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BA Sport Coaching Accelerated

Sports Coaching
BSc (Hons)


Love sport and physical activity? Coach, support and inspire others to reach their potential while you achieve your goals. Get set for an active and rewarding career with a Sports Coaching degree at UA92.
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BSc (Hons)




3 Years


Sep / Nov / Jan / Feb / Apr / Jun


2024/25 | 2025/26



Course Introduction

What Will You Learn?

Get stuck in from day one, learning through an energetic combination of real-life coaching scenarios, projects and fieldwork, as well as hands-on experience with specialist equipment and facilities. A strong focus on practical coaching skills and techniques, informed by coaching theories and performance analysis, will help you identify strengths and get the best out of individuals and teams of all abilities.

During the three-year Sports Coaching degree, you’ll explore approaches to coaching children, young adults and older people across community, performance and educational settings. You’ll get to grips with how to identify and support individual needs and talents and learn how to motivate pupils, clients or athletes  towards achieving different goals.

We’ll help get you up to speed on contemporary issues in sport and introduce you to different working environments available to a coach, so you’re warmed up for the varied world of sports coaching.

If you’re looking for a sports coaching degree in Manchester, check out our Sports Coaching degree and unlock your greatness at UA92.

How You Will Study


24 weeks of
study per year


4 x 6-week blocks per year

1 subject module per block

4 CPD focus days per block

Subject Module

250 hours of
study per module


80 hrs face-to-face (32%)

20 hrs Digital Wednesdays (8%)

150 hrs independent study (60%)


No traditional
end-of-year exams


Year 1 – 100% coursework

Year 2 – 100% coursework

Year 3 – 100% coursework

Your course modules

Module 1: Introduction to Sports and Exercise Psychology

Sports and exercise psychology helps you understand how your thoughts, feelings, and motivations affect your sporting performance and/or enjoyment of physical activity. You’ll dive into the world of psychology itself and its position as an evidence-based science. This lays the foundation for understanding how these principles apply to individuals and groups across education, physical activity, health and sport settings.

Module 2: Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy and Practice

This hands-on module is your chance to plan, deliver, and reflect on real coaching sessions, which are in line with industry standards and supporting frameworks. That’s not all – inclusivity is key, so you’ll learn how to make your coaching sessions welcoming and effective for everyone. You’ll also have an opportunity to discuss and explore different teaching and coaching theories and practices with your peers and qualified practitioners.

Module 3: Coaching Active Lifestyles

Motivate and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace a life-long active lifestyle. Learn how to develop activities and programmes that are inclusive, engaging, and promote long-term healthy participation in physical activity and sport. Advocate for the importance of physical activity in promoting individual and community well-being, across a range of ages and in various populations, including those with additional needs.

Module 4: Introduction to Session Design

Learn how to develop effective coaching sessions that are engaging, fun, safe, and ethically suitable for a diverse range of populations. Following a person-centred approach, you will learn to understand your participants needs and their learning processes and development. This will enable you to plan sessions that will maximise the participants development across different settings.

Module 1: Sports and Exercise Psychology

In this module you will dive further into the world of sport and exercise psychology. You’ll level up your understanding by exploring key theoretical concepts in more depth, such as behaviour change. As a result, you’ll be able to help participants identify and address any psychological barriers, across education, physical activity, health, and sport settings, which might be holding them back. They’ll also be opportunity to develop your applied practitioner skills.

Module 2: Science and Practice of Coaching

Learn how to holistically develop your coaching toolbox to meet the needs of different people across  education, physical activity, health and sport settings. . Specifically, you’ll begin to explore how participants biological, psychological and social influences can impact development. You’ll gain an understanding of relevant theories and participant development models in order to cater for individual and group needs. This will enable you to design effective coaching strategies and  interventions to help others reach their goals.

Module 3: Analysis of Performance

Coaches use performance analysis to inform their decisions. It helps to understand what’s working and what factors are giving the best results. You’ll learn to become an informed observer, spotting strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement. You’ll learn how to use data and visual analysis tools to track progress, identify trends, evidence proposed strategies and present insights back to specific populations and key stakeholders.

Module 4: Professional Development of Coaching 1

This module focuses on career preparedness. You’ll get regular hands-on insights and experiences to help you fine tune  your coaching skills, with support and feedback from industry experts.  Reflect on how you’ve grown, define your strengths and identify how you want to continue to grow and develop. This self-discovery will help you forge your coaching identity so you are confident and prepared to enter the sports coaching industry or equivalent.

Module 1: Strength and Conditioning

This module is delivered through a number of interactive sessions, where you will develop your strength and conditioning knowledge and apply your skills in line with industry standards. Specifically, you will plan, organise and deliver a range of strength and conditioning (S&C) practices to clients, with lots of opportunities to hone your practitioner skills. This will prepare you for future opportunities, whether that’s in the work-place, research project, independent study, vocational qualifications or post-graduate study in this area.

Module 2: Professional Development of Coaching 2

Continue your professional development in preparation for a career in education, physical activity, health and/or sport coaching settings. . In this industry focused module, you will learn how objective setting and goals will help you to become an employable graduate. You’ll regularly evaluate your own experiences, asking yourself questions like: What kind of impact do I want to make? How can I keep learning and growing throughout my career? As a result, you’ll be able to assess your strengths, interests, and goals more clearly, increasing your likelihood of success and employability. This, combined with regular opportunities to enhance your CV, will help ensure you are well-placed to enter a career path that truly excites you.

Module 3: Contemporary Issues in Sport

Learn how to apply research techniques and real-world experiences to solve problems in your chosen field. Dive into cutting-edge issues in your area, and build your own arguments based on real evidence. You’ll learn to analyse different types of research (qualitative and quantitative) and use them to back up your theories. You’ll also hone your skills in making clear, persuasive arguments that will inform decision making.

