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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Sport Coaching achieved 100% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2018 National Student Survey
  • Make the most of excellent sports facilities, including a sport and exercise psychology laboratory and technologies for sports analysis
  • Enrich your university experience with a wide range of extracurricular opportunities, from traditional Sports Coach UK workshops to cutting-edge performance and professional courses
  • Receive first aid and safeguarding training, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance prior to your placement, as part of the course
  • Learn to reflect in an analytical way on your practical experience of coaching
  • Undertake a community coaching placement in a sports club, leisure centre, or school in Year 2
  • Be the difference – develop our future athletes

Sports coaches used to pick up their skills simply by playing, then passing on their experience. But that’s no longer enough in a world where coaches in tennis, football and cricket have public profiles as high as the players themselves. We now expect coaches to have studied and mastered the art and science of coaching. That’s why on our Sports Coaching course you learn a more ‘professional’ approach by reflecting in an academic way on your practical experiences of coaching practice.

From the minute you leave our three-year programme’s ‘starting blocks’ you won’t be short of inspiration. Our lecturers are great motivators of students and the facilities available to you are first-class, including our own stadium complete with an eight-lane athletics track, a large sports hall on-campus and laboratories kitted out with the latest high-tech analysis equipment. You also benefit from the professional input of a range of interesting motivational speakers. In the past, these have included coaches from the Welsh national football team, a member of Chelsea FC, and rugby union players from Saracens.

Central to the Sport Coaching course at Winchester is the belief that theory and knowledge are best learned through practice. Four strands cover both the practical and academic elements.

The first strand is Sports Coaching Practice, which teaches you to put theoretical coaching principles into practice to help sports people strive to improve performance. Part of being a successful coach is having good communication skills and we study the best ways to convey your message. In this practical first strand, you may also explore coaching consultancy work in the local sporting community to enhance your employment prospects.

The Supporting Coaching Practice strand helps you to understand both scientific and sociological coaching principles. You focus on how inequality affects both coaching and sports participation and how sport is used to develop local communities. You take a deeper look at training methodology and the use of technology, such as video match analysis. You also focus on educational theory and how it can help structure coaching classes. Finally, you explore coaching special populations, with the primary focus on disability sport.

The Sports Coaching Science strand applies sports science to sports coaching. Covering aspects of biomechanics, physiology and psychology provides you with a science toolkit for coaching.

Finally, in the Research Methods strand you develop the academic ability to apply both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to various sporting and exercise contexts. The acquisition of such skills underpins your learning in all strands and is essential for completing the dissertation in an area of special interest.

Our degree equips you with the coaching expertise to join a growing industry where standards have risen dramatically in recent years. Our graduates usually enter careers as professional sports coaches, sports development officers, performance managers, community development leaders and PE teachers. But you ‘cross the finishing line’ with a wide range of transferable communication, analysis and research skills that are also valued in a range of careers not directly related to sport and fitness.

Careers

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.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

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.

Study abroad

Our sports coaching course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the USA.

Learning and teaching

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: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours
Placement: 24 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours
Placement: 24 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Assessment

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

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

50% coursework
25% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

57% coursework
0% written exams
43% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

77% coursework
0% written exams
23% 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.

Further information

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

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2021 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.
For 2020 entry a GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in mathematics will be required.

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1: Level 4

Modules Credits

Sport Matters 15

This module offers an introduction to the study of sport from a socio-cultural perspective. Specifically, this module will engage students in contemporary discussions about what matters in sport, culture, and life. This module will help students to understand difficult concepts and explore some of the fundamental questions and challenges in sport today. Using examples from across the globe, students will also be encouraged to reflect on their basic assumptions with regards to sport. At the same time, an emphasis will be placed on the development of transferable academic skills and critical thinking in particular.

Sport Coaching 1 15

This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underpin coaching practice. As such, the module will highlight the importance of the fundamentals of learning and teaching; the key role of leadership in coaching; and the need to develop a philosophy of coaching. In the process, students will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of these key principles and their importance through reflecting on established coaching practices, and looking at key case studies of coaches and their work.

Sport Physiology for Coaches 15

This module will introduce students to the major scientific principles that underpin coaching practice and the importance of applying sport and exercise physiology in the coaching domain. Key scientific aspects of human and performance physiology will be explored including the biochemistry of exercise and physiological responses to training (adaptation). Students will also begin to discuss key readings related to some of the central concepts and thus develop their understanding.

