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Coventry University


September 2021



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Coventry University


September 2021



Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


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.


The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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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.

Throughout the course you will explore and apply various pedagogical approaches, applied sport science and sport development topics. The degree is 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, from grassroots to elite level sport. 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 also the range of practical experience that is also offered both within teaching sessions and on optional work experience placements.

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.

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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 on 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • Psychosocial Principles Applied to Participant Development

    Developing your understanding of 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. 

  • 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.


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.


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. If you wish to do so, you can opt to take the Professional Experience Sandwich Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and provided that you confirm your interest in undertaking this option before the end of your second year, typically in August. The university’s Talent Team can provide you with a wide range of support services in order to help you apply for a placement opportunity.


  • Professional Experience Sandwich Year

  • Study Abroad Year


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.


  • 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.

  • Optional modules: Choose 1 from

  • Managing Athlete Careers and Performances

    In this module you will examine 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 you with 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 and Promoting Sports Participation

    The purpose of this module is to enable you 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 you with a social sciences-based framework for the management of sport in communities at a local level, with a global multi-cultural perspective.


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 exceptional 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
  • Medium group teaching
  • Large group teaching

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.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 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.

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£9,250 (per year)

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September 2021

£16,300 (per year)

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There are a number of scholarships available to international students at Coventry University. EU students may be eligible for a transition bursary.

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

This course may incur additional costs associated with any optional or international field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).

Any optional training course and assessment fee to gain Coaching and Gym Instructor qualifications

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The UK Government has confirmed that EU students who are starting their course in September 2021 and onwards will be classified as an international student. To support our EU community who are affected by this change, Coventry University are providing an EU Member State Transition Bursary.

Students ordinarily domiciled in an EU Member State who prior to the 2021/22 academic intake qualified for UK fees (home fee status), are eligible for the EU Member State Transition Bursary. This will bring fee levels for those students across the Group into line with those of UK students for courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year.

Review more details on our EU Member State Transition Award/Bursary page.

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Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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.


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The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.