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What makes Sports Coaching HND with the University of Worcester special?

If you are passionate about helping others discover the joy of sport or working with athletes to maximise their performance, this course will equip you with the theoretical and practical expertise to become a dynamic and innovative coach in this rapidly expanding sector.

With an industry-relevant curriculum, opportunities to gain national governing body coaching awards whilst you study and a range of work-based learning opportunities provide the perfect platform for your next step in the coaching world.

Key features

  • Delivered in association with Birmingham Metropolitan College, with teaching at both the Stourbridge campus and the University of Worcester
  • Strong partnerships with regional and national organisations, including the Youth Sport Trust, Worcester Warriors rugby team, and Worcestershire County Cricket Club
  • State-of-the-art facilities at both the Stourbridge and Worcester campuses, including the University of Worcester Arena – an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Sports scholarships available for cricket and basketball
  • Progression on to a range of top-up degree programmes at the University of Worcester for those interested in further study

“There are opportunities for students to specialise in developing a variety of skills including their coaching, pedagogical and practical skills throughout the course.”

Jaime Guinan, Course Leader

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

72 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

A full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) may be required for some modules

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • The Physiological Foundations of Sports Coaching
  • Sociological Issues in Sport
  • The Business of Coaching
  • Introduction to Research
  • Sports Event Promotion
  • Application of Sports Coaching
  • Principles of Sports Coaching
  • Introduction to Skill Acquisition & Analysis

Year 2

  • Performance Analysis
  • The Physiology of Sport & Exercise  
  • Work Based Learning (Coaching Placement)
  • Sports Development & Coaching
  • Disability & Coaching
  • The Effective Application of Coaching
  • The Psychology of Coaching

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

The learning environment includes a full range of practical work, lectures, seminars, workshops and independent/group study tasks. Students will gradually take control of their learning in a more independent manner as they progress towards and through the final year of study.


A flexible approach to the assessment of learning is used to help learners adopt a practical approach to the planning and decision making process. The type of assessment will vary to include:

  • Reflective Essays
  • Leading Coaching Sessions
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Exams

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Chris Cattell

    Chris joined the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science in 2013 and was appointed to lead the Sport, Coaching and Physical Education HND. Chris has lectured at both FE and HE for over 18 years on a range of sports-related courses. His areas of interest include exercise prescription; health assessment and evaluation; sports coaching; and sports psychology. Chris is a passionate and enthusiastic lecturer who strives to create a learning environment that is conducive to personal and academic development.


Where could it take you?


With more people playing sport and engaging in physical activity, there are new job opportunities in this sector. You will be prepared for a career as a sports coach, in sports development, disability sport and performance analysis or in health and fitness.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering on this HND in 2017 is £8,430 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering on this HND in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this HND in 2017 is £1,106 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sports Coaching HND 26NC S HND/SPCM

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

This course is run in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College (S).



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Debra Price
Birmingham Metropolitan College