BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching

Are you passionate about pursuing a career in the sports coaching industry? The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching degree provides the ideal opportunity to gain an academic qualification while completing UKCC coaching qualifications.

Our Sports Coaching course has been designed in consultation with the national governing bodies of a range of sports and local authorities, to ensure it reflects current industry standards and developments. A distinct part of our Sports Coaching degree is the opportunity to gain invaluable coaching experience with a number of key partners, including the national governing body of your chosen sport, local authority or schools.

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

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

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

Choose one option:

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

Year Three

  • 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 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 have access to our USW Sport Park which provides an excellent environment for you to study and develop your coaching skills.


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.


Our facilities are regularly used by international professional teams, such as the the touring New Zealand, South African and Australian rugby squads. The £3.7m USW Sport Park has been designed to train and develop our students to their highest potential. The Park is home to dedicated strength and conditioning facilities and state-of-the-art teaching rooms. The sports hall includes a national-standard six badminton court with sprung floor. This complements our excellent outdoor facilities of 11 pitches – including five floodlit pitches, a new artificial training pitch and 3G rubber crumb floodlit football pitch.

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.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

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

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • 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 1 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

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Admissions statement

Throughout your studies you will have numerous opportunities to participate in practical coaching sessions and engage in a sports specific placement in a location of your choice.

This Sports Coaching course 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 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.