Module 4: Final Project

You will complete a final project to demonstrate your academic experience, knowledge, and skills. This project is an opportunity to apply what you have learned to a real-world problem or challenge.

What is the 92 Programme?

Alongside your subject modules, you will complete the 92 Programme.

Engaging with the 92 Programme is a requirement for all students and will count towards your overall grade.

In each block, you will take part in a number of Character and Personal Development focus days. During these focus days, you will complete activities designed to boost your mindset, develop your skillset and get you set for future career success.

Throughout the 92 Programme, you will develop skills in self-reflection and awareness, wellness and resilience and professionalism and employability, as well as upskill in different areas.

Find out more about how we prepare students for future career success.

Why the 92 Programme is part of your course?

In a recent study*, 78% of employers believe graduates do not arrive in the workplace fully equipped with the skills they need to be work-ready.

Another study conducted by the World Economic Forum** identified ‘10 Skills You Need for the Future of Work’. These skills include:

  • Emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Analytical (critical) thinking
  • Active learning with a growth mindset
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Technology skills

At UA92, we prepare you for life after graduation and equip you with the skills employers value most. You may not realise it, but developing  these skills now, will get you set for career success and could land you that dream job in the future.

*CMI Report: Work Ready Graduates

**World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs Report 2023

How is the 92 Programme assessed?

You will produce a learning journal that will document your experiences. This will be submitted at the end of each academic year (or level of study) to assess whether you have met the required standard to pass the module.

Why study at UA92

UA92 offer a deliberately different experience to traditional universities; with fixed morning or afternoon timetables and no end of year exams. Our industry-inspired courses, place character and personal development firmly at the core of the learning experience. This is more than a degree. It’s preparation for life.

  • Degrees awarded by the prestigious Lancaster University
  • No traditional end of year exams**
  • Study one module at a time
  • Courses co-designed with industry
  • Fixed morning or afternoon timetable***
  • Multiple start dates throughout the year
  • Focus on Character and Personal Development


said they felt supported with their learning.

NSS Results 2023

UA92 scored higher than all Greater Manchester Universities for Teaching, Academic Support, Mental Health Support Services and Assessment and Feedback in the National Student Survey 2023.*


Old Trafford Campus

This is where our story began, back in 2019. The UA92 Campus is in the heart of Old Trafford, Manchester. Inside there’s a fully equipped Sports Performance Centre, Media Studio and Digital Academy. The tram stop is a 1 minute walk, which gets you into the heart of Manchester city-centre in under 10 minutes.


UA92 Old Trafford Campus

Brian Statham Way

Old Trafford

Manchester UK

M16 0PU

Careers in Sports Coaching

What’s next?

With a BSc in Sports Coaching, you’ll be primed and ready help others to gain confidence, stay motivated and smash their goals. Sports coaches can work in a wide variety of settings, and you might choose to be sports coach in a club or national governing body, work for a school or local authority via a multi-sport approach, or venture into the fitness and leisure industry.

Industry Partnerships

We have over 60 industry partners who support our mission to develop career-ready graduates. These partnerships provide you with access to industry-leading expertise, mentorship opportunities and work-place experiences.

Our industry partners play a vital role in shaping both the curriculum you study and your student experience. From delivering guest lectures and masterclasses to providing internships and graduate roles. Here are just some of our partners:

Meet the Sports Team

Eoin Murray, Head of Sport

Eoin Murray
Head of Sport

Henry Titley-Wall

Henry Titley-Wall
Course Leader

Amanda Partington, Senior Lecturer

Dr Amanda Partington
Senior Lecturer

Dan Ellingworth, Senior Lecturer

Dan Ellingworth
Senior Lecturer

Mitchell Finlay, Senior Lecturer

Dr Mitchell Finlay
Senior Lecturer

Doug Owen, Lecturer

Doug Owen

Ryan Barrett, Lecturer

Ryan Barrett

Jason Doggett, Lecturer

Jason Doggett


Our friendly ambassadors are ready to answer your questions. Click on the ‘Ask me a question’ button to start a conversation.

*The NSS results referred to above compares UA92’s results against the 4 Universities in Greater Manchester (University of Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and The University of Manchester). Teaching, Assessment and Feedback and Academic support refers to the average score across all questions in these themes. Mental health support services refers to question: How well communicated was information about your university/college’s mental wellbeing support services?

** There may be exams in some subject areas where external accreditations are available.

*** If you start in February, April or June or as an accelerated student, we can’t guarantee your timetable will be fixed am/pm throughout your studies.


The standard entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science course is 104 UCAS points.* However, each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors. Depending on your personal circumstances, and in line with our  Contextual Admissions Policy, your application may still be considered on an individual basis. If you would like to know more about applying to UA92 or have any questions about our entry requirements, please contact our Student Futures Team.

Please note: this course also requires that students have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application.


  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths at Grade C/4
  • Accepted Alternatives: Functional Skills Level 2 (English and Maths)


  • UCAS Points: 104
  • A Levels: BCC (104 equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DMM
  • BTEC Diploma: D*D
  • T Levels: M
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AB
  • IB: 28 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects


Some qualifications do not carry UCAS Tariff points but may still be considered. We take into account a range of qualifications and work/life experience that can demonstrate your ability to succeed on the course. Each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors.


International Baccalaureat 

Pass the IB Diploma with minimum 28 points overall, with 14 points from Higher Level Subjects.

English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, if your first language isn’t English, you may be asked for a recognised English language qualification. This is especially important if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you haven’t completed a degree in English. If you are an international student, in order to obtain a student visa, you will be required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK.

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
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