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Sept 2020

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Dr Paul Dancy
Dr Paul Dancy

Senior Lecturer - Sports Coaching Science
020 8240 4220

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Designed for real world challenges in contemporary coaching, three strands run through the degree: coaching process, skill acquisition and performance analysis.

Sports Coaching Science is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.
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Why study Sports Coaching Science?

A Sports Coaching Science degree, alongside governing body qualifications, will provide a foundation for a career in performance coaching.

The course provides you with an environment where you can develop theoretical and practical knowledge at each level of study. You will gain a strong understanding of the key science topics and practical skills that will make you stand out from other graduates. 

You'll study a range of sports, but we encourage you to relate the degree content to your chosen sports coaching domain. Through the course, you'll develop skills relevant to other careers in sport-related fields, as well as those valued by all graduate employers.

Why St Mary's?

Sports Coaching Science is driven by scientific topics and includes three strands that will provide you with a well-rounded knowledge of the sports performance environment:

  1. Coaching process strand: enhances practical skills and develops critical analysis of coaching practice
  2. Skill acquisition strand: provides an understanding of motor learning and effective training settings
  3. Performance analysis strand: explores objective measurement of performance to inform performance and coaching effectiveness

The programme content also incorporates opportunities to specialise in the sport sciences of physiology, biomechanics and sport psychology. On top of this, you can also gain in-depth, coaching-related knowledge in skill acquisition, performance analysis and coaching pedagogy.

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.

Key facts

  • 82.6% of Sports Coaching Science students are in professional employment, further study or both six months after graduation (HESA, DLHE 2015/16)
  • The University has a long tradition of excellence in sport
  • Teaching staff are all involved in coaching, coach education and/or cutting edge research
  • Excellent sports facilities, laboratories and strength and conditioning suite
  • Coaching opportunities on campus and in the local area
  • Superb national and local links to organisations within the industry
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus
Please note: Sports Coaching Science is subject to revalidation.

Course content

Year one

  • Basic Biomechanics 
  • Coaching Process I 
  • Fundamentals of Sport Psychology & Skill Acquisition 
  • Introduction to Research  
  • Movement & Field Based Techniques 
  • Physiology of Exercise 

Year two

  • Coaching Process Two 
  • Contemporary Insights into Sport Psychology 
  • Experience & Employment in Sport 
  • Notational Analysis 
  • Physiology of Training 
  • Research Methods 
  • Skill Acquisition 
  • Sports Biomechanics 

Year three

  • Advanced Skill Acquisition 
  • Annual Planning 
  • Applied Physiology 
  • Applied Sport Psychology 
  • Coaching in the Workplace 
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching 
  • Experimental Biomechanics 
  • Performance Analysis 
  • Research Project 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

There are so many career opportunities for Sports Coaching Science graduates, including:

  • Sports coaching in clubs and academies.
  • Coaching within sports organisations.
  • Coach education and management.
  • Performance coaching.
  • Performance analysis.
  • Post-graduate study or research.
  • Teaching or lecturing.

The School of Sport, Health and Applied Science has opportunities for students to continue to higher levels of study through taught Master's programmes and a range of MPhil or PhD research awards.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The Sports Coaching Science Programme provides students with a variety of teaching and assessment modes to suit a range of learning styles.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals, labs, problem based sessions, computer based sessions, online lectures and peer teaching.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include; essays, reviews, reports, worksheets, web-based tests, poster presentations, oral presentations, practical vivas and written exams.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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