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BSc (Honours) Sport Coaching

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BSc (Honours)

Sport Coaching

Further develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of how to become a successful professional sports coach.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £15,860 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? CX61
When do I start? September 2023
Placement year available? Yes


93% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2019/20 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Course summary

  • Learn to coach in a variety of contexts and settings, with a range of different facilities. 
  • Explore and experience the world of work in a sports environment, either in the UK or abroad.
  • Benefit from a teaching team who combine active coaching with coach education, employment and development experience.

On this course you’ll develop the skills to prepare you for a range of potential careers in sports coaching, whether in performance or participation-focused roles. You’ll learn the behaviours expected and needed for working in schools, sport governing bodies, and professional or commercial sport and physical activity settings.

The foundation year is suitable for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for an honours degree or who wish to have further preparation before starting a degree course. You will undertake study in relevant areas of science or social science to provide you with a grounding knowledge and prepare you for progression onto your chosen degree pathway.

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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.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

In your foundation year, you will study 4 modules that have been specially designed to prepare you for the degree pathway in your chosen area. The assessments for the course have also been designed with flexibility in mind and allow you to complete assessments on topics that you are interested in and relate closely to your chosen degree pathway.

You’ll learn how to coach children, adolescents, adults – or all three. You’ll gain the knowledge you need to design coaching sessions for long-term client development, evaluating their progress and adapting your coaching to achieve their goals.

You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme, and engage with our external partners to build your professional coaching experience. 

You learn through

  • group lectures
  • small group seminars
  • practical coaching, coach education sessions and workshops
  • project supervision – exploring your interests by researching a range of topics
  • field trips and external visits

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

In your second year you’ll have the opportunity to plan a work placement – which takes place between your second and third year. Placements give you real-world experience, helping you develop personally and professionally to prepare you for your future career.

Previous students have worked in Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire area – others have organised their placements further afield in the UK or abroad. These opportunities usually focus on the delivery of sport coaching, coach education or coach development. Recent international placements have included Fiji, Italy, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand. Some students have even provided coaching for the US kayaking team and children in South African townships.

Live projects

You’ll be supported and encouraged to actively apply coaching practices while you’re at Hallam. With digital technology and observational analysis of your practice, you’ll explore your coaching style and working relationships with clients. 

This could be either through our Hallam Active team or at a variety of local community-based organisations. These opportunities often support additional professional development, research or module assessments.

Future careers

This course prepare you a career in

  • professional sport clubs, commercial sport providers or sport governing body organisations 
  • physical education roles in schools
  • commercial organisations, delivering physical literacy or sport-specific programmes
  • physical activity and strength & conditioning roles in universities,  colleges or sport and leisure centres 
  • management of coaching teams or programmes
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 through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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

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Equipment and facilities

We have a number of world-class sports facilities, which our students have previously been able to take advantage of to gain real- world experience, including

  • digital technologies
  • a range of locations and facilities across Sheffield

Learn more about your department

Find out about the Sports and Physical Activity subject area at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

From at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications one of which must be in Physical Education, Sport Studies or a Science subject (such as Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology). We do not accept General Studies. For example:

  • BBC at A Level including relevant subject(s).
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject(s).
  • A combination of qualifications including relvant subject(s), which may include AS levels or EPQ.


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Approved Access to HE Diploma in a sport science or science-based course. Normally we require 15 of the level 3 credits to be graded at distinction level with 6 of these distinctions from science units.

You also need to demonstrate an ability to
• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

* GCSE English and mathematics equivalent

• equivalency test from

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements in University and on placement, and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) explore any issues you may have.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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

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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Coaching Active Lifestyles Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Developing Academic And Professional Practice 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Science Of Physical Education And Coaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Scientific Application To Coaching 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport Coaching And Leadership Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Sport Coaching Process Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Professional Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Coaching Physical Literacy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Innovative And Inclusive Delivery Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Research Methods In Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Scientific Application To Coaching 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Society, Communities And Coaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Project In Sport Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Analysis Of Performance Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
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 students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023 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/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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, 233.5KB)

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