About the course

Our sports coaching degree gives you the opportunity to explore coaching theory, research and practice. You’ll focus on contemporary areas of sports coaching study, including coach education, learning and practical skills. You’ll also develop your own specialised coaching knowledge, attributes and abilities through a whole range of theoretical and hands-on experiences. Throughout, we’ll encourage you to shape your own professional development journey and achieve the appropriate vocational coaching qualifications to take your career in the direction you want. We’ll also emphasise the importance of developing your academic and research strengths, improving your confidence, credibility and critical writing skills.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching

Why choose this course?

The course has a strong theme of practical experience being applied to an environment of your choice. You will also benefit from some of the best university-based sports and fitness facilities in the country, and have opportunities to support research.

Course details


Graduates are equipped for a career in coaching for example high performance coaching, multi sport coaching in schools, specialised coaching support roles, coach education, or establishing their own coaching business. They may also progress into high performance coaching roles with elite level teams and athletes. Many of our students work within educational settings or progress onto teacher training through PGCE or schools direct programmes. Students are also equipped for postgraduate study.

What job can I get?

Once you graduate, you’ll be well equipped for a variety of coaching careers, including high-performance coaching, multi-sports schools coaching, specialised coaching support, coach education or establishing your own coaching business. Alternatively, you could work with an elite team or athlete, or carry on your studies at postgraduate level. Many of our graduates also go into educational settings or teacher training.


  • Year 1
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Physical Activity and Sport Policy in Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Understanding Sport Industry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sport Business Management: National and International Perspectives 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sports as Social and Global Phenomena 15 Credits Compulsory
    Developing an Academic Approach 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations of Sports Coaching 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Year 2
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Research Methods for Sports Coaching 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sport Experience Learning 15 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Sports Coaching 30 Credits Compulsory
    Facilities and Funding for Active Communities 15 Credits Optional
    Process and Practice in High Performance Sport 15 Credits Optional
    Exploring Sports Ethics 15 Credits Optional
    Leadership and Management of Sports Events 30 Credits Optional
    Global Perspectives of Sports Development 15 Credits Optional
  • Year 3
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Sports Coaching Experience Dissertation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Sports Coaching Research Dissertation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Sports Coaching 30 Credits Compulsory
    Sandwich Placement - Sport 0 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad - SPS 0 Credits Optional
    Insight and Evaluation of Sports Development 15 Credits Optional
    Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Sports Business Management 15 Credits Optional
    Behaviour Change for Physical Activity and Sport 15 Credits Optional
    Creating Business Strategies for Sport 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 5 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    17/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    17/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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    21/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    17/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    17/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    21/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    17/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    17/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students