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Sports Coaching

Next start date: September 

Degree type: BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code: C600 BSc/SE
Duration: 4 years (full-time)



How to Apply

This is one of the specialist routes within the sports portfolio at Abertay. You will make your choice of specialist route at the end of stage 2 of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme.   

Interest in coaching is greater now than it has ever been. Governments are responding to the need for both an healthier nation and improved performance at the elite level by stressing the need for, and contribution of, well qualified coaches. The 2012 Olympics and the epidemics of heart disease and obesity provide significant impetus for this.

At the same time coaches themselves are working towards professionalisation, with the setting up of UKCC (United Kingdom Coaching Certification) representing a significant step on this journey.

For the first time all sports will have comparable qualifications, from level 1 through to level 5, and the requirements at each level will be consistent across sports. Levels 4 and 5 of these awards require higher education-level attainment.

Consequently, whilst you cannot achieve these levels without the necessary experience, this route will provide you with the theoretical underpinnings necessary to gain these qualifications. So, if your interest is in helping people learn new sporting skills or improve their current performance level this is the route for you.

What you study

The modules you will study if you choose to follow this route are:

Stage 3
Performance analysis
Exercise programming and periodisation
Coaching pedagogy 1
Motor control and skill acquisition
Growth and development
Work-based learning
The coaching process
Research methods

Stage 4
Performer improvement and development
Managing the coaching process
Coaching pedagogy 2
Work-based learning
Honours project

Pedagogy and the coaching process
This strand allows you to not only develop essential coaching skills but also to understand key theoretical concepts associated with coaching. You will explore different pedagogical approaches and study in detail the coaching process, including long-term athlete development. You will consider the role of the coach in diverse environments, from working with community groups and local authorities to managing support services for elite performers

The science of training and performance
Scientific research in the area of training and performance has increased exponentially in recent years. This strand will help you understand current thinking in relation to the physiology, biomechanics and psychology of both training and performance. It will build on the scientific underpinnings provided in stages 1 and 2 and apply them to the coaching context.

Work-based learning
We consider work-based learning to be a central component of your studies. It presents you with the opportunity to not only apply theory to practice but also to develop a range of practical skills that are valued highly by prospective employers. It is expected that these modules will enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, developing the ability to identify your own strengths and weaknesses and, most importantly, understanding how you can address your weaknesses whilst optimising your strengths

Academic and research skills, and Honours project
The research methods module will allow you to further develop your critical skills and ensure that you are prepared for the Honours project. This project, which accounts for 37.5% of your final award, presents a significant opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to conceive and carry out a small scale research project. As a consequence of this you will not only learn a considerable amount about your chosen topic but also be able to demonstrate your ability to function as an independent learner, a quality much in demand by employers.

Entry routes

Admission directly on to this route at either stage 3 or 4 is only available to exceptionally qualified candidates who have extensive work experience. Applicants seeking admission through this route should contact us directly.

If you are interested in applying to stage 1 or 2 you will should apply for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme which will allow you to progress to this programme at the end of stage 2.

All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are listed here

More info

Whilst coaching, either as a performance or a community-based coach, is the obvious career path for this route there are many other career opportunities available for well qualified coaching graduates.

These include: physical activity development officers/coordinators, GP exercise referral consultants, community wellness programme workers, fitness consultant, lifestyle manager, sports administrator, and a wide range of jobs within the field of health promotion.

You will also find job opportunities in complementary occupations where leadership, motivation and communication are valued - police officer, fire fighter, journalist, marketing executive, public relations officer, youth worker etc. If you are interested in teaching as a career, all of these courses meet the requirements for entry onto PGCE courses.

Specialist facilities
You have access to our Human Performance Laboratory with running, rowing, fitness testing and weights machines. You have opportunities to meet the numerous professional sportsmen and sportswomen who draw on the expertise of our lecturing staff within this facility.

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081

Fees & Scholarships

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Overseas (non EU) students

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Fees shown are payable annually, and may be subject to increase each year.


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