September 2025

Sport Coaching BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate, Honours Degree, September 2025

Key Details

  • C610 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • TBC Typical UCAS Tariff
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Unlock Your Potential: transform lives through sport with our BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching Degree at Birmingham Newman University

Are you passionate about sports and aspire to make a meaningful impact in coaching and teaching? Look no further. The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree at Newman University is your gateway to a fulfilling and dynamic career in diverse coaching and teaching settings.

Our program is designed to teach you the basics and refine your coaching skills. You will learn to critically reflect on your practical experiences and integrate cutting-edge knowledge from sport science and coaching pedagogy.

Imagine having access to a Human Performance Lab, an Indoor Sports Hall, a Strength and Conditioning Suite, an Aerobic Conditioning Suite, and a Group Exercise Studio—all within a 100-metre radius. Our dedicated seminar rooms and staff offices are strategically located near sports facilities, ensuring a seamless transition from theoretical learning to practical application.

Our outdoor 3G pitch offers you the opportunity to practice and implement what you have learned in a real-world setting, preparing you for your future.

  • This BSc Sport Coaching is perfect for students who are interested in coaching, personal training or teaching children in or out of a school setting.
  • You’ll discover opportunities while enhancing your employability in sport coaching, teaching and careers or further study in a performance coaching setting.
  • With our work-related learning module you’ll get to experience different settings and apply your skills to the real world.
  • Our dedicated facilities include our on-campus 3G artificial grass pitch, sports hall and Human Performance Laboratory.
  • There are no exams, through you’ll have the option to undertake a research-based dissertation or a work-based research project.
  • You also develop broad transferrable skills on the programme – skills that previous students have found useful in careers beyond sport.
  • Your lecturers on this course are highly qualified and experienced, regularly presenting at international conferences, collaborating internationally and publishing research in top academic journals.

On the programme you will be assessed by a range of assessment methods including practical coaching, producing teaching resources and planning, producing digital content, poster presentations, group and individual presentations, e-portfolios, online assessment and problem-based learning tasks along more traditional methods.

Sports coach: Working with amateur or professional athletes to improve their performance.

Personal Trainer (PT): Offering one-to-one coaching for individuals seeking to improve their physical and or wellbeing.

Youth coach: Focuses on coaching younger athletes, often at the school or community level.

Physical Education Teacher: Teach physical education in schools.

Lecturer in Sports in FE: Teach sports related programmes in further education settings.

Newman University is proud to be the first West Midlands partner of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity), a professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector.

CIMSPA works with over 300 partners across the sport and physical activity sector, meaning students can be assured they are working with a university that is contributing, not only to teaching sport but, to developing the professional standards for the industry.

The Sport and Health team at Birmingham Newman University pride themselves on their research. Staff are active in the following areas of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) —Physical Activity and Health, Sport Performance, Mental Skills Training, and Sport in Society.

The team regularly publishes their research in industry journals, and present at international sport, health and physical education conferences. Our ‘Meet The Sport Team’ page details the specific areas of research that the team have been, or currently are involved in.

As a student at Newman, you are taught by research-active staff at the forefront of their discipline. You benefit from our staff’s cutting-edge knowledge in a student-centred University where you are our priority. Our staff expertise, and their links with external agencies will maximise your university experience.

We encourage our students to proactively explore research during their studies. As a science-based discipline, you will be conducting research throughout a range of modules under the supervision of expert staff.

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).

Entertainment

Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!

Location

Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for 2025 entry TBC

Course Fees

Course fees for 2025 entry TBC

Modules

These are indicative modules and actual modules will be confirmed once the course has gone through successful validation.

Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes of Module Changes page.

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  1. This module is focuses on exploring sport, exercise, physical activity and coaching. Introducing and developing the skills you need to be successful in Higher Education. The module will allow you the opportunity to reflect on your skills and development needs, as well as enhancing your knowledge and skills in this area. 

  2. This module will introduce key pedagogical theories and concepts related to Physical Education and sports coaching. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the role of Physical Education teachers and sports coaches. Throughout the module, there will be opportunities to apply theoretical constructs to practical situations.
  3. Develop your knowledge of human anatomy, function, systems, and their responses to physical activity both acute and chronic from a physiological and biomechanical perspective.
  4. This module offers students an opportunity to be introduced to contemporary and fundamental concepts within sport and exercise psychology. Students will consider the underpinnings of human psychology and how this influences participation and engagement in various physical activity contexts.
  1. Gain the skills to conduct your own research projects. You will consider how we develop knowledge within sport and physical activity settings, so that you can explore your own passions.
  2. You will gain practical experiences including the role of biomechanical kinetic and kinematic assessment in the analysis of sport and the application of hand and computerised notation systems to individual and team sports.
  3. This modules examines the underpinnings of exercise performance from a physiological and nutritional perspective. Learn how we measure and monitor human performance and how nutritional kno can influence performance and practice.
  4. Critically analyse why and how individuals participate in sport and exercise. You will discuss contemporary psychological theory that explain athletic performance and health behaviours.
  5. You will focus on how S&C can impact sporting performance, produce a needs analysis, develop evidenced based training sessions and critique different ways of monitoring training.  
  6. This year-long module allows you to engage with a real-world industry that reflects your career aspirations. Supported by tutors, you critically reflect on your passions and skills to be work-ready following your graduation.  
  1. Follow your passions while conducting an independent project. Throughout your final year, this module allows you to conduct an extended piece of work of your choosing.
  2. This module offers you the opportunity to build on your level 5 work placement through the more developed application of a negotiated work-based research project. You will agree with your placement tutor and workplace mentor a brief for a project which addresses a need within the organisation. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the workplace. It is in the spirit of this module that wherever possible, the focus will be on social or community / sustainable development.
  3. This module will further develop students’ knowledge and understanding of coaching pedagogy from a theoretical as well as a practical standpoint. This module will require the application of particular sub-disciplines within coaching science to practical activities. This is intended to provide an opportunity to approach sport problems from an interdisciplinary viewpoint and an opportunity to conduct and present a small scale applied project focusing on an applied sport.
  4. This module takes a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to understanding how young people and athletes can be developed in and through sport and Physical Education. Incorporating concepts from sport pedagogy, psychology and talent development literatures, students will be encouraged to understand youth and athletic development from holistic point of view, and across the participation-performance spectrum.
  5. Understanding of the major applied techniques used in the biomechanical analysis of sporting activity, such as 3D motion capture, and how these maybe used to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury.
  6. You will explore and critically evaluate the latest developments in enhancing physiological performance and the underpinning science behind preparation for and recovery from exercise and performance.
  7. This module explores the application of psychological profiling and intervention techniques in a variety of sporting situations. It seeks to develop a critical and evidence based approach in the selection of specific strategies for individuals and groups. It further seeks to provide a basis for appraising and critically evaluating the impact of any intervention strategies employed with reference to their effectiveness, appropriateness, and ethical use.
  8. Explore a range of current issues that are influencing the science and policies surrounding sport and exercise. You can then choose which interests you and explore these in greater depth.