Solent University (Southampton)

Sport Performance Coaching with Placement Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Solent University


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Do you want to work with athletes to improve their sporting potential by providing specialist support and guidance aligned to their individual needs and aspirations? Southampton Solent’s Sport Performance Coaching degree will help you develop your knowledge of the principles of sport science, along with highly practical skills to prepare you for a career coaching athletes from any sport.

Students study highly relevant and applied theory, such as sports science and nutrition, coaching principles, skills development, sports psychology, strength and conditioning, and performance and technique analysis, to build essential underpinning knowledge. This is combined with practical training and professional placement opportunities, giving students the chance to put theory into practice.

Work placements are integral to the course. First year students are provided with a placement with the Saints Foundation, Southampton FC’s community-based charity. During their second year, students deliver coaching sessions at local schools, arranged by the course team. Students are also expected to find their own additional placements, with assistance from the University.

To further boost employability, students have the opportunity to gain National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications, as well as enrol on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at a discounted rate.

Previous graduates have gained sports coaching employment, including rugby coach, swimming coach, sailing coach, gymnastics coach and community football coach. Other more specialist graduate destinations include performance analyst and strength and conditioning coach.

Solent’s sport performance coaching course is ideal for sports enthusiasts who see their future working with athletes of all abilities, helping them to reach their sporting potential.

Course details


Year oneCore unitsPrinciples of Sport Coaching*Exercise Instruction and Coaching *Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
*Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
*Introduction to Skill Acquisition and Motor Performance
*Coaching and Volunteering in Sport
*Introduction to Research and Academic Skills in Sport Health and Exercise Science

*Year two
*Core units

*Applied Principles of Performance Analysis *Work Placement *Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology *Coaching Children and Young Performers *Strength and Conditioning *Research Methods and Study Design

*Year three
*Core units

*High Performance Coaching *Sport Technique Analysis *Research Project

*Choose two of the following four options:

*Professional Practice in Sport Psychology *Games Based Coaching *Professional Practice of Performance Analysis *Advanced Strength and Conditioning

*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment method

You will be assessed with a mixture of written coursework, case studies, presentations, projects, practical sessions, and in-class and online tests.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code SPC2
Institution code S30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points From at least two completed A-levels (PE or Science is desirable) or equivalent qualifications.

GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4/C or above.

All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check, processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
A level CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,875 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been: Compulsory costs: Kit: £137 for a basic package DBS disclosure: £55 Optional costs: Discounted NGB coaching qualification: prices vary, please click here to view our courses. Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing - £250 Additional kit - prices vary

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Provider information

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Solent University (Southampton)
East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN

Course contact details

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Main Contact - Admissions and Enrolment Team

+44 (0) 23 8201 5066

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