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Sports Coaching
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Sports Coaching

This course is also available with an integrated foundation year. Apply using UCAS code CX69. Find out more here

Overview

Helping people achieve their potential is one of the most satisfying parts of being a sports coach. As well as improving an athlete's performance, sports coaching can also aid youth development and benefit wider society and this course will give you a real insight into the powerful impact coaching can have on people of all physical abilities.

As well as gaining a strong academic knowledge of the principles of coaching, you will also participate in practical workshops and work with young people within the community to plan, deliver and evaluate holistic, individualised development programmes. This course will develop the leadership, communication and reflective skills needed to become a successful coach in a subject-specific area or in multiple activities.

You will study six strands: understanding who you are coaching, what you are coaching, how you are coaching, the culture and context of your coaching, yourself as a coach and, finally, the practice of coaching. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to tailor your learning by selecting from a choice of option modules, including Community Sport Development, Sport Event Management and Strength & Conditioning.

The course has been developed to fulfil the UK Coaching Certificate requirements, so you will be equipped with the expertise needed to work as a multi-skilled, multi-sports coach. We work closely with a range of national governing bodies and local authorities as we continuously strive to improve our coaching provision and the experience of our students on this course.

Residentials
At the start of the year you can go on a one-week group study residential. This will be a chance to meet new friends and take part in a number of challenges to develop your problem solving and team working skills. Activities can include rock climbing, gorge scrambling, mountaineering, walking, canoeing and kayaking.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
Our renowned research centre for sports coaching and physical education will provide a high-quality learning environment. Combined with the support and guidance from expert staff, you will have the perfect platform to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a confident coach. Leeds Beckett staff have vast experience in sports coaching, and currently deliver an array of support services to coaches and athletes at all levels and across an extensive range of sports.

Some of your sessions will be located at Headingley Carnegie Stadium - home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club, rugby league giants Leeds Rhinos and rugby union's Yorkshire Carnegie, making it one of the busiest sports venues in the UK. You will also have access to specialist coaching equipment and software. This will allow you to analyse sporting performance and will help you develop the coaching techniques to improve.

Invaluable placement opportunities will give you the chance to put your learning into practice. You could be coaching children from local schools or working on campus assisting our coaches - some of whom work with Olympic athletes. You could also gain experience in the wider sports industry with professional clubs such as Leeds Rhinos and Leeds United, or with local authority and private fitness centres.

During your studies, you could also extend your experience and top-up your credentials with a sport-specific coaching qualification that is UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) endorsed. These will be available at levels one and two. In addition to UKCC programmes, we also offer gym and personal trainer qualifications, which you could take to further boost your CV.

Sport Volunteering Opportunities
We offer a sport volunteering programme for anyone with an interest in sport. If you want to stay ahead of the game and have a competitive advantage in the job market, then sport volunteering is an ideal way to gain extra knowledge and skills on top of your degree. Volunteering is a huge advantage if you want to pursue a career in the sports industry - and it will look great on your CV!
Sport and Active Lifestyles
We're passionate about sport and at Leeds Beckett University there's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including the Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at the Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 92.6% of students thought the course enabled them to bring information and ideas together from different topics (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 91.5% of students felt they had the right opportunities to work with other students (National Student Survey 2017).

Entry Requirements

Additional Requirements:
UCAS Tariff Points:
120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Or

112 UCAS points from three A levels (excluding General Studies) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications.

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.


Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level, one of which must be in a National Curriculum subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2 including a National Curriculum subject.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements:
UCAS Tariff Points:
120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Or

112 UCAS points from three A levels (excluding General Studies) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications.

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.


Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level, one of which must be in a National Curriculum subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2 including a National Curriculum subject.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Grace Alsancak

Careers

Grace Alsancak
Diving Development Officer Cambridge Dive Team

MSc Sport Coaching

“I loved sport from a young age and my plan was always to study PE at university. However, I attended an inspirational sports coaching lecture during a visit to Leeds Beckett and decided to follow that route instead. After I finished my undergraduate degree, I knew I wanted to continue my so I stayed on for my masters. My studies encouraged me to become a reflective practitioner and helped my confidence to grow so that I was able to go out and get my dream job.

Modules & learning

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Research & Personal Journey

Coaching Pedagogy 1: Introduction to the Principles of Learning & the Implications for Coaching

Sport Curriculum 1: An Introduction to the Development of Movement, Technical & Tactical Skills in Sport for Children & Young People

Participant Development 1a: Developmental Psychology

Participant Development 1b: Paediatric Physiology

Coaching Practice 1: An Introduction to Planning, Delivering & Analysing Coaching Activities

Research Methods in Sports Coaching

Participant Development 2: Analysing the Biopsychosocial Needs of Children & Young People in Sport

Sport Curriculum 2: Understanding & Analysing the Demands of Sport for Children & Young People

Coaching Practice 2: Planning, Delivering & Evaluating Coaching Practice in Applied Contexts

Community Sport Development

Managing Sport Development

Coaching Pedagogy 2: Understanding learning - Implications for Structuring Practice Activities & Coach Behaviour

Sport Event Management

Analysis & Acquistion of Skill

Strength & Conditioning / Fitness

Participant Development 3: Developing Interventions to Meet the Needs of Children & Young People Within Inclusive Sporting Contexts

Professional Practice in Coaching Contexts

Dissertation

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities (Residential)

Sport Curriculum 3: Developing Sport Specific Annual Curriculum

Sport Curriculum Multi Skills: Developing a Fundamental Movement Curriculum

Coaching Pedagogy 3

Advanced Strength & Conditioning

Advances in Analysis & Acquisition of Skill

Strategic Management in Sport Development

Sport Event in Action

Peter McKreth
Peter Mackreth
Dean of School
Peter is Head of the Carnegie School of Sport which houses a diverse range of disciplines that promote excellence at all levels of participation, performance and policy in sport. Across the School are talented, committed and passionate staff who continually strive to build on the synergies between teaching, research and enterprise. Our approach fosters the development of innovative and important projects, which feeds into an excellent student experience at all levels. The School has a strong progression rate with many undergraduates going on to do masters and then PhDs.
Across the school we have talented, committed and passionate staff who continually strive to build on the synergies between teaching, research and enterprise. Our approach fosters the development of innovative and important projects which feeds into an excellent student experience at all levels.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Sports uniforms - Buying specific sports uniform or equipment is not a formal requirement; however you will be expected to wear appropriate clothing for sessions in different environments. The cost of clothing is variable and you may be able to wear something you already own if it is appropriate.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Sports uniforms - Buying specific sports uniform or equipment is not a formal requirement; however you will be expected to wear appropriate clothing for sessions in different environments. The cost of clothing is variable and you may be able to wear something you already own if it is appropriate.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Sports Facilities
    Sports Facilities

    "I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medallist

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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Headingley Carnegie Stadium

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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