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Year of entry:

Single

Honours

C609

UCAS code

1 year (foundation)
+ 3 years (degree)

Attendance

72-48

UCAS points
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Yes

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Claire McLoughlin
Claire McLoughlin

Senior Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation

claire.mcloughlin@stmarys.ac.uk
020 8240 4836

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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.

Apply to study Sports Coaching Science (with a Foundation Year) in 2019: Apply through Clearing today.

Sports Coaching Science (with a Foundation Year) video

Why study Sports Coaching Science (with a Foundation Year)?

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.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Pedagogical Science Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Sports Coaching 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

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergradaute degree.



Foundation year

  • Foundations of Life 
  • Personal Learning Competencies 
  • Sociology of Education 
  • Taking a Professional Approach 
  • The Individual Project 
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically 

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 

Year three

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology 
  • Applied Sport Psychology 
  • Applied Sports Coaching Science One 
  • Applied Sports Coaching Science Two 
  • Coach Education 
  • Environmental Physiology 
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.

Facilities

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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

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 claire.mcloughlin@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information

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