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.
The Martial Arts route allows students to develop coaching skills and understanding in relation to martial arts. Specialist modules such as ‘Starting a Martial Arts Business’ add some sport-specific knowledge and applied skills. There will also be placement opportunities specific to martial arts provided by our partner organisations.
In December 2015, two students on this course became British Champions winning gold at the British Judo Championships. Find out more about our British Champions.
The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice (Martial Arts) is just one of an exciting range of courses on offer at the University of Wolverhampton’s Institute of Sport. Why not come and visit us at one of our Open Days.
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.
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
Some example career profiles related to exercise and health can be found in this British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Guide to Careers in Sport and Exercise Sciences.
The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) also provides information on the types of jobs in sport and physical activity and what it takes to work in sport and physical activity
Graduate profile – James Lawrence
“As a student on the BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health degree I was able to develop skills that have helped me to thrive within the fitness industry. I graduated in September 2015 and have since become a personal trainer at Fitness First, working at two clubs and then progressing to a Health and Fitness Manager. During my degree I learnt essential knowledge and skills such as key muscle groups, exercise types and nutrition. I also gained the ability to work with a wide variety of populations which is essential within this industry as there are times that you will come across people from all walks of life.
Through completing a work placement at Fitness First Walsall Wood, I gained contacts at this gym and due to my passion for the industry I began to work there. I can’t express how important it is to find a placement that you enjoy and to go in there with an open mind as you never know what opportunities can arise off the back of it.”
The encouragement of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle by the UK Government has resulted in increased job prospects both in Britain and abroad. This is clearly demonstrated in the Sport England ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy, which will see £250 million invested in sport and physical activity between 2016 and 2021. The strategy focuses on the benefits that sport can bring to people and to society, with the aim of enhancing physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development. Investment will target key areas such as:
As a graduate of the BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health degree you will be able to apply the knowledge, practical skills and industry qualifications you have gained in any of the areas above. You will be well prepared for a career in the NHS, private healthcare providers and health and fitness centres. You will also have the necessary knowledge and skills for advisory and development roles in local, regional or national authorities. Other career options include areas such as coaching, sports development, leisure management, sports performance, teaching and postgraduate study. You will also be supported in developing a fitness-related business.
The Institute of Sport works with a number of organisations promoting physical activity for health, such as the Black Country Consortium, various local authorities and charities. These organisations offer various volunteering, placement and employment opportunities for suitable students/graduates studying BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health.
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.
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.
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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.
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