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What makes Sports Performance and Coaching at 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 a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on sports coaching, the analysis of performance and the theoretical concepts underpinning sporting success, this programme combines practical and academic work, giving you a firm foundation for future employment or further study.

Key features

  • Run in partnership between the University of Worcester and Telford College of Art & Technology (TCAT), and delivered in Telford
  • Excellent industry links allow you to develop professional skills through work-based learning opportunities
  • Access to an impressive array of facilities, including the TCAT Super Dome
  • Progress to a top-up degree at the University of Worcester

“I undoubtedly had a very sound theoretical base of knowledge to take into the Industry and my practical experiences fully complimented what I learnt on the course.”

Sam Teasdale, Sport Development & Coaching BSc

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  

A Disclosure and Barring Service check 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.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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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.

  • Introduction to the Principles of Coaching
  • Psychological & Social Foundations of Sport
  • Physiological Foundations of Sport
  • Training for Sport
  • Physical Activity, Exercise & Health
  • Foundations of Sport (Practical Kinesiology)
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Partnerships & Sports Coaching
  • Research Methods
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Scientific Approaches to Sports Coaching
  • Health-Based Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • Effective Coaching
  • Performance Analysis
  • Sport Event Project Management
  • Invasion Sports

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

The course will develop your personal and transferable skills whilst also developing the attributes associated with the study of sport at higher education level.


Wide variety of assessment types, including coursework assignments, module tests, individual and group presentations, case studies, reports and exams.

Meet the team

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

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    Dr Mark Piekarz

    Mark Piekarz is a senior lecturer in sport management and development. He began his career in community sport, working at all levels, eventually managing a sport complex. His PhD  focused on political risk, which  combined his undergraduate degree in politics, with his practitioner experience relating to risks management and the challenges generated by the process of globalisation and international travel.  He has published work on a variety of subject areas, ranging from risk management, conflict zone tourism and operational management.


Where could it take you?


The course provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers including sports development and management, sports coaching, fitness instructor, match and performance analysts, teaching, research, armed forces and public services.

Marc'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 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.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sports Performance and Coaching HND 16XC Y HND/SPC

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.



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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

Jon Bentley MSc, BSc, PGCE
Telford College of Technology (TCAT)
01952 642418