Sport Coaching — BA (Hons) Top Up

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Course information

This programme covers sports coaching and current issues in sport, as well as
other key areas such as sociology of sport and sport psychology. It provides a
broad study within both the development and performance domains of sport.
Applying theory to practice is essential for all students within the course.
Students will also complete a research project and work experience within their
chosen area of sport.

Skills and knowledge developed: Students will become critical thinkers within
the world of sport, developing theoretical and practical knowledge to apply to
sports coaching. Students will also develop key areas within the world of
performance sport such as performance analysis, sport psychology and sports
coaching. Students will develop skills in both qualitative and quantitative
analysis and be able to effectively carry out research projects at a high level.

Special features: Within the scheme, there will be opportunity for learners
to attain a level of professional practice. There are strong links to the
professional football industry and within England Volleyball. There is further
opportunity for designing and carrying out studies for both performance and
community sport. There is also a range of links with both primary and secondary
schools for coaching opportunities.

Teaching methods: The knowledge and skills acquired on the programme will
link directly to the vocational context and will diversify into a range of
skills. Teaching and Learning methods will include formal lectures and seminars
which will underpin the practical style sessions. Practical modules will take
place in the sports hall, gym or outside with tutor support and guidance and
extra independent learning sessions will be timetabled to allow access to the
specialist equipment and resources.

Assessment methods: The programme is assessed through the submission of
coaching portfolio and sessions, written essays, reports and a series of project
based practical assessments, a final project and the submission of a
dissertation. Formative feedback will support student progression in both
written work and practical work. Self and peer assessment in critique situations
will be an essential element of all projects and the feedback from these will
enhance student achievement and progression.

The programme allows 120 credits at each level.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

BA Sports Coaching Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

Course validated by The Open University


BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development

This course leads to...

This programme will produce graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas. Progression will be through direct entry into the industry or through further study at post graduate level.

Entry Requirements

• A minimum of 240 credits achieved through Pearson/Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Sport with a maximum of 96 credits that may be either centre devised or imported from other QCF Pearson/Edexcel BTEC; or

• A minimum of 240 credits achieved through Foundation Degree, Level 5 in a Sport related degree with a minimum of 180 credits mapped against learning outcomes achieved through Pearson/Edexcel Level 5 HND in Sport.

• Foundation Degree applicants must send over all Learning Outcomes from their Foundation Degree, which will then be reviewed by the Programme Team and the Head of Higher Education before a decision to accept or reject is made.

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Course ID: 158255

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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