sport coaching

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: XC16

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 80

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching at Liverpool John Moores University provides a mix of academic and practical experiences to enhance understanding of sport coaching through from elite to community provision.

  • The programme adopts the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) development framework to underpin teaching, learning and development
  • Provides multiple opportunities to gain coaching experience in the UK andpotentially abroad to develop a critical understanding of the role of a sport coach in different population groups
  • Graduates have gone on to a wide range of exciting careers in community sport, private or overseas coaching, national governing bodies of sport and sport development
  • There is the option to undertake additional governing body coaching awards on top of your degree

Discover the full spectrum of LJMU Sport - when it comes to sport, we've got it covered

The course gives an excellent insight, not just into how to be an effective coach, but also how to effectively manage a sports event or work within an organisation.

Dom Edwards, graduate

The Sport Coaching course has allowed me to develop my coaching skills with both children and adults and learn a variety of aspects of coaching, such as sport science. I have met some great people who I will be friends with for life.

Sarah Winder, graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

The course incorporates work-related learning through ‘Employability and Professional Development’ modules that are built in at every level. You will have the chance to take up placements with outstanding organisations across the sport continuum, from the elite level such as Everton Academy, as well as a range of community based placements within a variety of sports. There will also be opportunities (both paid and voluntary) to work for our in-house Sport Start scheme.

We also have strong links with a number of national governing bodies of sport, work with school partners and private coaching organisations, as well as voluntary and charitable organisations linked to sport.

During your work experience you will build up a set of the key transferable skills that are valued by employers, whatever career path you choose, which will help you stand out from the crowd when you come to apply for your first graduate position.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

From the moment you join LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for supporting your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This kind of one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or concerns you may have during your studies. As part of your timetable you will have weekly contact with your tutor in a Peer Learning Group.

Other forms of support include a Student Support Zone and library which stay open in the evenings and at weekends during term time. The IM Marsh Campus where this course is based is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community.

Course details

In recent years, the professionalisation of sport coaching has become a key component of government sport strategy. Coaching as a profession requires knowledge of what and how to coach and this degree will encourage you to apply theory to practice to enhance these skills

If you are passionate about sport and want a chance to help others achieve their sporting ambitions, a degree in Sport Coaching could be the route for you. Current demand for appropriately qualified coaches is high across a variety of settings (coaching children; participants and athletes). To be a successful coach, you need to be self-confident, have strong interpersonal skills and a sense of responsibility, alongside an in-depth knowledge of the coaching structures within sport.

This course will help you develop a critical appreciation of the coaching process in a variety of settings as well as allowing you to develop professional skills in your own coaching environment.

The degree is structured around the assessment strategies identified within the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) and the principles of the ICCE coaching framework which allows the programme to complement the requirements of national governing bodies of sport.

LJMU hosted the prestigious International Council for Coaching Excellence Global Coach Conference in 2017, in recognition of the city's sporting prowess and the university's successful sport education programmes.

Plus, IM Marsh-based studentshave access to a free strength and conditioning studio onsite. All LJMU students are also entitled to apply for free off-peak membership for Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool and discounted peak-rate membership is also available so you can keep yourself active alongside your sport studies.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4

  • Sport Coaching Pedagogy 1
  • Coaching Process 1
  • Research Methods and Study Skills
  • Psychology for Sports Coaches 1
  • Strength and Conditioning for Coaches
  • Employability and Professional Development 1
Level 5
  • Sport Coaching Pedagogy 2
  • Coaching Process 2
  • Research Methods 2
  • Psychology for Sports Coaches 2
  • Strength and Conditioning for Coaches 2
  • Employability and Professional Development 2

Level 6

  • Major Research Project
  • Interdisciplinary Considerations for Programme Design
  • Psychology for Sports Coaches 3
  • Applied Sport Coaching Pedagogy 3
  • Coaching Process 3
  • Employability and Professional Development 3

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, peer learning groups and informal tutorials where you can discuss issues and develop ideas raised in the lectures.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

All the teaching staff within the programme hold extensive research and practitioner experience within the industry, which ensures that research and scholarship underpins the curriculum.

  • Vicci Boyd co-ordinates the employability and professional development strand of the programme. She specialises in professional development leadership, student experience enhancement and is the pastoral support leader. She sits on the National NSPCC Safeguarding in Sport Research Group
  • Dr Colum Cronin has been working and studying sport coaching in public, private and voluntary sector sports organisations for fifteen years. He is lead for sport coaching pedagogy. This is informed by his research which focuses on coaches’ lives, practice and development.
  • Dr Kevin Enright co-leads the strength and conditioning strand. He is an accredited strength-and-conditioning coach (ASCC) with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and is an accredited sport and exercise scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
  • Tabo Huntley previously worked in high performance Paralympic sport. He co-leads the strength and conditioning strand. He is an accredited strength-and-conditioning coach (ASCC) with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and is undertaking a PhD exploring expertise in Paralympic sport coaches
  • Matthew Reeves has extensive experience in professional football and is currently undertaking a PhD via publication that explores Talent Identification in Youth Football. He co-leads the research methods strand of the programme.
  • Dr Simon Roberts is a Reader/Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Pedagogy. He co-leads the research methods strand of the programme. Simon's publications range from the relative age inequalities in youth and elite sport to injury prevention in BMX cycling. He is also a UKCC Level 4 advisor and a reviewer for SkillsActive and Sports Coach UK.
  • Dr Gus Ryrie leads the coaching process strand. His research explores the psycho-social identities of sport coaches. He is also a tutor for sports coach UK running a range of CPD workshops.
  • Dr Amy Whitehead specialises in the psychology of sport and exercise. Amy is currently research active in the areas of decision making, expert novice paradigms and using think aloud protocol analysis, with coaching and athlete performance. Amy is sport psychology practitioner and has worked as a consultant for organisations such as St. Helen’s RFC and British Cycling

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

Every student performs differently according to how they are being assessed, and so we use a range of assessment methods. These include written assignments, exams, practical work, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and a dissertation. You will be given a full assessment schedule at the start of each academic year to help you plan your workload.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Once you graduate, you have a wide range of options open to you. Many of our graduates go on to work as sports coaches with private or overseas coaching service providers, national governing bodies of sport, or in sport development. Others choose to progress onto further study such as a PGDE, PGCE Initial Teacher Training programmes or other postgraduate studies.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

An important part of the Sport Coaching programme is the strong links to coaching practice that have been established with local and national bodies such as: sports coach UK (The National Coaching Foundation), National Governing Bodies of Sport, Merseyside Sport and various professional and volunteer sports clubs.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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