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Sport Coaching - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

The course focuses on the application and dissemination of knowledge in the practical coaching environment. Specifically, it will provide you with the opportunities to gain a better understanding of the socially contested nature of the coaching process. Indeed, this process is one of the main thrusts of the course allowing a major contribution from other key disciplines such as: physiology, biomechanics, psychology, measurement issues in sport and exercise science, performance analysis and adapted physical activity. These elements give the course a unique flavour mixing traditional knowledge and skills with contemporary socio-pedagogical approaches. You will be given many opportunities to develop your practical and contextual knowledge in training, coaching and performance, which will allow you to evaluate and modify your own behaviour and that of performers in a range of sports. It will also enable you to appreciate the role of the professional coach and to understand the qualities needed to coach effectively.

Course Content

Year One:

  • Research Process
  • Sports Principles & Techniques 
  • Sport Coaching
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching & PE
  • Introduction to Sport & Exercise Science

Options Choose one from:

  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • An Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Understanding Sport Management

Year Two

  • Research Process
  • Sport Coaching
  • Sport Coaching/PE
  • Sports Principles and Techniques (Choose one: Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Outdoor Adventurous Activities, Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Waterpolo)
  • Work-based learning

Options one from:

  • Sport Development in Practice
  • Ethics in Sport
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Applied Physiology of Sport & Exercise
  • Applied Biomechanics of Sport & Exercise
  • Applied Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Sport Performance Analysis

Year Three:

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Independent Project
  • Problem-based Learning in Coaching
  • Work-based Learning
  • Advanced Sport Coaching

Options one from:

  • Ethical Issues in Sport
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise and Health Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture
  • Managing High Performance Sport
  • Commercial Approaches to Sport

* Module also available through medium of Welsh.

Learning & Teaching

The Sport Coaching programme is delivered in a number of different ways in attempts to engage you in different aspects of the coaching process and to provide opportunities to develop a number of transferrable life skills that are valued by employers. Specifically, the programme utilises: (a) lead lectures that concentrate of dissemination of core content; seminars that encourage small group work; practical sessions that allow for the application of theory to practice; work-based learning; and student-led independent study through the use of Virtual Learning Environments (e.g., Team Performance Exchange, Blackboard). All aspects of Learning and Teaching utilise the most recent research literature and National Occupational Standards (e.g., National Governing Body, NGB, coaching qualifications) to underpin both content and delivery, thus providing a contemporary and innovative Programme.

The Sports Coaching programme has a fully integrated personal tutoring system where your academic, social, and vocational development is facilitated and supported by members of the Coaching Science teaching team. This team is made up of internationally renowned researchers and coaches who have helped to shape the current landscape of sports coaching through seminal peer-reviewed publications and textbooks, developing national and international coach education qualifications, and practically through international coaching and performance honours. The strengths of this team have enabled the Sports Coaching programme at Cardiff Met to be widely recognised as one of the flagship coaching programmes in the UK.


Building on the drive to help you develop a range of academic and vocational skills that will better prepare you for employment within sports coaching, the assessment procedures inherent within the programme are diverse. We utilise a range of assignments, practical assessments, reflective practice logs, examinations, and professional reports in attempts to assess your knowledge, understanding, and critical thinking skills.

Employability & Careers

Our graduates can follow careers in coaching and teaching, the leisure industry, sports science support and in the field of sports development. Past graduates have obtained employment in coaching in the UK and abroad in a variety of sporting contexts some examples of which include football coaching in Adelaide, Australia, and in the USA, Assistant Academy Manager for a championship football club, rugby coaching in Singapore, multi-sport coaching in Shanghai and swimming coaching in Wales. In addition graduates have found employment working as sport development officers for local authorities and National Governing Bodies, as fitness consultants and trainers. The subjects studied and skills learnt will also give graduates the opportunity to continue their education to Master’s Doctorate level or undertake a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a strong sporting profile, five GCSE passes including English Language and Maths at grade C or above plus:

  • 280 points from at least 3 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BB within a relevant subject, General Studies excluded
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Distinction Merit to include 12 Distinctions overall within a relevant subject
  • 280 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x B1 grades within a relevant subject (minimum grade C2 considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 with 15 credits at Distinction within a relevant subject.
  • 280 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades BB at A Level within a relevant subject, General Studies excluded, Core counted as fourth subject
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels / 12-unit BTEC or equivalent, other qualifications and sporting achievements will be considered.

Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers.

Applicants are advised not to make multiple applications for other undergraduate degree courses within the School of Sport, as applicants can change option.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s): C603

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the School Administrator:
Tel: 029 2041 6591

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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