Develop a range of skills and knowledge in key areas of sports coaching, learn about the art and science of teaching others, and get the confidence and experience for a rewarding career working with sports clubs, schools, National Governing Bodies or in your sports coaching/delivery businesses.

With a large demand for sports coaches in the North West alone, and a projected increase of 3,000 jobs over the next five years by Sport England, this course prepares you for the contemporary issues in the industry. Study sports psychology in coaching practice, complete negotiated research (dissertation), and learn how to align your knowledge and expertise with key topics in the health agenda - like childhood obesity and sedentary behaviour.

You’ll get the opportunity to apply your skills and understanding academically and in practice, with your own independent research project and the chance to participate with the college football team. You’ll interact with the industry, connect with professionals in the sector, and network with future employers, as you build the knowledge and abilities for a successful career.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2019
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
You’ll be taught by a team of experienced lecturers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the sport sector including nutritionists, physiologists, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches.

Our whole team regularly update their knowledge and skills, with strong links to Manchester Metropolitan University. All staff have, or are working towards a higher-level Master’s qualification.

• Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent in the vocational or academic subject area.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching and School Sport (30 credits)
Focus on contemporary issues within sports coaching and school sport including physical activity within the younger population.

Year 1: High Performance Coaching (30 credits)
Learn how to incorporate progressive sessions to improve skill and tactical ability, and begin to explore the concept and role of psychology within sport.

Year 1: Negotiated Research (60 credits)
Develop your general and discipline-specific knowledge and skills with this extended research activity. Agreed with your tutors, you’ll complete a Literature Review in an area of your choice, formulate a research proposal, and carry out the research as proposed within the context of your study programme.
Baechle, T. R. & Earle, R. W. (2016). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Bolton, G.E.J. (2014) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development
Cassidy, T., Jones, R., & Potrac, P. (2008). Understanding Sports Coaching: The Social, Cultural and Pedagogical Foundations of Coaching Practice
Hemmings, B., & Holder, T. (2009) Applied Sports Psychology: A Case - based Approach
McArdle, W., Katch, F. and Katch, V. (2015). Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance
McGinnis, P. (2013). Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
Weinberg, R.S., & Gould, D. (2015). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Assessment is continuous and consists of:

• Practical coaching assessments
• Presentations
• Reports case studies
• Research project (dissertation)

The course is a combination of practical and theory based.

Contemporary Issues:
• Practical - 50%
• Blog - 50%

High Performance Coaching:
• Practical - 50%
• Video Project - 50%

Negotiated Research:
• Critical Literature Review in the chosen area - 25%
• Design and presentation of a research proposal - 25%
• Production of an extended piece of original negotiated research - 50%
You’ll have the skills and qualifications to follow in the footsteps of previous students, with a rewarding career in many different coaching roles, including:

• Coaching and working within primary and secondary schools
• Coaching within amateur, semi-professional and professional sports clubs
• PE teacher in schools and colleges
• Performance analysts
• Sport Development Officer roles
• Developing a coaching business
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

- Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
- Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

You can also find details of part time and international fees
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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You may be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.

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