Sport Coaching Science BSc

BSc single honours Sport Coaching Science 2018/19

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Sport Coaching Science offers you the opportunity to study and experience sport coaching from an applied base. You will explore the science behind sports performance and physical activity, and have access to a range of excellent coaching resources and sports facilities.

You will enjoy exciting modules in coaching theory and practice, you can study a range of disciplines including the analysis of sport performance, psychology, physiology, and sociology. To enhance your studies, you will have access to the latest technology including laboratories, gas and body composition analysis, cardiac and vascular ultrasound, force mat and platform assessment tools, 3D high speed filming and eye tracker hardware.

Importantly, the opportunity to undertake coaching placements and work alongside expert coaches will give you valuable practical experience.

You will explore areas including:

  • sport coaching pedagogy
  • sport coaching in context
  • sport coaching excellence.

Our Sport Coaching Science course engages sport and exercise science with applied sport coaching, offering you the opportunity to explore the underpinning science associated with sport coaching.

It builds on the reputation of sport and exercise sciences which has been well established at Canterbury Christ Church, having been successfully delivered for over 35 years. You will have access to a range of excellent coaching resources at our sport centres provided by the University and in partnership at Polo Farm Sports Club. This allows for a varied student learning experience where theoretical understanding can be contextualised through practical experience.

The range of equipment for teaching and research uses the latest technology such as our student focused laboratories that include aerobic, flexibility, strength and power testing, blood, gas and body composition analysis, cardiac and vascular ultrasound, force mat and platform assessment tools, 3D high speed filming and eye tracker hardware.

The opportunity to experience coaching placements is embedded in the second and third year of the degree. In partnership with sport clubs you will be guided to work with qualified coach mentors. This will normally consist of a 40 hours coaching placement in year two and 60 hours in year three. You will be supported to identify a coaching placement which will provide you with a bespoke practical coaching experience whilst under the guidance of a tutor and an experienced coach mentor. The development of professional coaching skills will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of sport coaching.

There are a wide range of coaching providers who have been able to offer sport coaching placements including Polo Farm Sports Club, Kent Cricket Club, Canterbury Rugby Club, Tankerton, Chartham and Folkestone Football Clubs and Pilgrims Netball Club. Local coaching in Schools include Kent College and the Canterbury Academy.

The acquisition of National Governing Body (NGB) awards are encouraged at each level of the degree. The NGB qualification will not contribute to the outcome of your degree but will enhance your coaching credentials. To assist you in the pursuit of sport coaching expertise a bursary scheme is available in each year. It is expected that students will complete a level 2 qualification by their third year.

Top reason to choose this course

Studying Sport Coaching Science with us guarantees that you will be taught by a well­qualified and dynamic team of research active staff, dedicated to ensuring that your course is stimulating and enjoyable.


  • Student BASES conference presentation prizes.
  • Joint British Association of Sport and Exercises Sciences/British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine award for best exercise science research conference presentation.
  • Coubertin Prize 2008 awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC).

We are the number one university for sport and exercise sciences in Kent for research quality and quantity


Studying Sport Coaching Science with us provides you with the opportunity to be taught by an enthusiastic sport coaching science team who are committed to providing an excellent student experience. This wealth of expertise and dedication helps to achieve our goal that all students reach their full academic potential by the end of their sport coaching science degree studies. If this sounds like an environment you would thrive in, then this will be the ideal course for you.

You will study Sport Coaching and the multidisciplinary subject of Sport and Exercise Science including the academic disciplines of biomechanics, physiology and psychology underpinned by research methods. You will have the opportunity to study core modules associated with the growing profession of sport coaching, including Sport Coaching Pedagogy to understand principles of coach behaviour and Sport Coaching in Practice to engage with practical coaching.

Work experience

As a Sport Coaching Science student you will participate in placements in the second and third year of your degree. This will provide a wide range of experiences with sport clubs working with a variety of sport populations.

Nationally recognised coaches frequently contribute to the sport coaching lecture programme to enhance the student experience.

Year one

Core modules

Introduction to Sport Coaching Pedagogy

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental principles of pedagogy in relation to sport coaching as a process. You will engage with a variety of learning theories and coaching styles that underpin coaching practice and the development of a coaching philosophy.

Introduction to Sport Coaching Practice

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to sport coaching practice and consider the application of learning theory and coaching styles. You will examine how to plan, deliver and evaluate sport coaching sessions and following your coaching placement, reflect on sport coaching practice.

Orientation to Higher Education and Research in Sport and Exercise Sciences

The aim of this module is to facilitate a smooth transition into higher education and the challenges it presents by building on your pre­existing skills, enabling you to become more independent and self­managed in your approach to study, learning and time­management. The module also aims to facilitate the development of skills and techniques used in the study of sport and exercise. It will identify a variety of methods by which research is conducted in sport coaching science and will provide the opportunity for you to develop a scientific approach to your studies.

