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BSc (Honours) Sport Coaching

Discover how the power of sport coaching can make a difference to people's lives, lifestyles and achievements.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS CX61 Course code

Course description

What you study

This course is designed to prepare you for a career as a professional sports coach. Whether you want to work in a performance or participation domain, in schools, governing bodies, professional sports clubs or commercial sport/activity settings, the course has been planned to challenge and support your development to be the best sport coach you can be.

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

On the sport coaching degree programme you have the unique opportunity to do one of three possible project options:

• traditional research dissertation into a unique research question

• researching and producing an innovative sports coaching resource

• researching, planning and implementing a tailored sport coaching intervention as part of your professional coaching portfolio

Previous research dissertations have included • talent identification for a football academy coach • evaluating the success of a community coaching programme • investigation positive reinforcement in coaching delivery • effectiveness of verbal feedback for a club netball coach.

Sport coaching resources have included, for example • online resources for coaching disability sport • weight training guidance for adolescent sport participants • power training to increase jump height for volleyball.

And with our unique professional coaching portfolio option you can plan a practically orientated, research underpinned, coaching intervention to address an identified coaching challenge.

Placements and practical experience

To start a career in coaching, you need to have many hours of experience. On this course, that's exactly what you will get. In addition to the many internal and community volunteer based coaching opportunities in the university and local community, the course includes a six-week professional placement in the second year.

Previous students have found placements in Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region while others have taken opportunities to go further afield, delivering coaching, coach education and coach development in Tanzania and Thailand, 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. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Throughout your degree, you have many opportunities to gain practical experience. We pay your fees to complete a level 2 multi-skills coaching award, which qualifies you to work as a coach in developing fundamental movement skills to children or adults.

As one of the largest universities in the UK we are able to offer a range of internal opportunities to develop your coaching skills through Hallam Active. You can gain experience through our extensive volunteer programme and run social sport sessions, in return for funded GB coaching qualifications (level 1 or level 2).

Key areas of study
You study all aspects of coaching, giving you the confidence and ability to design, deliver and evaluate modern sport coaching intervention activities in a variety of coaching contexts. Areas of study include • how, what and why to coach • coaching specific populations • developing physical literacy • applying science to enhance coaching delivery • the context of sport coaching in the UK • creating a sport coaching business and undertaking a research project.

In addition you can select from a range of optional modules to suit their personal career goals including • coaching young people • coaching adult communities • coaching performance • analysis of performance • strength and conditioning.

You spend much of the course using the world-class facilities at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, our official sport campus, as well as poolside coaching experience at Ponds Forge International Aquatics Centre. EISS is the base of operations for a number of elite sports coaches and athletes including boxing, athletics, netball, badminton and table tennis, as well as professional teams including Rotherham Titans RFC & Sheffield Sharks BC.

Sheffield strives to be the most active city in the UK and in addition to the outstanding sport facilities in the city local parkland and the Peak District provide additional environments to experience a range of outdoor activities.

Aside from the outstanding facilities available for students the university enables students to use the latest technology to enhance coaching delivery, maximising participant improvement and the understanding of performance.

You are taught by experienced and active coaches who combine the latest academic knowledge with practical experience, working at a national and international levels in such sports as rugby union, rugby league, athletics, rowing, swimming, gymnastics, hockey and other national sports.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above, including English language or Literature and mathematics

The GCSE English and mathematics equivalents accepted are:

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

• 128 UCAS points with at least 80 points from 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 accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.


• 112 UCAS points from three 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 ..

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• an Access to HE Diploma from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 39 level 3 credits should be graded at merit or above. 15 of the level 3 merit level credits must be in science-based subjects.

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.

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 must have 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• sport coaching foundation • developing physical literacy • coaching active lifestyles • coaching science • scientific applications to sport coaching • developing academic and professional practice

Year two modules

• the coaching process • innovative and inclusive delivery • society, community and coaching • scientific applications to sport coaching 2 • developing academic and professional practice 2 • research in sports coaching

Year three modules

Including • coaching project (dissertation, resource or portfolio) • coaching enterprise

Optional modules including • analysis of performance • strength and conditioning • coaching young people • coaching adult communities • coaching performance

  • coursework
  • written reports
  • reflective writing
  • group presentations
  • practical assessment of sport coaching
  • presentations
  • project and resource design
  • online tests
  • creating multimedia coaching resources and websites


When you graduate from this course you can go into a career in sport coaching, managing coaching teams and programmes, developing coaching strategies or setting up and developing their own sport coaching businesses. Some students go on to further studies in PE teaching, sport coaching or other related fields including strength and conditioning, business coaching, management or leadership programmes.

Coaching careers exist within the education sector (schools, colleges and universities), in local authorities (leisure and sport departments, facilities or programmes), local community sports clubs and facilities, health and fitness providers, national governing bodies of sport, commercial companies and professional sports clubs.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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You apply for this course through UCAS.

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