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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to revalidation

  • Sports 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.

The Foundation Year (first year of study) gives you the chance to commence your studies with us if you have not quite achieved the degree qualifications required or if you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to develop your study skills and subject knowledge prior to embarking on your degree. Through a range of engaging, small-group lessons and practical placements, you will be equipped with the academic, professional and personal skills to help you succeed at university. Modules will cover broad topics as well as an introduction to your chosen subject area. You will also have the opportunity to study alongside students undertaking a range of degree programmes.

Central to the Sports 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).

*Subject to revalidation

This course is 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.

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 0 (Level 3): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours
Placement: 60 hours

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: 252 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours
Placement: 36 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
Independent learning: 900 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 0 (Level 3)*:

71% coursework
17% written exams
12% practical exams

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

39% coursework
13% written exams
48% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

74% coursework
0% written exams
26% 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

2019 Entry: 48 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.

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

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

Succeeding at University 15

Succeeding at University introduces you to learning in higher education and provides you with a framework for reflection and understanding of your own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

Making Sense of the World 15
Foundations of Health and Wellbeing 15
The Meaning of Life on Film 15
The Future of the Planet 15
Being the Difference (Volunteering) 30

Being the Difference is a placement double module, based on the University Volunteering module, that ensures you will make a positive and personally rewarding contribution to the community whilst also reflecting critically upon your experience and developing skills which will enhance your employability and personal development. The placement is in a voluntary sector body locally that will be relevant and appropriate to your future undergraduate subject choice.

Optional Modules
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology - 15 credits
  • Working with Numbers - 15 credits

Optional Credits

Succeeding at University 15

Succeeding at University introduces you to learning in higher education and provides you with a framework for reflection and understanding of your own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

Making Sense of the World 15
Foundations of Health and Wellbeing 15
The Meaning of Life on Film 15
The Future of the Planet 15
Being the Difference (Volunteering) 30

Being the Difference is a placement double module, based on the University Volunteering module, that ensures you will make a positive and personally rewarding contribution to the community whilst also reflecting critically upon your experience and developing skills which will enhance your employability and personal development. The placement is in a voluntary sector body locally that will be relevant and appropriate to your future undergraduate subject choice.

Optional Modules
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology - 15 credits
  • Working with Numbers - 15 credits

Year 2: Level 5

Modules Credits

Foundations of Sports Coaching 30

This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underpin coaching practice and recognise their role within 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.

Introduction to the Science of Coaching 30

This module will introduce the student to the major scientific principles that underpin coaching practice and the importance of applying sport science in the coaching domain. The student will be provided with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of scientific principles and their importance in coaching practice. Key scientific aspects of performance and development will be explored including the physiological responses to training (adaptation), the biomechanical basis to technical development, and the impact of athlete motivation upon development.

Foundations of Sports Development 30

The aim of this foundation module is to introduce students to the process of sports development and the role and function of key organisations in sport. Students will identify the challenges facing those seeking to promote sport participation in the community. Similarly, the promotion and support for those seeking to improve their sporting performance, perhaps leading to elite participation, will be discussed within the various frameworks of sports development. In this sense, an understanding about the government’s role in strategic sports leadership will give a greater understanding about the role key relevant organisations. From this baseline of understanding, the role and function of sports development will be more easily identified, examined and discussed.

Introduction to Research in Sports Coaching and Psychology 30

Year 3: Level 6

Modules Credits

Community Coaching Practice 30

The aim of this module is to facilitate students’ reflection on coaching practice. To this end, the module is ultimately designed with a view to engage students in coaching practice. During the course of the first semester, students will engage with the mechanics of coaching. Issues such as session planning, season planning, and periodization will be discussed, as will the need for proper risk assessments and safe-guarding principles. Links will be made to the need to coach for specialist populations, and the ideas of ‘teaching games for understanding’; and ‘delivering engaging sessions’. On completion of this preparatory first semester, students will then be expected to embark on a semester-long coaching ‘placement’ in a sport of their choice. During this period they will be expected to deliver training ground sessions, and reflect on their own experiences with a view to improve their (and ultimately others’) coaching practice.

Coaching Science 30

This module focuses on assessing the performance and progression of individual athletes in coaching settings. It specifically looks to quantify the psychological, physiological, and biomechanical aspects of both performance and training, and will develop within students the ability to undertake such measurements, and assess which are appropriate in terms of achieving the goals set for coaching.

Training Methodology 15

In order to systematically enhance a range of factors including speed, strength, flexibility, power, endurance, skill level and ultimately performance it is crucial to develop an understanding of training methodology. This module will explore a range of important factors including periodization, testing and monitoring, recovery, programme design, aims/objectives, and pedagogical issues.
Throughout the module students will be asked to investigate and evaluate training methodology case studies that may include: the female athlete, the child athlete, the power athlete, the team sport athlete, the endurance athlete, the injured athlete, recreational exercisers, and senior populations.

Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise 15

This module is designed to develop within students the ability to undertake key performance analysis tasks, using a variety of technologies.  Specific attention here will be paid to the actual measurement of individual or team performance and the structuring of feedback based on these measurements. Students will be introduced to key techniques (e.g. notational analysis) and technologies (e.g. DartFish) in support of performance analysis.  Students will be encouraged to review appropriate apps available for smartphones, tablets and/or iPads and evaluate their practical use in the field.

Research in Sports Coaching and Psychology 30

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
Year 4 £9,250 £13,500
Total £37,000 £54,000
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £37,700 £54,700

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. Cost per item is between £15-£50. 
  • Additional 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, withfees 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.

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.

Printing and binding: We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £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
CX6X
Duration
4 years full-time
Typical offer
48 points
Location
On campus, Winchester