The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Sports Coaching Practice

Why choose this course?

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.

What happens on the course?

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.

Why Wolverhampton?

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice award combines sports coaching with pedagogy and knowledge of natural sciences to produce a holistic approach to coaching. Teaching staff on this award are actively engaged in coaching and research which supports the cutting edge philosophy of the programme.

There are opportunities for students to study overseas within the ERASMUS programme and to undertake professional qualifications through our connections with external agencies throughout the course.

Career path

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.

What skills will you gain?

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.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240 UCAS points from ‘A’ levels (excluding AS Levels)
  • BTEC National Diploma grade MMM, BTEC National Certificate grade DD
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year of Learning Education and Progression guarantees entry on to this course. Applicants applying to study the 60 credit route must also have achieved the: Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE)

Other Requirements

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.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

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 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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