BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance (Top-up)

The Sports Coaching and Performance degree provides the opportunity for students that have completed a Foundation Degree, preferably in Sports Coaching, to progress onto the final year of a BSc Sports Coaching and Performance degree.

A distinct part of the sports coaching course is the opportunity to gain invaluable coaching experience. You’ll cover key theoretical issues that support the coaching process, including talent identification, athlete development and player development models. You’ll also explore how sport science principles relate strength and conditioning, fitness testing and physiology to coaching and performance. As part of this course, you may specialise in Football or Rugby Coaching or follow a broader Sports Coaching path of study.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
CX6D Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
CX6D Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A

Core and Specified modules for the year include:

  • Applied Professional Project (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport (20 credits)

Optional modules – you need to select two from the below options (all 20 credits):

  • Advanced Sport Psychology and Skill Acquisition**
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Development
  • Applied Sports Coaching
  • Strength and Conditioning
    • Work Based Learning

Football Coaching options:

  • Performance Football Coaching: Theory to Practice**
  • Analysis in Football Coaching and Performance**

Rugby Coaching options:

  • Rugby Coaching Adult Performers **
  • Analysis in Rugby Coaching & Performance **

Modules marked with an asterisk are only available if you have obtained the relevant coaching awards.


You will undertake a dissertation, applied professional project and three modules. Teaching will comprise of lectures, seminars and practical delivery in the field and laboratory. The work-based learning module will be managed through weekly tutorials and a comprehensive mentoring programme. You will also have access to USW Sport Park, which is designed for our elite athletes.


You will be assessed through a range of methods 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.


Your teaching and practical exercises will take place at USW Sport Park, our state-of-the-art coaching and performance development centre, which is regularly used for training by public and professional sport teams, such as the the touring New Zealand, South African and Australian rugby squads. 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.


You will be taught by leading experts who have worked in the sports development and management industry. Our staff have experience of coordinating and managing sport in both local authorities and national governing bodies of sport, and are able to bring this real-life knowledge and experience into the classroom to bring topics to life.

Many of our staff are still active in the industry representing sports organisations on boards and strategic groups. Our academic staff are also actively involved in research, so you can be sure you are taught by staff who are at the forefront of their specialist subjects. 

Andy Thomas, course leader

A sport related Foundation Degree.

A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) form is also required (additional costs apply).

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 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: 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.

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. 

Admissions statement

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance course will 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 find work within the health and fitness industry, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, or choose to 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.