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Sports Coaching — BA (Hons) Top Up


Course ID: 172806

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • This degree-level (top-up) programme is studied over 1 year.
  • Covers sociology and psychology of sport at an advanced level.
  • Develop as a critical thinker and apply theoretical and practical knowledge to sports coaching.
  • Use skilled analysis to effectively carry our high level research.
  • Gain work experience within your chosen area of sport.
  • Opportunity to attain a level of professional practice.
  • Design study programmes for both performance and community sport.
  • Primary and secondary schools coaching opportunities.
  • Note: This advanced level programme has been designed in collaboration with coaches, performance analysts and other support practitioners working in a professional capacity at elite-level sport.
  • This includes guest talks and visits to elite sport clubs and talks from a range of practitioners, including coaches, performance analysts and sport psychologists.
  • This course is validated by The Open University.

What to expect from the course

The BA (Hons) Sports Coaching (Top-up) course is a one-year, full-time progression route from a relevant Level 5 qualification. The 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 complete a research project and work experience within their chosen area.

You will become critical thinkers within the world of sport, developing theoretical and practical knowledge to apply to sports coaching. You will also develop in key areas within the world of performance sport such as Performance Analysis, Sport Psychology and Sports Coaching. You will develop skills in both qualitative and quantitative analysis and be able to effectively carry out research projects at a high level.

The BA (Hons) Sports Coaching (Top-up) is validated by The Open University.

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

BA (Hons) Sports Coaching (Top-up) Programme Handbook (2024-25)

This programme is validated by The Open University. To access the OU Regulations and OU Students' Guide, please follow the links below:

OU Regulations

OU Students’ Guide

This programme is delivered through in-person teaching. Should government guidance or public heath advice change in-year, students will be able to continue their studies with a blend of in-person and remote learning, supported by additional safety measures on campus.

Modules studied

  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching
  • Physical Literacy
  • High Performance Sporting Cultures
  • Professional Practice in Sports Coaching
  • Individual Research Project – Sports Coaching

How will I be taught?

Teaching and learning strategies within modules encourage and develop a range of learning styles. Students will have opportunities to actively assimilate, apply, question, debate and critically reflect upon the material presented within each module. Students will also experience a variety of assessment methods that measure achievement of learning outcomes and provide the best opportunities for students to show and demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities.

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

How will I be assessed?

The programme is assessed through submission of a coaching portfolio and sessions, written essays, reports, 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.

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


BA Honours Degree in Sports Coaching

Why study with us?

Within the scheme, there is 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.

The programme has had input from coaches, performance analysts and other support practitioners working in a professional capacity at elite-level sport. This includes guest talks and visits to elite sport clubs and talks from a range of practitioners, including coaches, performance analysts and sport psychologists.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Students who successfully complete this qualification may wish to progress on to a PGCE course at The City of Liverpool College. Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress into employment or study at Masters level at with another higher education provider.

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Entry Requirements

• Minimum of 240 credits achieved through BTEC Level 5 HND in Sport with a maximum of 96 credits, either centre devised or imported from other BTEC;


• 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 BTEC Level 5 HND in Sport.

Note: Foundation Degree applicants must provide all Learning Outcomes from their Foundation Degree, for review by programme team/Head of HE before an offer is considered.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


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

Fee for24/25 is 8400.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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