Short Taster Courses

Thinking about studying a degree, but unsure whether USW is right for you? Our short taster courses cover a variety of topics to introduce you to your chosen area of study and give you a glimpse into how you will learn at USW. 

Taster courses are a great way of experiencing what USW has to offer and give you a better idea of what it is like to study here. All our courses are delivered online and are presented by lecturers at the University, with each consisting of a comprehensive mix of interactive tasks, video tutorials and practical examples.

Taster courses vary in length, but you can stop, resume or replay the taster course at any time once you’ve started. You can also track your progress during each course.


Sport Taster Courses




Chiropractic Short Taster Courses

Criminology Taster Courses

Criminology Short Course



Introduction into Football Coaching 

This introductory football coaching taster course contains a mixture of topics that introduce some fundamental principles and philosophies of football coaching through a range of video tutorials and informal tasks. 

Course tutor: Grant Kalahar 

Course duration: 60 mins 

Sport Taster Courses

Preventing Sport Injuries 

Our Preventing Sport Injuries taster course contains a mixture of topics that provide an insight into the cost, impact and preventative measures for sports injuries, and further insight into the field of sport and exercise therapy. 

Course tutor: Kate Williams 

Course duration: 25 mins 

Rugby Coaching and Performance Taster Course

Introduction to Rugby Coaching and Performance 

This introductory rugby coaching course contains a mix of interactive tasks and tutorials that cover a range of topics in rugby coaching including characteristics and behaviours of an effective coach to performance and tactical analysis. 

Course tutor: Ioan Paval 

Course duration: 3hrs 30mins 

Cardio Respiratory System Taster Course

Introduction to the Cardio-Respiratory System 

This taster course into the study of sport and exercise science will guide you through oxygen’s journey through the human body, introducing you to the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems with tutorials and demos from our specialist labs. 

Course tutor: Trevor Harris 

Course duration: 1hr 40mins 

Introduction To Strength And Conditioning

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

This introductory course contains a mix of interactive tasks and tutorials that explore the field of strength and conditioning and the pivotal role specialist coaches play in improving elite performance through identifying and delivering strength training associated with a range of sports professions.

Course tutor:  Peter Ashcroft 

Course duration: 1hr 45mins 

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Advance your coaching in Strength and Conditioning

This short taster course contains a mix of interactive tasks and tutorials that cover the key concepts and frameworks of strength and conditioning with a focus on the skills you need to be successful to progress in the profession.

Course tutor: Richard Clarke 

Course duration: 1hr 45mins



Introduction to the Professional Policing

This taster course introduces the role of the police and the criminal justice system and covers topics such as theft, treatment of victims and missing persons. The course is delivered through video tutorials and interactive tasks. 

Course tutor: Helen Martin 

Course duration: 1hr 20mins 


Introduction To Chiropractic Management Taster Course

Introduction to Chiropractic Management 

This taster course contains a mixture of topics that introduce the skills and techniques involved in chiropractic treatment and therapy. Upon completion, you will better understand what is involved in becoming a registered Chiropractor. 

Course tutor: Paul McCambridge 

Course duration: 60mins 


Introduction To Criminology

Introduction to Criminology

This short taster course explores the link between trauma and crime and contains a mix of video tutorials that concludes with an interactive quiz. The course takes approx. 40 mins to complete, during which you'll be guided through the risk factors linked with trauma and how trauma relates to offending.

Course tutor: Zoe Cross 

Course duration: 40mins