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Sports Coaching (Top Up), BSc (Hons)

University of Portsmouth, the United Kingdom

University of Portsmouth

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About Sports Coaching (Top Up), BSc (Hons) - at University of Portsmouth


Sports coaches support, inspire and motivate athletes to reimagine what's possible.

If you can see yourself helping people fulfil their sporting potential and coaching professional athletes, sports teams, school or community groups, this BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching top-up degree will help you achieve it.

You'll turn your Level 5 qualification – such as an HND or foundation degree in a subject related to sports or business – into a full Bachelor's degree, ready for a career in high performance coaching environments, multi-sport coaching, coach education or within your own sports coaching business.

Course Highlights

  • Use specialist gym and fitness testing equipment to explore training techniques and injury prevention and assessment, including portable EMG technology and infrared motion analysis
  • Gain sports coaching skills in technology, strategic management, digital innovation and analytics, and sports entrepreneurship – giving you the tools and skills to set yourself up as an independent sports coach
  • Enhance your CV and professional network, and share your sporting skill in the local community through our coaching, mentoring and volunteering scheme
  • Have the chance to take part in research programmes run by institutions such as UEFA, the FA and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  • Train and coach within our extensive sports facilities, including a 100-station gym, fitness studios, and a new sports centre featuring a ski simulator, climbing wall and 8-lane swimming pool

Careers and opportunities

Sports coaches nurture an athlete's physical and psychological health and provide the training conditions needed to achieve and exceed their best.

Integral to competitive sport, coaching is a growing profession responsible for shaping sporting success. With a solid understanding of the principles that underpin modern day sports coaching, you'll be in high demand.

Help others reach their sporting potential

On this BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching top-up degree, you'll explore contemporary, conceptual and theoretical research around the evolving nature of the modern sport coach practitioner and their role in the sports industry.

You'll learn strength and conditioning techniques, how to empower athletes to develop and retain new skills, and how to identify training needs and develop training programmes that optimise sporting performance.

You'll also work on your own professional development alongside industry experts, enhancing your CV and networking with potential employers. Once you graduate, you'll be ready to enter the world of sports coaching in the community and at elite sport level.

What areas can you work in with a sports coaching top-up degree?

When you graduate, you'll be ready to enter a variety of commercial and non-commercial organisations such as:

  • national governing bodies
  • professional sports clubs
  • the Armed Forces
  • local authorities
  • health and fitness centres
  • charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • schools
  • community centres
  • prisons

You could also go into areas outside of the sports coaching industry in roles such as sports journalism, finance or accounting.

What jobs can you do with a sports coaching top-up degree?

Roles you could take on include:

  • community coach coordinator
  • coach educator
  • skills coach
  • strength and conditioning advisor
  • PE teacher
  • sport development officer
  • sports marketing executive
  • sports agent
  • stadium manager

Notes about fees for this course

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent level 5 qualification at Merit or above in a Sport-related subject. Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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