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What makes Sports Coaching HND with the University of Worcester special?

If you are passionate about helping others discover the joy of sport or working with athletes to maximise their performance, this course will equip you with the theoretical and practical expertise to become a dynamic and innovative coach in this rapidly expanding sector.

With an industry-relevant curriculum, opportunities to gain national governing body coaching awards whilst you study and a range of work-based learning opportunities provide the perfect platform for your next step in the coaching world.

Key features

  • Delivered in association with Birmingham Metropolitan College, with teaching at the Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield campus as well as the University of Worcester
  • Strong partnerships with regional and national organisations
  • State-of-the-art facilities at both the Stourbridge and Worcester campuses, including the University of Worcester Arena – an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Sports scholarships available for cricket and basketball
  • Progression on to a range of top-up degree programmes at the University of Worcester for those interested in further study

“There are opportunities for students to specialise in developing a variety of skills including their coaching, pedagogical and practical skills throughout the course.”

Debra Price, Course Leader

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

72 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

A full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) may be required for some modules

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • The Physiological Foundations of Sports Coaching
  • Sociological Issues in Sport
  • The Business of Coaching
  • Introduction to Research
  • Sports Event Promotion
  • Application of Sports Coaching
  • Principles of Sports Coaching
  • Introduction to Skill Acquisition & Analysis

Year 2

  • Performance Analysis
  • The Physiology of Sport & Exercise  
  • Work Based Learning (Coaching Placement)
  • Sports Development & Coaching
  • Disability & Coaching
  • The Effective Application of Coaching
  • The Psychology of Coaching

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

The learning environment includes a full range of practical work, lectures, seminars, workshops and independent/group study tasks. Students will gradually take control of their learning in a more independent manner as they progress towards and through the final year of study.


A flexible approach to the assessment of learning is used to help learners adopt a practical approach to the planning and decision making process. The type of assessment will vary to include:

  • Online discussions
  • Reflective journals
  • Sports development initiatives
  • Leading coaching sessions
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Exams

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Jennifer Joyce

    Jennifer graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2007 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences (1st class honours), before continuing her studies at the University of Chichester, UK where she received a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

    Having developed an interest in the relationship between exercise and the brain during her time at both of these institutes, Jennifer completed a PhD examining the effects of exercise on cognitive function in older adults.

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    Christian Edwards

    Christian Edwards is a senior lecturer in Sports Coaching Science and one of the University Elite Athlete mentors. His teaching principally addresses the scientific aspects that may underpin the coaching process. His research interests focus primarily on athlete’s body image perceptions and how these perceptions may impact on daily living. 

    In addition to his academic role, he has coached in a range of contexts and is a keen cyclist.

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    Claire-Marie Roberts

    Claire-Marie is the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Sports Studies and a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology who works with National Governing Bodies, professional sports teams, athletes, their parents, coaches and sport scientists. She has helped prepare a number of athletes and teams for international competitions including the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. Her role as a British Olympic Association Psychologist at the London 2012 Olympics was to date, her career highlight.

    Her experiences of working with athletes reflect her research interests that include athlete development and career transitions in elite sport. She specialises in working with elite adolescent athletes and their parents, and is one of the U.K.'s first sport psychology specialists in supporting athletes with vocal cord dysfunction (VCD).

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    Dr Paul Castle

    Dr Paul Castle joined University of Worcester as a Senior Lecturer in September 2004.  He is Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health Professions Council. As an active practitioner, Dr Castle provided sport and exercise psychology consultancy to clients in a wide array of disciplines.


Where could it take you?


With more people playing sport and engaging in physical activity, there are new job opportunities in this sector. You will be prepared for a career as a sports coach, in sports development, disability sport and performance analysis or in health and fitness.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering on this HND in 2017 is £8,430 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering on this HND in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this HND in 2017 is £1,106 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

This course is run in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College (S).



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Debra Price
Birmingham Metropolitan College