Sports Coaching BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

CX61

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Faculty:

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Overview

Our BSc in Sports Coaching aims to produce exceptional coaches who are competent, confident and reflective, with strong practical application of scientific knowledge and theoretical frameworks. You will have a wide range of opportunities to develop your coaching practice with an emphasis on optimal youth development.

This course will provide a wealth of opportunities for you to develop your practical coaching skills and knowledge of coaching theories that underpin the development of participants in sports and exercise settings. A large element of the taught content and assessment will be practical to allow you to apply theory to practice.  This approach will allow you to immerse yourself in the coaching process through developing knowledge of the needs of the participants, understanding how to create an engaging learning environment and developing your ability to reflect upon your coaching experiences.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

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Course information

Sports coaching plays an important role in encouraging/inspiring people a range of abilities, backgrounds and ages to engage in sports and physical activity.

The course will explore and apply various pedagogical approaches, applied sport science and sport development topics designed to allow you to develop a holistic approach to coaching across a range of sports and exercise settings, for individuals and teams, at varying ages and ability levels. You will develop communication skills, leadership skills and adaptability, be able to recognise talent and to help participants to achieve their potential. 

An exciting aspect of the course is not only a national governing body coaching qualification you are able to gain within the course (included in your course fees)  but the range of practical experience that is also offered both within teaching sessions and on work experience.     

The course will suit students wishing to pursue careers in sports coaching, sports development, leisure management, teaching, and community programmes. We also have appropriate MSc courses that graduates would be well prepared to progress onto, enabling them to gain specialist skills relating to development of sporting potential or lifelong physical activity in children and adolescents.

Modules

Overview

In the first year, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of a range of key practical and theoretical approaches to sports coaching. The coaching process, which includes the planning, delivery and reflection upon coaching and various pedagogical approaches will be introduced. In addition, you should gain knowledge of sport science disciplines (physiology, biomechanics and psychology) which will help inform a broad understanding of the needs of the individual

Modules

  • Introduction to Study Skills and Research in Sports Coaching

    The module aims to understand and develop the study skills required to promote an evidence based approach to coaching practice. A focus will be placed on developing a range of written, verbal and digital platform skills to enable communication to scientific and non-scientific audiences. You will explore scientific methods, research design and how to manage, explore, analyse and interpret different types of information. In addition, the ability to manage your own time effectively in order to balance life, work and university demands will be developed in this module.

  • Introduction to Sports Coaching

    This module introduces you to a range of issues that underpin the delivery of a practical coaching session. The module will provide an introduction to the coaching process in which the requirements of the participant (Who), the specific demands of the activity (What) and the pedagogical approaches used to structure the learning environment (How) inform decision making, planning and reaction. A key aspect of this module is that you will be introduced to the ‘what’ and sample the range of different sports you may coach. The module will have a focus on the practical delivery of coaching sessions underpinned by theoretical concepts with a focus on developing the core components of the coaching process; planning, delivery and evaluation. As part of this module you will complete and reflect upon an appropriate coaching qualification facilitating opportunities to gain work experience in the coaching sector.

  • Pedagogical approaches to coaching

    This module aims to build further understanding of the coaching process. You will build on your knowledge of ‘what’ you are coaching and begin to develop an understanding of ‘how’ you are coaching. This module will challenge your current understanding of what effective coaching is and how to create an effective learning environment in practice. Through a series of lectures and practical workshops you will be asked to deconstruct and reconstruct the coaching process through exploration and experimentation with pedagogical theory. You should start to understand and develop your own coaching philosophy and gain an understanding of what ‘coaching’ means to you.

  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Control

    The principles of motor learning and skill acquisition in the sport and exercise environment are introduced in this module. You should gain an understanding of the structure and function of the brain, how skills are learnt and methods of structuring the environment to maximise learning and performance. There will also be the opportunity to evaluate current research and gain practical skills in laboratory and tutorial settings.

  • Physiological Principles of Participant Development

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the exercise physiology that underpins paediatric participant development. More specifically you will be required to understand physiological paediatric development and consider the impact of safe and effective training programmes on participant development in relation to growth, maturation and training adaptation. You will have the opportunity to perform sports laboratory tests and consider the reliability and validity of such tests.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year further competence will be developed in the coaching process with greater emphasis placed upon the critical analysis of the pedagogical approaches and scientific principles underpinning practical coaching sessions. You will apply your knowledge to a range of scenarios, with the practical skills programme continuing the development of professional skills and their application, particularly reflective practice and career management. In addition to this, you will further develop research skills and employability through an exploration of qualitative and quantitative approaches to research and structured work experience.

Modules

  • Research Skills in Sports Coaching

    This module builds on the knowledge and application developed in Year 1. Specifically, the focus is to enhance analytical skills allowing you to develop a deeper understanding of research skills related to sports coaching. You will critically explore qualitative and quantitative approaches to research with focus on critical analysis leading to problem solving and discovery. Furthermore, the application of scientific and non-scientific communication will be developed.

