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Sports Coaching (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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Course options

  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 Years

Course summary


Do you have a passion for helping people achieve their sporting potential? Do you see yourself coaching professional athletes, sports teams, school or community groups?

If you have an HND or Foundation degree in a subject related to sports or business, you can top up your qualification to a Bachelor's degree on this BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching top-up degree.

You'll explore contemporary, conceptual and theoretical research around the evolving nature of the modern sport coach practitioner and their role in the sports industry. You'll learn strength and conditioning techniques, how to empower athletes to develop and retain new skills, and how to identify training needs and develop training programmes that optimise sporting performance. The course also covers sports entrepreneurship, giving you the tools and skills to set yourself up as an independent sports coach.

You'll work on your own professional development alongside industry experts, enhancing your CV and networking with potential employers.

Once you graduate, you'll understand the principles that underpin sports coaching in the community and at elite sport level. You'll be ready for a career in high performance coaching environments, multi-sport coaching, coach education or within your own sports coaching business.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Apply skills acquisition theory and research in practice, enabling sportspeople to develop and master new skills
  • Explore strategic management in the sports sector, analysing factors in an industry context for effective decision making
  • Learn how technology, analytics and digital innovation are shaping the sports industry and how to benefit from them as a coach
  • Use specialist gym and fitness testing equipment to develop experience in training techniques and injury prevention and assessment
  • Gain sports coaching skills in technology, strategic management, digital innovation and analytics and learn how to apply this knowledge to the sports industry
  • Have the chance to take part in research programmes run by internationally recognised sports organisations such as UEFA, the FA and the ECB
  • Enhance your CV and professional network, and share your sporting skill in the local community through our coaching, mentoring and volunteering scheme
  • Experience teaching that's driven by current practice and taught by lecturers who have delivered sports coaching in the community
  • Boost your transferable skills such as teamwork, decision making, communication and time management

Careers and opportunities

Sports coaches help others reach their best in terms of fitness, performance and ability. The aim of a sports coach is to nurture a participant's physical and psychological health and provide the best possible training conditions needed to achieve and exceed their sporting potential.

Integral to competitive sport, coaching is a growing profession responsible for shaping sporting success. Those with a solid understanding of the principles that underpin modern day sports coaching are in high demand.

When you complete the course, you'll be ready to enter a variety of commercial and non-commercial organisations such as:

  • National governing bodies
  • Professional sports clubs
  • The Armed Forces
  • Local authorities
  • Health and fitness centres
  • Charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • Schools and community centres
  • Prisons

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

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

Entry requirements

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A Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent level 5 qualification at Merit or above in a Sport related subject.


University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Around 5,200 of the university's 29,000 students come from 150 countries around the world. The Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 84 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 203
    128 64%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    83 83%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%



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