University Of Sunderland
Campus: City Campus , Sunderland
Sports Coaching
3.0 Years • 100% Funding Available
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  • £22,000
    Average Graduate Salary / Year

This course develops hands-on practical skills as well as academic rigour. During the first year, you’ll be introduced to sport-related psychology, physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics. You’ll also be encouraged and supported to obtain National Governing Body Coaching Awards, opening up great opportunities when you graduate.


  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Anatomy (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Leadership (20 Credits)
  • Personal and Professional Development (20 Credits)

Core modules

Fundamentals of Sports Coaching (20 credits)

  • Gain an understanding of the coaching process by investigating the roles of the coach and the components of effective coaching
  • Address the differences in practice and closely examine participation and performance coaching

Theory and Practice of Sports Coaching (20 credits)

  • Undertake practical coaching activities both as an individual and in a group setting
  • Link theory to practical coaching activities, with a focus on the planning and undertaking of effective sports coaching sessions
  • Undertake a placement

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (20 credits)

  • Study the research process and learn how to construct an investigation from an initial idea, to the point of completing and presenting the study
  • Learn quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and apply the most appropriate research

Optional modules - choose three

Sport and Exercise Physiology 1 (20 credits)

  • Develop your knowledge of exercise physiology and its application to training in exercise and sports
  • Examine both the acute and chronic effects of exercise on the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems in both normal and abnormal environments

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 1 (20 credits)

  • Gain an understanding of the mechanics of rigid bodies and fluid mechanics contextualised into the realm of sport and physical exercise
  • Investigate some of the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems of the human body at rest and in motion in terms of injury, rehabilitation and physical performance, using the biomechanical concepts

Sport and Exercise Psychology 1 (20 credits)

  • Use the theoretical models of motivation to look at the determinants and correlates of adoption and maintenance of regular physical activity and of successful performance in sport

Injuries and Rehabilitation (20 credits)

  • Look at the prevention of injury and ill health, and the mechanisms behind injury and healing, including psychological aspects
  • Focus on strategies to reduce the risk of injury during performance of sport and physical activity, and take an introductory look at sports massage, providing both theoretical knowledge and practical skills

Personal Training (20 credits)

  • Learn how to collect, interpret and analyse client information using validated methods appropriate for the health and fitness industry and in-line with current qualification framework
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-life and case study situations

Core modules

Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching (20 credits)

  • Explore the differences and similarities in knowledge, skills, and vocational opportunities that underpin the professional development of coaches
  • Gain knowledge of the specific training requirements of individual and team sports and how to apply this to modern training methods

Developing Excellence in Sports Coaching (20 credits)

  • Develop your theoretical knowledge into vocational practice
  • Critically evaluate your professional skills in a coaching setting and reflect on professional practice

Dissertation 1 or Dissertation 2 (20 credits or 40 credits)

  • Carry out a small-scale piece of research on a sport and/or exercise-related area. Analyse or review an existing data set or subject area using appropriate techniques and interpret the outcomes

Optional modules - choose two or three

Sport and Exercise Physiology 2 (20 credits)

  • Look at how the body performs and responds to exercise
  • Get an introduction to advanced and applied issues in sport and exercise physiology

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 2 (20 credits)

  • Explore the methods used in the biomechanical assessment of sporting performance through technique observation and analysis
  • Carry out kinetic and kinematic analysis of human movement using modern instrumentation, involving electromyography, 3D motion capture, video digitizing and analysis, use of force platforms and foot pressure measurements

Sport and Exercise Psychology 2 (20 credits)

  • Examine the relationship between mental health and states (including anxiety, mood and self-esteem) and physical activity (including sport performance and exercise participation)

Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (20 credits)

  • Focus on nutrition in sports and exercise, underpinned with an understanding of metabolism
  • Consider the role of nutrition and physical activity in terms of health and nutritional supplements in relation to performance in sport and exercise

Physical Activity and Exercise for Special Populations (20 credits)

  • Look at exercise and activity management skills in relation to specific populations and exercise referral individuals
  • Review the current research relating to physical activity and exercise management for certain population groups

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Potential employers for graduates of this course include national sports associations, sports and leisure companies, recreation services, local authorities, health bodies including the NHS, schools and colleges.

During the course, you will be encouraged and supported to obtain National Governing Body Coaching Awards to support future development in the area. This will allow you to develop the skills required to become an effective coach across a range of activities.

PD: Approval qualifications

Sport and Exercise Sciences now has accreditation from PD: Approval, the national endorsement body for Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), to award vocational qualifications (related to the health and fitness industry) to students who successfully complete specific modules.

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Vocational qualifications

4 Principles of Sport and Exercise Leadership Level 2 Gym Instructor
5 Personal Training Level 3 Personal Trainer
6 Physical Activity and Exercise for Special Populations Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor

Career opportunities

Job roles include the following (some require further training):

  • Exercise leader/instructor
  • Physical activity health professional
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Teacher of PE
  • You could also progress to further study and a career in research

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