Sports Coaching with Performance Sport at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

This course has a shared first year across multiple specialisms. After your first year, if you want to study a different specialism you can choose to change between BA (Hons) Sports Coaching with Physical Education, Sports Coaching with Business, BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching with Community Health and Physical Activity Why study at BNU You could be teaching or mentoring young people, inspiring older people or people with disabilities to engage in physical activity or polishing the performance of top-level athletes. Our sports coaching programme at BNU is unique to us and offers you the chance to gain exciting career opportunities both locally and nationally. We make full use of combined industry and academic knowledge and the experience of our dedicated staff and partnerships within the public and private sectors to give you a cutting-edge and future-proof learning experience. By studying this programme at BNU, you will be given the opportunity to gain externally recognised coaching qualifications in a variety of sports as well as gain work experience within local schools, colleges, sports clubs, and other community sport organisations, subject to a successful DBS check. What facilities can I use? Our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre includes our Human Performance Lab (HPL) and our Sports and Wellbeing Clinic. Equipped for assessing the function and performance of a wide range of human physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters, the HPL gives you the tools you need to succeed as you learn to use cutting-edge research tools for sport, exercise and therapy. It includes an indoor three-lane running track, incorporating 3D motion-capture technology as well as advanced body and performance measurement devices. Our facilities will help you to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique and assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. This will give you a key understanding of what an athlete in the field expects to experience after your teaching and coaching. We also have our Gateway gym, on our High Wycombe Campus, where you can benefit from great student rates. You’ll be able to get personalised help and advice from gym trainers, use a range of fitness equipment and choose from a wide range of exercise classes. What will I study? This course introduces you to performance sport and will include additional focus on scientific concepts and protocols for the improvement of human performance. It is designed to open doors to postgraduate study in sports performance and careers in elite sports coaching or athlete support roles. This is great for you if you would like to work with elite athletes and high level 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 specialism. Some students also enter community work or pursue other sports-related careers after graduation, and your career prospects are exciting. Our degree will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • community sports coaching
  • performance sports coaching
  • PE teaching
  • sports development
  • sports management and administration


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 Performance Monitoring and Testing Approaches to Applied Sport and Performance Psychology Year three Core Coaching Leadership Extended Independent Work (40 credits) Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education (20 credits) Training, Recovery & Nutrition in Sports Performance 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

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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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Student Outcomes

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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 £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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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Sports Coaching with Performance Sport at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS