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BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

Sport Coaching - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: C603

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.


Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching course focuses on the application and dissemination of knowledge in the practical coaching environment. Specifically, it will provide  you with opportunities to gain a better understanding of the socially contested nature of the coaching process. You will engage with a range of theories which inform sports coaching and you will develop a critical insight into the application of this knowledge through work based learning experiences. Furthermore, you will be able to apply your knowledge gained from other key disciplines such as: physiology, biomechanics, psychology, ethics, cultural studies, performance analysis and adapted physical activity to a variety of contextual issues in sports coaching.

These elements give the course a unique flavour mixing traditional knowledge and skills with contemporary socio-pedagogical approaches. The practical and contextual knowledge you develop within this programme will  allow you to evaluate and modify your own behaviour and that of the performers you may work with in a range of sports. It will also enable you to appreciate the role of the professional coach and to understand the qualities needed to coach effectively.​

Course information on this page relates to September 2018 entry.​

​Course Content​

Year One:


  • Introduction to the Research Process*
  • Introduction to the Applied  Principles & Techniques in Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching & Physical Education*
  • Introduction to Sport & Exercise Science*

Options Choose one from:

  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education*
  • Sport Performance Analysis

Year Two


  • Research Process*
  • Sport Coaching
  • Sport Coaching and Physical Education*
  • Applied Sports Principles and Techniques (Choose two: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Problem based learning through Outdoor Adventurous Activities (counts as two), Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Water Polo)

Choose two from:-

  • Work Experience
  • Sport Development in Practice
  • Ethics in Sport
  • Sociological Theory of Sport, Exercise & Health*
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology*
  • Applied Biomechanics of Sport & Exercise
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Performance Analysis

Year Three: 

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Independent Project*
  • Problem-based Learning for Coaching*
  • Advanced Sport Coaching

Options one from:

  • Work Experience
  • Sport Development
  • Ethical Issues in Sport
  • Biomechanics of Sport & Exercise
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology for Health*
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture*
  • Managing High Performance Sport
  • Commercial Approaches to Sport

* Module also available through medium of Welsh.

Learning & Teaching

The Sport Coaching programme is delivered in a number of different ways in attempts to engage students in different aspects of the coaching process and to provide opportunities to develop a number of transferrable life skills that are valued by employers. Specifically, the programme utilises: (a) lead lectures that concentrate of dissemination of core content; (b) seminars that encourage small group work; (c) practical sessions that allow for the application of theory to practice; (d) student-led independent study through the use of Virtual Learning Environments (e.g., Team Performance Exchange, Moodle). All aspects of Learning and Teaching utilise the most recent research literature and National Occupational Standards (e.g., National Governing Body, NGB, coaching qualifications) to underpin both content and delivery, thus providing a contemporary and innovative Programme.

The Sports Coaching programme has a fully integrated personal tutoring system where students' academic, social, and vocational development is facilitated and supported by members of the Sport Coaching teaching team. This team is made up of internationally renowned researchers and coaches who have helped to shape the current landscape of sports coaching through seminal peer-reviewed publications and textbooks, developing national and international coach education qualifications, and practically through international coaching and performance honours. The strengths of this team have enabled the Sports Coaching programme at Cardiff Met to be widely recognised as one of the flagship coaching programmes in the UK


Building on the drive to help students develop a range of academic and vocational skills that will better prepare them for employment within sports coaching, the assessment procedures inherent within the programme are diverse. We utilise a range of written assignments, presentations and discussions, practical assessments, reflective practice logs and examinations, in attempts to assess students’ knowledge, understanding, and critical thinking skills. Finally, the modes of assessment provide students with opportunities to engage in formative and summative assessments that have achieved the standard required to progress to the next stage of their degree or to qualify for an award.

Employability & Careers

Once graduated you will be able to follow a career in coaching and teaching, the leisure industry, sports science support and in the field of sports development. Past graduates have obtained employment in coaching in the UK and abroad in a variety of sporting contexts some examples of which include football coaching in Adelaide, Australia, and in the USA, Assistant Academy Manager for a championship football club, rugby coaching in Singapore, multi-sport coaching in Shanghai and swimming coaching in the UK. In addition graduates have found employment working as sport development officers for local authorities and National Governing Bodies, as fitness consultants and trainers. The subjects studied and skills learnt will also give graduates the opportunity to continue their education to Master's and Doctorate level or undertake a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Maths* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 112 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A Levels: 112 points to include grades BB. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject​

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDM within a relevant subject
  • VTCT Extended Diploma in Sports Studies grade DDM overall
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 112 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pass with 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit
  • Applicants should preferably have a strong sporting profile

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Applicants are normally made an offer based on the details above. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels (or equivalent) or are not predicted to meet the standard tariff offer above, applications will be considered based on the strength of the whole academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements​. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Sport Applicant Days:
Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at:

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Support Team:

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