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About the course

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching has been designed to develop coaching skills and offer progressive coaching opportunities as your ability, knowledge and confidence develops. The course will begin by delivering coaching training and development conducted in the safety of the classroom and our new sports complex.

The course will progress your skills to involve you 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.

The pathway in the science of 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 groups in the local community to provide training and sport development for local partners, for e.g., locals 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 sandwich year-long placement.

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.
Placement year
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Solent is a Higher Education Partner with the Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)

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.

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.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Compulsory costs:
Students must purchase a Solent sports kit.

Optional costs:
Students may have the chance to undertake optional Active IQ qualifications alongside their studies

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum two completed A-levels with science A-Levels preferred, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • GCSE Maths and English grade 4 or above.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Sport Foundation Year.
  • All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Sport Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Year one module topics cover: research and study skills, theory and practice of coaching, introductory sports science disciplines, and social science issues relating to sport.

Year two

Year two module topics include: research methods, developing coaching practice, coaching children and young athletes

You can also study optional modules relating to sports development and sociology or the theory of performance enhancement through strength and conditioning and performance analysis. 

Year three

Year three module topics cover an independent project and high performance coaching.

Optional modules are aligned to progressing your knowledge of community coaching and global sporting issues or advancing and applying the practice of strength and conditioning and performance analysis.

Further optional modules will be provided depending on availability. 


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Adam Lewis academic profile Adam Lewis Course Leader View profile
Kola Adeosun academic profile Kola Adeosun Senior Lecturer View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
James Wright academic profile James Wright Senior Lecturer View profile
William Lawless academic profile William Lawless Lecturer View profile
William Zoppellini academic profile William Zoppellini Lecturer View profile
Lee Bridgeman academic profile Lee Bridgeman Lecturer View profile
Jon Cooper academic profile Jon Cooper Associate Lecturer View profile

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.

Sports complex – featuring two sports halls and a high-performance strength and conditioning gym

Physiology lab - our physiology laboratory is accredited by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), confirming the high professional standards of the lab's facilities, equipment, procedures and staffing. BASES is widely recognised as the leading UK professional body in sport and exercise sciences and the University's physiology laboratory is part of an elite group that includes Manchester United Football Club. 

Solent has strong links with leading organisations in industry and with local sport and community groups.

Your future

You can expect to secure employment in any of the following roles:

  • Sport development
  • Sports coaching
  • Community sports coaching
  • Fitness coaching and personal training

The course could lead on to a career in teaching via a post grad qualification or a work-based route.

Industry links

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.


Work experience is embedded within the course modules through practical coaching and delivery with external clients. In addition, there are opportunities to undertake volunteer roles with local community groups.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a full year ‘sandwich placement’ between level 5 and 6.  Again students will be expected to find their placement but with support from the University.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day