Our Sports Coaching BSc (Hons) aims to produce exceptional coaches who are competent, confident and reflective, with strong practical application of scientific knowledge and theoretical frameworks.
- Based at our Westwood Heath sports facilities which include seven grass sports pitches, an astroturf pitch, and state-of-the-art classroom with an analysis suite.
- Joint 2nd in the Midlands for career prospects in Sport Science in the Guardian University Guide 2021
- A wide range of opportunities to develop your coaching practice with an emphasis on optimal youth development
- You may have the opportunity to gain a national governing body coaching qualification within the course (included in course fees).
Why you should study this course
Sports coaching plays an important role in encouraging/inspiring people a range of abilities, backgrounds and ages to engage in sports and physical activity.
This course will provide a wealth of opportunities for you to develop your practical coaching skills and knowledge of coaching theories that underpin the development of participants in sports and exercise settings. A large element of the taught content and assessment will be practical. This allows you to apply theory to practice and immerse yourself in the coaching process through developing knowledge of the needs of the participants, understanding how to create an engaging learning environment and developing your ability to reflect upon your coaching experiences.
Throughout the course you will explore and apply various pedagogical approaches, applied sport science and sport development topics. It is designed to allow you to develop a holistic approach to coaching across a range of sports and exercise settings, for individuals and teams, at varying ages and ability levels, from grassroots to elite level sport. You will develop communication skills, leadership skills and adaptability, be able to recognise talent and to help participants to achieve their potential.
Based at our sports facilities at Westwood Heath, you can take full advantage of our cutting-edge facilities, including seven grass sports pitches, an astroturf pitch, and state-of-the-art classroom with an analysis suite.
Many of our current staff members have competed or coached at a high level, working with both elite and amateur participants in sport. Most staff maintain membership of professional institutions – such as accredited sport governing bodies – and are actively engaged in scholarship, creating an opportunity for you to explore and develop an understanding of current research in contemporary topics in sport coaching.
Importantly, we have a team of staff and students working with many local schools on physical activity research projects, which may enable you to be involved in research and projects designed to enhance your coaching skills.
How you’ll learn
The course is available as a three or four-year course, with the four-year option incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field.
A variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and practical skills sessions will be used to develop experimental/practical techniques and develop the ability to design, implement and reflect upon coaching practice.
A series of workshops will be delivered during the first year of study with the aim of developing your scientific writing, research and sports laboratory skills. In sports laboratory sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn key experimental techniques and develop essential experimental, data handling, reporting and broader scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics.
Throughout the course, you will receive insight from the latest research and input from current practitioners.
The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
Assessments will include a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. They include portfolios, coaching observations, coursework, tests, essays, group work, presentations/posters, reflections and practical or project work.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.
This course will suit you if you are looking to pursue a career in sports coaching, sports development, leisure management, teaching, and community programmes.
It aims to help you develop not only the skills to be an exceptional sports coach but a range of employment related skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication required to gain employment in the graduate job market. The opportunity to gain coaching qualifications is also embedded within the curriculum.
In addition to the coaching experience embedded in the course, we will also support you to apply for good quality placements/work experience connections for coaching opportunities in local sports clubs.*
Teaching contact hours
In a typical teaching week, you will have approximately 14-16 contact hours of teaching. This generally consists of personal tutorial/small group teaching, medium group teaching or labs and large group teaching and online classes and tutorials.
International experience opportunities
This degree has been designed to allow the opportunity for a full-year work placement, which can be taken abroad, or you can undertake a study year abroad.* A number of past students in our School have been successful in securing places on these schemes, for example in Spain, France, Canada and the US.
The department has research links with organisations in Canada, Brazil and Australia, and you can apply to progress to postgraduate study with these organisations. Teaching staff also ensure that they bring their internationally rated research expertise into their teaching.
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