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Sports Coaching

BSc Honours

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Sports Coaching

BSc Honours

  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Are you passionate about helping people realise their sporting potential?

Sports Coaching will help you develop the skills to work as an effective sports coach across a range of contexts. We'll give you the theoretical foundations of coaching practice across all sports, which you can apply to your sport of choice.

Why study with us?

• Learn a wide range of coaching styles, models and methods.

• Get hands-on experience. You'll apply what you've learnt in practical workshops and professional work placements.

• Get a professional seal of approval. Our course content is aligned with accredited coaching bodies.

• Specialise in your favourite sports. We'll give you the opportunity to align your assessments and projects to the sports that interest you.

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professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.


of our Sport and Physical Education graduates in work or further study within six months.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 - latest data available)

Course Information

About this course >

You'll study coaching models and styles, as well as psychosocial aspects such as learning and leadership. We'll teach you the professional codes to which coaches must adhere, exploring the ethical and moral responsibilities of the coach.

Understanding the principles of performance analysis is crucial, so you'll learn how to identify performance indicators and coaching strategies across a variety of sports. You'll examine the physiological components of performance, learning about skeletal and muscular anatomy and function.

You'll complete two professional work placements and you'll have the option to work with business experts in your final year to develop your own viable business plan.

Plus you'll get experience of using the latest high performance sport technology, such as GPS tracking and 3D motion tracking, developing the sector-specific skills you'll need for a graduate role.

At the end of your first year you can continue with Sports Coaching or transfer to Physical Education or Physical Education and Sports Coaching.

Alongside your degree, you'll be encouraged and supported to complete nationally recognised coaching qualifications in a variety of sports.

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Further Study

​Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport Management, MA Journalism and PGCE courses, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

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:

  • SHN4012 - Policy and Practice in Sport and Physical Education
  • SHN4022 - Introduction to Teaching and Coaching
  • SHN4032 - Sociology and Psychology of Physical Education and Sports Coaching
  • SHN4042 - Scientific Principles of Physical Education and Sports Coaching: Anatomy and Physiology
  • SHN4282 - Anatomy and Physiology
  • SHN4382 - Ethics, Society and Employability
  • SHN4502 - Health and Fitness
  • SHN4532 - Analysing Sport

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

  • SHN5042 - Sport Psychology: Principles of Practice
  • SHN5142 - Research Methods 2
  • SHN5152 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • SHN5162 - Volunteering in Sport, Health and Nutrition
  • SHN5202 - Coaching and Assessment of Performance
  • SHN5302 - Advanced Training Methods
  • 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
  • SHN6402 - Exercise Referral

Learning and 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. #expand#​


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.

Entry Requirements >

​Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 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 English Language.​​

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

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. 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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​​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.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year. Our students typically complete placements at professional sports clubs, community schemes or grassroots-level clubs. You could also work in primary or secondary schools.

Graduate Opportunities

The broad subject base and practical application of this course will make you attractive to a range of employers. You'll be well-prepared for a career in coaching, but you'll also develop transferable organisational and interpersonal skills which will prepare you for many managerial positions. You could also consider postgraduate study, with students using this degree as stepping stone to teacher training.

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