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BSc (Hons)Sport Coaching

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UCAS code: SC01
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a sport coaching degree at Solent University

Get ready to take athletes to the next level with our CIMSPA-endorsed degree. You’ll be working in professional facilities and alongside national sports clubs to gain top-class knowledge and skills.

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    in the top 20 best student cities (StudentCrowd, 2023)
  • This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree, ActiveiQ, REPs and 1st4sport.
  • Ultra-modern sports complex, featuring two sports halls, two fitness studios, strength and conditioning and high-performance gyms, health and fitness and personal training teaching gyms, and a sport and exercise therapy clinic.
  • Partnership agreement with Southampton Football Club, with real-world industry experience at the Club as part of the curriculum featuring professional coaching and development from Premier League coaching staff.
  • The course team have excellent links with both local and national sports organisations and clubs, as well as experience of working in the industry.
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Course overview

The course will progress your skills in delivering coaching sessions to local athletes and community groups and will provide opportunities and links to volunteer or undertake placements working with individual athletes and community groups.

This course offers two pathways in either science of sport coaching or sport development. 

The pathway in the science of sport coaching will develop a deeper knowledge of scientific theory – physiology, biomechanics and the psychology of coaching.

The pathway in sport development will develop deeper knowledge of sport policy, sport development, and project delivery with an opportunity to devise, deliver, and evaluate a community-based initiative.

Both pathways provide opportunities to put theory into practice, either by working with individual athletes, or with groups in the local community to provide training and sport development for local partners, for example local schools, sports clubs, youth groups, and community projects.

The course has real-world learning and employability at its core and you’ll be able to develop practical and professional skills through a variety of placement options, from working and volunteering in the local community, to a full year-long placement.

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Course features

  • Additional qualification

    This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Placement year

    If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course for?

Solent’s sport coaching course is ideally suited to sport enthusiasts who see their future working with athletes or sports and community groups of all abilities and backgrounds helping them to realise their ambitions.

What does this course lead to?

Previous graduates have gained sports coaching employment in a variety of sports including rugby, swimming, sailing and gymnastics.

Graduates with sport development interests have gone on to work for sport providers such as Sport Hampshire and the Saints Foundation with common roles being sport development officer, coach and camp manager.

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Meet the team

The course team have excellent links with both local and national sports organisations and clubs, as well as experience of working in the industry. Their experience can provide valuable networking and part-time work opportunities.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Solent University is home to a range of sporting facilities and gyms. Students on this course will use the Solent Sports Complex to plan, deliver and evaluate their coaching practices.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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