Sports Coaching & Performance BSc (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by: UOSW
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 2019
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.

Career Options

Sports Coach

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  • 30-40 hours per week

Sports coaches teach sports skills to individuals and teams of all sporting abilities. They teach everyone from beginners to international professionals. They help people to reach their full potential and take part safely in their chosen sport. If you love sports and want to help people perform at their highest level, this could be the career for you. To become a sports coach, you will need to have a coaching qualification that is recognised by the governing body for your sport. As a sports coach, you will need to be able to plan and deliver training sessions. You will also need to inspire confidence and motivate your students. You will need determination, patience, and a supportive approach towards those you coach.

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Sport And Exercise Psychologist

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Sport and exercise psychologists study the mental and emotional effects of taking part in sport and exercise. They typically specialise in either sport or exercise, although some work in both. If you are interested in sport and want to help people reach their potential, this job could be ideal for you. You will need to have a genuine desire to help people, and also be able to maintain a professional distance. To get into this job you will need to do a three-year degree in psychology, followed by a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology, and two years of supervised practice.

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Sport And Exercise Scientist

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 38 hours per week

Sport and exercise scientists use their scientific knowledge of the human body, the way it moves and the way people think about physical activity, to help clients improve their sporting performance and general health. If you have a scientific and analytical mind, and you are interested in sport, this job could suit you. In this job you will need to have an organised approach. You will also need to be able to work in a team and communicate well. To become a sport and exercise scientist you would need a degree, usually in sports science. Alternatively, you could complete a degree in a related subject, such as physical education, physiology or psychology, followed by a postgraduate qualification.

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Sports Development Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Sports development officers organise sports based projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport and to have a healthier lifestyle. Their aim is to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy sport. If you are enthusiastic about sport and you have great communication and leadership skills, then this could be the role for you. You will also need strong organisational skills and the ability to manage projects and budgets. To get into this work you’ll need to have knowledge and experience of how to encourage people to take up sport. Many sports development officers also have a degree or equivalent, in sports development or sports coaching. If you are able to show that you have relevant experience, you may not need a degree. You can often get experience by volunteering for local sports projects.

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Leisure Centre Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

If you’re interested in sport, fitness and leisure and are keen to work with the public in a busy and varied environment, this could be the career for you.

You would be responsible for the day-to-day running of the centre, managing a team of staff and making sure that visitors using the facilities have an enjoyable time.

You will need to be well organised, have excellent communication skills and be willing to work with sports bodies to promote events and schemes.

You can become a centre manager by completing a higher education qualification in leisure management or by working your way up through an organisation.

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Primary School Teacher

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 32.5 to 37+ hours per week

In this job you will help to give young children the best possible start in life. If you like spending time with young people, and want to work in education, a job as a primary school teacher could be perfect for you.

You will need to have enthusiasm for the subjects you teach. You’ll also need to be able to relate to pupils and their parents, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

One of the main routes into primary school teaching is to do Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) and get qualified teacher status. To do this you must have GCSEs in English, maths and a science subject. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Secondary School Teacher

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 39+ hours per week

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Higher Education Lecturer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

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If you have a high level of knowledge in a subject area, and want to pass it on through lectures, seminars and written materials, this job could be for you.

In this job you’ll need enthusiasm for your subject, so you can motivate and inspire your students. You’ll also need confidence so you can stand up in front of large groups and deliver lectures.

You’ll need a good degree (first or 2:1), and for most jobs a PhD or be working towards one. You’ll also need to have had academic work published.??

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