Sport Coaching Science BSc

BSc single honours Sport Coaching Science 2016/17

Sport Coaches play a major role in enabling successful sport experiences for various populations whether their interest is coaching for participation or performance. This challenging and exciting degree programme offers the opportunity to understand, plan and deliver high quality coaching. You will also explore the underpinning science associated with sport activity and sports performance. The coaching and sport science multidisciplinary programme provides students with the knowledge and skills to help realise their potential as a successful sport coach and potential employment in the wider context of sport.

The Sport Coaching Science degree provides a combination of professional expertise which builds on our outstanding reputation for successfully providing well established sport related degrees at Christ Church for over 35 years. The Department’s degree programmes are internationally renowned and have an impressive track record. In the most recent National Quality Audit the sport science related programme was awarded the highest category that can be achieved, demonstrating not only excellent standards of programme delivery but also student enjoyment and satisfaction. This reputable history and on-going success has ensured that the programme is well funded with first rate resources and access to cutting edge equipment, allowing for a varied student learning experience where theoretical understanding is combined with practical coaching experience.

Studying Sport Coaching Science at Canterbury Christ Church University guarantees that you will be taught by a well-qualified and dynamic team of research active staff, who are committed to maintaining the excellent reputation achieved to date. In addition you will be engaging with highly qualified coaches with professional experience of a wide variety of sports. Having worked with local talented participants and Olympic athletes, members of staff in the department are aware of how important excellent coaching is to enjoying and achieving success in sport. This wealth of expertise and dedication helps to ensure our goal that all students achieve their full academic potential by the end of their degree programme. 

This three year (full-time) or six year (part-time) undergraduate programme offers a BSc honours in Sport Coaching and the multidisciplinary subject of Sport and Exercise Science. It provides students with the opportunity to study core modules associated with the growing profession of sport coaching integrated with the academic disciplines of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and sociology underpinned by a ‘common’ core module in research methods. Students will experience a research informed teaching approach from the following core modules:

  • Sport Coaching Pedagogy - There will be an in-depth study of coaching methods and styles; the coaching of specific populations with consideration for talent identification and development. Participants will consider child to adult developmental issues and coaching for participation and performance.
  • Sport Coaching in Practice - This is an applied based experience where the emphasis is on coaching and the analysis of best practice. Students will explore a variety of strategies when preparing for coaching and the importance of planning, organising and the implementation of coaching sessions. This will include practical coaching experience together with a coaching placement in each year.

Students will also have the opportunity to study modules from the following disciplines:

  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics - The analysis of human movement during sport, exercise and rehabilitation, through the application of mathematics, classical mechanics, principles of motion, functional anatomy, and cutting edge technologies; using both experimental and applied scientific support methodologies to enhance sporting performance and reduce injury occurrence.
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology – the study of the energy provision, system physiology; physiological responses and adaptations associated with training theory and practise, nutrition and sports performance; a critical evaluation of the underpinning physiology of sport and exercise extremes in applied settings.
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology - the cognitive, emotional & behavioural consequences of participation in sport or physical activity both individually & socially; the ways in which physical, motor & perceptual skills are learned & coached; the potential benefits & implications of engaging in sport / exercise for health & mental well-being.

There is an emphasis on applied coaching practice with practical experience and reflection being central to the study of coaching. The programme includes a wide range of approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. These will support and retain a diverse range of students, including those from overseas. Students will be actively engaged in the learning process and be encouraged to take part in a range of formative tasks and group discussions to promote critical reflection and self-evaluation, learning new ideas and broadening their experiences. Teaching will largely comprise of practical coaching activity and experience, lectures, field based visits and interactive seminars. Students will be required to study in an informative and participative environment where appropriate guidance will be provided on reading materials. 

Students will assessed through a range of assessment methods, including individual and group presentations, video analysis, observations, case studies, essays, scientific reports and the development of an annual coaching portfolio. These are planned to take account of two inter-dependent aspects: a) the acquisition of relevant theory and principles; b) the development of both academic and practical coaching skills. Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only the programme members‟ newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of sport coaching and working environments.

The opportunity to experience coaching placements is embedded in each year of the degree. You will be supported by the department to identify a coaching placement which will provide you with a bespoke practical coaching experience whilst under the guidance of an experienced coach who will be your mentor. The development of professional coaching skills will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of sport coaching.

The acquisition of National Governing Body (NGB’s) awards are essential. To assist you in your pursuit of sport expertise a bursary scheme is available support your wider education during your time as a student in the department. 

The Sport Coaching Science degree opens up routes into sport coaching, sport development, coaching in sport clubs and sport teaching through a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The course prepares successful students for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. It also qualifies graduates for careers in sport, physical activity administration and research, as well as the ever expanding leisure industry. In addition it provides an excellent foundation for careers in the public sector, sport related business and the armed and police forces look favourably upon our graduates. However, wherever your career aspirations lie, students who have successfully completed a Sport Coaching Science degree will possess the specific and generic knowledge, skills and sport coaching placement experience that provide that essential ‘edge’ for employment.

Offers of a place are made subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

UK/EU part-time and Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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UCAS code

  • 38BD


  • 3 years full-time
    6 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points.
    Entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
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