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BSc (Hons) Community Sport Coaching

The Community Sport Coaching degree will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to work as a sport coach, in particular within a youth and community sport environment.

At the heart of the programme is a commitment to improving your coaching practice through an understanding of how to deliver excellent coaching sessions.

In the first year you will deliver a number of coaching sessions to your peer group. In year two this coaching practice is developed through a supported coaching placement in the local community.

And the third year is designed to further inform and develop your understanding of the sport coaching process and focuses on coach education, coach development and the relationship between sport coaching and sport development.

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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points to include at least one grade C.

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of units at Merit

Interview and enhanced DBS check required.

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Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Student view

Evangeline Westerby
I love studying here because I believe that Chichester University really gives students the opportunities and resources to advance and enhance their own learning experiences. Although it is a small University, it has a close knit friendly atmosphere which makes you feel comfortable.

Course content

The programme aims to provide an academically rigorous and vocationally relevant education within the context of sport coaching, and perhaps more specifically, within the areas of youth and participation coaching.

The programme is designed so that students gain the necessary experience, knowledge, and expertise within what may be termed the ‘art’ of coaching in order to become better ‘coaches’, whilst also allowing students to explore some of the elements of performance coaching (i.e. psychology) so that they gain a wide appreciation of different coaching roles.

Broadly then, the programme focuses (with an emphasis on multi-sport and multi-skills coaching) on the relationship between the coaching process and the development of opportunities to take part in sport at a local level.  

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.


  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

Given its emphasis on combining both vocational and academic expertise within coaching through a range of different areas, this programme serves as an excellent platform for a number of jobs or further opportunities within the worlds of sport, recreation, and community.

Possible careers paths include:

  • Community sport coaches (both sport specific and multi-sport)
  • Teaching (subject to meeting the requirements for teaching)
  • Sport development
  • Sport management
  • Coaching within the private schools sector
  • Sport event management

Previous students have gone on to work within sport development, football community schemes, education (primary, secondary, and further education teaching), sport marketing, event management, academy and professional level coaching, coaching abroad, and Masters Level study.

Work placements

Through our work placements you will develop skills which allow you to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport or health setting. Placements opportunities are available on most programmes within the Chichester Institute of Sport which provide you with a strong vocational focus.

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas. Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement. Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started. Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Clare Deacon – or tel: 01243 793542

Indicative modules

Year 1

  • Analysing Sport (double module)
  • Principles and Practice of Sport (double module)
  • Introduction to Sport Business and Management
  • Psychology in the Coaching Process
  • Fundamentals of Human Movement 
  • Acquiring Skilled Performance

Year 2

  • Researching Sport (double module)
  • Coaching Placement (double module)
  • Coaching Physical Performance
  • Coaching Psychology 
  • Children and Youth Sport
  • Health Promotion, Lifestyle and Exercise

Year 3

  • Dissertation (double module)
  • Sport Development: International Contexts
  • Coaching Alternative Sports
  • Community Engagement in Sport
  • Coaching at the Interface of Sport Development
  • Developing Effective Coaching
  • Advanced Coaching Psychology or Professional Practice in Sport and Lifestyle

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

We are committed to learning and teaching. Our team of principal lecturers ensure the techniques and technology used at Chichester position us as a leading authority in this critical part of your education.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Independent Learning

Central learning facilities are available to complement and support the learning activities you will experience in your taught modules, and will help to foster your confidence in learning independently and managing and presenting information – skills that will be of lasting benefit beyond your time at the University.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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