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The Sports Coaching degree at Leeds Trinity is aimed at developing your knowledge and understanding of sports coaching across a range of contexts. This course will equip you with the skills to work as an effective and conscientious coach with a focus on the underpinning principles of teaching practice and sport science and how this can inform coaching practice.


Course Benefits

  • You’ll gain understanding of a range of coaching domains.
  • A large proportion of learning is in a practical setting.
  • The course is aligned with accredited coaching bodies.
  • The course is flexible allowing you to tailor your learning to your ambitions.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

There will be an opportunity to apply coaching skills throughout the course with practical placement opportunities available in the first and second year and the Professional Learning Through Work module in the third year.

There is also the option in your final year to work with experts from business to develop a viable business plan which is attractive to those wishing to develop a coaching business after graduation.

Many modules will employ practical workshops to provide a hands-on experience of a range of coaching practices using the University’s facilities, including the Sports Laboratory, the Strength and Conditioning Suite, the Sports Hall and Gymnasium, and the 3G Astroturf pitch. You will also be encouraged and supported to complete nationally recognised coaching qualifications in a variety of sports.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Year 1

Within the Coaching Process and Practice module you will study coaching methods and strategies, communications styles, planning and evaluation, learning styles, as well as psychosocial aspects motivation and leadership. This module also identifies models of coaching practice and how these can cater for the diverse needs of athletes/ participants and reviews the professional codes to which coaches must adhere, as well as the ethical and moral responsibilities of the coach. Sport in The UK introduces the position of sport in the UK and the history of UK sport. The module also introduces some of the complexities of funding distribution with UK sport. You are introduced to the skeletal and muscular anatomy and function and also examine the physiological components of performance in Sport and Exercise Performance Studies and in Analysing Sport you are taught the principles of performance analysis and will identify performance indicators across a variety of sports. You will be able to apply you knowledge in your first compulsory work placement which you first year of study.

Year 2

You will develop the concept of performance analysis as a measure of identifying coaching strategies and evaluating the effectiveness of coaching practice with the Coaching and Assessment of Performance module. With an emphasis on the developing young athlete, the Growth and Development of the Athlete module introduces the various approaches to identifying potential talent in youth sport and appraises the merits of such approaches. In the Coaching and Assessment of Performance module your previous work is further developed to conduct physiological field based tests to assess an athlete prior to developing a suitable sports coaching programme. Whilst in the Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice module, concepts such as optimising goal setting, theories of motivation, anxiety and confidence, as well as team cohesion are researched. Within Coaching Pedagogy teaching approaches are evaluated in order to maximise the effectiveness of coaching practice based on an individual’s stage of learning and learning preferences. You will complete your second compulsory work placement and also begin preparing for you final year dissertation project.

Year 3

You will examine Motor Control and Skill Acquisition in identifying how practice schedules and coaching cues can influence the rate at which motor skills are learnt. Practical strategies to develop the psychological competencies of the athlete are explored within the Performance Coaching module, whilst the psychosocial underpinnings of the coach athlete relationship and team dynamics are critically evaluated within the Professional Practice in Coaching module with consideration of the interpersonal and environmental complexities or working as a sports coach. During the Management and Development of Sports Coaching, you will critically examine the sports industry in the UK and the position of coaching within this industry. Optional modules of Professional Learning Through Work or Entrepreneurship and Creativity are available, each requiring the completion of a project (either a work-based project or a business plan) to aid graduate employability or develop entrepreneurial skills. You will also complete you final year Dissertation in a related area of your choosing under expert individualised supervision.​​​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SHN4142 - Research Methods 1
  • SHN4342 - Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • SHN4422 - Coaching Process and Practice
  • SHN4462 - Sport, Culture and Media
  • SHN4532 - Analysing Sport
  • SHN4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN5142 - Research Methods 2
  • SHN5152 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • SHN5162 - Volunteering in Sport, Health and Nutrition
  • SHN5202 - Coaching and Assessment of Performance
  • SHN5262 - Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice
  • SHN5332 - Coaching Pedagogy
  • SHN5342 - Growth and Development of The Athlete

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6312 - Management and Development of Sports Coaching
  • SHN6342 - Professional Practice in Coaching
  • SHN6352 - Skill Acquisition and Motor Control
  • SHN6362 - Performance Coaching

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 - 15.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 207 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 923 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 – 15.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 191 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 922 hours of independent teaching; 138 hours on placement

Year 3 – 11.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 136 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,064 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 77.5% coursework; 22.5% written exams

Year 2 - 100% coursework

Year 3 - 85% coursework; 6.7% written exams; 8.3% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

​Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

Any offer of a place on this course will be subject to receipt by Leeds Trinity of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

​​You will be sent a DBS Enhanced Disclosure application form if you are offered a place and accept it. You should hand in the application, relevant identification documents and payment (£44) following receipt of your application form and guidance, usually from May onwards. It is important that you do this as soon as possible to prevent delays with any funding you may be entitled to receive.​

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • There is the opportunity ​to study abroad​ which will incur additional costs. This would be discussed on an individual basis.

"I've loved having the chance to get involved with the Trinity Active scheme, through which I can gain coaching qualifications alongside my degree course."

Sinead Burke

Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition)

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

​​The broad subject base and practical application makes this course attractive to a range of employers. Graduates typically pursue a career in coaching, with some students using it as a stepping stone on to postgraduate qualifications or teacher training.​
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport ManagementMA Journalism and PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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Home to over 100,000 students, Leeds is regularly voted the UK's best student city thanks to its amazing nightlife, culture and shopping. It's also an internationally recognised centre for learning and offers brilliant graduate job prospects.  
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WhatUni also ranked us 28th out of all 113 UK universities in 2015, thanks to glowing reviews from our very own students. 

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We've invested £2.2 million in our sports and fitness centre, which includes a gym that rivals the best in the city centre.

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