BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching

The sports coaching degree is for students who want to join the sports coaching profession. It has been designed in consultation with national governing bodies (NGB) for sport to ensure that graduates are ready for a career in coaching. Your studies provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required for UKCC Level 1/2 and 1st 4Sport coaching qualifications, which will enhance your career prospects.

Placement opportunities are provided for a variety of roles and are a valuable opportunity to practise your coaching. These placements are supported by local authorities and NGBs, so you can follow specialist coaching pathways in your chosen area or sport. Traditional coaching pathways include cricket, hockey, netball, swimming, squash, tennis, gymnastics, and athletics. This sports coaching course is designed to prepare you for a career in sports coaching in a variety of roles. These could include participant coach, performance coach, multi-skills coach, community coach, PE teacher (following completion of a PGCE), or you could work in the sports development industry.


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C612 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C612 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Glyntaff A

Course content draws on key coaching principles, informed by specific elements of the science of sports coaching. Areas of study include performance analysis, fitness testing and evaluation, strength and conditioning, working with children, fundamental movement skills, adaptive coaching, PE and school sport, and a work placement module in years two and three.

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching course provides you with six modules per year with optional modules in your second and third years. These optional modules are provided to help you direct your studies in-line with your interests. Embedded within the practical modules you will have the chance to complete a series of leaders awards and coaching qualifications in a number of sports which will broaden your practical experience and knowledge.

Year One: Sports Coaching Degree

  • Introduction to Sports Coaching
  • Introduction Sports Science for Coaching
  • Fundamentals of Coaching Children
  • Developing Athlete
  • Strength and Conditioning, Principles and Applications
  • Academic Research and Professional Skills

Year Two: Sports Coaching Degree

  • Sports Coaching and Leadership
  • Performance Analysis
  • Sports Placement
  • Sports Psychology and Skill Acquisition
  • Research Methods

Choose one option:

  • Monitoring Testing and Evaluation in Team Sports
  • PE and School Sports

Year Three: Sports Coaching Degree

  • Applied Sport Coaching
  • Critical Issues in Sport Coaching and Leadership
  • Dissertation or Applied Professional Project

Choose two options:

  • Advanced Sport Psychology and Skill Acquisition
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Work Based Learning
  • Leadership in Sport


There are a variety of teaching methods used on the sports coaching course which include lectures, seminars and practical sports classes. The learning experience is varied to accommodate different types of learners and include tutor lead presentations, pairs/group activities, problem solving tasks, discussion groups and student lead practical sports sessions. In your second and third year you will complete work-based learning modules which will be managed through weekly tutorials and a mentoring programme.

The environment in which you will be taught is challenging but presented in a professional and supportive manner by enthusiastic tutors and lecturers. 


You will be assessed through a range of activities including; coaching, peer coaching, group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects.

Each module will have a minimum of two assignments which can range from written assignments, presentations, practical delivery, class tests, exams, reports and poster presentations.


A strong ethos of practical experience is embedded in all our sports courses. Our Centre of Employability, Enterprise and Leadership in Sport (CEELS) demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our students are employable upon graduation. We have partnerships with over 50 sports organisations who offer work placements, enabling you to gain first-hand experience of working in the sports industry – an essential requirement for anyone wanting to gain employment in sport.



Our facilities are regularly used by international professional teams, such as the Wales national football team and Cardiff City Football Club, as well as the touring New Zealand, South Africa and Australia rugby squads. This confirms the high quality of our pitches and the versatility of our equipment.

 At USW Sport Park, you’ll find a notational analysis suite and over 30 acres of playing fields, including five floodlit pitches. We have a sand-dressed ‘astroturf’ pitch, as well as a full-size FIFA-approved 3G pitch. In addition to these all-weather pitches, there are six grass football pitches, three grass rugby pitches, and a large changing pavilion.

We have invested significantly in the development of performance analysis, and the notational analysis suite at USW SportPark features cutting-edge technology that will enable students to analyse coaching effectiveness and performance, in both a laboratory and a field-based environment.


The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

In addition a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check is required (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent).

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include one Science, Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology but to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include one Science, Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology but to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include one Science, Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology at Higher Level (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Science or Maths Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions (12 from Science units), 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions from Science units, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances Other: You will also need an enhanced DBS check.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £620  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £12300 
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement Travel costs *
Travel costs to work placement vary, depending on location.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.  

Admissions statement

This sports coaching degree is designed to prepare you for a career in sports coaching in a variety of roles that could include: participant coach, school coach, community coach or working within the sports development industry. Alternatively graduates will be provided with the skills that will allow them to work within the health and fitness industry, strength and conditioning, performance analysis or further study as a physical education teacher.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW sports coaching student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.