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BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

Coach elite athletes and help tomorrow's stars achieve their full potential

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Do you have a passion for sport and want to help athletes and teams reach their potential? Southampton Solent University’s sport coaching degree will teach you the science behind coaching providing you with the skills and knowledge to improve an individuals or teams performance through the physiology, psychology and biomechanics of sports performance.

  • Students gave this course a 100% rating for overall student satisfaction in 2014 National Student Survey.
  • The course is accredited by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
  • Students are encouraged to gain National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualifications from a variety of sports.
  • Students have access to the University’s industry-standard sport science laboratories.
  • The course has strong Industry links and welcomes regular guest lecturers.
  • Students have previously had the opportunity for work experience with professional athletes and teams.

The industry

According to government data, the sector is currently showing a skills shortage. However, a predicted steady rise in employment will see a further 180,000 expected to be working in the industry by 2020 (National Careers Service, 2014). 

Southampton Solent’s sport coaching degree focuses on the science of sport, providing students with the skills and knowledge to begin their coaching career and help fill the employment shortage in the sports sector.

The programme

This BASES-accredited course teaches students the science of coaching sports performance. Physiology, psychology and the biomechanics of sports performance are the focus of this degree, enabling students to discover how sport science can enhance the coaching process and provide them with the knowledge to be able to coach individual athletes or teams. To complement this, students have also previously had the opportunity to specialise in areas such as PE teaching, strength and conditioning, diet and nutrition, massage, and performance analysis to enable them to focus their coaching career.

A strong practical approach is also at the heart of the course and past students have been able to apply the theory learnt in the classroom to the University’s bespoke sport science laboratories on real life clients. Students are also encouraged to seek work placements in schools, colleges or professional sports clubs to help increase their skills and put their scientific knowledge into practice.

The experienced course team has established industry links which have provided past students with the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by speakers working in the sector to help further increase their knowledge and build their professional network.

This is a highly-regarded course and, as well as accreditations from BASES, it has also been given a rating of 100% for overall student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.

Next steps

Think a sports coach is the career for you? If you’re fascinated by the science behind coaching and developing athletes and teams to their maximum potential, Southampton Solent’s sport coaching degree could help you make others’ sporting dreams a reality.

Have you got a question about applying?


* NSS 2014, BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching. Please note that information displayed on KIS/Unistats may include data from previous years, or other Solent courses within the wider subject area.

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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry CX6D


  • 4 Years Standard entry 22L7

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Principles of Coaching
  • Introduction to Physiology of Exercise
  • Introduction to Sports Psychology
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Fitness for Sport
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Study Skills for Sport and Exercise.

Year two:


Core units

  • Coaching Talented Children in Sport
  • Research Methods for Sports and Exercise
  • Application of Fitness Testing and Training
  • Applied Techniques in Sports Psychology
  • Applied Principles of Biomechanics.


  • Sports Massage
  • Applied Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Principles of Performance Analysis
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • PE Teaching Essentials
  • Sport Coaching and Development.

Year three:


Core units

  • High-Performance Coaching
  • Project.


  • Professional Practice in Sport Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Physiology
  • Professional Practice in Biomechanics
  • Sport Science Support
  • Physical Education
  • Sport Nutrition and Performance
  • Professional Practice of Sport Performance Analysis
  • Coaching and Community Development
  • Professional Practice in Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Coaching in the Community.

Teaching, learning and assessment

A variety of traditional lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops, placements, real-life experience and independent study. There is also a suite of high-profile guest lecturers and field trips.

Work experience
Throughout the course you’ll carry out lots of practical work with individual athletes and teams, and the course team will work with you from the first week of your degree to organise coaching and teaching opportunities in schools, colleges and professional sports clubs. You’ll work alongside staff in a range of professional organisations, including NGBs, supporting their coaching and sport science work.

The course also gives you the chance to work alongside a high-performance coach in your chosen sport throughout the third year; examples this year include work with Southampton, Reading, Bournemouth and Portsmouth football clubs, Hampshire cricket, England rugby, and London Irish and Harlequins rugby clubs.

Written coursework, case studies, presentations, projects, practical sessions, and in-class and online tests.

Our facilities

For coaching we utilise a large range of modern sports facilities, including two sports halls, a 3G astro pitch, numerous grass pitches and our Warsash watersports centre, as well as four purpose-built multi-million-pound sport science laboratories.

BASES logo

Our physiology laboratory has been officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), marking it as one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities – an elite group that includes Manchester United Football Club.

Our psychology laboratory and observation rooms give you access to a range of equipment which you’ll use to understand an athlete’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and from there enhance their performance.

We also work closely with local and regional performance centres, with specialist facilities like the Quays swimming and diving complex, the Ageas indoor cricket centre and the David Lloyd tennis centre.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry CX6D


  • 4 Years Standard entry 22L7

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

This course will give you the opportunity to work in almost any area of the sports industry, from PE teaching to high-performance coaching, with flexibility in the course curriculum and continuous extra-curricular CV building opportunities allowing you to create your own career development plan.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Community sports coaching
  • High-performance sports coaching
  • Talent identification and development coaching
  • Teaching
  • Fitness coaching.

Links with Industry

We have excellent links with schools, clubs and local and national sports organisations, which provide relevant part-time work, internships and mentoring opportunities. You’ll also receive regular guest lectures, and have the opportunity to work with and alongside community and elite coaches and athletes.

Transferable skills

Presentation, project management, communication and research skills, as well as IT and numeracy.

Further study

If you want to develop your sport science and coaching skills to a higher level then Solent’s MSc Athletic Development and Peak Performance provides you with the experience that the professional sport industry is looking for.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduate destinations include performance analyst at Southampton FC, strength and conditioning coach at Bath Rugby, England rugby and outreach practitioner at Action for Children. Other graduates have gone on to careers as primary and secondary schoolteachers, swimming coaches, diving coaches, gymnastics coaches and community football coaches.


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Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Sandwich

Accreditations: The course is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise (BASES).

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • At least two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Mathematics, English and science GCSE at grade C or above.
  • Desirable: A-level PE and/or a science.
  • All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check, processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Other costs

Compulsory kit in various combinations: £105

Optional professional body endorsement (NGBs) NGBs range from £10 to £250 depending on course

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry CX6D


  • 4 Years Standard entry 22L7


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