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About the course

Do you want to work with athletes to improve their sporting potential? Could you provide specialist support and guidance aligned to their individual needs and aspirations? Solent’s Sport Performance Coaching degree will help you to better understand the principles of sport science. You'll also develop the highly practical skills required for a career coaching athletes from a range of sports.

Students study relevant and applied theory - sports science and nutrition, coaching principles, skills development, sports psychology, strength and conditioning, and performance and technique analysis - building essential underpinning knowledge for a career in coaching. This is combined with practical training and professional placement opportunities, giving students the chance to put theory into practice.

Work placements are integral to the course. First year students are provided with a placement with the Saints Foundation, Southampton FC’s community-based charity. During their second year, students deliver coaching sessions at local schools, arranged by the course team. Students are also expected to find their own additional placements, with assistance from the University.

To further boost employability, students have the opportunity to gain National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications, as well as enrol on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at a discounted rate. 

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
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
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

Students learn from passionate staff with extensive backgrounds in coaching a variety of sports.

What does this course lead to?

Previous graduates have gained sports coaching employment, including rugby coach, swimming coach, sailing coach, gymnastics coach and community football coach. Other more specialist graduate destinations include performance analyst and strength and conditioning coach.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s sport performance coaching course is ideal for sports enthusiasts who see their future working with athletes of all abilities, helping them to reach their sporting potential.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK and EU sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,800

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

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

  • Kit: £137 for a basic package
  • DBS disclosure: £55

Optional costs:

  • Discounted NGB coaching qualification: prices vary, please click here to view our courses.
  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing - £250
  • Additional kit - prices vary

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

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • At least two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Mathematics and English 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.
  • Alternative entry is available through the  Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year.
  • 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 19 in each individual 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.

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 Ask Solent team: 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.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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

Sport, Health and Exercise Science 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

Core modules
  • Research Methods in Sports Performance
  • Sport Psychology
  • Principles of Coaching and Learning
  • Introduction to Skill Acquisition and Motor Learning
  • The Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology

Year two

Core modules
  • Performance Analysis
  • Developing Coaching Practice
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Research and Study Designs in Sports Performance
  • Applied Techniques in Sport Science Support
  • Coaching Young Athletes

Year three

Core modules
  • Professional Practice of Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • High Performance Coaching
  • Individual Project


  • Sports Nutrition
  • Games-Based Coaching
  • Advances in Sports Technology

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


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 Hawkey academic profile Adam Hawkey Head of Subject View profile
Adam Lewis academic profile Adam Lewis Course Leader View profile
Matt Johnson academic profile Matt Johnson Senior Lecturer View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
James Fisher academic profile James Fisher Senior Lecturer View profile
William Lawless academic profile William Lawless Senior Lecturer View profile
Francesca Gwynne academic profile Francesca Gwynne Senior Lecturer View profile
Louis Langdown academic profile Louis Langdown 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.


Students have access to the University’s professional sport and exercise facilities, including fully equipped physiology, psychology, and biomechanics labs, a health and exercise gym, and a sports therapy suite. And our physiology laboratory is 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.


The course combines essential sports science theory with practical training and professional work placements.

Your future

This course will give you the opportunity to work in almost any area of the sports industry, specifically preparing you for an exciting career helping athletes to reach their potential.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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

Industry links

Many of the course team are currently or have previously been involved with sports coaching and associated sports science disciplines, including research. Through this, the team have formed a number of relationships with industry. This has led to students having placement opportunities with the RFU, Southampton Football Club and Saints Foundation, local schools, etc.

Key industry guest speakers have also previously delivered lectures, including Commonwealth and Olympic coaches and athletes, and coaches and support staff from Premiership and international-level football clubs.


First year students are provided with a placement with the Saints Foundation, Southampton FC’s community-based charity. During their second year, students deliver coaching sessions at local schools, arranged by the course team. Students are also expected to find their own additional placements, with assistance from the University.Look

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