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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Learn to coach in a variety of contexts and settings, with a range of different facilities.
  • Explore and experience the world of work in a sports environment, either in the UK or abroad – with the possibility of funding through the Turing Scheme.
  • Benefit from a teaching team who combine active coaching with coach education, employment and development experience.
On this course you’ll develop the skills to prepare you for a range of potential careers in sports coaching, whether in performance or participation-focused roles. You’ll learn the behaviours expected and needed for working in schools, sport governing bodies, and professional or commercial sport and physical activity settings. The foundation year is suitable for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for an honours degree or who wish to have further preparation before starting a degree course. You will undertake study in relevant areas of science or social science to provide you with a grounding knowledge and prepare you for progression onto your chosen degree pathway. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. In your foundation year, you will study 4 modules that have been specially designed to prepare you for the degree pathway in your chosen area. The assessments for the course have also been designed with flexibility in mind and allow you to complete assessments on topics that you are interested in and relate closely to your chosen degree pathway. You’ll learn how to coach children, adolescents, adults – or all three. You’ll gain the knowledge you need to design coaching sessions for long-term client development, evaluating their progress and adapting your coaching to achieve their goals. There may also be opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities and engage with our external partners to build your professional coaching experience, with the possibility of funding through the Turing Scheme. You learn through
  • group lectures
  • small group seminars
  • practical coaching, coach education sessions and workshops
  • project supervision – exploring your interests by researching a range of topics
  • field trips and external visits
Applied learning - Work placements In your second year you’ll have the opportunity to plan a work placement – which takes place between your second and third year. Placements give you real-world experience, helping you develop personally and professionally to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have worked in Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire area – others have organised their placements further afield in the UK or abroad. These opportunities usually focus on the delivery of sport coaching, coach education or coach development. Recent international placements have included Fiji, Italy, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand. Some students have even provided coaching for the US kayaking team and children in South African townships. Live projects You’ll be supported and encouraged to actively apply coaching practices while you’re at Hallam. With digital technology and observational analysis of your practice, you’ll explore your coaching style and working relationships with clients. This could be either through our Hallam Active team or at a variety of local community-based organisations. These opportunities often support additional professional development, research or module assessments.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You can take an optional placement in year three. Year 1 - Compulsory modules Contemporary Issues In Health, Sport And Social Care Foundation Project In Health, Sport And Social Care Personal And Professional Skills For Health, Sport And Social Care Elective modules Applied Science For Health, Sport And Social Care Introduction To Social Science For Health, Sport And Social Care Elective modules Applied Science For Health, Sport And Social Care Introduction To Social Science For Health, Sport And Social Care Year 2 - Compulsory modules Coaching Active Lifestyles Developing Academic And Professional Practice 1 Science Of Physical Education And Coaching Scientific Application To Coaching 1 Sport Coaching And Leadership The Sport Coaching Process Year 3 - Compulsory modules Applied Professional Development Coaching Physical Literacy Innovative And Inclusive Delivery Research Methods In Sport Scientific Application To Coaching 2 Society, Communities And Coaching Final year - Compulsory modules Project In Sport Elective modules Analysis Of Performance Coaching Adult Communities Coaching Children And Young People Coaching High Performance Enterprise In Sport Coaching International Sport Coaching Strength And Conditioning Talent Development

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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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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment. Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2023 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

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Sport Coaching with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS