BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching at Winchester offers students the opportunity to engage at an academic level with one of the fastest growing sports disciplines and reflect on their own coaching practice in practical and community-based environments.
*subject to revalidation

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at University of Winchester

UCAS code: CX61

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 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; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing)

Selection process:

Applicants are encouraged to include reference to coaching experience or coaching qualifications in their personal statement.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250*** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750*** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600*** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800*** (3 years)

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Additional Costs

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Other Information


The University will be applying for accreditation from SportsCoachUK/Skills Active.

Study abroad (optional):


Work placements:

In Year 2, students have the opportunity to undertake a community coaching placement in a sports club, leisure centre or within a school.


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

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


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


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 Sports Analysis Suite, University Gym, fitness suite, sports hall, and multi-purpose courts. The Winchester Sports Stadium, located at Bar End, offers superb track and field facilities.

Student Satisfaction:

As this course started in 2014, there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has 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.

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 final year students must accept an offer of a place by the end of March and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**Subject to revalidation

'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

Terms and Conditions 

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

***Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 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.

Central to this Sports Coaching degree course is the belief that coaching theory and 'knowledge' only becomes relevant when applied in practice. In fact, it is out on the playing field, the track and/or the sports hall that we really find out what works, and the best coaches are those who are able to reflect critically on their own practice, and look for ways to enrich their knowledge. Consequently there is a heavy emphasis within this programme on students being coaches, and using theoretical knowledge to reflect on their own coaching practice.

In terms of coaching theory, the programme is uniquely focused on the disciplines of sports coaching, sports development and research methods. Students are provided with the knowledge base to critically engage with contemporary research related to sports coaching and sports development and then test this research in practical settings.

The programme is composed of four key strands which combine to form an innovative programme of study. The course has been designed using the criteria set by SportsCoachUK, with employability strongly in mind, and students are exposed to theory and practice that has a resonance to national coaching frameworks.

  • Sports Coaching Practice strand
    The sports coaching strand enables students to apply theory to a variety of practical coaching situations. The modules within this strand have been designed to introduce generic coaching principles, with students being given the opportunity to demonstrate these in their own areas of interest from team to individual sports. The course takes the view that coach education and development is an important element of improving sports performance at all levels. Therefore we aim to enable students to understand the importance of: communication from coach to athlete, putting theoretical principles into practice, and examining coaching from learning, teaching and analysis perspectives. In addition, students are involved in coaching consultancy work in the local sporting community to enhance their employment prospects and deepen their understanding of sports coaching in practice. There are opportunities to gain coaching qualifications in tandem with these modules.
  • Sports Development strand
    The modules within the sports development strand aim to connect the world of coaching to wider community and performance development structures. The aim here is to investigate how politics and policy are the catalysts of specific development and coaching initiatives. The specific issues discussed are focused around how inequality affects boththe coaching profession and sports participation in general; how sport is resourced; and how sport is used both to develop local communities and, for its own sake, in performance and elite models.
  • Sports Coaching Science strand
    This strand of modules is based around the application of aspects of sports science to the world of sports coaching - where this knowledge requires a unique style of interpretation and communication. Certain aspects of applied sports biomechanics (the analysis of movement), physiology (principles of training) and psychology (where the roles of sports psychologists and coaches 'collide') are covered in this strand to provide students with a science toolkit for sports coaching.
  • Research Methods strand
    This strand seeks to develop a familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sporting contexts. The acquisition of such skills not only underpin learning from coursework in other strands, but is also a prerequisite for completion of the dissertation. The use of technology in a performance setting, such as video match analysis, is also an essential element of the strand. In particular, this strand provides a unique opportunity for students to become accredited performance analysts in conjunction with Dartfish analysis technologies.

The dissertation is designed to provide an opportunity to study an area which students are most interested in. It represents the most independent piece of research that is carried out at undergraduate level. Students are supervised throughout this process but are expected to take increasing responsibility for the development of this piece of work.

The formal curriculum is supported by a wide range of extracurricular development opportunities, made available to our students while studying with us. These vary from traditional SportCoachUK workshops, to more cutting edge performance and video analysis courses that help to enrich the student experience whilst at the University.

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Community Coaching Practice
  • Coaching Science
  • Key Resources in the Development of Sport
  • Community Sports Development
  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Critical Issues in Sports Coaching
  • Applied Coaching Science
  • Sports Development: International Perspectives
  • Optional modules include Elite Sports Development; Study Abroad (Sport)

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of each course, students develop independent and critical learning skills, as well as building their confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of learning resources available.

Students on this programme have the opportunity to develop academic skills and research literacy, subject knowledge, professional skills and evidence based practical competency. Opportunities for group work and understanding collective dynamics and responsibilities contribute to communication and personal development in addition to enhancing the students' ethical and social awareness. The programme is also committed to innovative and enquiry-based approaches to learning and teaching.

Course delivery is reflected in a balance between lectures, seminars, workshops, practical and laboratory work and tutorials. The programmes also structure work in between sessions by setting tasks for students to prepare for following sessions. However, many sessions are made up of a mixture of teaching styles and learning activities. We also encourage students to work together and support each other in small groups, and access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services within the University.

Key features of the student experience include:

  • Active learning via numerous practical sessions
  • Chances to enrich learning, for example, coaching courses
  • Guest speakers
  • Teaching informed by research and consultancy

Students also have the opportunity to interact with visiting students to help them better understand sport in different countries and cultures, whilst the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) enables students to work with academics on a genuine research project, so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for their future.

Programme Leader 

Teaching team

We provide high-quality teaching in a friendly learning environment and pride ourselves in the quality of support and guidance we offer students. Staff from the department are continually striving to find new and innovative ways to teach and support students. All tutors are interested both in sport and how to teach it. We firmly believe active learning and practical activities as well as directed independent learning to help our students to excel. We have a well-established reputation for educating students in a variety of academic disciplines related to the study of sport and exercise. Many of the staff are actively engaged in their own research. This research continually feeds back into our curriculum to provide areas for debate that are right at the cutting edge of the study of sport and exercise.

Further information

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

The majority of the work in the sport and exercise programmes is based on coursework. This coursework includes assignments such as essays, laboratory reports, presentations, practical skills assessments, role plays projects, group debates, case studies and the dissertation. Although there are some examinations, many of these are based around seen papers. Such diversity ensures students become competent at expressing themselves academically through a number of different types of assessment.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

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.

Graduates enter sports related professions such as sports development officer, performance manager and community development leader, within private health clubs, coaching organisations and community coaching schemes.

Students develop a wide range of transferable employability skills including the ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and collaboratively. These skills are valued in a range of graduate careers, including those not directly related to sport and fitness. Many students also continue on to study for postgraduate qualifications to further enhance their employability. New innovative master's level programmes are constantly reviewed to ensure that they are at the forefront of contemporary study.

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


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 the Higher Education Statistics Agency (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

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