2021/22 entry

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: £9,250 per annum
Full-time international tuition fee: £11,000 Foundation year

All figures are subject to annual increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

UCAS code: H718

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Four years full time

Minimum UCAS points required: TBC

Limited places available. Use our Online Clearing Form to find your course or call our hotline: 08085 564 565.

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching with Foundation Year 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.

  • Cover the art (coaching methods, planning and delivering) and science (psychology and physiology) of sport coaching
  • Provides multiple opportunities to gain coaching experience in the UK and potentially abroad
  • Apply the latest coaching research in practical sessions, assessments and placements
  • 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
  • Your studies will be supplemented by expert guest lectures and visits from the field of coachingSchool named 12th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 9th best in Europe out of 450 institutions by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences 2020
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus. Explore our campus and buildings.

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

"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

Foundation Year

This Foundation Year is designed to build both your academic and practical skills, providing the qualifications and practical skills required for sport business. There will be opportunities to work alongside practitioners giving you a real taste of the many careers available within the sport business industries. Work-related learning is a vital element of your studies as it gives you the chance to practice skills learned on the course.

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 school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.

Course details

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, however, you need to be self-confident, have strong interpersonal skills and a sense of responsibility, alongside an in-depth professional coaching knowledge. This course will provide you with opportunities to gather this knowledge in areas such as coaching methods, sport psychology, training programmes and planning and delivering sessions.

​During your degree, you will have the opportunity to do applied coaching on work placements in a variety of settings e.g. schools, clubs etc. This will help you to develop professional skills relevant to the coaching field e.g. observation, listening and communication. It will also help you to develop a network of contacts and to further your coaching C.V. Our excellent student placement office can help you source placements and in the past students have completed work experiences in Liverpool, across the U.K. and even abroad. Within your modules, you will also deliver and experience a range of practical coaching styles and sessions. These will be both student led and staff led, and will include a range of sports so that students get to observe, learn, and deliver the best coaching practices.

The staff on this programme have vast industry experience, ensuring that your lectures will be informed by both the latest research and best practices from industry. In fact, as part of your research methods strand, you will get to work on exciting research projects, helping you to develop analytical, organisational and presentation skills. More information on the Sport Coaching Research Group is available here.

Foundation Year

​By choosing to study our Foundation Year you will join a friendly and stimulating environment in which you will be encouraged to achieve your full potential in both your academic work and your future career. We pride ourselves on our informal and supportive relationships with our students. 

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout your studies. Along with this scheduled one-to-one support, you will receive regular feedback and guidance from your module tutors on your research, writing and study skills.

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.

​Finally, in addition to your course, the University provides a range of extracurricular activities. For example, the Sport Coaching Research Group hold a monthly seminar where BSc. students mix with our MSc. and PhD students to hear the latest research in sport. We also have a programme of guest lectures and visits that students can attend. For example, students have visited the England Rugby Union Under 20 Training Camp and the Football Association at St George's Park. Students have also had guest lectures on site from practitioners such as Charlotte Henshaw (Paralympic Medalist Rio 2016), Mike Phelan (ex-Manchester United Coach) and Kate Richardson-Walsh (Gold Medal Winner as Captain of GB Hockey Rio 2016) amongst others. Of course, there is also a range of practical extracurricular opportunities for students including: BUCS and recreational sport activities e.g. dance, netball, football, rugby, hockey, gymnastics etc.

What you will study on this degree

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

Foundation Year (Level 3)

  • Skills and Practice in Sport
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Practical Delivery in Sport
  • Behaviours in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Projects in Sport and Nutrition
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 work-related 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.

The lecturers on the programme have international reputations in sport coaching research and applied practice. Staff also use their expertise to work with industry partners to create a wide network of LJMU related links. 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.

Dr Nicola Robinson is the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching. With an applied background working within the English Institute of Sport in both Olympic and Paralympic sports, she has elite coaching experience from an athlete, practitioner and coaching perspective. Her PhD is in Cardiovascular Physiology and she leads on the Interdisciplinary Approach to Programme Design module, as well as supplementing the other Strength and Conditioning modules. Her research stems into youth athlete development in multi sports, brain behaviour and pacing in cycling and reclassification in Paralympic sports.

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 a British Psychology Society accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist and conducts coach development and sport psychology consultancy work for organisations such as UK Coaching, the FA, RFL, St. Helen's RFC and individual athletes across a range of sports.

