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BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BBC  - CCC 


GCSEs: English language, mathematics and science at grade C/4 or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of Level 3 units at Merit

Enhanced DBS check required.

Student view

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching graduate and University of Chichester’s Students’ Union President
The degree offered an opportunity to develop my practical skills as a coach, but also gave me the theory to understand how to develop as a coach and how to develop athletes.

Course content

This programme will prepare you for working as a professional in sport coaching and related industries/professions, as well as developing your scientific knowledge and practical coaching skills. 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 and in year two this coaching practice is developed through supported coaching placements and experiential, on-site learning. 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 some of the ancillary areas of expertise necessary for excellence (i.e. psychology, performance, and support systems for elite level sport).

You will learn from internationally-renowned researchers and highly-qualified practitioners/coaches who have worked in high-performance sport and coach education, and who have extensive experience working within participation, talent development, and elite performance contexts. Overall, the degree places a strong emphasis on you engaging in practical activities and learning to apply scientific principles in a range of sports. 


Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. 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. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins

Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Where this can take you

Given its emphasis on combining scientific, 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 coaching, performance, recreation, schools, and community.

Typical careers include:

  • Coaching in professional clubs (academies, centres of excellence, club/community coaching)
  • Coaching in amateur clubs (tennis, squash or golf clubs, etc.)
  • Sport science support with Sports Governing Bodies
  • Teaching (subject to meeting the requirements for teaching)
  • Sport development
  • Sport management
  • Coaching within the private schools sector
  • Postgraduate study in specialist areas (e.g. Sports Coaching, Nutrition, Performance, Analysis, Strength and Conditioning)

Our postgraduate courses:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester

  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Physical Activity and Public Health
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS route)
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary Physical Education
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Work placements

The Coaching Practice and Delivery module (in the second year) reinforces and extends professional practice by asking you to actively broaden your range of coaching and development experience through various sporting domains and different responsibilities. Examples of these include operating within the fields of disability sport, primary, secondary, and further education, university sport, and the community programmes that the University runs alongside any local ‘principle’ placement that you may have.  For example, a sport that you ‘specialise’ or are interested in.

You are supported to find your own placement, in liaison with our Institute of Sport Placement Coordinator who has a network of contacts in local schools and clubs. In addition to this there are various on-campus coaching opportunities for our students to participate in. 

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. You will be required to have an up-to-date DBS check before commencing placement, so you are advised to either obtain one before entry on to the course or as soon as you arrive. Please check that you have completed all the necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

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

Course accreditations

Your degree programme content and practical competencies are aligned to the occupational and professional standards outlined by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE, 2016)

Indicative modules


Principles and Practice in Sport and Coaching 

This module facilitates an understanding of the principles and processes associated with planning, delivering, and evaluating a coaching session. You will learn about the coaching process and the role of coaching in supporting participation and performance. The module will also outline the key factors associated with the delivery of an effective and excellent coaching session. 

Introduction to Coaching Contexts in Sport 

This module introduces you to the dynamic nature of coaching within its current landscape and increasingly professional status. You will discuss the role of different providers for coaching, coach education, and development and identify the skill set required to be an effective coach within different contexts.

Questioning Sport, Health and Exercise

This module will introduce study skills for higher education, and help you discover the philosophical underpinnings of research in the sport and health sciences. You will also be introduced to a range of qualitative research methods.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology 

Sport and exercise contexts provide a fascinating and complex opportunity to investigate the psychology of human effect, cognition and behaviour. This module aims to introduce you to diverse areas of psychology in the context of sport performance, exercise, and well-being that you will meet on your degree programme in years two and three.

Evaluating Sport, Health and Exercise 

The module aims to provide you with a foundation in quantitative study and research skills which will support and underpin your work in other sport, exercise, and health science modules. 

Fundamentals of Human Physiology 

This module will cover the fundamental principles of Human Physiology by examining how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system affect human performance. Specific attention is paid to energy metabolism in the context of the exercising human across the breadth of the energy spectrum. 

Introduction to Skill Acquisition

This module examines the psychological factors that affect the learning and performance of skills in sport.  You are introduced to selected theories of performance and learning and you will examine the strengths and weaknesses of these theories.  You will be encouraged to make connections to your responsibilities as sports coaches.  