  • Creative and Innovative Approaches in Sports Coaching

    The module builds upon prior understanding by developing high order thinking and encouraging critical thinking and dissemination of information. Research skills will be further developed by evaluating mixed method approaches and advanced study design. Furthermore, the application of alternative approaches to exploring data will be provided. These skills are designed to enable you to construct appropriate research design to explore novel insights in the field of sports coaching.

  • Sports Coaching

    Building on Year 1 modules, this modules develops both theoretical knowledge and applied practical skills in sports coaching. You will again focus on an experiential approach to learning and be exposed to a range of practical scenarios, including observations of peers and experienced coaches, designed to develop critical thought. In addition, you will explore and evaluate a range of current theoretical thinking developed by national and international policies and frameworks for sport and physical activity and how these influence the design of your own practice. The learning environment will be considered in further depth with a particular focus on feedback and new frontiers in technological advances in coaching.

  • Sports Coaching Experience

    This module aims to develop employability. You will be required to apply for and undertake a work-based learning experience in an appropriate organisation. During the experience employability skills should be developed including professional knowledge, practical leadership / activity facilitating skills and vocational competencies. The module will foster an experiential approach to learning, allowing you to experiment with the design and implementation of coaching sessions. This will be supported by collaborative learning sets aimed to develop a community of practice to facilitate critical reflection on your own and your peers' coaching practice.

  • Psychosocial Principles Applied to Participant Development

    Participant centred, needs based approach, in which you will evaluate psychological and social theories to inform the practice of sports coaching is the objective of this module. You will be exposed to several key psychological and social frameworks allowing you to develop informed and critical approaches to your coaching practice. Key topics such as personal processes, interpersonal processes and motivation will be evaluated with consideration of how they impact on communication skills and the learning of the individual.

  • Application of Physiological Principles to Sports Coaching

    The aim of this module is to build upon the understanding of the exercise physiology that underpins paediatric participant development. Evidence-based training interventions to improve a range of physical characteristics (balance, co-ordination, speed, strength and endurance) will be considered in detail with reference to growth and maturation. You will apply this knowledge to design, implement and monitor safe and effective physical development programmes. Further to this you will examine overtraining, injury prevalence and nutritional support and consider their impact on development.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you can choose to take an optional sandwich year; studying abroad, working on professional placement, or a combination of the two.

Modules

  • Professional Sandwich Year

  • Study Abroad Year

Overview

The final year encourages independent and innovative approaches to the coaching process. You will have the opportunity to further develop your self-awareness, informed by critiquing, synthesising and applying a range of appropriate information from scientific and non-scientific sources. Critical self-awareness should allow you to enhance your coaching practice and develop a level of specialism in an independent research project. You will also have the option to choose at least one of the two key coaching management modules focused on general participation or high performance-oriented interests to aid the further development of your employability profile.

Modules

  • Project Development

    The knowledge and understanding of the scientific research process developed in previous modules will be applied to create a research question within a chosen topic area. An independent research study will then be designed and communicated in the form of a research proposal. This assessment will showcase, amongst other  things,  your ability to seek and identify relevant information, develop research question(s) and make evidence based informed judgments. These are all key graduate level skills desired by employers as they are often representative of an individual’s ability to perform work-based tasks such as write reports, develop business cases and conduct audits.  In addition, this module provides you with the opportunity to evaluate and practice specific practical skills and methods relevant to your proposed research. This module will also will also help you to gain valuable experience in exploring ethical and health and safety issues, including completing appropriate documentation, surrounding your proposed research.

  • Advanced Sports Coaching

    This module will build upon Year 1 and 2 modules by developing both theoretical knowledge of and applied practical skills in sports coaching. You will create and evaluate innovative and evidence based long-term coaching plans critically appraising how you design and facilitate effective participant / athlete centred learning. You will be expected to critically reflect on all aspects of your coaching practice and develop a clear understanding of coaching expertise. In addition, you will reflect on your coaching journey with reference to coach education frameworks and potential future career pathways.

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport Coaching

    The aim of this module is to develop a theoretical knowledge of current issues in sport coaching and critically evaluate their influence on, or how they might inform, coaching practice. Topic areas covered will be dependent on current issues influencing today's coaching practice such as mental health, bio banding and digital technologies. You will be required to disseminate current thinking on contemporary coaching topics to scientific and non-scientific audiences through critical scientific writing and podcasting.

  • Independent Research Project

    Within this module, you conduct, analyse, interpret and communicate, via a scientific research paper and oral presentation, a scientific investigation in a specialised area of Sports Coaching. You will be expected to demonstrate an ability to work independently and show high levels of organisational skills throughout all phases of your work. Once analysed, data must be presented and critically evaluated in light of the current literature. In addition, you will reflect critically on your day to day experiences of conducting research.

