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BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching


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Institution C58


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.

Students are supported to find their 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 necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

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

Indicative modules

Year One

Questioning Sport and Exercise

(Module information to come)


Evaluating Sport, Health and Exercise

(Module information to come)


Introduction to Coaching Contexts in Sport

(Module information to come) 


Principles and Practice of Sport and Coaching

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


Fundamentals of Human Physiology

The module aims to give students a core understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the major systems of the body which relate to physical activity. The module will help students appreciate the inter-relationship between body systems to maintain homeostatis at both rest and during exercise. The indicative content of the module will include: the structure and function of the circulatory system; respiratory system; skeletal system and muscular system. The module aims to develop students ability to apply this knowledge relative to the prevention and treatment of injury and in the planning process of coaching sessions for young adults and children.


Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

(Module information to come)


Introduction to Skill Acquisition

(Module information to come)


Year Two

Researching Sport, Health and Exercise

(Module information to come)


Coaching Practice and Delivery

The module introduces various evidence based and interdisciplinary practices and requires the student 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.


Performance Analysis in Sport

Sports Performance Analysis is a well-established discipline within the field of Sport and Exercise Science that aims to provide objective, valid and reliable data to support and inform the coaching process. Sports Performance Analysis differentiates itself from other sub-disciplines of Sport Science due to its applied nature, focusing on the analysis of team and/or player performance during training or competition. 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 i.e. coach behaviour, coaching microstructure, and injury surveillance, amongst others. The use of Sports Performance Analysis is paramount in light of the limitations of human memory, such as volume of event recall and subjectivity. Consequently, the Performance Analysis in Sport (PAS) module aims to introduce students 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

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. Typical examples in this respect examine the physiological maturation processes of young performers, the psychological and social development of young performers, and the processes through which young performers acquire skilled performance. The module also examines issues such as talent identification and the role of Physical Education in developing youth sport.


Working with Individuals

(Module information to come)


Developing and Monitoring Fitness for Performance and Health

In most cases, successful sporting performance is dependent on the physical development of participants to meet the demands of their activity. The aim of the module is to provide students with a grounding in the knowledge of planning physical fitness tests and fitness training programmes. Furthermore, the module aims to develop practitioners with the mentality to look for, and skills to find and evaluate, scientific evidence to support their practice.


One option from:

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


Year Three

Research Project

(Module information to come) 


Adapting Coaching for Different Contexts

This module aims to extend student coaching experience across a range of coaching contexts and develop expertise within less familiar sporting activities and group types. Students will re-examine the 4x4 coaching model and critically assess the demands of different activities and contexts on coaching expertise. Students will explore globalisation and the emergence of different sports cultures including countercultural and disability sports. Students will analyse the needs of the sport and the differing contexts and the implications for the application of sports science to support the coaching process.


Coaching Teams in Sport

(Module information to come)


Exploring Ethical Challenges in Coaching

(Module information to come)


Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring

(Module information to come)


One of the following modules:

  • Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering Mental strategies
  • Adventure in Sports Coaching
  • 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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