BA (Hons) Sport CoachingX151

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full time. Direct Entry into 2nd and 3rd Year.
  • Explore your passion for watching people succeed in a sporting environment: Sports Coaching degree. Our programme enables you to develop expertise in coaching underpinned by an in depth understanding of coaching techniques, learning processes, sport analysis, and sport science. The University’s productive links with professional sports clubs, as well as elite and community sports programmes in Plymouth and beyond, provides you with numerous opportunities to develop your coaching in real-world settings. Our Sports Coaching degree prepares you to work, not only as a coach, but also in a range of roles related to coaching, teaching, and instructing in sporting contexts.

    The University provides world-class sports facilities for you to develop and apply your knowledge of coaching practice. You will also receive the opportunity to undertake a 'Work-based Learning' placement in an environment of your choice. This practical learning will be underpinned by completing modules such as Sport Coaching and the Coaching Process, Coaching Theory and Practice, and Sports Science for Sport and PE.  



    Your learning will also be supported by lecturing staff holding the highest industry level coaching awards including a UEFA A license in football, and staff tutors in hockey and volleyball, and who are currently coaching in a range of organisations such as professional clubs and schools.

    On graduating, you will be equipped to progress into a wide range of sport-related careers, including coaching, physical education teaching, sport development and sport science support. The programme still embraces the synthesis between coaching and teaching, and celebrates the links. Students enjoy a well-rounded, dual-focused sports degree that equips them with endless practical skills which will pave the way to a successful career, whichever route they choose. Sport Coaching graduates currently work as coaches in professional sport, sport development co-ordinators, PE and primary school teachers, further education lecturers, and armed forces personnel.

    Read More


Year 1 and 2 modules are compulsory. Year 3 modules have a mixture of compulsory and optional choices.

  • 1st Year CLOSE
    • Engaging with Learning: Personal and Professional Development.*
    • Sport Coaching and the Coaching Process.*
    • Sports Science Principles of Growth and Development.*
    • Organisation in Sport and Education.*
    • International Studies in Sport and Physical Education.*
    • An Introduction to Analysis in Sport.*
  • 2nd Year OPEN
    • Work Based Learning (Placement).*
    • Research Methods.*
    • The Learner and Learning.*
    • Coaching Theory and Practice.*
    • Analysis in Sports.*
    • Sports Science for Sport and Physical Education.*
    • International Semester Long Placement.
  • 3rd Year OPEN
    • Dissertation.*
    • Pedagogy in Practice.*
    • Coaching Children in Sport.
    • Performance Coaching.
    • Leadership and Management.
    • Current Issues and Ideas in Physical Education.
    • Achieving High Quality in Coaching and Education.*
    • Advanced Analysis in Coaching.
    • Diversity in Education.
    • Sport and Disability.

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for Sport and producing excellent teachers. Past graduates have progressed to work in a variety of contexts, including Coach Education, Sports Coaching, Teaching Courses (especially PE), Professional Sports Clubs, Sports Development, Sports Leadership/Management and Postgraduate Studies e.g. PGCE, Masters or Research. Former graduates are currently working in schools, as coaches in sports clubs and at National Governing Bodies.

ALUMNI OF BA (Hons) Sport Coaching

Current Students


Course Leaders

This course is headed up by passionate industry experts who bring a wealth of experience and real-world knowledge to students’ learning experience. Led by Kelvin Kirk, Aaron Cusack, Jamie Oxley and Ian Stonebridge, students on this course will enjoy unrivalled support and encouragement from a multi-skilled team combining decades of professional experience. The team’s extensive research specialisms include primary physical education, neuroscience in sport, sport development and coaching philosophy.


    More Information

  • Read More

    • AfPE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of PE and School Sport is included. 
    • Other qualifications are integrated into the course.
    • You can find out more about our sport and health sciences faculty here.

    • For more information and to see the latest developments in Sport Coaching follow us on Twitter.