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Professional Practice in Sports Coaching (Postgraduate Diploma)

University of Gloucestershire

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Oxstalls Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    8 months

Course summary

The course is designed to help you build on your existing experience to refine your coaching. You will develop a deeper appreciation of theory and research related to sports coaching and will consider how best to apply this in practice.

You will study in a collaborative environment alongside fellow professional practitioners and aspirant UKCC level 4 coaches who in many cases are operating as full-time professional coaches. You will learn from teaching staff with excellent professional experience and research profiles in their respective fields. You will consider a range of contemporary issues and practices, using modern methods and approaches in areas such as developing expertise, pedagogy, reflective practice and mentoring, sport psychology and talent identification. An emphasis is placed on the relationship between practice and theory, with students supported to develop reflective, analytical and critical thinking skills in order to develop their professional practice.

The delivery of taught content takes place on site at the Oxstalls Campus and at a number of National Governing Body venues such as Bisham Abbey (GB Rowing) and Stoneleigh Park (British Equestrian), therefore students must be prepared to travel. This provides a valuable opportunity to further develop professional networks and to engage with real world environments.

Careers

There is a range of employment markets for graduates, including: professional sports clubs, coach education and policy, commercial and social enterprises, community sports programmes, and national governing bodies (NGBs). Roles include:

Academy coach
Specialist technical coach
Coach educator
Coach manager
Career in education or further research, eg PhD.

Tuition fees

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£ 9,800overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Gloucestershire

  • University League Table

    97th

  • Campus address

    University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, England

Diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from over 60 countries worldwide.
Exceptional one-to-one support, with Helpzones on every campus.
Wide array of scholarships and awards for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    37th out of 84 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 203
    126 63%

    45th

    15
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    25th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%

    44th

    9

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