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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
International Scholarships available

Overview

Helping people achieve their potential is one of the most satisfying parts of being a sports coach. This degree is shaped by an established model of coaching adopted by the Football Association and other leading national and international governing bodies. You will develop your key coaching skills by learning to understand your participants and their sport, and how to plan, deliver and review both short and long-term training programmes.

More than half the course delivery and assessment will be practical in nature, and you will have many opportunities to apply ideas from the course during organised placements.

Residentials
As part of your first year, you will have the opportunity to experience activities in a setting associated with your studies. This may include a residential or field trips, which will support your on-campus learning and enhance your future career prospects. 

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.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

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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.
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.

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

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.
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.

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 and BSc (Hons) Sports 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.

Teaching and learning

Become a well-rounded, independent practitioner of sports coaching with a broad skillset. You will be able to create exciting and engaging physical activity plans to resonate with your participants and to help achieve your long-term coaching objectives.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

You will look at the needs of children and young people in an anatomical and sporting context, and begin planning inclusive coaching sessions aligned to specific ages. You will also learn how to adapt 'on the fly' and make change to activities.
Overall workload
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288 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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900 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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12 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
22%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
48%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
30%
Core Modules

Explore threshold concepts relating to teaching and learning such that you can apply key teaching principles in practice. Furthermore, the module will equip you with the basic understanding and appreciation of reflective practice, so you can begin the process of self-evaluation and development.

Gain the requisite knowledge regarding the psycho-motor, physical and psycho-social stages of development characteristics of a broad range of children and young people. This knowledge informs the design and implementation of appropriate and inclusive coaching sessions for children and young people.

The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) defines at least four main domains in which a coach may work: performance; talent development; community; children. You will explore these different contexts, the contemporary issues coaches face, and the specific ways in which, for example, broad issues such as inclusion policies may influence on-the-ground practice.

Undertake the early engagement in and development of self-regulatory, study, research and employability skills. This module also aims to develop your skills and knowledge required in transitioning from school or work life into the life of a university student.

At the end of year one, you will choose an optional pathway through the remainder of your course, in one of the following three areas:

Performance & Talent Development

Youth Sport & Physical Education

Community Sport & Physical Activity

In Year Two you will learn to devise and communicate coaching programmes that are more complex, more tactical and multiskilled, and reflect upon realistic intended learning outcomes in groups. You will undertake a 20-week placement relevant to your career pathway.
Overall workload
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277 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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804 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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120 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
48%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
52%
Core Modules

Develop a range of teaching tools for the delivery of constructively aligned practices and behaviours that allow for maximum participant engagement towards identified and quantifiable learning objectives.

Enhance your understanding of the technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social demands of different sport types in order to be able to plan and deliver multiple coaching sessions to participants at specific ages and stages of development.

Build upon the research and study skills already acquired to enable students to be consumers of research for use across your degree. By the end of the module, you will be able to search for and apply relevant literature and/or theory; choose research designs to address research enquiries; analyse and interpret empirical data (qualitative and quantitative); and present research findings in your specific field.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Advance your expertise to become a confident and effective coaching practitioner across children's choaching, participation coaching, performance development and high performance coaching. You will be challenged to reflect critically on your experience of applying theories and concepts in your placement settings, whilst also developing a sustained, independent final year project.
Overall workload
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130 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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998 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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72 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
35%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
65%
Core Modules

Prepare yourself for head coaching roles, where you are likely to be tasked with developing, and delivering against, a performance model and long-term plan for a squad, athlete or entire programme. It therefore challenges you to develop a simple 'mental model' of a sport or activity linked to your intended career; to use this as the basis for long-term curriculum design, matched to the needs of specific participant groups; then to demonstrate how this curriculum is delivered to a specific group or athlete in practice.

Get the preparation to graduate into employment into your chosen coaching contexts. You will engage in activities to support the development of your professional practice through reflection of your development as a person, student and coach. You will gain an advanced understanding of a range of coaching contexts through engagement with industry via guest speakers and site visits where possible.

Be challenged to undertake an extended and largely independent piece of work that demonstrates research skills, critical thinking, and an awareness of ethical methodological approaches to study. You are provided with a choice of project types that reflect the key knowledge, skills and attributes of graduate careers associated with your course (e.g. talent coach, performance analyst, primary PE specialist etc.)

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.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

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.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of sports facilities and equipment linked to your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Course branded sportswear
    (Branded sportswear is available to buy, but it is not compulsory. Prices start at £10, with a complete kit bundle costing £135)
  • Various coaching qualifications as well as gym and personal trainer awards are available
    (Cost will depend on the course chosen)
  • Sport volunteering opportunities
    (Cost will depend on location)
  • Sports membership
    (Access to sport and fitness facilities, including a wide range of fitness classes. Active Beckett PLUS membership costs £90 per year. Other levels of membership are also available)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

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.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

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.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of sports facilities and equipment linked to your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Course branded sportswear
    (Branded sportswear is available to buy, but it is not compulsory. Prices start at £10, with a complete kit bundle costing £135)
  • Various coaching qualifications as well as gym and personal trainer awards are available
    (Cost will depend on the course chosen)
  • Sport volunteering opportunities
    (Cost will depend on location)
  • Sports membership
    (Access to sport and fitness facilities, including a wide range of fitness classes. Active Beckett PLUS membership costs £90 per year. Other levels of membership are also available)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

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.

Location

Headingley Carnegie Stadium

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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