Sport Coaching Science BSc

Sport Coaching Science with Foundation Year 2017/18

Year of entry

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

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

Sport Coaching Science with the Foundation Year provide a gateway to higher education for those who have not attained sufficient tariff points to enter a three-year degree courses.  The additional year offers students a supportive, motivational environment in which to acquire and develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Our degree in Sport and Exercise Science has a 92% overall student satisfaction rating

National Student Survey, 2016

The Foundation Year develops a grounding in a range of key areas aligned with success including developing knowledge of scientific principles, practical skill development in this field, and the application of science to sport. 

You will have access to a range of resources and equipment such as our student focused laboratories, to develop skills and knowledge.  You will be taught by a well-qualified and dynamic team of research active staff. Our wealth of expertise and dedication is drawn upon to support our goal of helping you to achieve your full academic potential.

Sport Coaching Science is part of a well-established suite of sport-related programmes at Canterbury Christ Church University with sport related academic courses being successfully delivered for over 35 years, making us one of the longest standing sport and exercise science providers in the UK. 

Top reason to choose this course:

Studying Sport Coaching Science guarantees that you will be taught by a well-qualified and dynamic team of research active staff, the work will be contextualised with our applied research and consultancy informed teaching to ensuring that your course is stimulating and fun.

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


Awards to staff & students from sport related programmes include:

  • 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).  
One member of the staff within the Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences recently broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest 100km treadmill run (6 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds) – completed in our laboratory!

Sport Coaching Science with Foundation Year you will develop a specific and generic knowledge and skills that will make you a valuable asset to any employer. The degree programme will qualify you for a range of careers related to sport, exercise and physical activity. It also opens up routes into teaching, and further study to Masters level and beyond.

Students on a foundation year course will undertake 120 credits of generic core modules as follows:

  • Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1
  • Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 2
  • Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise
  • Study Skills
  • Biological Concepts
  • Physical Laws of the Natural World

The core modules offer key training in higher education study for science-based programmes and University level skills, namely:

  • Academic Writing and Study Skills
  • Theoretical and Practical Skills in Scientific Method
  • Personal and Career Development

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

Year 0 - Foundation Year

All modules are core modules.

Biological Concepts

The module introduces the variety of living organisms and their classification. This covers the key concepts of species relatedness and of evolution. Structure, ultrastructure and biochemistry of cells and of cell division are covered, as is the structure of DNA and its role in protein synthesis. Genetics and reproduction are covered and students are introduced to molecular genetics. Functional aspects of plant and animal bodies, such as homeostasis, transport, support and locomotion are also covered.

Physical Laws of the Natural World

This module starting with the realisation that physics is the study of the behaviour of light and matter in the natural world, students will be introduced to the way in which physics can be studied. This leads to the examination of matter and how it moves when subjected to an external force. Students will then learn of the conservation laws that govern most natural processes, developing a clearer understanding of energy, momentum and electric charge. Finally, they will examine the properties of sound waves and of light, using the ray model and wave model of light to explain its different characteristics.

Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1

This module will investigate key scientific concepts that need to be considered when investigating sport from a scientific perspective.  Fundamental components will be demonstrated and explored such as the ethics of studying human participants, reliability and validity of measurement, pre assessment procedures, health and safety, and calibration of equipment.  These factors will all be contextualised as key requirements in recording and analysing data to enhance knowledge and understanding.

Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 2

This module will build Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1, to enhance further the students’ scientific skills.  This module will consider the complex nature of science, and how the disciplines associated with the scientific study of sport can interact to enhance knowledge and problem solve.  Problems will be considered from across the range of sport and exercise science disciplines with demonstrations of how research can be enhanced through inter/multi-disciplinary investigation. 

Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise

This module will explore the application of scientific principles in relation to social and psychological aspects of sport and exercise.  Students will be introduced to stratified dimensions of society which could include social class, social mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, age and (dis) ability.  The module will also introduce how we can investigate the nature of individual behaviour and group dynamics related to sport and exercise psychology.

Study Skills

This module will revise and extend basic mathematical, presentation and research skills in preparation for future degree-level study. Students will also be shown how to access and find relevant, reliable and current scientific information and when to apply and cite such information. Students will then be able to take these skills and to apply and develop them as they undertake a directed research project.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year will lead three further years of studying Sport Coaching Science.

This programmes open up routes into teaching, through the PGCE, and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. It also qualifies you for roles in sport, physical activity and health administration and research, health and fitness publishing, as well as the ever-expanding leisure industry.

In addition, it provides an excellent foundation for careers in the public sector, including the medical professions (cardiac rehabilitation, physiotherapy, health promotion and medical sales), whilst both the armed and police forces look favourably upon our graduates.

Wherever your career aspirations lie, a successfully completed Sport Coaching Science degree will equip you with both the specific and generic knowledge and skills that may provide that essential ‘edge’ when trying to make a mark in today’s increasingly competitive job market.

After a successful career in the Parachute Regiment, a former mature student was the first person to paraglide from John O’Groats to Dover in aid of the charity Help for Heroes.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time £4,625 N/A

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

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

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 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 once per week for 10 weeks in the first year and then 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 £120.

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) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
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.

Composition of the course

Each 20 credit taught module has a standard 30-50 hours of student contact. This will typically include lectures, seminars, practical work, labs, workshops, tutorials and feedback on assignments. You are also expected to engage in 150-170 hours of self­directed study per taught module. Contact takes place in face­to­face and online environments, and learning and teaching methods are continually informed by student feedback.

You will have access to specific resources including online study skills materials and our laboratories, which include an eye tracker, brain imaging equipment (EEG), and other sport/exercise related equipment (treadmills and weights, for example). In addition to curricular activity, we strongly encourage volunteering and personal development, and will help you connect with worthwhile charities and organisations.

Our degree in Sport and Exercise Science has a 93% rating for academic support

National Student Survey, 2016

Academic input

There are currently approximately 33 experienced staff who teach / deliver the course. In January 2016 there was one professor, four readers, four principal lecturers, 10 senior lecturers, seven university instructors (half time academic), three postgraduate students, and one senior lab technician, supported by three other technical staff. The Section is supported by a professional services team comprising nine specialist roles. The consultancy unit, SportsLab, also has a manager and access to a number of experienced sport performance consultants.

You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual and group presentations, 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 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 work.

Specialist facilities

As a student studying Sport Coaching Science, you will have access to our well-equipped laboratories used to measure and assess sport and exercise performance. You will also have the opportunity to work within our consultancy unit SportsLab, through which we work with professional athletes, conducting performance related tests and using our expertise to help athletes boost their performance either as an individual or as a team.

Our learning resources in Sport and Exercise Science has a 91% overall student satisfaction rating

National Student Survey, 2016

Industry links

Our course, research and consultancy work are continually developed with consideration of advances and relevant stakeholder needs within the wider health and fitness industry.

Selected staff are accredited by or registered with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and/or the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Many members of the teaching staff hold coaching qualifications awarded by a range of national governing bodies.


Full-time study

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Fact file

UCAS code

  • C610 Sport Coaching Science with Foundation Year

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time including a Foundation Year


  • September 2017

Entry requirements

  • You do not need to have a significant prior knowledge of Science-related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject Sport Coaching Science with Foundation Year.

    A current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required. Where you do not already have this you can apply for this check through the University. There will be a charge for such applications.



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