The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice course aims to produce graduates who are both competent and confident coaches but also able to apply a range of scientific and ‘teaching’ skills to their coaching. The course delivers a healthy mix of both practical and theoretical techniques needed for the science and practice of coaching. You will be encouraged to coach both peers and external participants and have opportunities to take NGB coaching awards. Our strong links with sports organisations and employers mean there will be opportunities for coaching work-experience throughout the course, developing skills to meet the real-life needs of sports people across a range of ages, level of performance and sports settings.
In addition, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and attributes to work independently and as part of a team within the coaching profession and allow for employment opportunities in a wide range of other sport-related and graduate level careers. You will have the opportunity to explore global coaching issues, and be encouraged to utilise a range of learning, teaching and sports science technologies.
Two exciting additional ‘routes’ have been added to this degree meaning that you can choose to focus your coaching studies on either football or martial arts if you wish. These two routes will allow students to develop coaching skills and understanding in relation to their chosen sport. Specialist modules such as ‘Performance Analysis in Football’ and ‘Ethics in Football Coaching’ for football and ‘Starting a Martial Arts Business’ add some sport-specific knowledge and applied skills. There will also be placement opportunities specific to these two routes provided by our partner organisations.
The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice is just one of an exciting range of courses on offer at the University of Wolverhampton’s Institute of Sport and Human Sciences. Why not come and visit us at one of our Open Days.
If you are uncertain if this is the right sport course for you, have a look at this video to help you decide:
Your first year of study will give you a comprehensive introduction to coaching including developing your pedagogical skills and understanding and exploring the use of various research techniques and information technologies to investigate key coaching topics. You will explore current issues relating to coaching and sport science, and begin some practical coaching with peers.
In your second year, you will examine coaching philosophy and ethical issues associated with coaching, as well as how to analyse performance using a range of technologies. You will gain valuable work experience through placements related to these areas and further develop your knowledge and understanding of research methods and interdisciplinary applications of sports science.
Your final year will be divided between a coaching placement, undertaking your final year project, and the further study of applied sport sciences related to coaching. You will also learn about the ways in which training and performance can be optimised and enhance your performance analysis skills and experience.
Insert: Chris Sellars and sport students Callum McCarthy and Arun Chander (BSc Sports Coaching Practice students) presenting at a Student Engagement Conference in Manchester (RAISE 17)
As a student on this course, you will be a member of the University of Wolverhampton’s Institute of Sport. This gives you a range of exciting benefits/opportunities. Here are just a few:
The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures
BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice student, Nathan Maxfield, presents his dissertation piece on 'The Science of Saving a Penalty Kick':
The degree was a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Coaching Practice which allowed me to study a mix of practical and theoretical modules. My degree contained modules such as Applied Sports Science, Optimising Training and Performance and most importantly for myself Performance analysis. Using the knowledge I learnt from these modules I was able to undertake a successful work placement at Birmingham City Ladies which provided me with a foothold in elite sport. I still draw upon the knowledge and guidance I gained from the attending the University of Wolverhampton in my current role as Recruitment Analyst at West Bromwich Albion Football Club. Both my Sports Coaching and my Masters in Research (Sport) degrees provided me with an in depth understanding of not only performance analysis, but other aspects of sport such as, coaching, sports science, biomechanics and psychology which have all assisted me on my career path, giving me confidence to also lecture in these areas.
During my time as an undergraduate on the BSc Sports Coaching Practice course I found that there were numerous opportunities in and around the course to improve myself as a coach. During the middle part of my first year of studies I was able to be mentored by a certified strength and conditioning (S&C) coach who was working with British Judo.
By the second year I was able to get involved with delivering S&C warm-ups and sessions for various sports (judo, netball, track and field and rugby). It was hard juggling all the outside practical experience I was getting with my studies; however, the lecturers were supportive.
During my final year I was working with an apprentice program for judo. This experience set up one of the many jobs I am now doing since graduating. Throughout the three years of study we are mentored and become mentors. I really liked being able to help and support the first and second year students. As a result I am now a paid teaching assistant at the University – having my PGCE paid for as well!
The course gave me everything I could “eat” and I was able to take those experiences and turn them into many opportunities for employment in sport. I feel the knowledge gained from the course was, wide ranging and relevant, with the practical experience of the lecturers being another valuable resource from which I could draw from. I would recommend this course to anyone with coaching aspirations or an interest in sharing sport with others.
The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching course is endorsed by Skills Active on behalf of Sports Coach UK, awarding a Level 2 qualification for the generic content of UKCC approved courses.
You will also have opportunities to acquire a range of coaching awards which allow you to work in a range of employment settings. Our strong links with sport employers will provide opportunities to develop your practical coaching skills and build your curriculum vitae with organisations such as national governing bodies of sport, private and public clubs, local authorities, schools, and after school coaching programmes. You could also be employed as an outdoor pursuits instructor, sports development officer, health and fitness instructor, personal trainer or performance analyst (some requiring additional training).
Positions held by previous graduates include: lecturers in further education colleges and adult education, paid coaches within local authorities; performance analysts; strength and conditioning instructors; fitness instructors for a large chain of health clubs; swimming teachers, employed by or have set up their own coaching companies.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
1. maximise your employability and personal and professional development opportunities through undertaking practical and independent learning in the context of sports coaching
2. apply theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to sports coaching developed through study and practice
3. use research and various technologies to apply interdisciplinary sports science skills within regional, national and international communities
4. apply knowledge and skills within coaching practice and evaluate their impact
5. use a range of specialist equipment, technologies and scientific methods to facilitate effective sports coaching practice.
6. use a range of methods to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete a physical activity readiness questionnaire prior to starting the course.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.