Coaching Practice 1 15

This module provides an introduction to understanding coaching through recognition of the learning process using open and closed skills. The importance of appropriate developmental session design is a key element of coaching practice and this module seeks to ensure that students are aware of the considerations and approaches that are fundamental to effective learning.

Introduction to Research in Sport 15

This module will introduce the importance of sport research and how this contributes to the development of our knowledge about sport. The various different philosophies that underpin research will be introduced to demonstrate the different ways researchers can tackle research problems and design research projects to address emerging issues in sport. Students will also learn how to seek out, review and explore existing research by considering key concepts such as reliability, validity and ethics. The importance of analysing different types of data (for different audiences) will also be examined.

Sport Coaching 2 15

The module aims to expose students to a variety of influences that affect the coaching profession. It starts from the perspective that quality coaching is informed by a multitude of disciplines, as well as formal and informal learning sources, all of which inter-relate. As such – the coach’s skill must be in recognising the value of each of these disciplines to their everyday practice. The actual coaching process – which is a key concept in the academic understanding of the role of the coach – forms the ‘anchor’ that places the module in context, and from there students will be expected to explore a variety of information sources.

Skill Acquisition 15

This module will examine how sporting skills, and motor skills more generally, are developed. Features of learning environments that impact on the skill acquisition process will be explored. A particular feature of the module will be the consistent collection of data through laboratory activities that enable a ‘hands on’ understanding to be developed. This will assist in the development of understanding of the laboratory report process.

Coaching Practice 2 15

This module reflects the dynamic nature of the sports coaching field. It is designed around an awareness that - especially in performance sport - to stand still is to regress, and as such it seeks to explore the edges of the coaching profession. There are instances where coaching has been refreshed, where new ideas have been tried, new technologies have been tested and the profession has been expanded. It is designed to deliver contemporary National Governing Body award and continuing professional development courses that are essential in enhancing placement and employability opportunities.

Year 2: Level 5

Modules Credits

Sport Research 1 15

This module will introduce the importance of qualitatively focused sport research and the philosophies that underpin such research. A variety of specific research methodologies appropriate for the interdisciplinary study of sport, exercise and health will be examined, including surveys, interviews, observation and media research. Alongside this suite of research tools, key concepts such as reliability, validity and ethics will be revisited and further developed.

Coaching Special Populations 15

This module will examine sport, exercise and physical activity as well as game-related and competitive domains such as the Special Olympics and Paralympics. Indeed, ‘special populations’ encompasses both populations with disability /disease and populations defined in terms of demographic descriptors such as age, ethnicity, sexuality and gender. This module takes an evidence-based approach to coaching individuals, groups and teams from such populations.

Sport Mechanics for Coaches 15

This module focuses on assessing the performance of individual athletes in coaching settings. It specifically looks to quantify the biomechanical aspects of performance and will develop within students the ability to undertake biomechanical measurements and present these in a way coaches and athletes can use effectively.

Coaching Practice 3 15

This module will facilitate students’ engagement with and reflection on coaching practice. Specifically, students will prepare for a coaching placement, and then deliver activities and reflect on their own experiences with a view to improving their (and ultimately others’) coaching practice.

Sport Research 2 15

This module will examine the importance of quantitatively focused sport research and the philosophies that underpin such research. Students will develop the ability to generate quantitative data via a variety of methods. This module will also develop the practical skills of computer-interactive data analysis. Students will learn about both descriptive and inferential statistics in the context of the entire scientific process.

Children, Young People and Physical Activity 15
Developing Effective Relationships 15

The aim of this module is to enable the student to develop the skills and theoretical knowledge required of a practitioner within the domain of sport and exercise. Building on a strong theoretical foundation, students will examine a range of factors and the potential impact of each upon the approach adopted by the consultant. A core focus of the module will be to introduce students to core communication skills and how they can use these skills to build more effective professional working relationships. Crucially, students will develop the ability to communicate with clients regardless of age, intellect or social group.

Coaching Placement 1 15

This module will facilitate students’ engagement with and reflection on coaching practice. Specifically, students will undertake a coaching placement, during which they will deliver activities and reflect on their own experiences with a view to improve their (and ultimately others’) coaching practice.