Optional modules

Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the biomechanical basis of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module provides a foundation in the analysis of human movement, covering basic movement terminology, functional anatomy and principles of movement. It aims to apply fundamental biomechanical concepts to the study of human movement in sport and exercise.

Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental psychological constructs that underpin our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise settings. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress are currently examined with reference to their implications for sport and exercise behaviour. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour are also explored, along with cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between exercise participation and health and well­being.

Sport and Exercise Physiology

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the physiology of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module currently covers key topics in physiology, including energy systems, the process of muscle contraction and the cardio­respiratory system. Laboratory practicals provide the opportunity to explore the physiological effects of these systems during exercise. You will study the anatomy and physiology of gross structures and the responses and adaptations of these structures to sport and exercise training.

Sport, Culture and Society

The aim of this module is to show how sociology is used to study sport, culture and society. You will begin by exploring the historical development and management of modern sport from its folk roots. A number of social factors in sport such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and disability are explored encouraging an understanding of the social problems and social issues associated with sport. Various theories that can help conceptualise sport and exercise as a social phenomenon are then examined in relation to globalisation, national identity, deviance, the media and the environment which help to develop a critical sociological approach to sport, physical education and leisure.

Sport, Exercise and Fitness

The aim of this module is to explore the nature of sport and exercise training for fitness through theoretical and practical experience. This module will introduce you to the concept of exercise training specificity in relation to those with either sport and/or fitness orientated goals, and will provide a firm foundation for those seeking employment in the fitness industry.

Year two

Core modules

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise** and Career Skills Development

This module will explore alternative approaches to research in sport coaching science, and the philosophies and associated practices. The research process will be explored from conceptualisation through to presentation. Accordingly, you will develop an understanding of how to design research, collect, analyse, and interpret data, and present research in an appropriate manner. The module also aims to develop your ability to critically evaluate and conduct research in sport coaching science and provides the conceptual underpinnings for a third year individual study.

Sport Coaching in Context

The aim of the module is to provide an understanding the principles of sport coaching which apply to a variety of different populations. There will be an emphasis on understanding child development and recognising individual differences for participation and performance. There will be a focus on the relationships inherent in the coaching process, in particular the coach­athlete relationship, and a consideration for various approaches to sport coaching.

The Sport Coach in Action

The aim of the module is to explore how coaching principles apply to a range of populations using a variety of approaches to coaching. You will engage with and examine applied coaching through practical lectures and your placement. There will be a further opportunity to use reflective practice to understand coaching behaviour.

Optional modules

Biomechanical Analysis of Movement

This module explores selected biomechanical principles that influence physical performance, through applying selected theoretical concepts to sport and exercise contexts. It will also aim to develop your competency in the scientific techniques used to evaluate biomechanical aspects of exercise. This module currently focuses upon biomechanical principles of motion (conservation of momentum, impulse­momentum relationship, work­energy relationship), covering topics such as linear and angular kinematics and kinetics, forces and impulse, loading and injury, projectile motion, and fluid dynamics. It includes an analysis of selected sports skills, and further develops your practical laboratory experience and use of selected analysis programs.

Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

This module explores the interaction between nutritional factors and physiological function associated with sport and exercise performance. The module will investigate current thinking on key nutritional principles, investigate methods of data analysis in this field, and explore the efficacy of common dietary practices used in sport and exercise to promote health and performance.

Psychology of Sport

This module examines a range of factors which influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams. Psychological phenomena currently addressed on the module include individual motivation, confidence and anxiety and such social psychological processes associated with group dynamics including motivation and cohesion, the nature of the group environment and the components of effective leadership.

Skill Aquisition

This module aims to provide insight into some of the factors which influence the acquisition and performance of perceptual and motor skills in sport. You will develop an understanding of selected cognitive and ecological methodologies to skilled performance. These theoretical approaches to skill acquisition will be used to critique the design and organisation of current coaching practice.

Sport and Exercise Training

This module investigates current understanding of selected physiological factors which influence physical performance, and identifies methods used to enhance these factors. The module will explore the physiological determinants of fitness, investigate methods to analyse and interpret the data from specific fitness assessments, and consider the role and limitations of training theory.

Year three

Core modules

Sport Coaching Excellence

This module aims to provide an opportunity to explore critical issues in Sport Coaching Science and appreciate expertise in sport coaching and the development of the coach as a professional. You will examine current practices in relation to coach education, career development and lifestyle management and particular reference will be made to the coach as a mentor and role model.

