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The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching has been developed in partnership with sports governing bodies (SGBs), sporting organisations and individual coaches to ensure that you develop the knowledge, skills and hands-on practical experience to become a professional coach.

Sport coaches work with people to develop their sporting talent. They cover everything from helping people new to a sport to gain the skills and confidence they need to participate, to working with elite clubs to develop teamwork work together as a single unit to achieve shared goals.

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.

The School of Science and Sport has an enthusiastic and committed staff team that provides a supportive learning environment and a flexible approach to study. Sport Coaching is offered at our new state-of-the-art Lanarkshire Campus from September 2018.

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Study Abroad

UWS offers opportunities for our students to study abroad via our exchange programmes.

Study abroad is extremely beneficial to personal and professional development and research has shown that worldwide employers value graduates with intercultural awareness and global competences. Our BSc Sport Coaching students have completed successful exchanges with universities in the USA, France, Spain and Sweden.

Placement Opportunities

There is a strong emphasis on placement learning and developing the practical coaching skills. We have excellent links with a number of clubs and organisations, including St Mirren Football Club, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust and the Scottish Football Association, which provide work-based learning opportunities and offer you the opportunity to pick up professional coaching qualifications. We also encourage you to identify organisations that you are interested in working with.


of BSc Sport Coaching students are satisfied with the quality of the course


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of BSc Sport Coaching students are in work or study 6 months after completing their degree

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBB or BBBC including English (or ESOL), PE and 1 science subject or 108 UCAS Tariff points

  • A levels: CCC including English, PE and 1 science subject or 96 UCAS Tariff points

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3 or H3 H3 H3 H4 inclusing English and PE or 1 science

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 27 points including English or 1 science subject plus 3 subjects at Higher Level

  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sport Coaching with Sport Development or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Sport & Recreation Management (with A in the Graded Unit)

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBC including English, PE and 1 science subject or 136 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: BBC including English, PE and 1 science subject or 112 UCAS Tariff points
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points including English and 1 science subject plus 2 subjects at Higher Level
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sports Coaching (with a minimum of Grade B in the Graded Unit)

(Applicant Interview may be required)

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Sport & Exercise Science or Sports Coaching & Development of Sport or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Health & Fitness or Sport & Recreation Management (with As in the Graded Units)

(Applicant Interview may be required)

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests


IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

The UWS BSc Sport Coaching provides a broad understanding of the principles and application of sport science. In years 3 and 4 students will have the opportunity to tailor their learning to their interests and career options, and complete a dissertation in their own area of interest.

Year 1

In year 1 you will develop a basic understanding of sport coaching, sport development and sport and exercise science. You will also learn about general academic skills and sport development.

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 22%
  • Independent study: 78%



  • Practical: 22%
  • Coursework: 78%

Year 2

In year 2 you will develop your understanding of specific areas of sport coaching and skill acquisition. You will receive training from industry partners ahead of their first placement.

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 22%
  • Independent study:74%
  • Placement: 4%



  • Written: 7%
  • Practical: 20%
  • Coursework: 73%

Year 3

In year 3 you will begin to specialise in sport coaching, putting theory into practice. Options include biomechanics, strength and conditioning and psychology. You will take part in your second placement with an industry partner and learn research skills that will prepare you for your Honours year.

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 19% ·
  • Independent study: 76%
  • Placement: 5%



  • Written: 8%
  • Practical: 22%
  • Coursework: 70%

Year 4

In year 4 you will consolidate the theory you have gained with sport-related modules including contemporary issues in sport coaching. You will also complete a dissertation of your choice.

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 19%
  • Independent study: 81%



  • Written: 10%
  • Practical: 38%
  • Coursework: 52%

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Teaching and Assessment

This degree will be taught through a combination of learning methods including tutor-led lectures, tutorials and seminars, practical workshops and exercises in a simulated work environment, small group teaching and group project work. Independent, online and peer-to-peer learning is an important element of this course.

Our Sport Coaching degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:

  • group and individual work
  • multiple-choice exams
  • reflective practice reports
  • essays
  • case study deconstruction
  • practical examination
  • research production
  • journal reviews

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects


Employment prospects for BSc Sport Coaching graduates are excellent. UWS graduates are currently working with local authorities, sports clubs, sports governing bodies, sport centres and health promotion initiatives. Graduates also work for sports governing bodies including coaching delivery and sport development. Many graduates have found employment as active schools co-ordinators, sport development officers, PE teachers and as outdoor education instructors.

Further Study

Graduates will be able to progress onto the MSc Sport Coaching and well as some postgraduate research programmes (subject to availability).

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses


The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

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Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

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Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.


All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.


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