The programme aims to equip individuals with the skills, knowledge, personal qualities, and attitudes appropriate for successful transition into an appropriate career within the sports coaching or school sport industry.

Sport England expects that over the next five years there will be an increase of at least 3,000 jobs within the coaching sector in the North West region alone, with a massive demand expected for coaches to work in the education sector.

In alignment with this, units will address areas such as sport within the community, fitness and nutrition (obesity issues), technical coaching/ performance analysis (which will enhance sport and performance skills), the potential of sports coaching businesses, coaching the wider population and sport psychology.

The programme will also provide opportunities for students to develop their understanding both academically and vocationally through practical reflective practice. To further enhance this, the applied nature and research based element of the course helps students to interact with the industry and allows opportunities to network and develop employability links with people already operating in the industry. The programme seeks to promote independent learning and aims to produce graduate reflective practitioners who are able to assimilate, evaluate and critically appraise information based on key contemporary topics of sports coaching and school sport. It also aims to arm graduates with a range of skills which will support future progression into either employment or higher level learning.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
You’ll be taught by a team of experienced lecturers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the sport sector including nutritionists, physiologists, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches.

Our whole team regularly update their knowledge and skills, with strong links to Manchester Metropolitan University. All staff have, or are working towards a higher-level Master’s qualification.

The teaching team has a range of industry experience.

• Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent in the vocational or academic subject area.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview, or a Foundation Degree or HND in a relevant subject area.

Year 1: Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching and School Sport (30 credits)
Focus on contemporary issues within sports coaching and school sport including physical activity within the younger population.

Year 1: High Performance Coaching (30 credits)
Learn how to incorporate progressive sessions to improve skill and tactical ability, and begin to explore the concept and role of psychology within sport.

Year 1: Negotiated Research (60 credits)
Develop your general and discipline-specific knowledge and skills with this extended research activity. Agreed with your tutors, you’ll complete a Literature Review in an area of your choice, formulate a research proposal, and carry out the research as proposed within the context of your study programme.
Baechle, T. R. & Earle, R. W. (2016). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Bolton, G.E.J. (2014) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development
Cassidy, T., Jones, R., & Potrac, P. (2008). Understanding Sports Coaching: The Social, Cultural and Pedagogical Foundations of Coaching Practice
Hemmings, B., & Holder, T. (2009) Applied Sports Psychology: A Case - based Approach
McArdle, W., Katch, F. and Katch, V. (2015). Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance
McGinnis, P. (2013). Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
Weinberg, R.S., & Gould, D. (2015). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Assessment is continuous and consists of:

• Practical coaching assessments
• Presentations
• Reports case studies
• Research project (dissertation)

The course is a combination of practical and theory based.

Contemporary Issues:
• Practical - 50%
• Blog - 50%

High Performance Coaching:
• Practical - 50%
• Video Project - 50%

Negotiated Research:
• Critical Literature Review in the chosen area - 25%
• Design and presentation of a research proposal - 25%
• Production of an extended piece of original negotiated research - 50%
Upon successful completion of the degree, you could progress on to MSc qualification in sport psychology physiology, strength and conditioning or biomechanics.
You could progress in coaching by working in primary and secondary schools, or in amateur, semi-professional and professional sports clubs, become a PE teacher in schools and colleges, a performance analyst or develop your own coaching business. Also you would obtain NGB qualifications .
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You may be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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