Loughborough College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Loughborough University

Sports Coaching

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Course summary

With the aim of preparing you for a successful career in coach Education, coaching support, coaching management or teaching, this three-year degree programme combines practical coaching with theoretical underpinning or scientific edge in coaching, science and teaching. You reflect on and evaluate your own coaching behaviour by putting theory into practice through applied studies, placements and assessments. Coaching practice constitutes a large proportion of this programme, providing you with the opportunity to gain feedback from experienced, professional coaches. You will also be required to conduct your own dissertation, allowing you to explore a particular area of personal interest in the coaching field. The course uses a range of learning strategies, including lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops, online activities and peer-group learning. You are also encouraged to become an independent, self-motivated learner. Assessments include exams, essays, projects, presentations and reports. Such diversity allows you to refine various academic and professional skills to prepare for your next steps. An academic tutor will work closely with you throughout the duration of your programme, supporting your development and tracking your academic progress to ensure that you maximise your potential. Features/Benefits

  • Off-site induction and team building trips
  • Students have the opportunity to apply to present their research at and attend the annual Student BASES Conference
  • Gain practical experience through the Loughborough Sports Coach and Volunteer Academy, and coaching qualifications and workshops
  • Gain full support to develop your own business idea via the Young Enterprise Start-Up Programme
  • Hands-on coaching experience within core modules and coaching and teaching placements
  • Students are eligible to compete for Loughborough University in BUCS competitions
  • Study a course that provides you with the essential skills and experience to enhance your employability or prepare you for further study.
  • Study in a supportive environment, with a range of services at your fingertips to help you reach your full potential.
  • Be a full member of Loughborough Students Union- consistently voted No.1 for student experience.


Year 1 Modules: Research and Academic Skills, Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science, Fundamentals of Coaching Practice, Introduction to Sport and Society for Coaches, Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology, Principles of Teaching and Coaching, Injury Prevention and An Introduction to Sports Coaching Theory and Practice. Year 2 Modules: - Research Methods, Coaching Special Populations, Employability and Placement, Coaching Placement, Performance Coaching and Periodisation, Pedagogy in Sport and Physical Education, Community Coaching and Optional Modules: Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Biomechanics of Sports Injuries, Physical Activity and Health Promotion, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Development in Practice, Sport and Exercise Physiology, Nutrition for Sports Performance, Talent Identification and Development and Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching. Year 3- Research Project, Coaching Placement, Physical Education and Teaching, Sociology of Sports Coaching, Coaching in Sport for Development and a range of optional units: Applied Sport Psychology, Advanced Topics in Exercise & Health Physiology, Performance Nutrition, Applied Performance Analysis, Advanced Topics in Physical Activity and Health, Advanced Topics in Exercise Psychology, Advanced Topics in Sports Biomechanics, Strength and Conditioning Training, Sports Policy and Governance and Performance Physiology *Please note that these modules may be subject to change and are run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.*

Assessment method

Assessments include exams, essays, projects, presentations and reports. Such diversity allows you to refine various academic and professional skills to prepare for your next steps

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applications from mature students over the age of 21 and may be flexible in our normal offer if you show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience of working within the industry.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8950 Year 1
Scotland £8950 Year 1
Wales £8950 Year 1
EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1
Channel Islands £12500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £12500 Year 1

Additional fee information

The cost of some activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. A summary of the costs that you may be expected to pay, and what is included in your fees can be found on our website.
Sports Coaching at Loughborough College - UCAS