Core modules:

Coaching Practice and Delivery (Placement) 

The module introduces various evidence-based and interdisciplinary practices and requires you to apply these practices in real-world coaching. This is achieved via peer coaching in taught practical sessions, and during the coaching placement hours (normally 50) required across the duration of the module.

Researching Sport, Health and Exercise  

This module will further develop your skills in research methods and data analysis, with a broad focus on analysis procedures including the qualitative method of interviewing, and quantitative methods of analysis of variance, correlation and linear regression, commonly used procedures in the sport, exercise and health sciences. You will develop your practical skills of research including ethical considerations, research design and methodology, analysis and writing-up ready for your year three dissertations. 

Developing and Monitoring Fitness Physical Performance

This module aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to design interventions for improving both health and skills-related physical fitness. You will develop as practitioners with the mentality to look for, and skills to find and evaluate scientific evidence to support your practice. You also have the opportunity to obtain REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) Level 2 Gym-Instructors Award (PD:Approval Higher Education Endorsement). 

Working with Individuals

This module focuses on the multi-faceted process of the coach-athlete and teacher-pupil relationship. You will draw on contemporary psychological theory and research which places this relationship at the centre of athlete and pupil development, and its application in the development of sporting competence in athletes and pupils. You will critically explore the interpersonal and intrapersonal skills required to create effective learning environments for sport competence.

Performance Analysis in Sport

(Module information to come)

Coaching Children and Youth Sports 

The module examines the role of the coach in the development of young performers from a philosophical, sociological, and ethical dimension, as well as the underlying physical and psychological concepts and processes through which young performers develop. You will also examine issues such as talent identification and the role of Physical Education in developing youth sport.

Optional modules:      

  • Sports Injury and Prevention
  • Reflection: Developing Your Teaching and Coaching
  • Diving
  • MediaSport 2.0 and Beyond
  • Sport and Exercise in Extreme Environments
  • Project Management


Year Three

Core modules:

Research Dissertation 

(Module information to come)

Adapting Coaching for Different Contexts 

This module aims to extend your coaching experience across a range of coaching contexts and develop expertise within less familiar sporting activities and group types. You will re-examine the 4x4 coaching model and critically assess the demands of different activities and contexts on coaching expertise, as well as explore globalisation and the emergence of different sports cultures including countercultural and disability sports.

Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring

This module aims to introduce you to theoretical and practical concepts related to the development and mentoring of coaches.  You will critically examine the methods and processes through which coaches learn and develop and examine theories of learning and philosophies of education as they relate to the development of competent sports coaches. You will also critically examine specific coaching behaviours and evaluate their utility and contribution to the coaching process. 

Exploring Ethical Challenges in Coaching 

The increasing access to and globalisation of sport brings with it a wider range of ethical dilemmas for all those involved including the coach. The module aims to increase your awareness of how these issues impact on the work of the coach and examine how choices are made using both historic and contemporary examples. The application of ethical frameworks allows critical analysis of the presented situations to expand your understanding of multiple positions on any given issue. 

Working with Teams

This module will critically analyse and address the knowledge and skills necessary to work with groups of athletes across key coaching contexts. The module explores and develops understanding and competence with regard to effective coaching in a one-to-many situation and explores the implications of this on suitable leadership and management skills. You will understand how to assess the needs of a group, and the individuals within, and address this in their planning and delivery.


Optional modules:

  • Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering Mental Strategies
  • Adventure in Sports Coaching (including Alpine trip)
  • Entrepreneurial 1 (Business set-up)
  • Strategic Planning for Sport
  • Nutrition for Sports Performance, Exercise and Health
  • Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community 
  • Planning and Monitoring of Training and Performance
  • Occupational Performance and Health

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

Why this course?

By understanding the science behind the coaching process you will be able to help the athletes you coach to reach their potential.

You will be taught by specialists reflecting the varied expertise available within the department.

Learn from tutors and fellow students with backgrounds in a wide range of sports.

Keep your career options open; graduates have progressed into both coaching and sport science support.



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 for learning and teaching.

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.

Each module is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.  In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task.  As you progress through your degree you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.



You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. 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 and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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