BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching

Undergraduate, Full-time

Sports Coaching BSc (Hons)



This course equips coaches with the latest technology and advances in understanding in sports coaching

Overview

Our Sports Coaching course will help you to become a modern professional coach with an understanding of how sports science principles apply to athletic performance and helps athletes reach their potential and indeed their goals.

There is a strong emphasis on the practical application of theoretical knowledge. You'll gain the independent study habits, academic and employability skills and deliver volunteer coaching opportunities that will develop your knowledge and skills as and apply them into applied, real life, coaching situations.

Science students working in the Biomechanics Lab at Sighthill campus.

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as part-time)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

C6R4

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

Throughout this course, you will be taught how to measure and assess athletic performance and ability.

The second and third year sees you building on an introduction to the principles of coaching and how to apply these principles in practice.

Your fourth year will see you gaining advanced skills to enhance coaching opportunities.

  • briefcase Work placement

    There is an opportunity to do work placements on this course.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Study abroad may be possible. Example institutions include:

    • German Sport University Cologne
    • Deakin University, Australia
    • San Diego State University
    • San Jose State University
    • Victoria University, Australia

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology in Sport & Exercise Science
  • Application of Science to Sport & Exercise
  • Exercise Training
  • Foundations of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Healthy Lives
  • Skill Acquisition

Year 2

  • The Research Process in Sport & Exercise Science
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Sport & Health Nutrition
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Principles of Coaching

Year 3

  • Assessment and Conditioning
  • Intermediate Sport Psychology
  • Scientific Communication: Dissertation and Statistics
  • Intermediate Biomechanics
  • Practical Coaching

Year 4

  • Scientific Research Project
  • Scientific Analysis of Human Movement
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Performance Development and Expertise

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Non-Academic Requirements

Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Disclosure Check. Please note that you will be unable to matriculate on to the programme without a satisfactory check.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade B. Please note SQA Higher PE at Grade B will be accepted in lieu of a Science if studied alongside SQA Higher Maths (Minimum Grade C required).

National 5 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade B. Please note SQA Higher PE at Grade B will be accepted in lieu of a Science if studied alongside SQA Higher Maths (Minimum Grade C required).

National 5 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Find out more about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology or PE.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, English & one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award Science at Grades CC/4 also required.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.

C2 at Ordinary Level in Maths, English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

New Grading System

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in Maths, English and & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in Maths, GCSE Grade C/4 in English & one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award Science at Grades CC/4 also required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science^ at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL Maths (excluding Maths Studies), English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

European Baccalaureate

70% with Grade 7 in three subjects including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.

Grade 6 in Maths, English and & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

^Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology

Minimum Year 2

HNC

Pass in a related subject* with A in the graded unit.

*Sports Coaching with Development of Sport, Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sports & Exercise Science, Applied Sports Science, Applied Biological Science

Minimum Year 3

HND

Pass in a related subject** with Grades AA at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units. 

Students with HND Sports Coaching & Development of Sport must pass the following units: Psychology of Sports Coaching and Psychology of Sports Performance. Students with an HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise must pass the following units: Mechanics for Health and Fitness Professionals and Psychology of Sports Coaching units.

**Sports Coaching with Development of Sport, Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sport & Exercise Science.

English Language Requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £12,350 £12,845
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

Measuring stretch and speed of movement in the Sport Injuries Rehabilitation lab.

Career opportunities include

  • Performance Analyst
  • Schools Activity Coordinators
  • Sports Coaching
  • Strength & Conditioning Instructors
  • Sports Development Officers
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