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BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years Full Time

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Entry Requirements and Fees

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.


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22  International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching graduate and Performance Analyst at Harlequins Rugby Club
The Sport Coaching degree allowed me to increase my knowledge and skills in multiple areas, which in turn meant I could then choose an area to specialise in at MSc level (Performance Analysis), which has led to a professional career working in elite level sport (Harlequins Rugby Club). I still use many of the skills learned during the degree on a daily basis.
BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and MSc Sport Coaching student

This was an excellent course that provided me with a comprehensive insight into the world of sport. I thoroughly enjoyed both the practical and theoretical content of the modules as they covered a wide range of different topics from how to develop as a coach to how to work effectively in a team environment. The third year further developed my ability to think critically and apply this knowledge to real-world sporting contexts. This course challenged me to achieve my best work through completing a mixture of coaching and sport science modules and I feel it has set me up perfectly to complete an MSc in Sports Coaching.

Course content

Sports coaching is central to developing, sustaining, and increasing participation in sport. The UK Coaching Framework highlights the strategic action areas for developing coaching in the UK. This framework aims to develop a world-leading coaching system and the Sport Coaching programme aims to support this strategy by developing coaches with a scientific underpinning to their practice, and who are analytical and critical sport coaches and meet the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) professional standards for coaching. As such, you should have a keen interest both in coaching and in the enhancement of sports participation and performance through the application of scientific principles. This three-year full-time programme gives you the opportunity to examine the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological principles underlying the enhancement, monitoring, and analysis of sports performance at all levels of participation.

The core idea of the programme is that your coaching practice should be evidence-based, and the modules are designed to allow you to engage with and understand evidence and research from a range of coaching-related disciplines. In the first year, you will deliver a number of coaching sessions to your peer group, whilst in year two this coaching practice is expanded 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). This pathway allows us to develop and build your coaching skills and the evidence base that you work from across your three years of study.

You have a wide range of options to choose from including the chance to explore scuba diving and alpine residential environments. Our students are involved in community engagement projects working with local children, colleges, and outreach groups, including those with disabilities.

You will learn from internationally renowned researchers and practitioners, in addition to highly qualified and experienced coaches who have worked across the performance spectrum from participation sport to high-performance/national level competition and coach education. Overall, the degree places a strong emphasis on you engaging in practical activities and learning to apply scientific principles in a range of sports.

Key facts about the Institute of Sport:

  • We have an extensive network of partnerships with over 400 local schools and clubs to support our students on placement 
  • We are host to one of only 10 Basketball England Talent Hubs and are a central Hub for Basketball in the South East
  • We are host to one of only eight  FA Womens’ High Performance Football Centres

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 experience through various sporting domains and contexts. 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. This will be alongside a core placement that you have throughout your second year which you are supported to find 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 you 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

Year One

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 coaching session.

Introduction to Coaching Contexts in Sport

The module will discuss the role of different providers for coaching, coach education, and development and identify the impact of political and financial climates as drivers behind the developing opportunities to work within a diverse range of contexts. The implications of these on the skill set required to be an effective coach within different contexts will be examined along with potential employment opportunities.

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 motor learning and you will examine their strengths and weaknesses relative to real-world coaching. Research findings will be used to help you make the connections to your responsibilities as sports coaches.  


Year Two

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

The module will provide you with practical skills of conducting research in the sport, exercise, and health environment, and you will further your research skills, including ethical considerations, research design and methodology, analysis and write-up.

Developing and Monitoring 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 the ability to complete a health screening and needs analysis on clients and athletes, establish goals, select appropriate methods of individual physical performance assessments, and design interventions to improve physical performance. 

Working with Individuals

A focus on the multi-faceted process of the coach-athlete and teacher-pupil relationship. Drawing on contemporary psychological research which places this relationship at the centre of athlete and pupil development, this module will explore the sources, nature, and synthesis of sports specific and psychological theory and its application in the development of sporting competence in athletes and pupils.

Performance Analysis in Sport

The analysis undertaken could relate to technical, tactical and/or physical aspects of performance, although Performance Analysis can also be used to analyse various other facets of sport such as coach behaviour and coaching microstructure.  The use of sports performance analysis is paramount in light of the limitations of human memory, such as the volume of event recall and subjectivity. The module aims to introduce you to the key concepts, skills, and techniques associated to performance analysis, and outline its place in the scientific support of individuals and teams. 

Children and Youth Sport

This module aims to give you an overview of a number of issues related to coaching children in sport and/or providing sports opportunities for them. The module examines the development of the young performer from a multidisciplinary perspective and aims to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge through appropriate assignments. 

Optional modules:

Sports Injury and Prevention

This module aims to develop an awareness of potential injury situations and predisposing factors to injury in sport. Familiarity with types of sports injury and treatment procedures should aid in the prevention and effective treatment of injury in the workplace. 

Reflection: Developing Your Teaching and Coaching

This module aims to provide an opportunity to select and develop specialist areas of interest. You will be required to develop skills in introspection, reflection, and reflective practice drawing upon theoretical concepts relating to pedagogy of sport and education. You will agree a suitable programme of work within a professional context of your choice which will involve you immersing yourselves in the culture and practices of this working environment.


