Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Sport Coaching

Help young people reach their full potential in sport and physical activity. You’ll develop good coaching leadership and communication skills on this course.

Sport Coaching

Course Overview

  • UCAS code

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

Evidence-based coaching education 

This degree is shaped by an established model of coaching. It is recognised globally by international and national governing bodies of sport as an evidence-based framework for educating coaches.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Gain an in depth understanding of your sport and of coaching to support the design of engaging pratices
  • Enhance your key coaching skills by understanding your participants and helping them to achieve their potential within their sport and life
  • Learn how to plan, deliver and review both short and long-term training programmes
  • Analyse sporting performance and develop your coaching techniques using a range of resources and information technology
  • Apply your learning from the  course within organised placements
  • Learn the crucial skill of self-reflection to improve your coaching skills and employability 

Learn from experts

You’ll be taught by staff who have vast experience in sport coaching from grass roots through to international sport. Members of your teaching team currently deliver a wide variety of support services to coaches and athletes at all levels and across an extensive range of sports.

Centre for Sport Coaching research centre

All of your lecturers are engaged in our world renowned research Centre for Sport Coaching, based at Carnegie School of Sport. The centre focuses on three broad topics: 

  1. Effective and ethical sport coaching practice to improve participant and performer development experiences and outcomes
  2. Coach learning, development, and education
  3. Coaching policy and systems

The centre’s research underpins the design, delivery and real world connectivity of your degree.

Hands-on experience

Invaluable placement opportunities will give you the chance to put your learning into practice. You could coach children from local schools or work on campus assisting our coaches, some of whom work with Olympic athletes. Or you could gain experience in the wider sports industry. 

We support placements in primary and secondary schools, schools catering for pupils with special educational needs, further education colleges and even our own and other universities, professional sport clubs, community based sport clubs and NGB run talent development academies, all in the Leeds city region.

Our students currently coach a range of activities and sports including:

  • Athletics 
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket 
  • Figure Skating
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Korfball
  • Lifestyle sports
  • Martial arts
  • Multi Skills
  • Netball
  • Rugby league and union
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Weight lifting

Additional qualifications to boost your career

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to top up your experience with professionally recognised vocational qualifications such as Emergency First Aid and Safeguarding Children. Furthermore we offer support in attaining National Governing Body Sport coaching qualifications.  


Why study Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 93.8% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after graduation*
  2. 91% of students on BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching were positive about the way teaching staff explain things**
  3. Evidence-based learning - this course is taught using a unique model of coaching recognised globally by international and national governing bodies of sport as an evidence-based framework for coaching education
  4. 60 hours of placement opportunities will provide invaluable work-based learning experience in a variety of contexts including schools, talent development academies, community sports clubs and in professional sport

*Percentage of respondents from this course, HESA Graduate Outcomes 20-21
**National Student Survey 2023, course now BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching