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Sport Coaching - BSc (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University aims to develop critical individuals who appreciate the social, relational and dynamic nature of sport coaching. In doing so, the course will challenge you through a variety of learning activities, including seminars, practical coaching sessions, and work related opportunities. The purpose is to move beyond the technical and tactical content of coaching in order to explore how coaches shape the learning and development of others. As such, the indicative content includes practice design, power, care, identity, ethics and micro-politics. We challenge assumptions to develop knowledge and understanding of how coaching is fundamentally people work. In this regard, our student-coaches are encouraged to examine how coaches negotiate, manage and orchestrate the sport performances of others.

The Sport Coaching degree provides you with a range of practical and theoretical sessions to help you develop an understanding of how to construct and deliver creative, innovative and caring learning environments for a variety of different sport performers. You will have opportunities to coach peers and external partners to help refine your coaching knowledge and practice in a range of contexts.

The staff supporting you throughout your degree have extensive experience working across a range of settings, such as community and participation sport, professional sport, and world-class competitions. In addition to being active researchers at the cutting edge of the field, a number of staff work closely with National Governing Bodies as consultants, coaches, and/or coach educators.

The overriding aim of the programme is to develop your knowledge and understanding, challenge the way you think, and how you act as a sport coaching student. We want to equip you with the skills and support your aspirations to make meaningful contributions in your future roles and careers.

Foundation Year

This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence​.

The foundation year will be relevant to​:

  1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
  2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Find out more about the foundation year​​.

Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.

​Course Content​

Year One

In the first year of study you will undertake six compulsory modules. Throughout these modules you will develop your understanding of key concepts and theories within the field of sport coaching. During the first year you will also be offered a number of opportunities to gain recognised vocational coaching and professional industry relevant qualifications.

Through engaging in and with a variety of seminars, coaching sessions and independent learning activities you'll improve your knowledge and practical application of different coaching theories within your practice. You will also undertake modules to help recognise important issues within the sporting landscape as well studying one module related to the traditional sport and exercise science disciplines. 


  • Research and Scholarship*
  • Applied Sports Pedagogy
  • Issues in Sport, Society and Education*
  • Physical Education, Sport Coaching and Pedagogy*
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Introducing Coaching and Teaching as Social and Relational Activities

Year Two

The second year modules help you develop a deeper understanding of coaching related theories and how you can apply this knowledge in practice. The modules you'll study in the second year are designed to help you begin to shape your coaching identity more purposefully in connection with your future goals. They broaden your knowledge of what coaching is and give you opportunities to coach and work with others to help refine your understanding of the social and relational nature of coaching.

There are additional modules that you can choose to study which aim to foster greater interdisciplinary knowledge of sport development, ethics, sociology, performance analysis and sport and exercise science concepts. There are also further opportunities in the second year to gain vocational coaching and professional qualifications as well as the associated knowledge to develop entrepreneurial skills and attributes that are vital within the industries related to sport coaching. Importantly, the second year also integrates work based learning opportunities to ensure you gain experience within the industry.


  • Research Design and Practice*
  • Applied Sports Pedagogy
  • Professional Placement*
  • Pedagogy and Communication in Sport Coaching
  • Understanding Coaching Practice

Option modules:

  • Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sport and Health
  • Enterprise in Sport and Health
  • Sport Development Principles into Practice​
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Sociologies of Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Sport Ethics*

Year Three

The final year of study enables you to use your knowledge that you have gained and revised throughout your degree to be more critical of coaching theory in relation to your context to help generate knowledge for action. In this way, you will become more of a practical theorist where you can use coaching theories, concepts and the research to make better informed and more skilful decisions as a coach. 

Your final year focuses upon developing you as a more independent and driven student that can take control of your learning and ensure that this aligns with your first steps into graduate employment or further study. You have a series of modules to choose from which can be tailored to support your future career. These options may stay specifically within coaching such as coach education based modules or you might extend your study to other areas such as sociology, ethics or managing high performance. Finally, during your last year of study you engage in a major project in your chosen field of study. This project will provide you with additional opportunities to explore something meaningful to you in a challenging and supportive way. 


  • Final Project*
  • Applying and Understanding Sport Coaching Theory in Action

Option modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in Policy Development
  • Applied Sport Coaching and Performance Analysis Problems
  • Ethical Issues in Sport
  • Managing High Performance Sport
  • Sociology of Sports and Physical Cultures
  • Coaching the Coach: Professional Development and Education

*modules available through the medium of Welsh

Learning & Teaching

    Effective learning, teaching and assessment methods underpin the educational aims and the learning outcomes of all of our programmes and modules. Learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions. Our Virtual Learning Environment is also an integral aspect of the learning package that supports the needs of our students.

    Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, whilst seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions focus on the application of key concepts with the aim of enhancing the student experience and engagement. You will also meet tutors on a one to one basis. As a school, we work hard to provide student-centred learning opportunities that deliver a high quality and flexible learning environment.

    Learning and teaching methods emphasise and facilitate the development of your critical reasoning, and encourage the integration of practice and theory. Throughout your programme, you will experience both tutor-led learning and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection and encouraging you to develop a positive attitude toward lifelong learning.

    Our teaching and learning methods embed the Cardiff Met 'EDGE' (Ethical, Global, Digital & Entrepreneurial) skills and you will be well equipped to demonstrate graduate attributes expected of you in an increasingly competitive world of work. We aim to help you to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars. In your sport programme at Cardiff Met, you will encounter a learning experience from induction to graduation that is coherent and develops your identity within your programme of study.

    Specific features of the learning experience on the Sport Coaching degree include:

    • The sport coaching degree is widely recognised as one of the leading sport coaching programmes in the UK. We blend practical elements and contemporary coaching related theories that moves beyond the traditional sport science based approach to understand and appreciate sport coaching as a dynamic, social and relational activity.

    • Staff are internationally renowned researchers and coaches that are integral to the learning experience offered to our students.

    • The sport coaching degree integrates contemporary research to ensure our teaching practices are research-informed.

    • All aspects of Learning and Teaching utilise the most recent research literature and National Occupational Standards (e.g., CIMSPA and National Governing Body coaching qualifications).


The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is implemented for your area of study. Modes of assessment are designed to both enhance your learning experience and to acknowledge that you have fulfilled the learning outcomes linked to each module. Assessment also ensures that you have achieved the standard required to progress to the next stage or to qualify for an award (as articulated by the FHEQ and CQFW). Assessments support your learning experience by providing opportunities for you to engage in formative and summative assessments to test your knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. The undergraduate modules are assessed by a combination of assessment types. For example:

  • written coursework
  • poster presentations
  • oral presentations
  • portfolios
  • seen and unseen exams
  • practical skills
  • other activities designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills.

You will be expected to complete a final project as part of the assessment of your honours degree. Final projects are major pieces of work that may be a research, innovation, consultancy or community project.

Employability & Careers

The Cardiff Met EDGE supports you to thrive in the modern world. Throughout your degree you will experience a range of opportunities to develop your ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial competencies through problem-based learning, real-world industry case studies, integrated work experiences on campus and opportunities for work-based learning placements off campus. We will ensure that you get a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills such as communication, team work and leadership.

During your first year of study you will get the opportunity to undertake technical qualifications in a range of industry relevant areas including sport coaching, exercise training & health and safety. These opportunities will ensure that you have the appropriate qualifications and experience to apply for one of the many work placement opportunities on offer both on and off campus. We will also support you to seek opportunities to work or study abroad. Work placements can give you a critical EDGE in gaining professional employment on graduation. Students who have graduated from the Sport Coaching programme have gone on to work in careers both within and beyond the Sport Industry.

Recent graduates from Sport Coaching are now working in professional sports teams, academy sports teams as well as with national governing bodies of sport. Many students also pursue opportunities in fitness and the leisure industry and other students have continued onto Master’s programmes such as the Sport Coaching and Pedagogy degree, a PGCE and further progressed to doctoral level studies including the Taught Doctorate in Coaching.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Typical Offers

​The following requirements are based on typical offers relevant to entering year 1 of the degree.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also offer a Foundation Year​ which allows progression to Year 1 upon successful completion.

  • Tariff points: 104 - 112
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Three A levels to include grade BB. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • T Level: Merit.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Higher level Grade 6. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 3 x H2. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered, with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grade C. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.​

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.

How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

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:

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Codes:
C603 - 3-year degree
C63F - 4-year degree (including foundation year)​

Place of Study:
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time or four years full-time including Foundation year.

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.

Degree Highlights

In this short introduction video, Programme Director Andy Lane tells us more about the degree in Sport Coaching.

Meet the Team: Anna Stembridge

Meet Anna Stembridge, Lecturer on the BSc Sport Coaching degree at Cardiff Met, who shares her experience and passion for the subject.

Sport Facilities

The University continues to invest in its world-class sporting facilities at the Cyncoed campus to enhance the performance and academic development of all our students.

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