Sports Coaching at Derby College - UCAS

Derby College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Derby

Sports Coaching

Course summary

The course will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of sports coaching in a specified context. It also allows you to analyse scientific data and convert it into coaching and training regimes. Our theory-into-practice philosophy will enhance your coaching knowledge and develop your vocational skills. You will be engaged in the process of encouraging athlete potential (whatever the level of participation) and preparing athletes for competition. Whether your sport of interest is cycling, golf, football, basketball or athletics, you can focus your studies to enhance your knowledge and develop your coaching skills. You will be given the opportunity to work with sports clubs in the local community, and you will develop progressive practices and coach specific skills that will help you prepare athletes at all levels for competitive environments. This unique blend of knowledge and skills is an integral part of the programme and opportunities around sports coaching at all levels will be incorporated into your studies, including working at elite levels. The course will serve as an advanced coaching programme for you if you wish to undertake coaching opportunities with sports clubs and National Governing Bodies. The programme is delivered at the Broomfield Hall Campus and includes approximately three days a week contact time to allow time for independent study and coaching placements. The programme will run with a minimum of eight students. In 2021-22 we enrolled nine students on this programme. This course is regulated by the OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.


Modules include: •Coaching and Skill Acquisition •Introduction to Sport Psychology •Fundamentals of Human Performance •Sports Coaching: Work-based Project •Sports Coaching and Leadership •Research and Academic Skills •Sports Performance Analysis •Principles and Practices of Training •Community Sport and Physical Activity Development •Sports Coaching: Work-based Management and Leadership •The Learning Coach: The Learning Approach •Research Methods These modules are offered subject to programme revalidation for September 2017. How you'll learn You'll learn through a wide range of lectures, practical work, laboratory work, hands-on experience, and work in sports centres. Our practical based approach to teaching means you will gain lots of skills you can use in your career to cement your theoretical knowledge. Fieldtrips You'll have the opportunity to go on fieldtrips so you can put your learning into practice. Fieldtrips in the past have included visits to a Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, a Biomechanics Lab and professional sports clubs to observe coaching in the natural environment and to look at the analysis methods used. These trips and activities will cost around £80-£100 in total. Golfers will be actively involved in the opportunities for coaching and development provided by Performance Golf at Morley Hayes golf course. Work placements You'll have the chance to do work experience as part of your course by delivering coaching sessions in a further education setting. This is a great way to develop your skills and gain the experience employers are looking for. On this course you'll have a double placement module, where you can apply your practical learning to your studies. You'll get to choose the type of business in which you do your placement, to make sure you get the experience you need for your career. We have links with schools and sports clubs in the local community to develop your coaching experience and enhance your CV. Work placements are provided for students participating in the Performance Golf pathway within the golf industry. Performance Golf Academy Students have the opportunity to link the Performance Golf Academy to their programme of study. This is delivered through Performance Golf and is a player performance programme tailored to the individual. This Academy opportunity runs alongside your timetable of study and allows golfers to link their academic study and work placements with a comprehensive performance development package. Bespoke prices are available on application to a maximum of £3,000, dependent on player availability. For more details, visit

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a variety of assignments including laboratory based work, reports, presentations, coaching analysis, essays, exams and practical work. External examiners have commented on how innovative our range of assessments is.

How to apply

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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

Tuition fees

England £7000* Year 1
Scotland £7000* Year 1
Wales £7000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000* Year 1
EU £12000* Year 1
International £12000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Sports Coaching at Derby College - UCAS