Are you passionate about helping people realise their sporting potential? A Sports Coaching degree will help you develop the skills to work as an effective sports coach in a variety of settings. You will examine the fundamentals of sports coaching practice and the science which explains how coaches can be effective. You will use some of the latest coaching technology as used in professional sport and discuss the complex nature of working effectively and inclusively with different people in different environments, recognising that the coaching sector spans from participation and children’s coaching to elite performance coaching. As part of this course, you will study coaching models and styles, as well as psychosocial aspects such as learning and leadership. We’ll help you to understand the professional codes of practice to which coaches must adhere, exploring the ethical and moral responsibilities of the coach. Understanding the scientific principles of sports coaching is crucial, so you’ll learn how to identify performance indicators and coaching strategies across a variety of sports. You’ll examine the physiological components of performance, learning about skeletal and muscular anatomy and function. You will be taught in small groups to enable you to gain quality practical experience to 'learn through doing' with guidance and support from experienced staff. You’ll complete professional work placements, either at home or abroad, and will have the option to work with business experts to develop your own viable business plan. Plus, you’ll develop sector-specific skills with experience of using the latest high-performance sport technology, such as GPS tracking and 3D motion tracking equipment. Professional placements Our students typically complete placements at semi-professional and professional sports clubs, community schemes or grassroots-level clubs. You could also work in primary or secondary schools in school sport or teaching roles. Opportunities also exist working in sports foundations and sports development roles promoting health and wellbeing through sport participation. You can also go abroad, providing teaching and coaching sessions or working with international charities using sport for development at the same time as contributing to fundraising, coaching and teaching in developing countries. Career opportunities Sports coaching is a very person-centered discipline. As such the programme content and the interpersonal qualities developed through the course can equip you for many graduate opportunities. Graduates can work as professional sports coaches or performance analysts for sports clubs. Some choose to work in school sport or to promote sport and physical activity as a sport development officer. The degree prepares you for postgraduate study or teacher training in a variety of specialisms. Previous graduates have progressed onto graduate schemes and others have used the degree as a stepping stone to enter the police force.
On this course you will study a selection of modules, which may include: Introduction to Coaching and Teaching; Policy and Practice in Sport and Physical Education; Sociology and Psychology of Physical Education and Coaching; Scientific Principles of Physical Education and Coaching; Integrated Coaching and Assessment of Performance; Professional Skills and Research in Sport; Sport and Exercise Psychology; Growth and Development of the Athlete; Coaching Pedagogy; Performance Coaching; Development of the Profession and the Professional.
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
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.