BSc (Hons)

Coaching and Sport Science

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  • UCAS code(s): CX61 / 350N
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • Entry requirements during Clearing may differ from those published in the 2018 prospectus, please call our Clearing Hotline on 0115 848 6000 to discuss.

This degree combines study of the rapidly expanding field of sport and exercise science, along with the more vocational area of coaching. You will approach coaching using scientific, evidence-based techniques. This will enable you to apply scientific sports principles to improve sports performance while developing vocational expertise.

This course offers a modular route to a full-honours degree combining sport science with coaching in a professional qualification. You will study the rapidly expanding field of Sport and Exercise Science along with the more vocational area of coaching.

The course aims to put the coaching on a scientific, evidence-based footing. This will enable you to apply scientific sport principles to coaching and improving sport performance. You will:

  • develop vocationally-related expertise.
  • prepare for a career in sports coaching.

Why choose this course?

You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:

  • a British Olympic Association (BOA) approved Environmental Chamber
  • a Biomechanics and Performance Analysis Suite.

You will have the unique opportunity to leave the University with numerous coaching qualifications and awards. This is because our Sport and Lifestyle Department offers sports coaching opportunities.

What you'll study

You will develop knowledge and skills of performance and technique analysis through the following modules:

  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Observational Analysis.

You will also pursue coaching and reflective practice in some depth. There will be a continuing emphasis on research methods in Year Two and Three and you can choose more advanced modules in Psychology, Physiology and Biomechanics to combine with the core coaching modules. You will also have the opportunity to take part in sporting activities and coaching, which will lead to nationally recognised coaching awards.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

    This module provides the foundations of the key human systems (both anatomical and physiological) and their responses and adaptations to sport and exercise.

    Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Examine the psychological consequences of engaging in sport and exercise, as well as the mental factors that impact on quality sport and exercise experiences.

    Principles of Biomechanics

    Learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of biomechanics relevant to understanding motion of the human body and the forces generated or experienced by the human body.

    Principles of Training

    This module provides essential information for working effectively and safely with the general population as well as special populations in a gym environment.

    Exploring Coaching Practice

    The aim of this module is to facilitate and encourage exploration of areas within the academic discipline of coaching and begin to make links between and inform coaching practice.

    Introduction to Research

    Get an overall perspective of the research process in the context of sport, exercise, health and leisure management, and learn the research skills necessary to successfully complete your studies.
  • Year Two

    Observational Analysis for Sport

    Learn the key concepts, skills and techniques for observational analysis of sports, including match analysis, motion analysis and techniques analysis.

    Training Principles to Practice

    You will have the opportunity to gain the industry recognised Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) Level 3 award. You can choose the Personal Training or Exercise Referral pathways.

    Applying Coaching Theory to Practice

    This module facilitates and encourages further exploration of topics within coaching, and develops the academic skills necessary to relate the study to coaching as a profession.

    Developing Professional

    Practice in Coaching You will further develop your experience of coaching and reflective practice through practical coaching activities; classroom-based learning, and a short coaching placement.

    Choose two modules from:

    Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

    The module aims to outline, both theoretically and practically, how the bodies’ structures and functions are altered by bouts of physical exercise, and how these concepts can be applied to training in order to enhance exercise tolerance and sport performance.

    Practical Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    In this module, students develop the principles from Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology and relate them to sport, coaching, management and exercise contexts.

    Experimental Biomechanics

    This module builds on the basic Biomechanical principles introduced through the Level 1 module Principles of Biomechanics.

  • Year Three

    Placement year for sandwich students. Please see our excellent placement opportunities section.

  • Final year

    Current Topics in Sports Coaching

    Using a variety of learning activities you will develop your ability to effectively manage the uncertainty and complexity involved with disciplines of coaching.

    Advanced Coaching Practice

    Further develop your coaching practice by drawing upon current understanding and critical evaluation of a range of topics within the disciplines of coaching and sport science.

    Sport Project and Dissertation

    You will produce an original and independent piece of work in a specialist area of sport science, coaching, exercise science or sport and leisure management depending on your focus of study.

    Choose one module from:

    Strength, Power and Endurance for Sport and Exercise

    The module typically focuses on six topics related to applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning research.

    Applied Biomechanics

    The aim of this module is to address in the context of biomechanics how to improve and or optimise human performance and to understand how human performance can be affected by or result in dysfunction.

    Choose one further module from:

    Sport and Exercise Nutrition

    This module aims to provide the fundamental knowledge and understanding, underpinning the relationship between nutrition and exercise performance.

    Environmental Sports Physiology

    This module intends to outline some of the physiological adaptations that occur when the human body is exposed to an extreme environment.

    Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology


    Students will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport and the emphasis of this module will be placed on current primary research.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

You will have around 12 hours of scheduled contact time per week. This will take the form of:

  • traditional lectures and seminars
  • practical workshops
  • external visits.

The remainder of your time will be self-guided independent study.

Practical classes will be taught in our purpose built laboratories in the Erasmus Darwin Building and the new Rosalind Franklin building, which is an ultra modern laboratory on Clifton Campus. The majority of lectures and workshops are delivered on Clifton Campus in locations such as the Ada Byron King Building and the John Clare Lecture Theatres.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including:

  • coursework (assignments, dissertation, group projects, case studies)
  • practical (oral presentations, practical competencies tests)
  • written (exams)

Assessment methods

Year 1 coursework (45%), written (38%), and practical (17%)

Year 2 coursework (75%) and written (25%)

Year 3 coursework (76%), written (17%), and practical (7%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)

Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and independent study (77%)

Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Your career development

You will develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly respected by employers.
Recent graduates from our Sports Science degrees have gone onto work in the following roles:

Graduate salaries range from £10,000 – £30,000 per year.

On successful completion of the course, many graduates choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Excellent placement opportunities

Throughout your time with us you will have many opportunities to put theory into practice, gain valuable experience and develop the skills that will prepare you for the career of your choice.

You have the option to undertake a one year work placements in industry. On successful completion you will gain an additional award – the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

In addition, you will undertake research and consultancy projects with a host of leading sport and leisure organisations, providing you with invaluable industry experience. These include:

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma* – DMM, including relevant Physical Education of Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

* If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma* – DMM, including relevant Physical Education of Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; and
  • GCSEs  English and Maths grade C/4.

* If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course, you can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Important information

This course involves working with children / vulnerable groups, therefore applicants may be requested to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB disclosure). Applicants' suitability for the course will be considered according to the results of the DBS check on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.  If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

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Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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