  • Managing and Promoting Sports Participation

    This module examines the requirements of developing professional athletes over the period of their athletic career, in both individual and team sports, in the context of management inputs. The focus is to provide a tool-kit of core management competences, specialist specific knowledge and skills, to help you to develop your own management development plan to operate within the industry as a coach or manager of professional athletes or teams.

  • Managing Athlete Careers and Performances

    The purpose of this module is to investigate and explore the concept of managing sport participation and therefore create, establish and deliver long term solutions to sustainably increase sports participation in a variety of physical activities. The study of sport participation issues includes well-being, facility optimisation, safeguarding, equality of opportunity, community engagement, and development of identity through sport. This module tackles the contemporary issues from a different perspective, aiming to provide a social sciences-based framework for the management of sport in communities at a local level, with a global multi-cultural perspective.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

In more detail...

  • Employability development will be a key theme embedded throughout the degree both implicitly and explicitly. The structure of the course allows you to continually develop your career plan.
  • Expert guest lecturers specialising in a range of different areas related to coaching
  • The course aims to give not only the skills to be an exception sports coach but a range of employment related skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication required to gain employment in the graduate job market.
  • The opportunity to gain coaching qualifications in several sports embedded within the curriculum
  • Research inspired teaching is a thread that runs throughout our courses at every level and opportunities for you to engage with ongoing projects will bring an added dimension to your learning.
  • Staff teaching on the degree programme will be actively engaged in scholarship, creating an opportunity for you to explore and develop an understanding of current research in contemporary topics in sport coaching.
  • The opportunity to gain international experience through a range of field trips and online projects

Your main study themes are:

  • Sports coaching:  Using scientific knowledge to plan, execute and evaluate coaching practice.  Employing innovative and creative methods within coaching sessions to support participant development.
  • Reflective practice:  Develop self-awareness and a range of methods to allow an understanding of application and techniques used in coaching.  Use of reflective practice to produce a change in practice.
  • Professional practice: Professional competency in your ongoing professional development experiences related to knowledge, teamwork, leadership, management and international perspectives to inform your career journey.
  • Sport and exercise science: The application of sport and exercise science principles to sports coaching, including exercise physiology, biomechanics and psychology.

The course is available as a three or four-year course, with the four-year incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field.

A variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and practical skills sessions will be used to develop experimental/practical techniques and develop the ability to design, implement and reflect upon coaching practice.

A series of workshops will be delivered during the first year of study with the aim of developing your scientific writing, research and sports laboratory skills. In sports laboratory sessions, you will learn key experimental techniques and develop essential experimental, data handling, reporting and broader scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics.  

Throughout the course, you will receive insight from the latest research and input from current practitioners.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments will include a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include portfolios, coaching observations, coursework, tests, essays, group work, presentations/posters, reflections and practical or project work.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:  

  1. A systematic understanding of key aspects of sports coaching theory and practice, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge informed by research at the forefront of  the field  
  2. An ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry relating to sports coaching and performance  
  3. Conceptual understanding that enables you: - to devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of sports coaching - to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, relevant to your studies 
  4. The ability to manage your own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, reviewed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to the discipline) 

In a typical teaching week, you will have approximately 14-16 contact hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching:Approximately 2 hours of tutorial (or, later, individual project supervision) each week.
  • Medium group teaching:Approximately 6 hours of workshops or labs each week.
  • Large group teaching:  Approximately 6 hours of lectures each week.

Our sandwich degree option allows a full-year work placement, which can be taken abroad, or you can undertake a study year abroad. The University runs several specific schemes to allow you periods of overseas study or work experience and the University offers multiple grants to enable such visits ( grants awarded by the University are subject to availability and competitive application). A number of students in our School have been successful in securing places on these schemes for example in Spain, France, Canada and the US.

The department has research links with organisations in Canada, Brazil and Australia, and you can apply to progress to postgraduate study with these organisations. Teaching staff also ensure that they bring their internationally rated research expertise into their teaching.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU129
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include one relevant scientific subject (PE, Biology, Psychology, sociology). Excludes general studies.  DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Sport Science related subject. 30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in a related area at Higher Level. Minimum 5 Grade A* - C  Inc. English, Mathematics and Sciences.  

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A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in specified subject units* e.g. Biology and/or Sport Science.  Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. 

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

*Biology units: for Human Biosciences, Biomedical Science, Biological and Forensic Sciences, Medical and Pharmacological Sciences.
Biology and/or Chemistry Units: for Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science, Food and Nutrition
Science units: for Environmental Health.
Biology and/or Sport Science units: for Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Exercise Nutrition and Health.

 

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign language IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £14,400 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Career prospects

The course will suit students wishing to pursue jobs in teaching, sports coaching, sports development, leisure management, armed forces training, fitness trainer and community programmes. We also have appropriate MSc courses that graduates would be well prepared to progress onto, enabling them to gain specialist skills relating to development of sporting potential or lifelong physical activity in children and adolescents.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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