Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East London

Sports Coaching Science

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

Course Aims and Learning Outcomes The main educational aims of the course are to: • Prepare students for a variety of careers in sports coaching science, education and performance analysis. • Provide students with a detailed knowledge of the industry contexts in which sports science and coaching takes place. • Enable students to develop the communication, analytical and problem-solving skills demanded for career advancement in a variety of settings. • Develop students’ understanding of contemporary approaches to evidence based practice in sports coaching science. • Develop students’ understanding of, and experience in, the application of sports coaching science skills and techniques. • Provide students with opportunities to engage with the sports coaching science industry throughout the course, utilising distinctive delivery locations and professional relationships. What students will learn: Knowledge • Analyse the varied external environments in which sports coaching science takes place. • Evaluate core coaching and sport scientific concepts and their application in different sports and performance settings. • Evaluate techniques for coaching and the application of sports science in community, talent and high performance contexts. • Evaluate and apply various skills relevant to a multi-disciplines of sports science within in a coaching setting. • Develop applied skills in a range of coaching environments. Thinking skills • Engage in critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and decision making to solve problems. • Solve problems concerning coaching and sport science contexts. • Apply existing frameworks to new contexts and situations. • Explore professional knowledge in new environments. Subject-Based Practical skills • Apply relevant legislation and ethical frameworks to the planning and delivery of sports coaching sessions. • Critically analyse the role and responsibilities of sports coaches. • Demonstrate awareness of multi-disciplines of sports science within coaching practice. Skills for life and work (general skills) • Demonstrate effective leadership skills in a coaching context. • Communicate information clearly and coherently in a range of forms relevant to intended audiences. • Work harmoniously and productively with others to achieve shared outcomes. • Manage time effectively in order to meet deadlines and achieve performance targets. Learning and Teaching Primarily this course is delivered through face-to-face lectures, seminars, workshops and practical coaching sessions. In classroom based sessions you will have access to lecturers and support staff as well as industry professionals, all of whom will support the introduction to and development of academic theories and models, the scientific principles of coaching, as well as real-world examples and case studies. Taught sessions will involve high levels of student engagement through classroom tasks and be supported by tasks to be completed independently. Practical, sessions will form a core component of the delivery method. Here, you will be participants in tutor led sessions and be tasked with planning, delivering and reviewing your own group and individual coaching practices and sessions. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the key principles of sports science to assess, monitor and evaluate physical, mental and skilled performance. You will have access to a variety of technologies that will support the reflective process. Peer review, as well as tutor feedback, will allow for you to feed-forward in preparation for coaching outside the degree and with direct links to academic assessment. Finally, a comprehensive library of resources will be available for you to access through the UCFB online learning platform.

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4) Fundamentals of Sports Coaching; Introduction to Scientific Coaching Principles; Industry Competencies (Mental Wealth); Coaching in Education and the Community; Skill Acquisition for Sports Coaching; Foundations of the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Performance. Year 2 (Level 5) Talent Development and Scouting; Strength and Conditioning: From Theory to Practice; Industry Readiness (Mental Wealth); Research Methods; Coaching in Education Settings; Applied Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. Year3 (Level 6) High Performance Coaching; Applied Coaching Science; Professional Project; Industry Engagement (Mental Wealth); Performance Analysis

Assessment method

A range of assessment types are used across the course, as appropriate to each module. Assessment is predominantly continuous, employing items that will include academic essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, reflective writing as well as practical coaching sessions. Applied assessment tasks are used as far as possible to enable students to link theory with practice, thereby assessing knowledge and understanding alongside subject-specific skills and key skills.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
UCFB Etihad Campus
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Our access to an International Licence is currently being reviewed. This means we are unable to accept applications for anyone who requires a student visa to study in the UK as we cannot issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6A minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four elements - Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs: • Accommodation - Students are required to attend face to face classes as part of the course. Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation if it is required to support timely access to course dates. Costs will be dependent on the students’ choice of accommodation. If assistance if required to identify suitable accommodation this can usually be provided. Costs for city centre accommodate vary dependent on times, these are likely to be between £50-£150 per night. • Stationery equipment – paper and pens are required. Costs will vary dependent of student choice. • Books, journals and periodicals – books will be available to access in the UCFB and UEL library. If students wish to purchase books they can do so, however this is not a requirement. • Printing – printing credits are required to print documents on UCFB sites. Copies are 5p for black and white and 15p for colour • Additional costs will vary depending on individual needs.

Provider information

Visit our website

University Campus of Football Business,
Wembley Stadium

Clearing contact details

Complete our Clearing form and we’ll be in touch!
Clearing hotline

0333 016 1244

Course Clearing information

Additional information

0900-1700 weekdays from Tuesday 5th July to Wednesday 10th August 0800-2000 Thursday 18th August 0800-1900 Friday 19th August 1000-1500 Saturday 20th August 0830-1700 Monday 22nd August to Friday 20th August, Tuesday 30th August to Friday 2nd September, Monday 5th September to Friday 9th September and Monday 12th September to Friday 16th September

Course contact details

Visit our course page
UCFB Admissions Office

0333 016 1244

Sports Coaching Science at UCFB - UCAS