Sport Coaching Science top-up Award BSc (Hons)

Honours Degree, Full-time

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Key Details

  • 1 Years
  • C61T Course Code
  • Full Time


Why study a top up in Sport Coaching Science?

This one year programme builds on your previous experience of studying sport and enables you to become a graduate in sport coaching science, providing a high quality springboard into coaching sport from community to elite level. The course is designed to equip you with the know-how and expertise required to work as a multi-skilled sports coach in a growing number of coaching and teaching related careers.

Drawing on our heritage and expertise in sport studies, sport  science and physical education at Newman, we have developed a course that offers you the chance to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required to begin  a career in coaching and related careers. Alongside the practical skills and theoretical underpinning of coaching, you will also develop skills in biomechanics and performance analysis allowing you to understand sport at both a technical and tactical level. In addition, you will be given opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding in psychology, physiology, business and sociology as well as developing leadership, communication and reflective skills required for successful employment

What does the course cover?

One of the main modules on this course will enhance your understanding of the pedagogy (teaching) of sport and coaching to improve performance at all levels.  You will learn how to implement academic theory in a number of sports and real-life coaching environments through observation and evaluation of a skill to identify the appropriate coaching required to improve performance, design a programme and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.

You will gain an advanced level understanding of physiology from a sports performance perspective, noting how the body responds to various forms of training and factors critical to optimal training including selecting the appropriate training programme, effective monitoring of training level, intensity and fatigue.

You will also develop experitise in sports events management.  You will develop an understanding of the importance of the planning process in sports event organisation, and an understanding of how theory and policy informs the planning process.  You will then put this knowledge into practice by planning, implementing and evaluating a sports event which will be an excellent addition to your C.V. Through this experience you will identify the key issues in organising a sporting event in the U.K., address the practical problems that arise and develop the problem solving skills required to overrcome them and run an effective and safe event.

Throughout the course you will complete a dissertation on an area of sports coaching research which is of particular interest to you.

What makes the course noteworthy?

  • You will have the opportunity to gain sport-specific National Governing Body (NGB) awards
  • Inter-disciplinary and vocationally relevant
  • Teaching is informed and underpinned by strong staff research and practitioner expertise
  • You will experience diverse and innovative assessment methods, including assessing coaching practice

Lecturers on the course regularly present at international conferences, collaborate internationally and publish research in top academic journals.

What careers can I consider?

This course offers the chance for you to develop the skills outlined by Sports Coach UK as being essential to increase the level and quality of sports coaches. It also develops a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide range of work situations.

Key skills in communication, innovation, teamwork, research skills, critical evaluation and analysis of data  and information, are especially relevant to a variety of employment pathways in coaching and related careers. Possible career destinations following successful completion of the Sport Coaching Science top up include employment as a coach by local authorities, the growing private sector, a sport governing body or within the broad education sector. It also provides the appropriate pre-requisites for training as a physical education teacher, an armed forces physical training instructor (PTI), sports coach educator, or a career in sports development (coaching focus). You could also choose to progress on to a masters level course.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND. To progress directly onto level 6 (third year of the degree) applicants should normally achieve an overall merit or distinction. Applicants not achieving this can enter at level 5 (second year of the degree programme).

All applicants intending to progress directly onto level 6 are required to attend and pass a bridging module prior to enrolment. This module focuses on research methods and academic writing. Applicants not achieving pass this module will enter the programme at level 5  (second year of the degree programme).

Applicants should also hold GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or equivalent awards). If your application meets our entry requirements, you may be invited to attend an interview.

Contact details

ContactAdmissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2378) Email:

Dr Adam Benkwitz (Head of Sport and Health) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2402) Email:


Course Fees

Fees per academic year: 2018/19* Full-time: £9,250

* Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).