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What makes Sport Coaching Science at Worcester special?

If you’ve decided to focus on coaching, we’ll help you develop a keen understanding of the scientific techniques involved, and explore the wider social and cultural factors that influence sport. Of course, you’ll also gain a thorough grounding in the practical aspects of this fascinating vocation, using outstanding lab and playing facilities.

Alongside your degree, you’ll also have the chance to work towards coaching and industry qualifications. We give you the time, space and subsidies to choose from a range of national governing body coaching awards. You can also build your experience through paid coaching placements in the community and with professional clubs.

Key features

  • Excellent facilities – including our Biomechanic Laboratories and Motion and Performance Centre – which you use every week for lectures and practical sessions
  • Great playing facilities outdoor and indoor, including the University of Worcester Arena, an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Lecturers who are trained practitioners in sport or exercise science, and still do the job in the community – they can show you tips and short-cuts you won’t find in any textbook
  • Guest lecturers, including Worcester Warriors Rugby Club Head Sports Scientist; Ross Dewar, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Worcestershire Cricket Club; and Steve Ingham, Jessica Ennis-Hill’s physiologist
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I would like to thank all of my classmates and tutors for their unbelievable guidance and support, in particular the sports coaching science team for the incredible opportunities to gain experience and progress.

Ross Ensor, BSc Sports Coaching Science graduate.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) is required for this course

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Principles of Sports Coaching
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Personal Growth and Team Building Though Outdoor Adventurous Activity
  • Fundamentals of Athletics in Schools


  • Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport

Year 2


  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Scientific Analysis of Sports Coaching
  • The Research Process


  • Sport Event Operations
  • Motor Skill Progression
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Strength, Power and Speed
  • Multi Sports
  • Sport and Disability

Year 3


  • Independent Study


  • Coaching Placement and Professional Development (this module is taught over 2 semesters)
  • Work-Based Learning (Coaching Placement)
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching
  • The Sports Entrepreneur
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Applied Performance Analysis
  • Socio-cultural Critique of Global and Olympic Sports
  • Learning and Performance of Sports Skills
  • The Developing Child in Sport
  • International Sport Development and Volunteering
  • Advanced Sport and Disability
  • Advanced Sports Nutrition

  • Case study

    Henna Kalviainen, Sports Coaching Science BSc (Hons)

    “The facilities at University of Worcester are excellent, and the sports tutors are really helpful - they always have time for you.

    "I come from Finland, but the University has such a nice, friendly environment that I feel completely at home here.

    "This was the only place I applied to, because I came here and thought: ‘This is the place for me’, and I wasn’t wrong!”

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

Teaching methods for all modules include lectures, seminars, tutorials and a large element of practical, group and teamwork. We aim to provide a learning context that will explore the full potential of all participants and encourage excellence in both theory and practice.

The expertise of the staff includes sports coaching and teaching, match analysis, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports motivation and sports development. Students may have opportunities to take part in research projects.

Various assessment procedures are used including coursework, essays, reports, seminar papers, oral presentations, practical work and an Independent Study. No module uses entirely exam based assessment.


Various assessment procedures are used including:

  • Scientific reports
  • Oral presentations
  • Essays
  • Coaching sessions
  • Exams
  • Marketing plans
  • Practical performance and coaching


Where could it take you?


Our degree provides you with an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers, including: sports development and management, sports coaching, fitness instructor, match and performance analysts, teaching, research, the armed forces and public services.

Alongside your degree, you’ll also have the chance to work towards coaching and industry qualifications. We give you the time, space and subsidies to choose from a range of national governing body coaching awards. This allows you to build your experience through paid coaching in the community.

We have a proven track record of providing placements to a range of local clubs ranging from community to professional in both coaching and performance analysis. Placements typically are evening and weekend along with in term curriculum time.

Our students have successfully found summer jobs in a range of countries in Europe and the North America. These jobs can be used to generate evidence to be used against academic areas of study.

Graduates gain employment across the spectrum from professional club academies to running their own sporting camps. We are developing a reputation in coaching and teaching athletes with a disability from “the playground to the podium” and currently are aware of over 25 graduates who have gained employment in this important area.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Sports Coaching Science BSc (Hons) - C601 BSc/SCS

Joint Honours:
Human Biology and Sports Coaching Science - CC61
Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science - C690

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions tutor

Dr Andrea Faull
01905 855265