Year 3: Level 6

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

This module aims to provide students with the experiences of planning and executing an in-depth and independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Students will negotiate the focus of the project with tutorial guidance and will be expected to show an awareness of research methodology appropriate for an empirical research project. Emphasis will be placed on topics that are analytical, interdisciplinary and/or evaluative in nature. This is the opportunity for students to produce a research project in a particular area of interest that relates to the curriculum being studied.

Coaching Placement 2 15

This module aims to critically examine students’ experiences in new coaching environments. This seeks to widen their learning and skill development. Such experiences could include team or individual sports, age groups, clubs or schools, as well as male and female groups, for example. This will strengthen the employment prospects of students.

Critical Issues in Sport Coaching 15

This module will take a multi-, inter- and cross-disciplinary approach to identifying and dealing with critical, contemporary issues in sport coaching. There will be a heavy emphasis on coaching philosophy, evidence-based practice, and professionalism.

Advanced Sport Physiology for Coaches 15

This module will build upon understanding from previous sport and exercise physiology modules to critically evaluate literature and contemporary topics in research. Students will use their practical skills and understanding of physiological parameters to identify and conduct appropriate tests in sport coaching settings. Additionally, students will learn sound methods of data collection and analysis to enable the interpretation and critiquing of results.

Strength and Conditioning Coaching 15

This module takes an evidence-based and critical approach to strength and conditioning coaching, with a specialist focus on teaching students a practical and theoretical understanding of weightlifting skills (i.e., clean, jerk, snatch, as well as weightlifting assistance exercises such as the front squat).

Optional Modules
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 15 Credits
  • Outdoor Education - 15 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 15 Credits
  • Nutrition in Sport and Exercise - 15 Credits
  • Rehabilitation Biomechanics - 15 Credits
  • Eating Well: Food and Value in the 21st Century - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation 30

This module aims to provide students with the experiences of planning and executing an in-depth and independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Students will negotiate the focus of the project with tutorial guidance and will be expected to show an awareness of research methodology appropriate for an empirical research project. Emphasis will be placed on topics that are analytical, interdisciplinary and/or evaluative in nature. This is the opportunity for students to produce a research project in a particular area of interest that relates to the curriculum being studied.

Coaching Placement 2 15

This module aims to critically examine students’ experiences in new coaching environments. This seeks to widen their learning and skill development. Such experiences could include team or individual sports, age groups, clubs or schools, as well as male and female groups, for example. This will strengthen the employment prospects of students.

Critical Issues in Sport Coaching 15

This module will take a multi-, inter- and cross-disciplinary approach to identifying and dealing with critical, contemporary issues in sport coaching. There will be a heavy emphasis on coaching philosophy, evidence-based practice, and professionalism.

Advanced Sport Physiology for Coaches 15

This module will build upon understanding from previous sport and exercise physiology modules to critically evaluate literature and contemporary topics in research. Students will use their practical skills and understanding of physiological parameters to identify and conduct appropriate tests in sport coaching settings. Additionally, students will learn sound methods of data collection and analysis to enable the interpretation and critiquing of results.

Strength and Conditioning Coaching 15

This module takes an evidence-based and critical approach to strength and conditioning coaching, with a specialist focus on teaching students a practical and theoretical understanding of weightlifting skills (i.e., clean, jerk, snatch, as well as weightlifting assistance exercises such as the front squat).

Optional Modules
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 15 Credits
  • Outdoor Education - 15 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 15 Credits
  • Nutrition in Sport and Exercise - 15 Credits
  • Rehabilitation Biomechanics - 15 Credits
  • Eating Well: Food and Value in the 21st Century - 15 Credits

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

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. 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.

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,935.

International 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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

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. Indicative cost is £15-£50 per item.

Core Texts

These are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £50-£200 per academic year.

Professional Courses

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Health also deliver a number of professional courses (e.g., coaching courses, Combined Level 3 Gym Instructor and Personal Training, etc.) either as part of or alongside the taught curriculum. However, any course that is mandatory is delivered free of charge, with optional courses often heavily subsidised. Indicative cost is £10-£600 per course.

Volunteering or Placement

Students may also incur travel costs on volunteering and/or placement modules. However, the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health will consider each individual students’ circumstances when undertaking these experiences and seek to minimise any such costs as appropriate. Indicative cost is £10-£30 per day for travel.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
CX61
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester