Skip to content Exit mobile menu

Single

Honours

112

UCAS points required

3 Years

Attendance

C601

UCAS code

Dr Abbe Brady

Programme Director

Email | 020 8240 4218

Apply now

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.
Video of something

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.

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.

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

Course content



Year one

  • Basic Biomechanics 
  • Coaching Process One 
  • Introduction to Research 
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology and Skill Acquisition 
  • Physiology of Exercise 
  • The Developing Athlete 

Year two

  • Coaching Process Two 
  • Notational Analysis 
  • Physiology of Training 
  • Research Methods 
  • Skill Acquisition One 
  • Social Psychology of Sport 
View all modules

Year three

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology 
  • Applied Sport Psychology 
  • Applied Sports Coaching Science One 
  • Applied Sports Coaching Science Two 
  • Coach Education 
  • Environmental Physiology 
View all modules
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative 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.

Facilities

View all facilities

Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee 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 abbe.brady@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information

UCAS Application Timeline