Course details

Subject area

Sport, Health and Physical Education

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Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Are you passionate about helping people realise their sporting potential?

A Sports Coaching degree will help you develop the skills to work as an effective sports coach in a variety of settings.

You will examine the fundamentals of sports coaching practice and the science which explains how coaches can be effective. You will use some of  the latest coaching technology as used in professional sport and discuss the complex nature of working effectively and inclusively with different  people in different environments, recognising that the coaching sector spans from participation and children’s coaching to elite performance coaching.

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About this course

As part of this course, you will study coaching models and styles, as well as psychosocial aspects such as learning and leadership. We’ll help you to understand the professional codes of practice to which coaches must adhere, exploring the ethical and moral responsibilities of the coach. Understanding the scientific principles of sports coaching 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 will be taught in small groups to enable you to gain quality practical experience to 'learn through doing' with guidance and support from experienced staff.

You’ll complete professional work placements, either at home or abroad, and will have the option to work with business experts in your final year to develop your own viable business plan. Plus, you’ll develop the sector-specific skills with experience of using the latest high-performance sport technology, such as GPS tracking and 3D motion tracking equipment.

Why study with us?

  • Get hands-on experience. You’ll apply what you’ve learnt in practical workshops and professional work placements.
  • Learn in small groups with support from your lecturers.
  • Specialise in your favourite sports. We’ll give you the opportunity to align your assessments and projects to the sports that interest you.


The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three years of study.

Modules by Year

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take): 

  • Introduction to Teaching and Coaching
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Policy and Practice in Sport and Physical Education
  • Sociology and Psychology of Physical Education and Sports Coaching

Students are required to choose one option module from: 

  • Analysing Sport
  • Health and Fitness

Students are also required to choose one option module from: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Scientific Principles of Physical Education and Sports Coaching: Anatomy and Physiology

Integrated assessment

  • At the end of Semester 1 and 2 of the first year of study, students will undertake an integrated assessment which draws on learning from across three different modules from the programme.

    In Semester 1 students will complete an assessment integrating content from Ethics, Society, and Employability with content from Introduction to Teaching and Coaching.
  • In Semester 2 students will complete a second assessment integrating content from Ethics, Society, and Employability with content from Sociology and Psychology of Physical Education and Sports Coaching.
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take): 

  • Coaching and Assessment of Performance
  • Sport Psychology: Principles of Practice
  • Research Methods 2
  • Coaching Pedagogy

Students are required to choose one option module from: 

  • Professional Development and Placement 2       
  • Volunteering

Students are also required to choose one option module from:

  • Growth and Development of The Athlete
  • Advanced Training Methods


Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Skill Acquisition and Motor Control
  • Management and Development of Sports Coaching
  • Professional Practice in Coaching    
  • Dissertation

Students are required to choose one option module from:

  • Performance Coaching
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • Professional Learning Through Work
  • Exercise Referral

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development
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A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

UCAS tariff104
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/grade 4 or higher in English Language.
Typical A Level offerBCC

Student Finance

UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2021/2022.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2022/23 entry will be set in summer 2021.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students, including EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2021/22.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa. 

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs 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.
  • On some courses there may be additional costs, such as field trips, equipment, accreditations, that may be part-funded by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • 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.

How to apply

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On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional placements

Our students typically complete placements at professional sports clubs, community schemes or grassroots-level clubs. You could also work in primary or secondary schools. Opportunities also exist working in sports foundations in health and wellbeing and sports development roles. You can also go overseas, providing teaching and coaching sessions in South Africa.

Career opportunities

This degree will prepare you for a career working for sports clubs or providing sports opportunities within the community. Graduates can pursue a range of careers including training and education officer, teaching (after further study), high performance sports coach, children’s sport leader and sport development manager.

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