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BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

Sport Coaching - BSc (Hons) Degree


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UCAS Code: C603

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.

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The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree aims to develop your understanding of the dynamic and complex interactions which exist within the coaching environment. The course will provide you with an insightful awareness of how theory from a range of areas can both inform and be informed by practice in order to develop your critical and innovative problem-solving abilities. You’ll be able to apply your knowledge of the complex and dynamic nature of coaching and combine it with that gleaned from other disciplines such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology, ethics, cultural studies, performance analysis and adapted physical activity.

Importantly, during the course you’ll have a variety of opportunities to acquire qualifications associated with different National Governing Bodies. Through a range of practical sessions, work experience opportunities and placements you will foster an appreciation of how you influence and are influenced by coaches, athletes and significant others. These experiences, the knowledge developed during your course and the coaching qualifications give the course a unique position of mixing traditional knowledge and skills with more contemporary approaches to coaching which can be used as a foundation for future employment.​

Course information on this page relates to September 2019 entry.​ This programme will undergo periodic review in 2018/19. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed.

​Course Content​

In the first year of study you will undertake six compulsory modules. Throughout these modules you will develop your understanding of key concepts and theories within the field of sport coaching. You’ll enhance your knowledge, understanding and practical application of these concepts and a variety of skills. You will also undertake modules to facilitate your transition into studying at a university level, understand the traditional Sport and Exercise Science disciplines as well as having opportunities to gain recognised vocational coaching and professional industry relevant qualifications.

The second year modules help you create a deeper understanding of your practice and coaching related theories and concepts. Importantly the modules you’ll study in the second year are designed to help you understand your practice, your identity as a coach, the relational nature of coaching and how to negotiate the complex and dynamic field. There are additional modules that aim to foster greater interdisciplinary knowledge of sport development, ethics, sociology and sport and exercise concepts as well as the research process. There are further opportunities in the second year to gain vocational coaching and professional qualifications as well as the associated knowledge to develop entrepreneurial skills and attributes that are vital within the industries related to sport coaching. Importantly, the second year also integrates work based learning opportunities to ensure you gain experience within the industry.

The final year of study enables you to use your knowledge for understanding that you gained in the second year to be in a position to generate knowledge for action. This means that you’ll be move beyond just understanding your environment, your practice and what you do to being able to critically reflect upon coaching related theories and concepts and identify ways to develop and improve as a coach.

Furthermore, during your final year you will be able to undertake further work based learning placements and engage in a major project in your chosen field of study. The final year focuses upon developing you as a more independent and driven student that can take control of your learning and ensure that this aligns with your first step into graduate employment or further study.

Learning & Teaching

Effective learning, teaching and assessment methods underpin the educational aims and the learning outcomes of all of our programmes and modules. Learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions. Our Virtual Learning Environment is also an integral aspect of the learning package that supports the needs of our students. 

Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, whilst seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions focus on the application of key concepts with the aim of enhancing the student experience and engagement. You will also meet tutors on a one to one basis. As a school, we work hard to provide student-centred learning opportunities that deliver a high quality and flexible learning environment. 

Learning and teaching methods emphasise and facilitate the development of your critical reasoning, and encourage the integration of practice and theory. Throughout your programme, you will experience both tutor-led learning and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection and encouraging you to develop a positive attitude toward lifelong learning. 

Our teaching and learning methods embed the Cardiff Met 'EDGE' (Ethical, Global, Digital & Entrepreneurial) skills and you will be well equipped to demonstrate graduate attributes expected of you in an increasingly competitive world of work. We aim to help you to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars. In your sport programme at Cardiff Met, you will encounter a learning experience from induction to graduation that is coherent and develops your identity within your programme of study. 

Specific features of the learning experience on the Sport Coaching degree include: 

  • The sport coaching degree is widely recognised as one of the leading sport coaching programmes in the UK. We blend practical elements and contemporary coaching related theories that moves beyond the traditional sport science based approach to understanding what sport coaching is. 
  • Internationally renowned researchers and coaches that are integral to the learning experience offered to our students. 
  • All aspects of Learning and Teaching utilise the most recent research literature and National Occupational Standards (e.g., CIMSPA and National Governing Body coaching qualifications).


The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is implemented for your area of study. Modes of assessment are designed to both enhance your learning experience and to acknowledge that you have fulfilled the learning outcomes linked to each module. Assessment also ensures that you have achieved the standard required to progress to the next stage or to qualify for an award (as articulated by the FHEQ and CQFW). Assessments support your learning experience by providing opportunities for you to engage in formative and summative assessments to test your knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. The undergraduate modules are assessed by a combination of assessment types. For example: 

  • written coursework
  • poster presentations 
  • oral presentations
  • portfolios 
  • seen and unseen exams
  • practical skills
  • other activities designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills. 

You will be expected to complete a final project as part of the assessment of your honours degree. Final projects are major pieces of work that may be a research, innovation, consultancy or community project.

Employability & Careers

The Cardiff Met EDGE supports you to thrive in the modern world. Throughout your degree you will experience a range of opportunities to develop your ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial competencies through problem-based learning, real-world industry case studies, integrated work experiences on campus and opportunities for work-based learning placements off campus. We will ensure that you get a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills such as communication, team work and leadership.

During your first year of study you will get the opportunity to undertake technical qualifications in a range of industry relevant areas including sport coaching, exercise training & health and safety. These opportunities will ensure that you have the appropriate qualifications and experience to apply for one of the many work placement opportunities on offer both on and off campus. We will also support you to seek opportunities to work or study abroad. Work placements can give you a critical EDGE in gaining professional employment on graduation. Students who have graduated from the Sport Coaching programme have gone on to work in careers both within and beyond the Sport Industry. 

Recent graduates from Sport Coaching are now working in professional sports teams, academy sports teams as well as with national governing bodies of sport. Many students also pursue opportunities in fitness and the leisure industry and other students have continued onto Master’s programmes such as the Sport Coaching and Pedagogy degree, a PGCE and further progressed to doctoral level studies including the Taught Doctorate in Coaching.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Maths* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 112 - 120 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A Levels: 112 - 120 points to include grades BB. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject​

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM within a relevant subject
  • VTCT Extended Diploma in Sports Studies grade DMM overall
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 112 - 120 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 112 - 120 points to include grades CC
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pass with 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit
  • Applicants should preferably have a strong sporting profile

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Applicants are normally made an offer based on the details above. Typical offers will be made within the tariff range detailed above and will be based on the strength of your overall application, including your academic and sporting profile. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels (or equivalent) or are not predicted to meet the standard tariff offer above, applications will be considered based on the strength of the whole academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements​. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Sport Applicant Days:
Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at:

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Support Team:

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