The Sports Coaching and Development degree will prepare you to work in a multitude of coaching, teaching and development roles, instilling the coaching, leadership and development skills that will allow you to change lives through sport.
You will gain experience of working in the sports industry, either with a sports development organisation, a social enterprise, community club or primary / secondary school and have the chance to gain industry-recognised coaching qualifications.
Through placements, you’ll gain an understanding of the changing nature of sports development from grass roots community projects that engage people to take up sport to working with elite athletes at the top of their game.
There are two study options: on campus, based at our USW Sport Park, or a blended learning route for students who are currently working in a sport setting.
Year One: Sports Coaching and Development degree
You will gain knowledge of how sport is organised, delivered and managed in the community, and you will have the opportunity to lead sports activities and events.
Understanding fundamental principles of how young children learn sports skills and the different stages of the sports development continuum will help to inform your industry work-based learning experience which you will undertake in years two and three.
Year Two: Sports Coaching and Development degree
You will study barriers to sport and complete a school and/or community sport placement which will enable you to put your ideas and knowledge into practice.
You’ll also have the option to organise and run a sports development event or further your understanding of a more elite coaching subject.
Year Three: Sports Coaching and Development degree
You will develop your confidence and communication through debating key issues in sports development and developing and leading coaching sessions on a range of topics.
You will undertake a management or research project examining a sports coaching, teaching or development related issue. You can also take a work placement with one of our partner organisations or get involved in our student-led social enterprise Active Valleys.
This Sports Coaching and Development course is available to study in two ways:
- On campus, based at USW Sport Park. You will be taught by leading specialists in the field and have the opportunity to undertake placements with some of our key partners.
- Blended learning route is for students currently working in a sport setting. Your work placements will be completed in your current setting and you’ll receive lectures, seminars and tutorials via online material and on campus block teaching periods.
Learning and teaching methods include lectures, interactive workshops, practical sessions, work-based learning, guest lectures, debates and tutorials.
Most lectures/tutorials will be fairly small groups (around 20-40 students) which provides a more interactive and personal approach.
Most modules are studied over the year for 24 weeks (two 12-week terms) but some are delivered more intensively during a term.
Contact time varies due to differences in modules, work placements and dissertation/applied professional project work in your final year, but average contact time is as follows:
- Year One: 12 hours contact time (18 hours of independent study per week)
- Year Two: 10 hours (20 hours independent study per week)
- Year Three: 8-10 hours (15-20 hours independent study and 7-14 hours of placement per week – depending on module chosen)