Dr Colin Lewis teaches on the Coaching Process strand of BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching. He is a coaching practitioner, currently working in women’s football and possesses the UEFA B coaching certificate. His research interests include gender equality in coaching, exploring sexual harassment and abuse (gender-based violence) in sport, and the care of athletes.

Dr Colum Cronin teaches Pedagogy on BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching, BA (Hons) Physical Education and MSc Sport Coaching. Colum shares his research, which predominantly explores how PE teachers and coaches can develop caring relationships with participants, during his teaching. He is the co-author of the book, Care in Sport Coaching. Colum’s other research interests include disability sport coaching and coach education. He is an associate editor of the academic journal Sports Coaching Review and was awarded the AIESEP (International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education) Young Scholar of the Year Award 2019. He is also works with a number of sporting organisations including the Football Association and UK Coaching.

Dr Gus Ryrie leads the Coaching Process strand of BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching. He teaches across a range of practical and theory based modules. His main area of interest is exploration of the coaching process from a psycho-social perspective and his research interests are related to this area. Research topics include: how community sport coaches define their role(s) in different settings (for example, sports clubs, in-school coaching and coaching disabled participants) and methods to support effective coach development.

Milly Blundell is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Social Inclusion and her primary research focus explores gender issues in sport. She is currently completing her PhD, which is longitudinally examining women's engagement in sport and physical activity and how behaviour changes occur. This work builds on the Sport England Funded 'I Will if You Will' evaluation, on which Milly was the principal investigator. The project informed the national roll-out of the This Girl Can (www.thisgirlcan.co.uk) campaign.

Dr Sigrid Olthof is a Lecturer in Performance Analysis and Analytics. Her PhD focused on research into Small-Sided Games in Youth Soccer at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. This investigated team tactical behavior in small-sided games and compared it with the actual match using positional data. Sigrid has a particular interest in working with sport technology and data in order to research performance and translate performance from science to practice and vice versa.

Dr Simon Roberts is a Reader in Sport and Exercise Pedagogy. He is the Programme Leader for the Professional Doctorate in Applied Sport and Exercise Science and is currently a member of the Football Exchange at LJMU. Simon sits on the Editorial Board for the European Journal of Sport in Society and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sports Sciences. Simon's teaching duties include Research Methods and Independent Research Projects. Simon's research is translational in nature and includes a variety of methods and disciplines to support practitioners deal with work-based developments and problems.

Dr Tabo Huntley is a Senior Lecturer and teaches on BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and MSc Sport Coaching. Tabo teaches on the Pedagogy module and will share his research on learning in Para contexts. He leads the international PARACoach project and is identifying and sharing best practices from disability sport coaching, coach education and policy. This involves working with a range of partners, such as the Dutch Olympic Committee and these practices will be shared with you on the course. Tabo has previously worked as a Performance Director, Head Coach, Lead Sprint Coach, Coach Mentor, Head of Fitness and Talent Development Manager.

Vicci Boyd has elite coaching and performing experience as well as having worked with multiple National Governing Bodies to create effective Coach Education programmes. Vicci now focuses on Student Employability and Professional Development and coordinates the strand of the programme related to this area, specialising in professional development for students, promoting experiential learning and creating reflective practitioners. Vicci also has a practical and research focus on Autism and Neurodiversity and provides pastoral support to all students from Level 3-6 as Year Tutor.

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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise specified.

LJMU scholarships

Applications for all LJMU's scholarships are open to new full-time, Home undergraduate students that are liable to pay the full tuition fee. 

Scholarships are not income assessed; they are awarded to applicants who are academically outstanding or to applicants who have excelled in other ways or supported work in your local community. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2021/22 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £5,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2021/22 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

The information below relates to both UK students studying in 2021/22.

If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

In 2021/22 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

For more information on student finance, eligibility and loan repayments go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance if you normally live in England
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if you normally live in Wales
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk if you normally live in Northern Ireland
www.SAAS.gov.uk if you normally live in Scotland

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £26,575* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £26,575).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Professional accreditation / links

UK Coaching has recognised this combination of in-depth knowledge and practical application on the course, and have accredited the degree for meeting their standards. Additionally, the International Council for Coaching Excellence have also recognised the excellent coaching work at Liverpool John Moores and in 2017 we hosted the Global Coach Conference with presentations from World Class Coaches such as England Rugby Union Coach Eddie Jones to 300 coaches from as far afield as New Zealand.

Foundation year fees

If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses.

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 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.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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.

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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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