Sports Coaching & Performance BSc (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by: UOSW
Award: BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Performance (top-up)
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: CP10
Code: EH3550B12
Fees: View fees and financial information
Awarded by: University of South Wales
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

Our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching & Performance (Top up) is designed for students who have successfully completed the FdSc Sports Coaching & Performance or students who hold a foundation degree or HND in Sports Coaching, Sports Science or a related subject area, to top up their qualification to honours level. This is through an additional period of one year, full-time study. 

Validated by the University of South Wales, our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching & Performance (Top up) is designed specifically for students who wish to move on to higher level positions in sports science, performance analysis coaching, elite sports performance or teaching within schools and colleges.

Our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching & Performance (Top up) is distinctive in that a range of employers and industry experts have been consulted in the creation of the programme. The course will develop your skills in a range of disciplines and has a large focus on developing you as both a critical thinker and a researcher. The course provides you with the opportunity to develop your coaching skills, knowledge and performance and well as increasing your understanding of the coaching process. You will be encouraged to engage in high level applied sports theory and practice and through a variety of lectures, seminars and practical sessions you will develop your knowledge of current thinking within the field of sports coaching and performance.

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to visit the University of South Wales and meet staff and students from the validating institution. Guest speakers including athletes, professional industry coaches and industry specialists will also contribute to the programme to give you real insight into this exciting and dynamic industry.

What will I study?

You will be required to complete six modules in order to complete the programme including Contemporary Issues in Sport, Elite Sports Performance and Principles of Coaching. You will also complete a dissertation as part of the course which will enable you to specialise in an area of your choice through consultation with your dissertation supervisor. There are two optional modules of which you must choose either PE & School Sport or Strength & Conditioning.


If you choose to undertake the Strength and Conditioning module you’ll focus on elements such as periodised training programmes, key fitness components for a range of sports and muscular strength and power.


These options are available in order for you to tailor the programme to suit your future career ambitions. It is a key component of each module to promote independent and critical learning and assessments are designed in a way that will enable you to develop your own ideas in your chosen area of interest.


Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to work with a range of people from different sporting backgrounds with a wide range of experiences including your peers, the lecturers, a range of specialist employers within the community and guest speakers.


You will also have the opportunity to access a variety of UKCC coaching awards at competitive rates.


Modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Professional Development through Sport
  • Principles of Coaching III
  • Elite Sports Performance
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • PE & School Sport

Download the Programme Specification for BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching & Performance (Top up). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need to have gained our FdSc Sports Coaching & Performance or have a HND or Foundation Degree in a relevant subject area such as Sports Coaching or Sports Science. You’ll also need to demonstrate the ability to study at this higher level and have a high level of English skills for the successful completion of the course.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments may include essays, reports, practicals, presentations and exams.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Just some of the potential careers that this course can lead on to include work as an elite coach, performance analysis roles in a range of settings including Football Clubs, gyms and leisure centres, Research roles as well as teaching in a variety of levels: Schools, Further Education or Higher Education for example, subject to the completion of an appropriate Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Postgraduate study is also encouraged.

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