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Three strands are fundamental components of the Sports Coaching Science Programme and are unique to many other sports coaching degrees.

Why study Sports Coaching Science?

Sports Coaching Science provides students with an environment where they can develop theoretical and practical knowledge at each level of study.

Students graduate with a strong understanding of the key science topics and practical skills that make them stand out. A Sports Coaching Science degree alongside governing body qualifications will provide a foundation for a career in performance coaching.

Why St Marys?

The Sports Coaching Science programme at St Mary's is driven by science topics and has three strands which provide a well rounded knowledge of the sport performance environment:

  • The coaching process strand enhances practical skills and develops critical analysis of coaching practice.
  • The skill acquisition strand provides an understanding of motor learning and effective training settings.
  • The performance analysis strand explores objective measurement of performance to inform performance and coaching effectiveness.

Students will also study sport science modules of their choice. The programme does not favour specific sports and we encourage students to relate the degree content to their sports coaching domain. Through the programme you will develop skills relevant to other careers in sport related fields, as well as those valued by all graduate employers.

St Mary’s has a long-standing tradition of excellence in sports and a significant number of elite sports performers regularly choose to study for degrees in the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science. At St Mary’s we seek to support them in combining their sport with higher education, and many remain in higher education on completion of their first degree.

The School has opportunities for students to continue to higher levels of study with its own MSc programmes and opportunities to move on to MPhil or PhD research awards.

A Student View

Will Harwood
"Throughout this course I managed to expand my theoretical knowledge behind coaching and gain invaluable experience. I would recommend this degree to others who are interested in coaching due to the high level of academic staff and brilliant facilities St Mary's offers."

Sports Coaching Science NSS results 2015

Sports Coaching Science scored 95% for Overall Satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.


97% of students said that the teaching on the course was good and the programme also scored 98% satisfaction for academic support.