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What makes Sports Coaching Science at Worcester special?


If you have decided to focus on coaching, we will help you develop a keen understanding of your own coaching approaches and philosophy, along with the industry and cultural factors that influence the wider context of sport. You will gain a vast practical application of the theoretical underpinnings of coaching with access to a range of hands-on coaching environments. You will become confident with delivering in a range of sports related facilities including the University Arena, Fitness Suite and Motion Performance Centre.

Alongside your degree, you will have the chance to work towards coaching and industry qualifications. You will have opportunities to access a range of Coach Education courses and National Governing Body coaching awards during the Academic Year. Whilst being able to build your coaching experiences through coaching placements and employment opportunities within the University and the wider sporting community.



Key features

  • Excellent facilities including our University Arena, S&C Suite, 3G Astro-Turf, McClelland Health and Wellbeing Centre along with Performance Analysis suites; which you will access within your modules (lectures and practical sessions)
  • Lecturers are trained and current coaching practitioners within the field of Sports Coaching, who are still actively engaged within a range of sporting environments; in a variety of practical roles from grassroots to international level. The staff are willing to share tips and insights into the industry to help you make developments in your own coaching journey
  • Guest lecturers from community partners including; Worcester County Cricket Club, Severn Stars Super League Netball Club and the BBL Worcester Wolves Basketball Club
  • Regular opportunities to coach in a vast range of sports which will challenge and develop your understanding of your coaching practice. You will have the opportunity to coach peers, school groups and external clubs and organisations

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"I would like to thank all of my classmates and tutors for their unbelievable support. The staff provided some incredible opportunities to gain experience and progress my career."

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 (for example, BBC at A Level), and GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above

A Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check 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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If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Sport and Exercise Science pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Principles of Inclusive Sports Coaching
  • Scientific Principles in Teaching and Coaching
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability
  • Sports Coaching: Intrapersonal skills


  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Optional Language Modules

Year 2


  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Advanced Scientific Principles in Teaching and Coaching
  • Creating Successful Research
  • Sports Coaching: Interpersonal skills


  • Contemporary issues in Sport
  • Performance Analysis
  • Sport and Disability
  • Introduction to Strength & Conditioning
  • Optional language modules

Year 3


  • Independent Research Project in Sports Coaching
  • Professional Placement
  • Advanced Coaching Pedagogy and Practice


  • The Sport Entrepreneur
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Applied Performance Analysis
  • The Developing Child in Sport
  • Analysing Social Issues in Sport
  • Contemporary issues in disability sports coaching and PE

Felix Hallam

BSc Sports Coaching Single graduate

"The Sports Coaching Science BSc enables you to develop the whole coaching package. With a diverse and flexible range of module options I was able gain an excellent understanding of coaching as a whole, whilst having the option to specialise in certain areas.

There is a fantastic support structure in place with excellent staff members who really aided my development through challenging and guiding me. I also had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester which allowed me to view and experience coaching in a different culture widening my learning opportunities."

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 and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and practicals. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. We aim to provide a learning context that will explore the full potential of all participants and encourage excellence in both theory and practice. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group work.

You will also undertake modules which have mandatory placement elements (of varying durations) to ensure you are provided with the opportunities to apply the subject knowledge learnt within lectures to the practical environment of the coaching industry.

In addition, you will also meetings with personal academic tutors throughout the duration of your studies here at the University of Worcester, which are designed to support your development, learning and career aspirations.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. Typically contact time will be a balanced blend of:

  • Practical sessions
  • Theoretical lectures
  • Seminars (in small study groups)
  • Module specific tutorials

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-48 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and majority of University lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical summative assessment approach for each year of the course is:

Year 1

Written essays, paired and/or individual presentations, practical coaching episodes, multiple-choice exams

Year 2

Pebblepad Coaching Portfolio; essays, presentations, oral defence of work, practical coaching episodes, exams (module selection dependant)

Year 3

Reflective reports, essays, presentations, portfolios, practical coaching episodes, placement evidence and Independent Study


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.



Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan joined the University of Worcester School of Sport and Exercise Science full-time in 2011, after fulfilling a number of part-time roles within the School during both her undergraduate and MSc studies. Michelle has a range of experiences in sports coaching (both in the UK and USA) with a Netball specialism as a UKCC Level 3 coach. In her role as Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Science degree, Michelle uses her industry and academic experiences to support and develop students’ understanding of the demands of the sporting industry, including the skills and qualities needed to be employable.  


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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 students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

All Physical Education and Sports Coaching students are expected to wear School of Sport and Exercise Science branded sports kit. This includes a polo top, t-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt and costs approximately £85.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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

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.



Get in touch

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

Dr Andy Cale

Admissions tutor

Michelle Morgan

Admissions tutor