Our programme is recognised as among the strongest in the UK.  This course has a practical learning focus and we have encouraged a strong coaching community, with all levels of the sports coaching degree coming together to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Athlete and Coach Management' to 'Contemporary Coaching'.

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 2020 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-timeX152
BSc (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageX157


  • Professional sports coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Working for local authorities
  • Working for national governing bodies (NGBs)
  • Physical education teaching (via PGCE)

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Student Focus

Stephanie Ashworth

A university module led to my soccer coaching job in Massachusetts. I'm now an academy coordinator for CareerSports Fitness in Belfast.

I co-ordinate coaching for fitness instructors. I also support individuals to break into sports careers. What did I like most about university? I could choose my own modules. Our tutors had an open door policy, we could ask them anything. My favourite module was Coaching Practice. It made me step out of my comfort zone. It also got me a soccer coaching job in America for Challenger Sports.

Industry links

With built-in work placement modules there will be plenty of opportunities for you to work with professional organisations such as Cheltenham Town Football Club, Cheltenham Hockey Club, Gloucester Rugby, West Bromwich Albion as well as national governing bodies of sport such as England Hockey and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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Taught by national and respected coaches

All of our teaching team are active sports coaches at community or national level and many are coach educators in their respective sports. They work with organisations such as Sports Coach UK, GB Rowing, British Equestrian, GB Paralympic squads, and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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.

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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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