Sport Coaching BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code

    BSc: C610
    BSc with Foundation: C611

  • Level


  • Duration

    Full Time: 3 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years
    Part Time: 4-6 years

  • Starting


  • CCC at A Level or,
    DMM at BTEC

  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 (per 20 credits)
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 24/25

    Full Time: £15,200
    Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200

  • Location

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The University of Northampton’s Sport Coaching BSc (Hons) degree is designed to develop your practical and theoretical coaching skills. We look at the importance of our coaching style, approaches, and behaviour towards athletes.  As well as how our theory and sport science knowledge can help improve long term athlete development alongside our coach-athlete relationships.

Our Sport Coaching degree will develop key skills such as long-term planning, reflective practice, conducting athlete needs analysis and understanding pedagogy in different sporting environments. For sports coaches to take a holistic approach to their athletes’ development, we need to have an understanding the physiological, technical, psychological, and social factors that feed into the long-term athlete development. As the programme develops students can opt from modules that focuses on specific areas that helps develop their coaching skills. This can be for participation or performance/elite level coaching.

Other aspects include team dynamics, leadership styles, understanding performance environments and working within multi-disciplinary sports teams. Sport Coaching BSc (Hons) has a performance analysis strand which allows students to develop their notation and analysis skills. This includes collecting and analysing real data with our partners, Northampton Saints.

A vital aspect of this sports coaching course in that our students complete a placement within their second year, allowing them to put into practice the theory and practical skills they have gained. We have partners such as Northampton Town Football Club and Northampton Saints that are placement options for our students. Students also get the option to continue this placement into their third year.

Updated 12/04/2024


Course Content

  • The coaching process, pedagogy, developing your own coaching philosophy, coaching styles, effective coaching approaches, long term athlete development and comprehensive planning/needs analysis are at the core of our Sport Coaching degree. As well as performance analysis, coaching theory and work placement modules.

    Students can then select from the remaining optional modules to specialise and focus their programme towards their intended career goals, Modules in areas such as; Sports Development, Sport and Society, Fitness Training and Sport Psychology.

    To develop your applied skills, you complete a minimum of 120 hours of work-based learning in your second year and third year of the sports coaching degree, so you have many opportunities to apply ideas from the course and build the skills that employers look for. This Sports Coaching course has strong links with many local and national organisations, clubs and bodies.

    Watch what our students have to say about BSc Sport Coaching in this video.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 24/25. The modules relating to the academic year 25/26 will be available from June 2025.

