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BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Coaching

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

Endorsed by BASES, this programme will provide you with practical skills and a broad theoretical underpinning in both coaching and in the core sports sciences of biomechanics, physiology and psychology.

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.

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Course Length:

3 years Full Time

Where this can take you 

Alumnus profile: Craig Rutledge

"The best thing about my degree was the mixture of theory and practical. The Sport Science and coaching degree is a perfect balance of the two." 

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £9,250

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff Points to include a science (PE accepted) at grade C or better.

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM (Sports Science)

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

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Access to HE Diploma to Science: Pass with at least 12 credits worth of science units at Merit

Enhanced DBS check required.

Student view

Craig Rutledge
Sport Science and Coaching
The best thing about my degree is the mixture of theory and practical. The Sport Science and Coaching degree is a perfect balance of the two.

Course content

Our BSc(Hons) Sport Science and Coaching degree programme places a strong emphasis on students engaging in practical activities, and learning to apply scientific principles in a range of sports.

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

The course will develop graduates with extensive practical skills and a theoretical underpinning in the fields of Biomechanics, Psychology, and Physiology, including sub-disciplines such as Performance Analysis, Skill Acquisition and Nutrition.

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. 

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

Opportunities to play sport

We provide performance support for elite athletes and competitive teams. We consistently perform well against the elite of university sport. A high number of our performance teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme at the elite level.

Several teams are supported with high-level coaching, training facility support and sports science analysis. Numerous local and national sports clubs’ links with our student sports teams provide additional high-level playing opportunities.

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)

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

Your first year modules are designed to give you a firm grounding in the key sport science disciplines which underpin coaching excellence: biomechanics, physiology, and psychology.

  • Scientific Inquiry into Sport and Exercise (double module)
  • Applications of Psychology in Sport & Exercise (double module)
  • Physiology and the Exercising Human (double module)
  • Muscles and Movement (double module)

Year Two

Building upon the strong foundation gained in your first year, your second year modules introduce the coaching stream, and focus on enhancing your depth of understanding of the core sports sciences, and applying this more detailed knowledge to practical coaching problems.

Core modules

  • Analysis of Coaching Practice (double module)
  • Developing and Monitoring Fitness in the Coaching Process (double module)
  • Researching Sport & Exercise
  • Cognitive Psychology for Sports Performance

Elective Modules (choose two)

  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
  • Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise
  • Motivating Athletes
  • Physiological Limitations to Performance

Year Three

Your third year begins with your applying the lessons learned in your first and second year on a coaching placement.  In addition, you have the opportunity to choose two of your eight modules, one in each semester, so that you can specialise in one of the core sports sciences if you so wish, or focus more on coach development.

Core Modules

  • Work Placement
  • Independent Project (double module)
  • Issues in Sports Coaching Science
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Training Strategies for Sports Performance

Elective and Free Choice Modules

In semester one you choose one module from:

  • Nutritional Strategies for Sports Performance
  • Biomechanical Techniques
  • Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering Mental Skills

In semester two, you choose one module from:

  • Advanced Biomechanics
  • Physiological Limitations to Performance
  • Applied Sport Psychology: Professional Practice
  • Developing Effective Coaches

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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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