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Sports Coaching and Performance BSc (Hons)

Ulster University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 Years

Course summary

The course is targeted at those currently working in or with aspirations to gain employment in the field of sports coaching and aims to provide the knowledge, critical awareness and transferable skills that will equip them with the ability to be highly competent, socially aware and reflective practitioners. The course has direct links/access to postgraduate courses in physical education, as well as many masters programmes upon successful completion of the undergraduate programme. This is only available as a full-time Option at Level 6 - Final Year only (Top Up degree). Anyone applying for this progamme must have completed a Foundation Degree in one of the Regional Colleges. The programme will be delivered through theory and practically applied sessions which are underpinned by three key strands: Coaching Pedagogy, Subject Matter and Professional Practice to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate and understand the roles and qualities of a coach.
  • Prepare, plan, deliver and evaluate effective coaching sessions for a range of sporting populations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to reflect upon the coaching practice of oneself and others
  • Be able to articulate an understanding of coach development structures in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical principles of athlete development in a coaching context

Career options

There are numerous opportunities for students to progress their study either within the University of Ulster or at another institution. Students currently on the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching degree could continue their academic studies – PGCE or Masters studies in a number of fields such as MSc Sports Coaching and Performance, MSc Pscyhology, MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition, MSc Strength and Conditioning – which are all offered within the School of Sport or initiate research by applying for an MPhil or DPhil.

Employment opportunities within the field of coaching is a growth area due to current investments and the professionalisation of this area. Some graduating students have gained employment in local authorities or Governing Bodies of Sport as Sports Development or Coach Development Officers. Completing the PGCE will also open up opportunities for a career in teaching.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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£ 14,060per year

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Entry requirements

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GCSE Mathematics at Grade C/4. Essential/Key Skills in Application of Number is not regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Mathematics.GCSE English Language and Science also needed, but covered by required Foundation Degree.


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Ulster University

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    Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland

Renowned for its warm welcome, Ulster recruits international students from over 100 countries across the globe and has over 200,000 alumni worldwide.
Since 2012, Ulster University has been home to the Confucius Institute in Northern Ireland, winning the accolade of Confucius Institute of the Year in 2016.
With a dedicated staff member on each campus, the International Student Experience team are well placed to provide pastoral support to students from arrival.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    32nd out of 84 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 203
    142 71%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    63 63%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.09 82%



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