BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching Science

Direct 3rd year top up for HND students



The year focuses on extending three key sports specific strands: 

  • Coaching

  • Management of sports development strategy

  • Sports Science

Within this, students have the opportunity to tailor the qualification to specialise in a sport of their choice.

Students further develop their understanding of sports science, nutrition, safeguarding and first aid, as well as exploring motivational techniques, styles of communication, performance analysis and plans for athletic progression.

The year has a strong vocational relevance, through applying theory into working practice with athletes as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

There is a strong focus on preparing students to undertake a dissertation in a related sports area, through the research skills unit.

The year is split into 2 Semesters:


Semester 1

  • Research methodologies in Sport

  • Performance Coaching

  • Dissertation


Semester 2

  • Nutrition, Lifestyle & Health for Athletes

  • Planning for Performance Management

  • Dissertation



The aim of the dissertation is to give the student an opportunity to conduct a large piece of research into an area of sport coaching and science of their choosing.

It will develop and consolidate research skills and academic writing.  It will increase knowledge and understanding regarding an academically rigorous research process. 

Areas to consider will include how to formulate effective inquiry problems and devise research questions; identify the significance of asking the right questions; assess the significance of how questions are theorised; understand how research is related to policy and practice.


Other units

Research Methodologies in Sport (20 Credits)

This module will deepen your knowledge of research by investigating a wider range of research approaches and methods to research. A number of different areas related to research methodology and the approaches to presenting data will be discussed.

Planning and Performance Management (20 Credits)

This module is intended to provide you with an understanding of management concepts and sports development strategy in the United Kingdom.

Performance Coaching (20 Credits)

This module is intended to provide you with an understanding of the influences and issues affecting high performance coaching for performance and elite athletes.



The BSc provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.