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BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching


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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

Whether you want to gain employment in the international football industry, or become a sports coach, our innovation and expertise will deliver. We pride ourselves on the quality of teaching given to students and our excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

This programme will prepare you for working as a professional in sport coaching as well as developing your scientific knowledge and practical coaching skills.

You will learn from highly-qualified practitioners who have worked in high-performance sport and internationally-renowned researchers.

This course is designed for individuals who are interested in both coaching and in the sport sciences that explain how performers develop and excel.

Vocational opportunities for coaches and specialists providing scientific support for coaches have increased dramatically over the past decade and the scientific skills and knowledge developed through this course will prepare graduates to pursue these opportunities.

The degree places a strong emphasis on you engaging in practical activities and learning to apply scientific principles in a range of sports. You will also apply an inter-disciplinary approach to the analysis and development of coaching practice and develop skills in research culminating in your completion of an independent research project within an area of personal interest. 

The course is delivered by highly-qualified coaches and sports scientists, who have extensive experience working within participation, talent development, and elite performance contexts.


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

Your degree is designed to provide you with two exit routes in the area of sport: sport science support, or coaching.  Vocational opportunities for scientifically-informed coaches have increased dramatically over the past decade and the confidence, skills and knowledge that you will develop through this course will prepare you to pursue a range of careers, from coaching and coach education to the provision of sport science support.

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
  • Sports equipment consultant
  • Teaching
  • Postgraduate study in specialist areas (e.g. 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

Your second year practical coaching modules will prepare you to undertake a work placement in your final year, testing the knowledge and skills that you have gained over the first two years.

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.

 Indicative work placements include:

  • Sports clubs at the local or county level
  • Supporting university or college sports teams
  • Primary or Secondary schools
  • Coaching companies
  • Charities (e.g. Pompey in the Community)
  • Summer Camps in the UK, USA or Spain
  • Sports centres or gyms

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

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One

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.

Principles and Practice of Coaching

The module will further develop the current knowledge and understanding that students have acquired and possess in the context of Association Football but apply this to a coaching perspective. The primary technical factors and decision-making processes underpinning performance in football will be examined in terms of how coaches plan, deliver and evaluate coaching sessions to help players develop critical decision-making skills and technical competence. The module content will closely follow the guidance in the FA's 'Future Game' strategy.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Introduction to Skill Acquisition

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Coaching Contexts

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Questioning Sport and Exercise

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Evaluating Sport and Exercise

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Year Two

Researching Sport and Exercise

This module will build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in Scientific Enquiry into Sport and Exercise (SPL130) and students will further develop skills in research methods and statistical analysis, with a broad focus on parametric procedures of analysis of variance and linear regression. These two methods are commonly used procedures in the sports sciences, and understanding of these will also provide a solid foundation for understanding more advanced statistical procedures that students may learn in their future work (e.g. IP or postgraduate study). The module will provide students with practical skills of conducting research in the sport and exercise environment and students will further their research skills, incl. ethical considerations, research design and methodology, analysis and write-up.

Coaching Physical Performance

The module examines the physiology of sports performance through the context of sports that require athletes and performers to be faster, stronger, more agile, and capable of greater muscular endurance. Areas covered will include hypertrophy, maximum strength, conversion to power, and the development of muscular endurance alongside plyometric methods and speed training. Students will then be introduced to field based tests and footwork and agility drills. Additionally the opportunity to demonstrate practical competency in weightlifting technique will also be provided. Broadly then, the module will assess, and focus on, the use and value of field and gym based tests as a measure of physiological performance. This will then provide the context for how physical performance can be coached and improved within a suitable plan showing knowledge and application of the principles of periodization.

Coaching Placement

Students will be given appropriate coaching placements that enable them to grow and develop as sports coaches. The focus will be on enabling students to plan and deliver sessions equal to the expected competence of a Level 2 coach as described by National Occupational Standards and the UK Coaching Framework. Whilst predominantly working independently students will be supported by up to two visits from members of staff through which they will receive formative feedback on their performance, alongside additional support available through peer observations and an allocated level 6 student mentor. As per scUK minimum standard requirements students will also be expected to work towards completing a Level 2 coaching qualification during the module.

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.

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.

Coaching Individuals

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Year Three

Research Project

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Coaching Teams in Sport

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Exploring Ethical Challenges in Coaching

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Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring

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Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

The module will examine the social and psychological factors thought to underlie susceptibility to injury, drawing from theory and research. It will then examine the theory and research on athlete response to injury, and progress to consider key psychological factors which impact on the athlete’s progress through rehabilitation. The module will take a broad approach to injury focusing on both acute and chronic injury, as well as trauma and disability. It will take an applied perspective in focusing on various techniques and strategies that could be used to promote psychological recovery from injury. Typically, lectures will introduce the theoretical underpinning of an area and examine the associated research evidence. Seminars or workshops will follow where students will engage in small group discussion on specific topics, consider case examples, or develop their research and/or applied skills.

Adapting Coaching for special populations

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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.

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