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BSc (Hons)Sport Coaching

5 years with foundation and industry years
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Institution code: S30
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Southampton City Centre
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Do you want to turn your love for sport into an academic qualification and study for a sports-related honours degree here at Solent University? Leading directly on to the BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree, this one year foundation programme will equip you with the skills you’ll need to progress.

Studying the sport foundation year could give students an opportunity to extend previous experience gained, or provide a route back into education. The course will help develop the key academic skills required to make the transition to studying the full BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree.

Students will study core theories in sport and fitness but, crucially, will learn how to apply this knowledge in practical settings – helping to develop the skills that employers are looking for.

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching programme 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 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 sandwich year-long placement.

This video 'Why study BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Why choose this course?

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

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for sports enthusiasts who wish to study for a full honours degree, but might not meet the entry requirements. Upon completion of the foundation year, students will be able to progress directly on to the first year of the BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree.

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.

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. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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