Sport Coaching

UCAS codes

  • CX6C -

Course contact

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

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years
  • BSc Hons - 4 years

Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BSc Sport Coaching 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.

BSc Sport Coaching - University of the West of Scotland

Sports Coaching - 93 percent for overall student satisfaction

SQA Highers: ABBC or BBBB including English (or ESOL), PE and 1 science^
GCE A-Levels: BBC including English, PE, and 1 science^
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H2 H3 H3 H4 or H3 H3 H3 H3
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points (including English or a science plus 3 other subjects at HL)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sports Coaching with Sport Development; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sport and Recreation Management (for SQA awards, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)

SQA Advanced Highers: BBB including English, PE and 1 science
GCE A-Levels: BBB including English, PE and 1 science
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sports Coaching with Sport Development; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sport and Recreation Management (for SQA awards, with a minimum of Grade A in the Graded Unit) 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including English and 1 science plus 2 other subjects at HL)
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Sport and Exercise Science; Sports Coaching and Development of Sport; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Health and Fitness; Sport and Recreation Management (for SQA awards, preference of Grade A in the Graded Unit and a minimum of a Grade B (preference of an A) in the Graded Unit for the HNC element of the HND)
The programme was developed in consultation with national sport organisations, national governing bodies, national and local sport industry personnel and expert coaches.

Guest speakers to the course have included Dr. Richard Cox, Sport Psychologist and
Dr. David Stevenson, Head of Performance Analysis, Scottish FA.

Several students have competed at International level in their respective sports whilst studying at Sport Coaching at UWS.

Year 1

Core topics are: sport coaching, sport development and sport and exercise science, providing an overview and basic understanding of all three disciplines. Topics include introductory coaching, academic writing and sport development.

Year 2

Studies include the development of sports coaching, how skills are acquired and your first worksite learning experience. Students attend industry-related placements and receive training from our industry partners before commencing placement.

Year 3

Sport coaching and supporting topics become specialised and focused on theory into practice, for example the science behind coaching. Subject areas include biomechanics, strength and conditioning, and psychology. You will contextualise these aspects on a second professional placement, again working with our partners in industry.

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.

Students have undertaken placements with St Mirren Football Club, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust and the Scottish Football Association.

Study abroad

Students have undertaken exchange opportunities at University of Wisconsin, USA and in France, Spain and Sweden.

Useful Information


    100% students in work/further study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

    NB: There is a requirement to purchase a UWS sports kit which will be used during practical classes and whilst on placement representing the university.

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