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What makes Sport Coaching Science at Worcester special?

If you’ve decided to focus on coaching, we’ll help you develop a keen understanding of the scientific techniques involved, and explore the wider social and cultural factors that influence sport. Of course, you’ll also gain a thorough grounding in the practical aspects of this fascinating vocation, using outstanding lab and playing facilities.

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. You can also build your experience through paid coaching placements in the community and with professional clubs.

Key features

  • Excellent facilities – including our Biomechanic Laboratories and Motion and Performance Centre – which you use every week for lectures and practical sessions
  • Great playing facilities outdoor and indoor, including the University of Worcester Arena, an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Lecturers who are trained practitioners in sport or exercise science, and still do the job in the community – they can show you tips and short-cuts you won’t find in any textbook
  • Guest lecturers, including Worcester Warriors Rugby Club Head Sports Scientist; Ross Dewar, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Worcestershire Cricket Club; and Steve Ingham, Jessica Ennis-Hill’s physiologist
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I would like to thank all of my classmates and tutors for their unbelievable guidance and support, in particular the sports coaching science team for the incredible opportunities to gain experience and progress.

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 including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above

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.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

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?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Principles of Inclusive Sports Coaching
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise           
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability
  • Sports Coaching: Intrapersonal skills


  • Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Fundamentals of Athletics in Schools
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2


  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Scientific Analysis of Sports Coaching
  • The Research Process
  • Sports Coaching: Interpersonal skills  


  • Motor Skill Progression
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching  
  • Performance Analysis 
  • Strength, Power and Speed
  • Sport and Disability
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre  

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Advanced Coaching Pedagogy and Practice 


  • Coaching Placement and Professional Development 
  • Work-Based Learning (Coaching Placement)
  • 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

  • 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?

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 laboratory 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 laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

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.

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 use industry-standard design software and have access to engineering and computer laboratory facilities throughout the course.


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:

  • 2 hours of interactive workshops
  • 6 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 2-6 hours of seminars in groups of around 25 students
  • 2 hours of supervised lab practicals  

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 24-48 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 formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 2 formal examinations of 1 hours duration
  • 4 essays
  • 4 practical reports
  • 4 individual or group presentations  

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • Major independent study project of approx. 8-10,000 words
  • 1 formal examinations of 1 hours duration
  • 4 essays
  • 2 practical reports
  • 2 individual or group presentations


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.


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 and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 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 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

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 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 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.

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


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 £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).

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:
See our Sports Coaching Science degrees page for Joint Honours options.


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