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  • 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 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.


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.

94.4% of our 2015/16 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.


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: 324 hours
Independent learning: 876 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 852 hours
Placement: 48 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours

Independent learning: 888 hours

Placement: 24 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 


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


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)*:

64% coursework
13% written exams
23% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

77% coursework
0% written exams
23% 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.


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.



2018 Entry: 96-112 points

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

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

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 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

Introduction to Research Methods 30

This module introduces some of the essential study skills required to perform well in all modules and assessments in a sport and exercise context. The study skills element of this module will place a particular emphasis upon transferable skills. The module will also introduce students to the scientific philosophies that underpin quantitative and qualitative research. Students will then be introduced to a variety of specific quantitative and qualitative research methodologies appropriate for the interdisciplinary study of sport and exercise. This module will also introduce the concepts of reliability and validity.

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 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 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.

Year 2: Level 5

Modules Credits

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise 30

This module seeks to develop a greater appreciation of how to research more complex and interdisciplinary issues in sport/exercise. Students will develop and extend their knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research design and methodologies as well as considering research that adopts a blend of both paradigms. In this way students will be challenged to consider mixed methodological approaches (‘triangulation)’ to produce more meaningful findings and to consider the ethical issues surrounding the undertaking of research. Through the development of a greater sensitivity to research methods, students will then carry out a small-scale research project.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Year 3: Level 6

Modules Credits

Sport Pedagogy 15

This module has particular relevance for those students wishing to pursue careers in sport coaching and physical education teaching.  Students will be introduced to a range of pedagogic practices in use in the field and be asked to critique them in relation to contexts and participant group demographics, skill and experience.  Students will additionally be introduced to a range of assessment strategies in current use in the field and critique those in relation to intended learning outcomes, the learning context and the learners themselves.  Opportunity will be provided to design a coaching or teaching session, linking the pedagogic practice to intended learning outcomes and assessment of those outcomes.  Hours will be provided for students to visit schools, colleges and/or sport clubs to observe teaching and coaching in practice and to reflect on the different pedagogic approaches.

Applied Coaching Science 30

This module uses the knowledge of constructs; and measurement and analysis which were central to the level three and four coaching science modules to develop a critical understanding of how to use scientific coaching knowledge to develop athletic and team performance. Students will be expected to arrive at the module with an established theoretical knowledge of coaching interventions, develop a scientific coaching intervention – which can be laboratory- or field-based – and critique its effect on performance. The sports scientist here fully develops into the role of providing support for coaching, and special attention will be paid to the way in which these interventions can be incorporated to provide added-value in coaching practice.

Critical Issues in Sports Coaching 30

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. The 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 create deliberate links between the science; coaching and development strands and pull on all these areas to come up with a cutting edge syllabus which will, to a large degree, be set by specialist student interest.

Dissertation 30

The Dissertation is a double module that provides students with the experiences of planning and executing an independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Each student 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 which 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.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Coaching Specialist Populations 15 Credits

Study Abroad (Sport)

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 will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



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:


  • 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.


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.


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
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester