Female students watching on as the tutor takes them through a tactics board

Develop and build your coaching skills across a variety of sports

3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus


for student satisfaction

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Examine the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological principles of sports performance

Our BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching course provides you with an understanding of the role of coaches across a range of contexts.

This three-year course allows you to examine the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological principles underlying the enhancement, monitoring, and analysis of sports performance.

You will develop practical skills, explore ethical considerations, and use evidence-based research to prepare you to meet the vocational demands of the coaching profession.

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.


On this course you will:

  • Understand the role of the coach as you develop your coaching expertise and meet the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) professional standards for coaching.
  • Examine the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological principles underlying contemporary sports coaching.
  • Participate in a range of practice-based modules that will develop your ability to coach a variety of sports.
  • Learn from internationally renowned researchers and practitioners.

The Course

Develop your coaching skills in line with the CIMSPA professional standards for coaching

Our BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching allows you to engage with and understand evidence and research from a range of coaching-related disciplines.

In the first year, you will learn the fundamental theories and practices of coaching, before you deliver a number of sessions to your peer group.

In your second year, you will expand your coaching practice through supported coaching placements and experiential, on-site learning.

Your final year allows you to focus on a specialist area such as psychology, physiology, or biomechanics via your module choices and dissertation, leading to professional skill development for your chosen career path.

You have a wide range of optional modules to choose from including the chance to explore scuba diving and alpine residential environments.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

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, alongside 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 affect, cognition and behaviour. This module aims to introduce you to diverse areas of psychology in the context of sport performance, exercise, and well-being.

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 work in other sport, exercise, and health science modules.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

This module will allow you to examine how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular 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 explores the psychological factors that affect the learning and performance of skills in sport. You are introduced to selected theories of performance and learning and the strengths and weaknesses of these theories are examined. Research findings will be used to help you make the connections to your responsibilities as sports coaches.

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, Exercise and Health

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. This module is aligned to the CIMSPA professional standards for Gym Instructor and Personal Training.

Working with Individuals

This module focuses 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.. 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.

Sport 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.


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 consider how this may be used to increase sporting performance and maximise safety e.g. competitions such as The Everest Marathon and Marathon Des Sables.

Project Management (Sport)

This module is 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.


You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise in your chosen area.

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 types of groups. 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.

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. This module provides 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.

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.

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.

Adventures in Coaching

You will explore current issues within the coaching process and consider their application within specific adventure sport activities. You will examine the practical scientific assessment tools to identify performer needs.

Strategic Planning For Sport

The module is divided into key overarching themes: the philosophy of strategy; the process of strategy; the drivers of strategy and whether the crucial determinants of a strategy are the organisation of the environment. The module concludes with a discussion on the interrelationship between strategies and effective planning, theory and practice, and what this means for those that manage sport organisations.

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community

This 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.

Physiological Monitoring Of Training And Performance

The module covers the key aspects of monitoring training and performance. The importance of operating within an ethical framework, incorporating issues such as confidentiality and consent will be at the heart of your studies.

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.

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.


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Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice


Our team of principal lecturers ensure innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation.

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.

Placement Opportunities

Utilise our extensive professional networks to support your learning

In the second year, the ‘Coaching Practice and Delivery’ module reinforces and extends professional practice.

It gives you the opportunity 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.


Our Sport courses have a dedicated placement coordinator who 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.

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.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.


Acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment as a sports coach

Our BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching serves as an excellent platform for a number of jobs or further opportunities within the worlds of sport coaching and performance.

Typical careers include:

  • Coaching in professional clubs (academies, centres of excellence, community coaching)
  • Coaching in amateur clubs
  • Sports science support with sports governing bodies
  • Teaching
  • Sport development
  • Sports management
  • Coaching within the private school sector

Further study

You can also progress to other postgraduate level study to continue the development of your knowledge and skills and increase your employability.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Student View

"I still use many of skills learned during the degree on a daily basis"


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 graduate
“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 Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Entry Requirements

tariff points.
A Levels
or better in both English Language and Maths.
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.


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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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