Sport Coaching

UCAS codes

  • CX6C -

Course contact

Hayley Mcewan
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc Hons - 4 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Sports Coaching - 93 percent for overall student satisfaction

This UWS Honours degree is the only programme of its type in Scotland and focuses on equipping you with the essential knowledge and skills to become a coaching professional.

  • SQA Highers: ABBC or BBBB inc English, PE + 1 science, + SG / Int2 / Nat5 Chemistry
  • GCE A-Levels: BBC inc English, PE + 1 science, + GCSE Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBC2 or BBBB + OL Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points (5, 5 at HL) English or 1 science and SL Sports, Exercise & Health Science
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBBC inc English, PE and + 1 science, + SG / Int2 / Nat5 Chemistry
  • GCE A-Levels: BBB inc English, PE and + 1 science, + GCSE Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
  • SQA HNC (Grade A), SQA HND or BTEC Level 4-5 HNC-D: Sport Coaching with Sport Development, Health & Fitness; Sport and Recreation Mgt
  • SQA HND (Grade A), BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Sport and Exercise Science; Sport Coaching and Development of Sport; Fitness, Health & Exercise; Health & Fitness; Sport and Recreation Mgt
Academic reference, personal experience in a sporting environment and a high written standard of personal statement will be considered. Predicted grades may also be considered. Mature applicants may be considered on an individual basis, with relevant sporting experience and a strong personal statement.
The programme was developed in consultation with national sport organisations, national governing bodies, national and local sport industry personnel and expert coaches.

Year 1

This is the core year for students studying Sport Coaching, Sport Development, or Sport and Exercise Science, and gives an overview and basic understanding of all three disciplines. It provides an introduction to the essential subjects, and module topics include introductory coaching, exercise science, academic writing, physical activity development, and sport development.

Year 2

Studies include the development of sports coaching, an introduction to sports policy and your first worksite learning experience. Students attend industry-related placements designed for the delivery of sport to children.

Year 3

Sport coaching and supporting topics become more specialised and focused on practical applications, enhanced by strong academic underpinning. Subject areas include biomechanics, strength and conditioning, and physiology. You will contextualise these aspects in sport coaching practice, professional enhancement and your second placement.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will consolidate knowledge gained previously, through interdisciplinary modules including contemporary issues in sport coaching and undertake a dissertation.
Employment rates for graduates are excellent, with previous students working with local authorities, sports clubs, national governing bodies of sport, sports centres and health promotion initiatives. Graduates also work for national governing bodies including coaching delivery and sport development. Many graduates have found employment within the area of Active Schools as sport development officers, PE teachers, and with NGB’s and various other educational outlets. There is a strong emphasis on placement learning and developing the practical skills relevant to the modern sports, health and fitness industries. Excellent industry links provide work-based learning opportunities and offer links to attainment of coaching qualifications.

Useful Information

  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme)
    Applicants will be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme), managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland.

    For course availability check UCAS

    NB: There is a requirement to purchase a UWS sports kit which will be needed at various points throughout the programme. *Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 

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