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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Sport Coaching

Course in clearing
Full-time Sport and physical activity

A programme of study supporting your development of the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be a professional sports coach.

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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2020. Call us on 0330 024 6390 today.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? CX61
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 87% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Learn to coach in world-class facilities.
  • Opportunity to work in a sports environment both in the UK or abroad.
  • Benefit from a teaching team that combines active coaching, coach education, coach employment and coach development experience.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad — with the possibility of Erasmus funding being available for European placements.

Prepare for a career as a professional sports coach. Whether you want to work in a performance or participation role, in schools, governing bodies of sport, professional sports clubs or commercial sport and activity settings, this course challenges and supports your development.

Student View

Watch student Sharne Hawksley talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Andy Gair talk about this course.

Whether you aspire to coach children, adolescents or adults as a professional sports coach we extend your knowledge and understanding of designing coaching sessions, plan for long-term participant development or adapt your delivery to achieve desired outcomes, we'll help you get there.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • practical sessions or workshops.
  • project supervision of your students in an extensive range of research topics
  • participation in practical coaching activities to demonstrate your ability to develop others
  • field trips and external visits to enhance your learning

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Course leaders and tutors

Andy Gair
Andy Gair
Course Leader Sport Coaching / Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Sport Development

Originally a Carnegie PE graduate, Andy has spent 30 years working within GB, National sports organisations and education across the country, as well as developing h … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have found placements in Sheffield, the South Yorkshire region and opportunities further afield, delivering coaching, coach education and coach development in Tanzania, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Fiji and Spain as well as working with a first division football team in Italy, coaching children in South African townships, and working with the US kayak team.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • sport coaching within professional clubs, commercial companies or governing bodies of sport
  • PE teaching within school and commercial organisations
  • strength and conditioning, adult activity and child physical literacy development
  • business coaching management or leadership of coaching

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • primary and secondary schools
  • commercial companies working in schools
  • further education colleges
  • universities
  • local authority leisure and sport departments, facilities or programmes
  • local community sports clubs and facilities
  • health and fitness providers
  • governing bodies of sport
  • commercial companies
  • professional sports clubs
Student success story

Six Hallam students recently had a once in a lifetime opportunity to teach football in Tanzania. We asked them to film their trip.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • English Institute of Sport, Sheffield
  • Ponds Forge International Aquatics Centre
  • Arches School Sport Partnership
  • Links School Sport Partnership

Entry requirements

All students

80 UCAS points, including 56 points from two A levels, or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. Must include a relevant subject such as PE, Sport Studies, Science, Psychology or Mathematics.

General Studies is NOT accepted.

If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BSc Sport Coaching with Foundation Year.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Coaching Active Lifestyles Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Coaching Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing Academic And Professional Practice 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Developing Physical Literacy Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Scientific Application To Coaching 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport Coaching Foundation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Academic And Professional Practice 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Innovative And Inclusive Delivery Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research In Sport Development And Coaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Scientific Application To Coaching 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Society, Communities And Coaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Sport Coaching Process Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Analysis Of Performance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Coaching Adult Communities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Coaching Children And Young People Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Coaching High Performance Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Enterprise In Sport Coaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Sport Coaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strength And Conditioning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Talent Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Sport and physical activity courses (PDF)

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