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What makes Sport Coaching Science at Worcester special?

Coaching is a rewarding and at times challenging role. Whether pushing for a podium place, seeking to improve health and wellbeing within the community or bringing the joy of participation in sport to new audiences, a good coach can take people from where they are to where they want to be.

At Worcester, you will approach coaching from a range of perspectives, developing an understanding of the scientific techniques that underpin effective coaching, as well as the wider social and cultural factors that can influence the sporting journey.

Key features

  • Excellent facilities, including BASES-accredited physiology labs, our Motion Performance Centre, and the University of Worcester Arena - an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • The coach education programme provides opportunities to gain national governing body coaching awards, as well as invaluable experience with paid coaching placements in the community and with professional clubs
  • Excellent foundation for a wide range of careers, including sports development and management, sports coaching, match and performance analysis, teaching, and research
  • Excellent international partnerships, including in the USA, China, Australia and Europe, providing opportunities for collaboration and overseas study
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

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

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. 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. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

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?


Students who follow the BSc in sports coaching science degree are expected to gain experience in the field of coaching.

The degree provides 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.

As students develop as an undergraduate and become more competent as a coach then the coaching opportunities open to them are aligned and include those that generate an income.

The Institute has a 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.

Students on the degree pathway have gained employment in a range of countries typically in Europe and the U.S. Employment gained during their Summer vacations can be used to generate evidence that can be used against academic areas of study.

On graduation students who have followed the coaching pathway have gained full time positions at home and abroad. Typically graduates are competent in coaching learners of all ages and abilities. 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 annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 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.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


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 £89 per week to the £145 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