BSc (hons) sports coaching

Helping people achieve their potential is one of the most satisfying parts of being a sports coach. This degree is shaped by an established model of coaching adopted by the Football Association and other leading national and international governing bodies.

You will develop your key coaching skills by learning to understand your participants and their sport, and how to plan, deliver and review both short and long-term training programmes.

More than half the course delivery and assessment will be practical in nature, and you will have many opportunities to apply ideas from the course during organised placements.

Residentials

As part of your first year, you will have the opportunity to experience activities in a setting associated with your studies. This may include a residential or field trips, which will support your on-campus learning and enhance your future career prospects.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Our renowned research centre for sports coaching and physical education will provide a high-quality learning environment. Combined with the support and guidance from expert staff, you will have the perfect platform to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a confident coach. Leeds Beckett staff have vast experience in sports coaching, and currently deliver an array of support services to coaches and athletes at all levels and across an extensive range of sports.

Some of your sessions will be located at Emerald Headingley Stadium - home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club, rugby league giants Leeds Rhinos and rugby union's Yorkshire Carnegie, making it one of the busiest sports venues in the UK. You will also have access to specialist coaching equipment and software. This will allow you to analyse sporting performance and will help you develop the coaching techniques to improve.

Invaluable placement opportunities will give you the chance to put your learning into practice. You could be coaching children from local schools or working on campus assisting our coaches - some of whom work with Olympic athletes. You could also gain experience in the wider sports industry with professional clubs such as Leeds Rhinos and Leeds United, or with local authority and private fitness centres.

During your studies, you could also extend your experience and top-up your credentials with a sport-specific coaching qualification that is UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) endorsed. These will be available at levels one and two. In addition to UKCC programmes, we also offer gym and personal trainer qualifications, which you could take to further boost your CV.

Sport Volunteering Opportunities

We offer a sport volunteering programme for anyone with an interest in sport. If you want to stay ahead of the game and have a competitive advantage in the job market, then sport volunteering is an ideal way to gain extra knowledge and skills on top of your degree. Volunteering is a huge advantage if you want to pursue a career in the sports industry - and it will look great on your CV!

Why study Sports coaching at Leeds Beckett University

 

  • Invaluable placement opportunities will give you the chance to put your learning into practice
  • Opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience
  • Experienced sport coaching teaching staff who currently deliver an array of support services to coaches and athletes at all levels and across an extensive range of sports
  • Gain experience in the wider sports industry with professional clubs such as Leeds Rhinos and Leeds United, or with local authority and private fitness centres
  • Choose to top up your learning with professionally recognised National Governing Body UK Coaching Certificates
  • Study in the university’s new £45m state-of-the-art Carnegie School of Sport building. The building will include a wealth of outstanding facilities, including dedicated research laboratories, a hypoxic laboratory and an indoor sprint track for performance training and analysis

The entrance Carnegie School of Sport building and outdoor seating area on Headingley Campus

I loved sport from a young age and my plan was always to study PE at university. However, I attended an inspirational sports coaching lecture during a visit to Leeds Beckett and decided to follow that route instead. After I finished my undergraduate degree, I knew I wanted to continue my learning so I stayed on for my masters. My studies encouraged me to become a reflective practitioner and helped my confidence to grow so that I was able to go out and get my dream job.

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TEACHING & LEARNING

We were awarded silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflecting our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

As well as learning from expert tutors, you’ll be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support. Our subject-specific librarians will also direct you to the specialist learning and study-skills resources that will underpin your studies.

Year one modules:

  • Practical Coaching Pedagogy
  • Participant-Centred Curriculum
  • Coaching Contexts
  • Research & Personal Development

At the end of year one, you will choose an optional pathway through the remainder of your course, in one of the following three areas:

  • Performance & Talent Development
  • Youth Sport & Physical Education
  • Community Sport & Physical Activity

Year two:

  • Coaching Pedagogy in Context
  • Sport Curriculum
  • Research Methods for Sports Coaching

Year three:

  • Model-Based Coaching
  • Professional Practice
  • Final Year Project

Interested in applying?

Take a look at out our 3-step process on how to apply for a course as part of the Carnegie International Soccer Academy. 

How to apply

BSc Hons Sports Coaching student - Thomas Bowman BSc Hons Sports Coaching student Thomas Bowman tells us about his course at Leeds Beckett University

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The pitch and stand at Elland Road, home football stadium of Leeds United
Members of the Carnegie International Soccer Team inside Elland Road holding up playing shirt