Why study Sport Coaching at Liverpool John Moores University?
- 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
- You will 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 visitors from the field of coaching
- School 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
About your course
Our Sport Coaching degree provides a mix of academic and practical experiences to enhance your understanding of sport coaching through from elite to community provision.
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.
Finally, in addition to your course, LJMU 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.
"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."
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.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
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.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Sport Coaching Pedagogy 1
This module will enable you to consider and appreciate how sport and physical activity can provide a positive learning environment for the development of a wide range of skills and attributes. These include movement, sport specific skills, leadership and teamwork.
Coaching Process 1
This module will enable you to consider and appreciate the complexity of the coaching process. The module will help you consider and develop their coaching philosophy and practice.
Research Methods and Study Skills
This module introduces you to the necessary study skills required for effective learning for your degree programme. In addition, the module will introduce basic research methods.
Psychology for Sports Coaches 1
This module introduces you to the applied field of sport psychology. It will enable you to understand all psychological issues that are pertinent to the field of sports coaching.
Strength and Conditioning for Coaches
This module introduces you to the applied field of strength and conditioning (S&C). You will be exposed to the application scientific principles (e.g. anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and training theory) underpinning human movement and performance.
Employability and Professional Development 1
Within this module, you will examine employability and personal development through personal development planning (PDP) and work related learning (WRL). The module will provide opportunities to observe and engage in a variety of learning activities within a number of different settings.
Sport Coaching Pedagogy 2
This module aims to provide you with a critical appreciation of pedagogical models, their application, and evidence base. It seeks to provide opportunities to critical review pedagogical models and to develop your own pedagogical practice.
Coaching Process 2
This module will enable you to recognise the psycho-social influences on the coaching process. You will be able to situate and explain the contextual nature of sport coaching by critical drawing on appropriate methodologies and theory.
Research Methods 2
This module will enhance your understanding of the research process and develop your skills to complete investigations involving primary data collection and interpretation.
Psychology for Sports Coaches 2
This module builds on the foundations on previous modules by supporting your ability to correctly apply sport psychology concepts in line with a performer's outcome goals.
Strength and Conditioning for Coaches 2
You will learn how to implement strength and conditioning concepts and principles in the applied sporting environment. You will gain the opportunity to practice and explore the correct ways to administer safe and effective training-interventions and also gain an awareness of how to 'monitor and evaluate' the needs of individual participants from a range of applied environments.
Employability and Professional Development 2
The aim of this module is to encourage you to understand the nature and important of employability and professional development in relation to Sport Coaching. The module will encourage you to experience, observe and apply theoretical principles within a practical work based learning environment.
Major Research Project
This module will allow you to critically investigate an issue from Sport Coaching.
Interdisciplinary Considerations for Programme Design
This module seeks to integrate the principles of strength and conditioning (S&C) to produce an annual training plan. You will develop an understanding of how programme design is challenged by different population groups (age and level of maturity), injury status and sporting contexts.
Psychology for Sports Coaches 3
This module seeks to integrate the principles of psychology into an annual training plan. You will develop an understanding of how programme design is challenged by different population groups (age and level of maturity), injury status and sporting contexts.
Applied Sport Coaching Pedagogy 3
At the end of this module you will be able to critically analyse the pedagogical and multidisciplinary needs of learners. The module will provide you with a conceptual understanding of pedagogical theory and you will be provided with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches.
Coaching Process 3
At the end of this module you will be able to critically analyse the key factors influencing the identification and development of talent. In addition it will provide you with a conceptual understanding of planning for the development of sporting performance and enhance your knowledge and understanding of the key determinants of high performance/performing coaching.
Employability and Professional Development 3
The aims of this module is to provide you with the opportunities to develop your coaching skills and knowledge in relation to future employability. The aim is for you to become independent, reflexive practitioners who are capable of sustaining enquiry into aspects of professional sports coaching or delivery context.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, online activities, peer learning groups and informal tutorials where you can discuss issues and develop ideas raised in the lectures.
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 regular contact with your tutor in a Peer Learning Group.
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.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Nicola Robinson
Nicola completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology at LJMU while working with athletes and training at international level for her sport Modern Pentathlon. Nicola's first research papers centred around the ‘Athlete Artery’ concept and her more recent work involves multidisciplinary inputs, looking at youth athletes training loads, cycling pacing differences in novice and advanced, exploring the Paralympic reclassification system within athlete identity and gaze behaviour in laser run athletes. She has previously worked at the English Institute of Sport as Lead Physiologist for British Paralympic Swimming, which included the Paralympic Games, and has provided sport science support to Tournament Golfers.
"I enjoy influencing and developing students’ knowledge of their outlook on the coaching landscape, making sure literature can be applied and utilised through hands on activities and workshops"
What you can expect from your School
You will study in Liverpool city centre at our City Campus. Our sport and exercise sciences facilities are world-leading and feature state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport scientists. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: It is expected that applicants have studied at least one relevant subject.
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 112 UCAS Tariff points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
OCR National acceptability
- National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
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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