BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance

The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Performance allows students to develop the knowledge, skills, behaviour and values required for a future profession in sports coaching. *Subject to Validation

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BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance at University of Winchester

UCAS code: C615

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time

International Baccalaureate: 

25 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Selection process: 

Suitable applicants are required to attend interview

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man


2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years)

For further details click here

Additional costs: 

Mandatory 

  • Placement: Students may incur travel costs on their coaching placement in Year 2 but the choice of placement is down to the student and they may select a placement within walking distance. This placement may be one day per week for 12 weeks or may be every day within one week. Cost £0 - £30 per day. 

Optional

  • Kit: In Year 1, students are expected to wear the appropriate attire for practical sessions. Students can buy a department kit or wear their own. Students can buy as little or as much they like. Cost per item is between £15-£50. 
  • Additonal coaching awards: Most professional and coaching courses are offered free of charge as part of the course. Additional coaching awards are often subsidised and completely optional, with fees ranging from £10-£60 in 2016-17. These costs can occur in any or all years.
  • Core texts: It is recommended that students buy core texts, but it is possible to buy second-hand copies or study using library and online sources. At the beginning of the first year we recommend two books at a total cost of no more than £70. Subsequent text book purchases at the beginning of each semester are optional and in accordance with modules selected. Cost £70 - £200 per academic year.
  • Volunteering: Students may incur travel costs on optional volunteering placements or part time work placements in the third year of study. Choice of placement is down to the student and may be local or at a distance. Cost £0 - £30 per day.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

This is a new course and so there are currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied have been drawn from wider subject areas.   In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Work placement:

Coaching placements will form an integral part of this course and will be mandatory in Year 2 and Year 3.  You will undertake a community coaching placement in a rugby club or a school in Year 2.  In your final year you will undertake a coaching placement that builds upon the experience of your Year 2 placement.  Students will be advised as to the nature of their placement based upon previous experience.  

Fact: Students may extend their coaching expertise through attendance at a variety of coaching courses - the University may offer a variety of coaching courses on behalf of the relevant National Governing Bodies of the respective sports.


Fact: The King Alfred Campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities such as a Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratory, a Sport and Exercise Biomechanics Laboratory, a custom-built Strength and Conditioning laboratory, a Sport and Exercise Psychology laboratory, University Gym, fitness suite, sports hall, and multi-purpose courts. The Winchester Sports Stadium, located at Bar End, offers superb track and field facilities.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

Students are offered opportunities to work on client-based projects to build their portfolios with commercial work throughout their degree.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

*Subject to Validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University. 

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

Central to this course is the belief that coaching theory and knowledge only become relevant when applied in practice. The course is designed to ensure that students develop a strong theoretical and practical foundation within the field of sport coaching and sport science. This is the first step to developing individuals who are effectively prepared to practice as competent and confident professionals, who can make sound decisions, problem solve and provide a consistent and high standard of evidence based practice. Central to this course is the belief that coaching theory and knowledge only become relevant when applied in practice and hence there will be a strong focus on the practical application of both coaching and scientific knowledge.  Students will be required to keep a portfolio of evidence of the application of knowledge throughout the course.  

Students will study four strands of modules in Year 1 and 2 of the course: Research Methods, Coaching Practice, Supporting Coaching Practice and Coaching Science.    A key feature of the programme will be the requirement to undertake a voluntary sport placement in Year 2.  Students will be able to make their own choice of placement host with a self-selected focus on coaching, training, scientific support, performance analysis or management.  Year 3 of the course will see students able to make option choices in line with personal preference and informed by future career paths.  At this stage students may opt to focus on psychology, nutrition, rehabilitation, disability sport and/or sport and the media, whilst continuing to study coaching science and practice, and undertaking an independent research project.  

Year 1 

Core modules:

  • Foundations of Sports Coaching
  • Introduction to the Science of Coaching
  • Foundations of Sports Development
  • Introduction to Research Methods

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Community Coaching Practice
  • Coaching Science
  • Training Methodology
  • Performance Analysis
  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise 

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  •  Critical Issues in Sports Coaching
  • Applied Coaching Science
  • Sport Pedagogy (Sport Education)

Optional modules:

  • Coaching Special Populations 
  • Psychological Transitions in Sport
  • Sport and the Media
  • Nutrition in Sport and Exercise
  • Rehabilitation Biomechanics
  • Disability Biomechanics

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 900 hours
  • Independent learning: 180 hours
  • Placement: 120 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 780 hours
  • Independent learning: 180 hours
  • Placement: 240 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 660 hours
  • Independent learning: 300 hours
  • Placement: 240 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Programme Leader

  • Dr Hazel Brown

Teaching team

  • Richard Cheetham MBE
  • Dr Simon Jenkins
  • Andrew Burns
  • Rosie Collins
  • Jo Batey
  • John Batten
  • Chris Whittle

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 17 per cent coursework
  • 17 per cent written exams
  • 66 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 50 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 50 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 58 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 42 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Intended employment route for graduates of the programme: 

  • Sport Coach
  • Sport Science support role 
  • Sport Trainer
  • Management roles in sport (e.g. national governing bodies)
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Researcher/Scientist
  • Professional or semi-professional performer (if entering the degree from such a position)

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement

 

Employability

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
UK and EU Students: Send us a message

International Student

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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