Our BSc Sports Performance and Coaching (including foundation year) will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the three-year version of this course, and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge, as well as improves your skills to support your academic performance.
This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of study. During your Year Zero, you study three academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory academic skills module, with additional English language for non-English speakers.
After successful completion of Year Zero in our Essex Pathways Department, you progress to complete your course with our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences.
Work with athletes, players and teams; refine their performance; boost their training, enable development. On our BSc Sports Performance and Coaching, you learn how science and practice underpins performance sport, and how you can use the skills you will learn to help improve it. Having a comprehensive knowledge of scientific theory and practical application is ideal for those who want to coach people of a variety of levels and ages.
Our excellent links with national governing bodies, such as the Football Association, Volleyball England, Basketball England, Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association, give you real practical experience to enhance your learning. Our links also open up opportunities to gain experience working as a sports coach, and access coach education courses and workshops. You also have the option to work towards various, externally accredited, National Governing Body Sport and Coaching awards.
As well as gaining practical experience, you expand your knowledge and skills through studying topics including:
- Strength and conditioning
- Performance analysis
- Training and coaching techniques and methods
- Exercise programming
- Methods of assessing the fitness and training loads of sports teams and athletes
You can get professionally certified whilst studying as many of our modules have embedded qualifications incorporated in them. This means that you are equipped with the qualifications needed to work in the field. For example, we have embedded a Level 2 Gym instructors qualification into the first year Anatomy and Physiology module, so after term 1, if you have enrolled on this module, you will be a qualified gym instructor. You’ll also have the opportunity to take a personal trainer course in the summer.
You can also work with our Human Performance Unit based on campus, supporting our sports scholarship students and national league teams.
Being part of our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences you will join a community focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. We bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge, and enhance placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.
We offer you one of the best student experiences around. You experience a lively, informal environment with many possibilities to pursue your own interests.
Your education extends beyond the university campus. We support you in expanding your education through offering the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying abroad at one of our partner universities. The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year abroad or employed on a placement abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.
Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.
If you spend a full year abroad you’ll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won’t pay any tuition fees to your host university
Alternatively, you can spend your third year on a placement year with an external sporting organisation. These yearly placements allow students to gain much needed hands on experience that will set them apart in the job market.
We have close associations with many sporting clubs, examples of placement opportunities include:
- Essex Cricket. Our students have been involved in remote coding of the 2nd team and academy games from the ground at Chelmsford, live coding Women’s XI and live coding some premier league cricket on Saturdays to assist the scouting department and identify local talent for the academy and EPP programme.
- Tottenham Hotspur. Our students have worked with the club as part of its academy sports science staff. Tottenham’s staff also provide invited lectures to our students.
- Ipswich Town FC. Our students have had opportunities working with video analysis and GPS tracking data.
If you complete a placement year you’ll only pay 20% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. Please check with the placement organiser as some of these placements can be arranged in 12 week blocks, allowing non-placement year students the same opportunities.
Why we’re great
- 91% of our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020).
- Work with elite athletes and gain experience in our renowned Human Performance Unit.
- You have the option to work towards the National Governing Body of Sport coaching awards.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.
Teaching and learning disclaimer
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.