University of Brighton

Sport Coaching

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    UCAS code CX6C

    About the course

    On the Sport Coaching degree you will develop both the background knowledge and the practical ability that are required for a successful career in coaching sport and the wide range of fitness activities enjoyed in today's health-conscious society.

    A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, laboratory work, firsthand coaching experience and practical sport. This variety of learning approaches will help you to develop both specific skills for coaching and a set of transferable skills that can be used in a range of jobs.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    ABB. Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these minimum requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.


    International Baccalaureate:
    34 points

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass (at least 45 credits at Level 3), with 24 credits at merit or above. Must include level 3 units in science-related subjects.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least five subjects including English language, mathematics and a science subject.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

    applicants studying a mixture of A-levels and BTEC will be made offers based on the above grades.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    Year 1 provides a broad introduction to coaching including physiology, psychology, biomechanics, training principles, sport development and sociology. This provides the foundation for years 2 and 3 where you can start to explore your own interests by selecting from a wide range of optional modules.

    Throughout the course, you will gain practical coaching experience in a variety of situations, ranging from coaching fellow students in the first year, to completion of external coaching placements during years 2 and 3.

    Opportunities exist to develop your coaching experience in a wide range of settings, including sport coaching, cardiac rehabilitation and assisting with strength and conditioning of elite athletes. Students benefit from partnerships and contacts with a wide range of organisations including Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club/Albion in the Community, Eastbourne Borough Football Club, Sussex County Cricket Club and British Triathlon.


    Year 1
    Fundamentals of Coaching
    Sport Coaching: practical applications
    Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Motor Learning and Performance
    Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement
    Scientific Basis of Exercise Training and Physical Performance
    Sport Policy
    Practical sport modules

    Year 2
    Effective Coaching
    Sport Coaching: practical applications
    Data Analysis and Research Methods
    Options from a wide range including:
    Exercise Referral
    Performance Analysis
    Strength and Conditioning
    Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Practical sport modules

    Year 3
    Advanced Coaching
    Coaching placement
    Options from a wide range including:
    Physiology of Training and Performance
    Community Sport Development: policy and practice
    Sports Nutrition
    Advanced Strength and Conditioning
    Psychology of Team Sports
    Advanced teaching and coaching in a wide range of practical disciplines

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    BSc Hons Sport Coaching  [K1EG009]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)13,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Eastbourne

    Eastbourne is a thriving town which offers traditional seaside attractions, modern nightlife, good shopping and a wide range of sporting activities. It’s one of the sunniest places in the UK.

    Our Eastbourne campus is located at the foot of the South Downs National Park, about ten minutes walk from the seafront and 20 minutes from the pier and Eastbourne town centre. Almost 3,000 students are based here.

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    Living in Eastbourne

    Eastbourne’s buzzing university community and compact town gives it a laid back and friendly feel. The town combines the traditional seaside attractions with modern nightlife, a wide range of sporting activities and an exciting arts scene.

    Social scene

    The student community in Eastbourne ensures it has a thriving social scene, with dedicated student nights at many of the town’s pubs and clubs. Eastbourne’s expanding nightlife includes trendy cocktail bars, laid-back country pubs and modern nightclubs.

    Fireworks over the pier


    The striking Towner contemporary art museum in Eastbourne features international exhibitions as well as a permanent art collection. Eastbourne's six theatres give you a chance to see West End musicals, touring shows, live music and comedy.

    The Towner contemporary art museum


    Eastbourne has long been the home of pre-Wimbledon tennis tournaments at Devonshire Park. Eastbourne also hosts an extreme sports festival and the Beachy Head Marathon that takes place across the South Downs National Park.

    Eastbourne Extreme sports festival
  • Staff profiles

    Sport Coaching

    James Wallis

    Course leader

    Physical Education BA(QTS) (University of Brighton); Sport and Exercise Science MSc, Sport Psychology Pathway (University College Chichester).

    James is a senior lecturer in physical education and course leader for the Sport Coaching BSc(Hons) and Sport Coaching and Development top-up BA(Hons).

    His predominant teaching commitments are in the theoretical bases of coaching and pedagogy. He also teaches on a wide range of QTS modules including behaviour management, movement analysis as well as coordinator of all swimming modules.

    James is a member of the School of Sport Science Support Team and is currently working in sport psychology with a number of elite junior athletes from a range of sports.

    He is also assisting in the delivery of sport psychology on talented athlete programmes for a number of sports colleges.

    James is also a member of the Football4Peace management team.

  • Student views

    Sport Coaching

    Nadine Brelstaff

    Sport Coaching BSc(Hons)

    I chose to study at the University of Brighton because of its exceptional reputation for creating high quality graduate students.

    Professional links

    The best thing about studying here is the amazing experiences and opportunities that are made available to you throughout your degree. I have found this particularly applicable to the Sport Coaching course where the university’s links with various national and international organisations means that opportunities to develop your professional practice are plentiful.


    Last year I took up one of these opportunities and I was selected as a community coach for Football4Peace, a co-existence project in Israel which is run by the university.

    The experience has moulded my way of thinking and has helped me to discover where my passion lies in regards to the type of career I am looking for after I graduate.

    Excellent facilities and support

    The flexibility of the course means that each person can shape their degree to their own interests and ambitions. Also, as a student on the Sport Coaching course you can take advantage of the excellent laboratory facilities and other first class sporting facilities.

    The university also provides fantastic support to help you every step of the way to make sure you leave with the best possible experiences and qualifications.

    Sport Coaching

    Mark Tomsett

    Sport Coaching BSc(Hons)


    I came to the University of Brighton as a mature student.

    The best thing about the university is the wide range of facilities it offers all of the students. The teaching on the Sports Coaching BSc(Hons) is, in my opinion, outstanding, with all of the lecturers displaying extremely good knowledge.

    The course itself does not focus solely on sports coaching, it instead allows you the freedom to explore other avenues alongside the sports science and PE degrees, offering options for every student.


    The support I have received has been fantastic, especially with trying to juggle university work around a full-time job!

    There is an extensive network of research materials available to ensure you never go short when completing assignments and I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone looking to explore sports coaching further.

  • Career opportunities

    This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a career in many areas of sport.

    Possible roles include work in regional and national sporting organisations, sports development officer, sports or coaching coordinator, exercise scientist, and recreation officer. You can also apply to study for a one-year PGCE to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).

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Sport Coaching

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