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

We're afraid this course is no longer running, but you may be interested in our other undergraduate sports courses. 

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

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

72 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above

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?

We enable students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive sessions, lectures, seminars, sports and laboratory practicals. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and sport and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work. 

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course however these can be requested more frequently on a needs basis.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long placement in the second year of the course, supervised for agreed projects by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the type of module as some may have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 6 X hours of lectures
  • 4 hours of seminars in groups of around 15 students
  • 2 X hours of interactive workshops
  • 4 X hours of sports practicals

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-28 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations.       

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, university and college tutors.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.  Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and majority of lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. 

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as online discussions, reflective journals, coaching sessions, case studies, sports development initiatives, essays, reports, individual and group presentations and an examination.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year may vary according to the mandatory modules, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:       

Year 1
7 x Written (report, essay, reflective journal, media article, design task x2, coach report)
6 x Individual or group presentations
2 x Practical assessment
1 x Coaching Programme

Year 2
8x Written (reports, reflective and skills report relating to work placement, research proposal, reflective journal, essay, reflective log)
1x formal examinations of 2 hours duration
1x Module test
4 x individual or group presentations
1 x Discussion
1 x Coaching session


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently 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.

  • claire-marie-roberts-sports-university-worcester-250

    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 the academic year 2018/19 is £9,250 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 the academic year 2018/19 is £12,100 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 the academic year 2018/19 is £1,156 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. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.


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