The Expert Sport Coach

This module aims to consider best sport coaching practice, to review, analyse and critically assess professional sports coaching with expert coaches. You will be provided with the opportunity to participate on a coaching placement and to critically assess, reflect and record professional sport coaching experience and personal practice.

You will undertake one of the following core modules.

Applied Research Study (40 credits)

The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in­depth study of a particular topic in the sport coaching science. The module affords you an opportunity to build upon your knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two, and a vehicle by which to further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline. You will design, carry out, analyse and write up an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with teaching responsibilities and/or research interests in the your area of study.

Individual Research Project

The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in­depth study of a particular topic in the sport coaching science. The module affords you an opportunity to build upon your knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two, and a vehicle to further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline. You will conduct a literature review and propose a research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with teaching responsibilities and/or research interests in your area of study.

Likely optional modules

Applied Sport Psychology

This module provides you with the opportunity to investigate the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence­base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well­rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.

Applied Technique Analysis

This module focuses on the biomechanics of selected sport skills, including technique analyses, and discussion of the technologies used to develop sports equipment and to evaluate performance and training. Students currently critically appraise selected sports skills, sports footwear, with consideration of sport specific injuries, culminating in an evaluation of a sporting performance underpinned by appropriate theory and research in biomechanics.

Sporting Extremes

This module will consider specific aspects of exercise physiology associated with selected sporting extremes and their potential impact upon an individual’s ability to perform strenuous physical exercise. These currently include the physiological considerations of participating in sport and exercise at extremes of age and environmental conditions; as well as some of the physiological parameters governing the limits of human training/performance capacity.

This degree opens up routes into sport coaching, sport development, coaching in sport clubs and sport teaching through a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The course prepares successful students for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. It also qualifies graduates for roles 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. Students who successfully complete a Sport Coaching Science degree possess many of the specific and generic knowledge, skills and sport coaching experience that employers require.

“Studying sport coaching at Christ Church provided me with the skills to pursue a career in sports development and engage coaches to make a real difference in people’s lives. I am now the coaching development lead for Kent and really love my job; I still work closely with the sport coaching science staff and SportsLab to provide opportunities for coaches in Kent to fulfil their potential.”

Louisa Arnold, Kent Coaching Network Officer


The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,165 N/A
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,500
Part-time * £4,625 N/A

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

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2018/19 only. Please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements The travel costs cover your journey to and from the sport coaching placement. The cost depends on the distance to travel and normally up to £5. This cost maybe twice per week in the second year and 3 times per week in the third year.
DBS / Health Checks Sport Coaching Science students are required to complete a DBS check. This must be completed before registration. The cost is £75.
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) Sport Coaching Science students are required to travel to Polo Farm Sports Club for lectures and a mini bus service is provided.
Clothing / Kit It is recommended that all Sport and Exercise Sciences students including those taking Sport Coaching Science purchase a selection of required sport clothing items at the beginning of the first year. The cost is a minimum of £130.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Each taught module has a standard 50 hours of student contact. This will typically be composed of lectures, seminars, practical work, labs, workshops, field based activity, tutorials, feedback on assignments. Students are also expected to engage in 150 hours of self­directed study per taught module.

Academic input

The Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences has an experienced staff cohort that delivers the programme. One professor, 4 readers, 4 principal lecturers, 10 senior lecturers, 7 university instructors (half time academic), 3 postgraduate students, and 1 senior lab technician, supported by 3 other technical staff. The Section is supported by a professional services team comprising 9 specialist roles. The consultancy unit, SportsLab, also has a manager and access to a number of experienced sport performance consultants.

Surprising terms

You will need to achieve 55 per cent in the year two Research Methods in Sport and Exercise module to select the Applied Research Study in year three.

You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual and group presentations, portfolio’s, case studies, essays, scientific reports and examinations. These are planned to take account of two inter­dependent aspects:

  • The acquisition of relevant theory and principles
  • The development of both academic and practical skills

Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only your newly­acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work.

Professional accreditation


Specialist facilities

As a student within the Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences, you will have access to our student­focused laboratories and sport centres used to measure and assess sport and exercise performance and understand coaching behaviour. You will also have the opportunity to work within our consultancy unit SportsLab, through which we work with professional athletes, conducting performance­related tests and use our expertise to help athletes boost their performance either as an individual or a team.

Industry links

Our sport coaching stakeholders are aligned to the continued development of our teaching, research and consultancy work.

  • Sport specific qualified coaches working with participation and performance, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) – selected accredited staff
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered – selected staff
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) – accredited staff.


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UCAS course code

  • 38BD Sport Coaching Science
  • C610 Sport Coaching Science with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time


  • September 2018

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