Sports coaches instruct, train and direct athletes or teams, managing skills development in order to achieve a specific goal. Our innovative degree combines a scientific approach to coaching with hands-on experience, with a foundation year that will build your scientific knowledge. Our extended course is for those who don’t have a background in science but have a passion for sports coaching, so your first year will teach you the essential subjects you need to know. There's a focus on the most important aspects of sports coaching and physical education, such as human movement, applied coaching pedagogy (how people teach and learn), long-term athlete development, physiology and psychology. You’ll learn how to apply your knowledge to make coaching more effective. Our modules cover theoretical and practical approaches to coaching and physical education. You’ll learn how to operate ethically and safely, and to be confident whether you’re working independently or as a team member. You’ll have access to our facilities - including the Human Energetics and Performance Centre - and specialist equipment like notational analysis software and heart-rate monitors, breath-by-breath oxygen-analysis systems and accelerometers in our strength and conditioning suite. While on the course, you’ll have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised coaching qualifications, do work placements in local schools and sports clubs and apply for our internship programme to spend time working with professional sports teams. You’ll develop experimental and analytical skills, as well as transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking and independent working. We offer scholarships and bursaries to promising athletes.
Year 1: Core modules Interactive Learning Skills and Communication Information and Communication Technology Psychology Maths for Scientists Cellular Biology Biology – Physiology Chemistry Physics for Life Scientists Year 2 : Core modules Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 1 Introduction to Sport Coaching & Development Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 2 Practical Delivery of Sport and Physical Education Professional Development - Level 4 Year 3: Core modules Applied Research Skills Analysing Performance in Sport Applied Teaching and Coaching Sport Development Psychological Profiling for Sport Ruskin Module Professional Development - Level 5 Optional modules Strength and Conditioning Nutrition for Health and Exercise Perceptual Motor Skills Applied Performance Analysis Year 4: Core modules Talent Identification and Development in Sport Coaching Philosophy and Ethics Mentoring and Learning in Coaching Strategic Sport Development Optional modules Undergraduate Research Project Advanced Work Placement Exercise Medicine Contemporary Issues in SEP Psychology Performance and Exercise Nutrition Advanced Strength and Conditioning Applied Sports Psychology
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. We’ll assess you throughout each year, meaning that we can help you stay on the right track. You’ll complete exams, practical skills tests, presentations, scientific reports, data-handling exercises, case study critiques, computer assessments and a research project on a topic of interest.
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
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Applicants who do not meet the two years post GCSE study at level 3 may be considered based on their satisfactory employment history, which must be a minimum of two years full time employment supported by employer evidence and deemed appropriate by the University for meeting the course of study applied for. Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.