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Sports Coaching

Our sport coaching courses have been designed by our team of highly renowned coach educators, practitioners and researchers.

Informed by our pioneering and internationally recognised research within this field, we use some of the most advanced assessment, work based learning and teaching strategies. Many of our learning and teaching approaches, and insights into the coaching process have been adopted by national federations of sport and agencies responsible for coach development such as the UK Coaching (formally Sports Coach UK), the Football Association and the Royal Yachting Association.

The central principle underpinning both courses is that all coaches, from grassroots to high performance, make decisions and shape practice, based on ideas about their participants needs, the demands of their sport and their coaching behaviour. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to adopt this unique approach by integrating these three interdependent areas into their planning, delivery and reflections to develop their coaching.

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Through our range of work based learning opportunities, in schools, the wider community and in professional sport clubs, students learn by doing and reflecting. These reflections are informed by key theories and concepts acquired in a variety of interactive learning activities which are both practicum and classroom based.

At undergraduate level, students focus mainly on the coaching of young people but can opt to take electives in ‘Performance and Talent Development’, ‘Youth Sport and Physical Education’ or ‘Sport Development and Physical Activity’. Postgraduate students use the course to augment their existing knowledge, understanding and experience of coaching to further their career aspirations in this field.

In addition to becoming informed reflective coaches, our students develop a range of attributes that include critical thinking, problem solving, strategic planning, presenting, communication and leaderships; making them highly suited for employment in the sport and fitness industry, education, social services, business and marketing.

Our undergraduate degree in Sports Coaching is available with an integrated foundation year. If you don't have the required UCAS points to be able to secure a place on one of our sports degree programmes, the foundation year will prepare you for academic life at our University.