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What makes Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport at Worcester special?

This innovative course - the first of its kind in the country - has been created to support the development of a new generation of sports coaches, dedicated to the principles of inclusive sport.

With highly experienced staff, a host of inclusive sports facilities and forward-thinking teaching methods, this programme covers core principles of sports coaching such as coaching pedagogy and practice, as well as more bespoke areas linked with coaching disabled athletes.

Worcester is the home of inclusive sport, with the award-winning University of Worcester Arena - the UK's first sports facility designed to be accessible to both wheelchair and able-bodied athletes alike and an official Paralympic training venue.



Key features

  • State-of-the-art inclusive sports facilities, including the University of Worcester Arena - winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Expert staff working at the cutting edge of inclusive sport development, from grass roots participation to the pinacle of the Paralympic pyramid
  • Excellent placement and work-based learning opportunities help you build confidence and experience, whilst enhancing employability
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"My ambition is to work as a cycling coach, making cycling accessible to everyone, which is why I elected to study Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport."

Sophie Wright, Sports Coaching Science with Disablity Sport BSc

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English language and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above.

A Disclosure and 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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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


  • Special Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Barriers
  • Exploring Mental Health in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Optional language modules

Year 2


  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Advanced Scientific Principles in Teaching and Coaching
  • Creating Successful Research


  • Sport and Disability
  • Teaching Special Educational needs and Disability PE in schools
  • Sports Coaching: Interpersonal skills
  • Performance Analysis
  • Global Perspectives and Special Education Needs and Disabilities
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Optional Language Modules

Year 3


  • Independent Research Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Disability Sports Coaching and PE
  • Advanced Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Professional Placement


  • The Developing Child in Sport
  • International Sport Development and Volunteering
  • Professional Roles and Contexts in SEND and Inclusion
  • Identity, Inclusion and Social Justice
  • Assistive Technologies in Practice
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and practical's. 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 psychology and sports development. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities, often with a guest speaker or elite level Paralympian athletes.

Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and the coaching science practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and the application of key theories and concepts in regard to working ethically effectively in a range of disability sporting environments.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course, however, meetings can occur at any time under the discretion of the Tutor.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long placement in the second year of the course, supervised for agreed projects by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.

You will be involved in a range of practical problem based scenarios, which will include coaching peers, external clients, SEND children and adults and grassroots to elite level pan disability sports players. There is also a chance to undertake a work placement with a provider of your choice too.

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 structured around:

  • 4 hours of interactive workshops
  • 4 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 4 hours of seminars in groups of around 30 students
  • 4 hours of practical coaching scenarios

In year two 4 days per week will be spent in placement for one semester.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-28 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. Also it is hoped you can Earn as you Learn (EAYL) in an area of your desire and we recommend you join the coaching database here at the University, which will hold all your information and qualifications so we can get you employed in a school or sports club. (More information will be given on this topic in Induction Week 1). There are also a wide range of additional NGB and micro-workshop related opportunities to undertake during Worcester Weeks and these can be used to obtain the additional Worcester Award which has a gold, silver and bronze achievement level. (More information will be given on this in Induction Week 1). 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.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of applied 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 formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 2 practical coaching reports
  • 2 individual or group presentations
  • 2 practical live presentations
  • 2 Case Study Reports
  • 4 Written Essays
  • 1 Reflective Portfolio of Information

Year 2

  • 1 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
  • 1 reflective and skills portfolio relating to work placement
  • 4 written essays
  • 2 practical coaching reports
  • 4 individual or group presentations

Year 3

  • Major independent study project of approx. 8-10,000 words
  • 1 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
  • 4 written essays
  • 2 practical reports
  • 4 individual or group presentations
  • 1 reflective and skills portfolio relating to work placement
  • 2 practical assessments


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. Feedback will be given each week by way of attendance and student performance in the lectures, seminars and practical coaching based learning scenarios. This feedback will be a two way process and may include the use of different UW staff, Guest Speakers and your own learning peers.

We aim to provide official feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of the hand-in deadline date.

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.

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 the majority of University lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

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.


Dr Andrea Faull-Brown

Dr Faull-Brown has a breadth of applied and research experience in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology spanning over 15 years, working with both non-disabled athletes and those with a physical disability. Her experience ranges across all level of competition working with coaches and athletes of Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth Games standard, with the highlight of her career being working the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team in their preparations for Rio 2016. Having supported athletes from Beijing in 2008 through to Rio in 2016 is a testament to her career in Applied Sport Psychology at the highest level and this experience is brought into the classroom to help educate the future generation of practitioners.

As Head of Department for PE, Dance and Coaching, Andrea has seen the successful growth of the course provision and student numbers on these courses as well as exciting curriculum reviews for the programmes which are due to launch in Sept 2019. She is particularly passionate about supporting students in terms of their ability to achieve and fulfil their potential and prides herself on a strong working relationship with the other Heads of Department as well as the staff in her team.


Where could it take you?

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The course provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers in sport development, sport coaching, physical education teaching, research, armed forces and public health, professional sport, health & fitness management. Students who have specialised in disability sport in the past have gone on to become: Sports and disability officers; Sport development officers for adults with disabilities; Special need coordinators; County council support officers for children with behavioural issues; Disability Sport Governing body coordinators and Self-employed sports disability consultants.

Katinka Ernst

Katinka Ernst

Katinka successfully combined her Sports Coaching Science with competing all over Europe in karate. In October 2014 she won gold in Kata (form) and silver in Kumite (fighting) at the UK Open Karate Championships.

Throughout her time at University, Katinka also devoted much of her time to volunteering.

“I teach Karate and movement to kids with moderate to severe learning difficulties, such as Down’s Syndrome and Autism, as well as those with physical disabilities,” she said. “I hope to do some research in developing sporting programmes to help these children and give them more life quality and the feeling of inclusion. Everybody deserves a chance.”

In June 2016, Katinka was awarded the Gold Worcester Award by the University in special recognition of all her many roles while completing her studies.

Her ambition to work towards greater inclusion is now bigger than ever as she embarks on a Master’s course in Sports Coaching.

“In the future I want to work with more disabled groups offering sports, alongside being a high standard athlete aiming to get into the GB team next year/2018,” she said. “I want to become a Paralympic coach. Inclusion means everything to me.”

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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 the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

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 the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

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, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. 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.

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