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Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport BSc (Hons)

What makes Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport at Worcester special?

This innovative course - the first of its kind in the country - has been created to support the development of a new generation of sports coaches, dedicated to the principles of inclusive sport.

With highly experienced staff, a host of inclusive sports facilities and forward-thinking teaching methods, this programme covers core principles of sports coaching such as coaching pedagogy and practice, as well as more bespoke areas linked with coaching disabled athletes.

Worcester is the home of inclusive sport, with the award-winning University of Worcester Arena – the UK’s first sports facility designed to be accessible to both wheelchair and able-bodied athletes alike and an official Paralympic training venue.

Key features

  • State-of-the-art inclusive sports facilities, including the University of Worcester Arena - winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Expert staff working at the cutting edge of inclusive sport development, from grass roots participation to the pinacle of the Paralympic pyramid
  • Excellent placement and work-based learning opportunities help you build confidence and experience, whilst enhancing employability

My ambition is to work as a cycle coach, making cycling accessible to everyone, which is why I elected to study Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport.

Sophie Wright, Sports Coaching Science with Disablity Sport BSc

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I would like to thank all of my classmates and tutors for their unbelievable guidance and support, in particular the sports coaching science team for the incredible opportunities to gain experience and progress.

Ross Ensor, BSc Sports Coaching Science graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English language 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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) is required for this course

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


  • Principles of Sports Coaching
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability


  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Personal Growth and Team Building Though Outdoor Adventurous Activity
  • Fundamentals of Athletics in Schools

Year 2


  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Scientific Analysis of Disability Coaching
  • The Research Process
  • Sport and Disability           


  • Sport Event Operations
  • Motor Skill Progression
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Strength, Power and Speed
  • Multi Sports
  • Science of Disability Sport

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching
  • Advanced Sport and Disability


  • Coaching Placement and Professional Development (Disability Sport) *This module is taught over 2 semesters
  • Work-Based Learning (Disability Coaching Placement)
  • The Sports Entrepreneur
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Socio-cultural Critique of Global and Olympic Sports
  • Learning and Performance of Sports Skills
  • The Developing Child in Sport
  • Advanced Sports Nutrition
  • Applied Performance Analysis in Disability Sport      

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

English Federation of Disability Sport logoTeaching methods for all modules include lectures, seminars, tutorials and a large element of practical, group and teamwork. We aim to provide a learning context that will explore the full potential of all participants and encourage excellence in both theory and practice.

The expertise of the staff includes sports coaching and teaching, match analysis, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports psychology and sports development. Students may have opportunities to take part in research projects.


Various assessment procedures are used including:

  • Scientific reports
  • Oral presentations
  • Essays
  • Coaching sessions
  • Exams
  • Marketing plans
  • Practical performance and coaching

Meet the team

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

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    Dr Andrea Faull

    Having worked as a  mental skills coach for several years with Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth Game level athletes, Andrea likes to bring her applied experiences to the classroom environment. The applied nature of sport psychology is extremely important as it helps athletes and coaches alike to progress and develop their skills and performance to the next level. Where possible, Andrea is still actively involved in supporting athletes and coaches of all ages, abilities and across a wide range of sports.


Where could it take you?


The course provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers in sport development, sport coaching, physical education teaching, research, armed forces and public health, professional sport, health & fitness management. Students who have specialised in disability sport in the past have gone on to become: Sports and disability officers; Sport development officers for adults with disabilities; Special need coordinators; County council support officers for children with behavioural issues; Disability Sport Governing body coordinators and Self-employed sports disability consultants.

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    Case study

    Katinka Ernst

    Katinka successfully combined her Sports Coaching Science with competing all over Europe in karate. In October 2014 she won gold in Kata (form) and silver in Kumite (fighting) at the UK Open Karate Championships.

    Throughout her time at University, Katinka also devoted much of her time to volunteering.

    “I teach Karate and movement to kids with moderate to severe learning difficulties, such as Down’s Syndrome and Autism, as well as those with physical disabilities,” she said. “I hope to do some research in developing sporting programmes to help these children and give them more life quality and the feeling of inclusion. Everybody deserves a chance.”

    In June 2016, Katinka was awarded the Gold Worcester Award by the University in special recognition of all her many roles while completing her studies.

    Her ambition to work towards greater inclusion is now bigger than ever as she embarks on a Master’s course in Sports Coaching.

    “In the future I want to work with more disabled groups offering sports, alongside being a high standard athlete aiming to get into the GB team next year/2018,” she said. “I want to become a Paralympic coach. Inclusion means everything to me.”

Sophie's Story


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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 in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

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

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-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.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport BSc Hons C694 SCSDS

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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  

Admissions tutor

Dr Andrea Faull
01905 85 5265