Explore the complex interaction between the hyperbaric aquatic environment, and the physiological coping mechanisms of the human. Environmental issues will be discussed, as will medical emergencies and progression opportunities in diving. This module will also provide you with the opportunity to gain the SSI Open Water Dive award

MediaSport 2.0 and Beyond

This module examines the significance of the internet and new media technologies in sports media.  Key issues concerning production, consumption, identity, political economy, co-optation, participatory culture, user-generated content, convergence, commerce, social media and gaming will be examined in relation to relevant networks, practices and relationships that shape the twenty-first century sports media landscape. 

Sport and Exercise in Extreme Environments
This module aims to examine the physiological challenge of performing in extreme and hostile environments and to examine how the human can exercise, maintain homeostasis, and survive. It will explore the theoretical limits of human performance, looking to identify mechanisms of physiological acclimatisation and adaptation. You will be able to discuss how this knowledge may be used to increase sporting performance and maximise safety e.g. competitions such as The Everest Marathon and Marathon Des Sables.

Project Management

An introduction to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective sports project. The methodology used will be PRINCE2 to develop your own sports project. The content will include: Introduction to Project Management, Planning a Project, and Managing Successful Projects.


Year Three

Core modules:

Research Dissertation (Option for 30 credits plus two optional modules or 45 credits and one optional module) 

Your research dissertation provides you with the opportunity to put into practice the content of your degree to develop and carry out your own research project. You will be supported throughout by your dissertation supervisor who will be a specialist in the subject area of your research, and you will be encouraged to answer a research question that can add to the existing knowledge base in your chosen topic.

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 explore globalisation and the emergence of different sports cultures including countercultural and disability sports.

Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring

An introduction 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. It will embed theories of learning and critically explore philosophies of education as they relate to the development of competent sports coaches.

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 the awareness of how these issues impact on the work of the coach and examine how choices are made using both historic and contemporary examples. 

Working with Teams

This module focuses on the requirements of effective coaching delivery within groups and teams. It will critically analyse and address the knowledge and skills necessary to work with groups of athletes across key coaching contexts. You will understand how to assess the needs of a group, and the individuals within, and address this in your planning and delivery. 

Optional modules:

Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering Mental Strategies

Traditionally, sport psychologists have advocated the use of numerous mental training strategies that are purported to enhance the cognitive, affective, and behavioural states of the performers that they work with. These might include imagery, goal-setting, relaxation techniques, and pre-performance routines; and advanced strategies such as Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) and hypnosis. The aims of this module are to provide you with an understanding of the efficacy of these strategies, to provide opportunities to deliver these mental strategies and to reflect on the delivery of these strategies.  

Adventures in Coaching 

Explore current issues within the coaching process considering their application within specific adventure sport activities. Humanistic and Long-Term Athlete Development principles are considered. Observation and analysis of performance will be examined along with practical scientific assessment tools to identify performer needs. Developmental activities will be explored including the application of sports science in the development of training programmes within specific adventure contexts.

Entrepreneurial (Business Set-Up)

The module adopts a very practical focus. It concentrates upon the planning that needs to be undertaken prior to the start-up of a small business. From your perspective, the primary output of the module is to produce a persuasive business proposal. The main intention of the module is to allow you to draw on the toolkit of understanding that you have developed within your studies to date. As a consequence, you are required to independently manage your own progress in achieving the learning outcomes and preparing for the assessment.

Strategic Planning for Sport

The module provides a comprehensive and detailed understanding of strategic planning techniques and processes applicable to sport and business. It includes the process of strategy, planning and analysis, and the drivers of strategy in the organisation or the environment.

Nutrition for Sports Performance, Exercise, and Health

Sports performance and the development of athletic ability relies on the individual being in peak health and having the correct nutrition support to fuel training adaptation and exercise performance. This module aims to examine the ways in which dietary intake influences energy metabolism, recovery of skeletal muscle after exercise, exercise performance, training adaptation, injury risk, and immunity. An important component of the module will be the study of the practical application of nutritional theory within the sporting arena. 

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community

The module examines the importance of staging community sport events or projects in the context of modern sports development. It will give you the opportunity to understand, in part through practical engagement, the complexity of staging community sport events and the management and administrative processes associated with them.

Planning and Monitoring of Training and Performance

A focus on planning and monitoring training of athletes and how a programme of physiological support can be used to enhance performance. You will engage in current literature identifying the physiological demands of the athletes chosen sport, key measures of physical fitness, and how we can enhance them.  An athlete’s ability to focus on training to gain maximal physiological adaptations, and relax in competition can represent the difference in making the podium or winning major tournaments.

Occupational Health and Performance

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of how evidenced-based practice can be used to improve health and performance in occupational settings such as the military, emergency services, and industry. Students taking this module will have followed core modules within their programme and they will learn how their existing knowledge relating to sports and exercise performers and clinical populations and new concepts can be used to enhance health and performance in occupational settings. 

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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.

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