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Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Code: CX61 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


Approved Access to HE Diploma in a sport science or science-based course. Normally we require 15 of the level 3 credits to be graded at distinction level with 6 of these distinctions from science units.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents, and Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents.

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From at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications one of which must be in Physical Education, Sport Studies or a Science subject (such as Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology). We do not accept General Studies. For example: BBC at A Level including relevant subject(s), DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject(s), Merit overall from a Health or Science T level qualification, or a combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s) which may include AS levels or EPQ.

About this course

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Full-time | 2024

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4 years | Sandwich | 2024


Sports coaching

**Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**

- Align your learning to your career aspirations in the world of sport coaching

- Apply your practical skills and knowledge to real-life situations

- Learn from expert researchers and coaches across a variety of disciplines

- Strengthen your practice by studying coach education, employment and development

- Unlock your potential to coach in a range of sport and physical activity environments

Explore the principles of sport coaching practice and the scientific foundations that underpin them. You will delve into the complexities of working with diverse individuals and groups – encompassing a wide range of coaching experiences.

**How you learn**

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course provides ample opportunities for specialisation – from community and children’s coaching to elite performance. You will learn through teaching, working and doing – developing the skills and knowledge you need for a variety of careers while aligning your learning to your career aspirations.

You are taught by experts who are active in coaching, research and consultation with industry. You benefit from their expertise, connections, and networking opportunities with leading sports organisations.

You learn through:

- Lectures, seminars and workshops

- Practical activities in both simulated and in-situ environments

- Placements

- Work-based learning experiences

- A virtual learning environment (VLE)

- Independent study

**Key themes**

On this course, you will develop the skills to prepare you for a range of potential careers in sport coaching, whether in performance or participation-focused roles. You will learn the behaviours expected and needed for working in schools, sport governing bodies, and professional or commercial sport and physical activity settings

Learn how to coach children, adolescents, adults – or all three. Gain the knowledge you need to coach a range of participants, evaluating their progress and adapting your coaching to achieve their goals.

- Apply your knowledge and understanding of coaching theories and concepts across different contexts and populations

- Demonstrate professional inter and intra-personal skills that enable your independent effective delivery

- Articulate a personal and professional philosophy to be an effective practitioner

- Interact with a range of audiences using appropriate forms of communication

- Engage and collaborate with the industry through alumni and professional networks, challenging and championing best practice

The course offers theoretical, philosophical, and practical foundations for sport coaching, covering topics like innovative coaching practice, coach-athlete relationships, physical literacy, and more.

**Course support**

The course is designed to help you demonstrate your learning outcomes – with authentic assessment activities relating to real-world scenarios, your specific goals and your skills development. Throughout your studies, various individuals will support your learning and target setting – guiding you towards resources for academic, professional and personal development.

These support roles include:

- Course and Module Leaders

- Your Academic Adviser

- Your Student Support Adviser

- Your Employability Adviser

- Central services like counselling, Library and IT

**Work placements**

There’s a mandatory short placement at the end of your second year. Over a minimum of 120 hours, you will be learning while you work.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement (25 weeks minimum) or multiple placements between your second and final years.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

**Year 1**

**Compulsory modules**

- Foundations Of Coaching And Teaching
- Innovative Coaching Practice
- The Nature And Purpose Of Physical Education And Sport Coaching
- The Science Of Physical Education And Sport Coaching

**Year 2**

**Compulsory modules**

- Applied Coaching Interventions
- Coaching And The Scientific Support Process
- Physical Literacy In Context

**Elective modules**

- Alternative Physical Activities
- Analysis Of Sport And Games
- Event Management For Sport And Physical Activity
- Exercise Prescription For The Prevention Of Disease
- Sport As A Tool For Social Change
- Sports Club Development
- Sports Facility Management Simulation
- Technology For Sport And Physical Activity
- Testing And Analysis In Sport And Physical Activity

**Year 3**

**Optional modules**

- Placement Year

**Final year**

**Compulsory modules**

- Contemporary Issues In Sport Coaching
- Independent Project In Sport And Physical Activity

**Elective modules**

- Approaches To Talent Development
- Coach Education And Development
- Economics And Finance Of Sport
- Entrepreneurship And Innovation For Sport And Physical Activity
- Exercise Prescription For Long Term Conditions
- Health Promotion
- Innovative Practical Pedagogy
- Major Sport Events
- Nutrition For Sport And Physical Activity
- Performance Analysis Of Sport
- Programming And Prescription Of Training In Sport And Physical Activity
- Psychology Of Sport And Exercise
- Sport And The Media
- Sport, Brands And Culture
- Sport Data Analytics
- Sport Injury
- Sport Journalism
- Teaching As A Profession

Assessment methods

Coursework, Practical

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The Uni

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One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

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