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Course summary

Do you want to be a world class coach or an inspiring mentor to elite athletes? Our Sport Coaching programme is the perfect springboard for a range of career opportunities. From tennis stars to rugby giants, footballers and runners, we all start somewhere. You can be a part of the journey too, inspiring the new generation through coaching. You can do what you love to do every day and use your skills to nurture potential in new ways you never thought possible. Why study at BNU? By studying this course with us, you’ll have the opportunity to look at athlete development and analysis when spending time in our state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory. As well as the degree qualification, you’ll also have the opportunity to take UKCC coaching certifications and Sports Coach UK awards. Here at BNU, we always encourage our students to get as much industry experience as possible. Our strong links with industry partners will enable you to seek volunteering and paid work opportunities. This, along with our practical approach to the course, will give you a deeper understanding of the professional environment and type of career that awaits you beyond graduation. We also pride ourselves on the amazing opportunities we offer our students to start forming their own networks within industry. This means not only will you have access to first-hand accounts from those on the ‘front-line’ while you study, but you’ll also make priceless connections for when the time comes to jump into your first job. We work with some incredible partners like the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey which is home to several governing bodies in sport, Leap (County Sports Partnership), Stoke Mandeville Hospital (the famous birthplace of the Paralympics), Reading Ladies Football Club and the National League basketball team, London United, to name just a few. Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What will I study? This pathway introduces you to knowledge of hard-to-reach populations, government policies and strategies related to health and wellbeing, and the organisations that deliver sport and physical activity at the non-elite, participatory level. This pathway would be great for you if you have ambitions of engaging your local community in sport, supporting vulnerable people, working in or helping to set up local community clubs and engaging with your local sports teams. Career prospects Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more. Many of our graduates go on to have careers as a PE Teacher, work in education or sports coaching and contribute greatly to society using the skills they gained on this pathway. Some students also enter community work or pursue other sports-related careers after graduation, and your career prospects are exciting. Our pathway will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • sports coach
  • teaching
  • sports teacher
  • nutritionist
  • sports management
  • marketing
  • corporate position within sport
You can also choose to study for a postgraduate pathway, such as our MSc Sports Performance. In addition, our programme is structured in such a way that you will gain core skills that are transferable to a wide range of different teaching careers.


Year one Core Introduction to Coaching Introduction to Research in Sport Sport in Society Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology Human Systems and Movement Opportunity Modules 2x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Coaching and Pedagogy in Practice Inclusive Practice in Sport and Physical Activity Performance Analysis Research Methods Physical Activity and Sport in the Community Working in Community Sport and Physical Activity Year three Core Coaching Leadership Extended Independent Work Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education Strategies in Sport Option Modules Skills Acquisition Skills in Leadership, Enterprise and Small Business

Assessment method

Our pathway combines both a theoretical and practical approach to teaching to suit your needs and learning objectives. We will learn how to engage with the community sport and coaching industries in a variety of capacities both at the elite performance level and the teaching environment. The programme focuses on the operational challenges facing the sport industry with the aim to develop you into someone who engages with individuals, communities and organisations to promote participation opportunities, develop athletes, and contribute to the betterment of people’s lives through sport. Assessment tasks are used as far as possible to link theory with practice, assessing knowledge and understanding alongside subject-specific skills as your modules are completed. Team working is incorporated into the pathway to help you engage in more complex projects, getting you familiar with how you’ll work with colleagues in your future career. Assessments are often coursework based but some modules are also assessed in the following ways: essays reports case study analysis presentations reflective writing and portfolios team projects lab sessions production and delivery of coaching plans

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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