      • Module code: SPO1011
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for the learner to be introduced to the concept of pedagogy in the teaching and learning of sport. Developing an understanding of the coaching process, and models for/of coaching, from a cross-disciplinary and athlete-centred perspective, is central to the delivery of the module. Learners will be predominantly engaged in practical, small-group and blended learning delivery methods.
      • Module code: SPO1024
        Status: Compulsory
        Sport and exercise psychology is an exciting discipline area providing the opportunity to explore the psychological influences on human behaviour. The module offers an introduction to key psychological theories and concepts relevant to sport, exercise, physical activity and coaching contexts.
      • Module code: SPO1038
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the various ways in which sport and exercise are shaped by the social contexts in which they occur. It offers a broad introduction to sociological investigation by outlining some key contemporary social issues in sport, exercise and physical activity. Thus providing a foundation for the further study of socio-cultural issues connected to sport, exercise and physical activity.
      • Module code: SPO1039
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give students the essential academic and employability skills in order to improve their capabilities and excel at university, and then onto their chosen career.
      • Module code: SPO1041
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the role of the coach in a range of sporting contexts. During the module, learners have exposure to, and gain experience from, coaching delivery across a range of team and individual sports. In addition, learners will be encouraged to learn from coach education resources, materials, and individuals associated with different National Governing Bodies and key coaching agencies.
      • Module code: SPO1042
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces the learner to the multi-disciplinary nature of sports coaching. It intends to offer a general insight into the areas of; performance analysis, movement analysis, strength and conditioning concepts, sports physiology, anatomy and sports injury. The module will provide a greater understanding of core subject disciplines thereby enabling sports coaches to develop a holistic approach to coaching athletes.
      • Module code: SPO2007
        Status: Designate
        This module focuses on the varied roles of sport development on the delivery of sport in the United Kingdom. The changing nature of sports development is governed by government priorities for sport and is often conflicted by the twin principles of delivering mass participation and achieving international success. These principles are explored to explain their relationship to successful sport development.
      • Module code: SPO2018
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of a variety of research designs, methods and research skills within a subject-based context. It equips the student with a framework in which to conceptualise quantitative and qualitative traditions and applications. The emphasis will be upon understanding and experiencing the research process and developing critical skills necessary to collect, analyse and present data.
      • Module code: SPO2020
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is provide an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the role and application of the assessment of sport and exercise specific fitness components. It will further explore the complex issues surrounding overall design and monitoring of individual?s training programmes in the context of sports performance or special populations. It will also provide the student with the necessary theoretical knowledge and understanding of the different methods of training and how this information may be applied to enhance specific performance or life style characteristics. Finally, the module will introduce the student to the associated adaptation developed during training.
      • Module code: SPO2036
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop students knowledge and understanding of how exciting concepts in positive psychology (e.g. character strengths, flow, positive relationships) can be applied to sport, exercise, coaching and physical education contexts to influence key outcomes (e.g. performance, wellbeing).
      • Module code: SPO2046
        Status: Compulsory
        Performance analysis is an integral part of the coaching process, it provides athletes and coaches with objective information to help them better understand performance. This module aims to provide the sports coaches with strategies that can be used to analyse and quantify sports performance in a valid and consistent manner to help inform training and performance-related decisions. Students will develop the skills and knowledge required to conduct objective analysis of sports performance through the collection, analysis and interpretation of real-time data.
      • Module code: SPO2048
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to examine the developmental changes in children and adolescents from a multidisciplinary perspective in a sporting context. Participation in sport and structured physical activity sessions may begin as early as three years of age and continue well into adulthood. It is imperative, therefore, that sport professionals understand the biological, social, and psychological changes affecting an athlete?s developmental journey. Students will critically consider the key developmental factors, contemporary research, and the implications for the professional practice of coaches working in child and youth sport.
      • Module code: SPO2052
        Status: Designate
        This module explores the knowledge and skills needed by sport leaders to shape a group into an effective and winning team. Students will examine the critical factors underpinning effective leadership, group dynamics and team cohesion in sport. The module will provide a fascinating examination of key psychological and organizational concepts and draw from evidence-based interventions to uncover how to lead sport teams to peak performance.
      • Module code: SPO2056
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will enable students to gain experience working within a sport coaching environment and make an effective contribution to a sport coaching porgramme and/or organisation. This module will also help prepare students to develop business skills and insights as well as investigating sport organisational structure and funding application procedures.
      • Module code: SPO3007
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on knowledge and understanding of sport psychology from previous modules at levels four and five. There will be a focus on the role of the sport psychologist and an application of psychological skills theory in relation to enhancing sport performance and well-being.
      • Module code: SPO3024
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to critically examine a range of contemporary issues in the field of sport development, particularly those that directly impact upon the role of the sport development officer. It aims to explore 'real world' sport issues in areas such as youth, community and elite sport settings. Relevant models and concepts from sport development literature and real world case studies will be drawn upon to help critically analyse these areas, building upon earlier content that introduces sport development principles in SPO2007.
      • Module code: SPO3025
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build upon the knowledge gained in the previous two years in Fitness Training Methods (SPO1012 and SPO2020) . The module will focus on the applied nature of training with a strong practical and work experience focus for students to gain valuable understanding of periodised training prescription. It specifically addresses the use of applied strength and conditioning training, techniques and develops student preparation for independent work in a sporting environment. The student will develop practical skills such as data collection, training and lifting techniques, periodised training prescription and applied practice with various teams. The module will have a strong work placement / experience focus which will help develop the student ready for the work place.
      • Module code: SPO3042
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on knowledge and understanding from the experiences gained at level 5. Students will put into practice the skills and knowledge they have acquired in real life work based environments and reflect upon their development and readiness to meet the demands of their specific areas of sport and exercise employment.
      • Module code: SPO3044
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the role of the coach and the knowledge needed in the design and maintenance of optimal performance coaching environments, and the effective working practices of sport coaches in performance settings. Special emphasis will be placed on analysing, and challenging, contemporary research exploring the efficacy of coaches working practices in the context of developing talent across a range of performance sport settings.
      • Module code: SPO3064
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with the skills and knowledge essential for collecting, analysing, interpreting and applying real world performance analysis data. It is vital that the processes and application of this data is grounded within current and relevant research within the performance analysis field.
      • Module code: SPO3065
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the importance of professional development within sports coaching and to understand the bodies and organisations vital to this process. Coach education, mentoring systems and professional bodies are to be evaluated and placed within theoretical context.
      • Module code: SPO4001
        Status: Compulsory
        The dissertation provides an opportunity for sport students to apply knowledge, concepts, and research techniques to a question or problem in sport, exercise, or physical activity. The dissertation builds and expands on students' prior knowledge of research acquired at levels four and five. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning, conducting, and writing up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require students to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. It therefore develops in the students the ability to work independently, and to reflect on the subject-specific research process.
  • A typical offer for Sport Coaching BSc would be:

    • CCC at A Level or,
    • DMM at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (C and above) at T Level

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally:

    • DEE at A Level or,
    • MPP at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with the University of Northampton must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study a sports coaching degree in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £15,200
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200
    Additional costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in optional field trips/visits as part of your course. The exact cost will depend upon the location chosen for the trip.

    You will need to wear a suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the course. You can purchase a Sport and Exercise kit (polo shirts and hoodies) but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of the kit will be provided at the start of the course.

    Costs associated with producing a poster for the final year conference.

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study a sports coaching degree in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £14,750
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time Sports Coaching degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your sports coaching course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page or dedicated International Perks page.

    *UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a sports degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Will I have access to specialist sports facilities on campus?

    Sports Zone at Waterside is home to a multi-use sports dome suitable for a variety of sports, including football, badminton and netball. The facilities include two sports performance labs, a pair of teaching rooms and changing rooms. In addition, there also are three outdoor multi-use games areas and floodlit full-size all-weather sports pitch. The sports dome is used for teaching, research and recreational activities.

    Will I have the opportunity to go on placement during the sports coaching degree?

    You complete a minimum of 120 hours of work-based learning in your second year and have the option to complete a further 120 hours in your final year as part of your studies, so you have many opportunities to apply ideas from the course and build the skills that employers look for.

    An optional placement year between years 2 and 3 is also available.