The BSc Sports Coaching course will enable you to improve your knowledge of the core disciplines that underpin sports coaching. Together with a comprehensive academic framework, the course has a strong vocational emphasis, with modules that offer you the opportunity to engage on a weekly basis with local sport organisations, and partake in a range of activities to ensure theoretical aspects studied are applied in a practical context.
Why Study Sports Coaching with us?
To create a long-lasting legacy of improvement in coaching and an increase in participation in sport throughout the UK, more active, skilled and qualified coaches are needed to ensure national policies are delivered effectively at a local level in schools, colleges, clubs and community settings.
The BSc Sports Coaching course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills which are consistent with the vision for coaching in the UK of ‘Excellent Coaching Every Time for Everyone’ by 2017 as outlined in the revised UK Coaching Framework.
The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Sports Coaching are embedded into the curriculum, along with sport-specific National Governing Body awards (UK Coaching Certificate) and sports coach UK workshops.
The Department has also developed a strong relationship with Warrington Wolves RLFC and, in particular, the educational and developmental pathway they provide for coaches.
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104 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent.
BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM
BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DD
Access to HE Diploma. Advanced GNVQ
Appropriate modern apprenticeship, work experience, and free-standing qualifications that form part of the post-16 qualifications framework will also be considered.
Substantive work experience may be considered in place of formal qualifications. Mature students (21 years of age or over) without evidence of the above qualifications but with relevant experience, will be required to demonstrate enthusiasm and aptitude for higher level study. In some cases potential students will be invited to do so by attending an informal initial interview.
Candidates for part-time study should ideally demonstrate a minimum of six hours per week employment/volunteering in an appropriate sports coaching setting, and have the written support of their manager for the integration of their studies with their workplace activities.
Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge.
For details about the cost of the DBS and for further information please visit: www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
This may also need to be repeated at appropriate periods during the course of study and continued programme registration is subject to this process.
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will be introduced to the coaching process and the principles that underpin effective coaching practice. You will also be given the opportunity to undertake industry recognised awards and thus achieve the minimum standards for active coaches agreed by Sports Coach UK.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5), you will continue to develop your practical delivery skills using a range of coaching styles and methods. You will also apply the skills and knowledge developed from a variety of sports science perspectives through work-based learning in a vocational environment.
What will I learn?
In Year 3 (Level 6), you will be encouraged to further reflect on your coaching practice within an academic framework, and develop and extend your coaching techniques and philosophies. You will also be required to carry out research for a Dissertation on a sports-coaching-related theme, and participate in a conference by delivering a seminar/workshop on a contemporary issue of relevance to sports coaches.
" The course has enabled many of our students to reach their full potential by developing the knowledge and skills that are required to become an effective coach. As a result, this has enhanced their employability and enabled them to gain positions teaching and coaching in both schools and community settings."
How will I be taught?
In addition to ensuring you have the appropriate underpinning theory and knowledge, the philosophy of the course is to give you practical coaching experience in appropriate settings. This will take the form of traditional lectures and seminars, practical sessions and external visits.
Practical classes will be taught in a range of dedicated facilities, including a sports hall, floodlit full-sized multi-purpose Astroturf, a fully equipped fitness facility and two on-site sports fields.
You will have around 12 hours of scheduled contact time per week. This will take the form of traditional lectures and seminars, practical sessions and external visits. The remainder of your time will be self-guided independent study.
How will I be assessed?
A wide range of assessment methods are used, ranging from formal examinations through to presentations, practicals and coursework. The teaching and assessment methods we use throughout the course also encourage the development of skills that have been recognised as important by the lead industry bodies. Practical delivery skills form part of the assessment in Years 1 and 2. Furthermore, you will be required to complete a coaching placement in Years 2 and 3.
Work Based Learning
As part of your studies you may take our Work Based Learning module, where you will be fully supported in securing a work placement of at least 150 hours, which you may be able to use in trying out a future career. In Year 3, a module is also designed to further develop and provide opportunities to apply knowledge and skills relating to practical sports coaching as students are required to undertake a 10-week (equivalent to 20 hours) individual coaching placement in a community setting.
Study Abroad Opportunities
In Year 2, you have the option to study abroad, on an international exchange, following a negotiated programme of study. Students have previously undertaken such an opportunity in Australia and the United States.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Annual Tuition Fee
Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)
International Foundation Programmes
Bachelor's degree including Foundation
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
You will be expected to purchase a university branded sport kit to be used during practicals and placements. As a guide, in 2015/16 a t-shirt cost £19.00 and a polo shirt cost £24.99.
Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
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Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
The Warrington Campus provides a close-knit community, innovative courses, and a strong focus on employability and transferable skills.
The campus has a range of specialist training, academic and leisure facilities across its 30-acre site. It is home to the North West Media Centre, the Warrington School of Management, dedicated police training facilities and practical nursing workspace.
With the Department of Sport and Community Engagement on site you can enjoy superb sports facilities for academic, recreational and competitive use such as an astro-turf pitch, fitness suite, running track and sports hall which hosts a variety of fitness classes. We’re also the training base for local Rugby League team Warrington Wolves.
Outside of the classroom, open-access computer labs and the £2.3million learning resource centre and library are available for all students.
Following £12million of investment the Warrington Campus combines the best of long-established university traditions with modern developments.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
Through your course and our fantastic Careers and Employability opportunities, we aim to not only further your course knowledge, but equip you with a range of transferable skills valued by employers.
Previous students have gone on to:
- Performance Analyst
- Sports Technician
- Football Coach
Warrington: A University Town
The town of Warrington is becoming increasingly well-known for its innovative and diverse schedule of events and performance, including live concerts, theatre, variety shows, cabaret and comedy. Parr Hall is the town's premier venue for live music, while Pyramid is a leading centre for the arts.
The town centre is host to a wide selection of clubs, pubs and bars to suit all tastes, ranging from the hip and trendy to the traditional tavern. Whether you're into house, hip hop, indie, rock or jazz, you'll always find somewhere you'll love.
Warrington is well-known for the Warrington Wolves rugby league club, one of the premier teams in Europe and were recent winners of the Challenge Cup for two years running.
Warrington is particularly well-placed for students who enjoy a trip to the city, situated half an hour from the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Saturday 21st October
- Saturday 21st October