Kick-off your sporting career by becoming a sports coach. Be inspired to create a more active nation and help the next generation of sporting stars to achieve their potential. To inspire an active nation and our future sporting heroes, more active, skilled and qualified coaches are needed to ensure national policies are delivered effectively in schools, colleges, clubs and community settings. The course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills consistent with the principles of great coaching unveiled by UK Coaching, the lead agency for coaching in the UK. The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Sports Coaching are embedded into the course curriculum, along with a number of sport-specific National Governing Body awards (e.g. Level 1 UK Coaching Certificate) and UK Coaching workshops (e.g. Safeguarding and Protecting Children). The course’s strong practical emphasis will develop your understanding of sports coaching by applying cutting-edge coaching research and academic knowledge to the delivery of coaching sessions in a range of sports. There is also the opportunity to gain experience through placements with community and professional sports organisations in the UK and abroad. Destinations of some of our recent graduates include Women’s Academy Coach at Manchester City FC, Club Development Officer at Hockey Wales and Head of Performance Analysis at Wigan Warriors RLFC. There are a wide range of sports clubs and teams you can join including football, basketball, hockey, running and much more. Many of our teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) leagues and play local and regional universities on Wednesday afternoons.
For the latest example of curriculum availability on this course, please refer to the University of Chester's Website.
We use a variety of assessment methods, including coursework, practicals and presentations. Practical delivery skills form part of the assessment in Years 1 and 2. Furthermore, you will complete a coaching placement in Years 2 and 3.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Appropriate modern apprenticeship, work experience, and free-standing qualifications that form part of the post-16 qualifications framework will also be considered. Substantive work experience may be considered in place of formal qualifications. Mature students (21 years of age or over) without evidence of the above qualifications but with relevant experience, will be required to demonstrate enthusiasm and aptitude for higher level study. In some cases potential students will be invited to do so by attending an informal initial interview. Candidates for part-time study should ideally demonstrate a minimum of six hours per week employment/volunteering in an appropriate sports coaching setting, and have the written support of their manager for the integration of their studies with their workplace activities. Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at www.chester.ac.uk/dbs. This may also need to be repeated at appropriate periods during the course of study and continued programme registration is subject to this process.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at www.chester.ac.uk/dbs. This may also need to be repeated at appropriate periods during the course of study and continued programme registration is subject to this process.
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