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Sports Coaching (Taught at Hopwood Hall College)


School - School of Health Sciences

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

UCAS Code: C602

Start Dates(s): September


Two years full-time

In Brief:

  • Develop your knowledge of relevant sports coaching and analysis practices
  • Apply practical knowledge to sub-elite and elite sport contexts
  • Opportunities to work with athletes from one of the sports partnerships, and other athletes that visit the Directorate

Course Summary

This course will enable you to demonstrate knowledge of relevant sports coaching and analysis practices and the application of sports science to coaching practice. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to identify and use relevant information and data from the academic literature and apply practical knowledge to sub-elite and elite sport contexts.

You will examine the processes which underlie sports coaching analysis, and identify ways in which this knowledge can be applied real-world settings and identify the needs of the individual organisation/team/athlete, taking into account the diversity of participants.

This course is delivered at Hopwood Hall College.

Course Structure


Full-time: £6,000

Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology (20 credits)

Talent Identification and Development (20 credits)

Sports Development (20 credits)

Sports Coaching 1 (20 credits)

Developing Academic and Professional Skills (20 credits)

Fitness testing and sports training (20 credits)

Year 2

Research Methods (20 credits)

Introduction to Sport Psychology (20 credits)

Strength & Conditioning for Sports Coaches (20 credits)

Performance Analysis for Sports Coaches (20 credits)

Applying Sports Coaching Pedagogy (20 credits)

Applied Practitioner Skills in Sports Coaching (20 credits)

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
5 GCSEs, Grade C or above including English, Maths and Science
UCAS tariff points 80

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

English Language Requirements


A range of teaching and learning strategies will be employed reflecting the aims and objectives of each module. They will include:  

  • Lectures: Formal lectures are used to deliver core knowledge, and evidence-based theory. 
  • Practical sessions, including demonstrations: Practical sessions are undertaken within specialised facilities including the performance analysis suite, human performance lab, sports hall, S&C suite, where required.
  • Tutorials: Tutorials (classroom and computer-based) will be used to encourage and develop problem solving skills, and to broaden engagement with core theories and concepts explored in previous lectures.
  • Seminars (group tasks, presentations, discussions): Students will be encouraged to discuss and present information on subject-related topics.
  • Technology Enhanced Learning: The use of the Virtual learning Environment (Blackboard) is a platform for use of technology as part of a blended learning environment that is integral to the students learning both on and off site.  
  • Student directed learning: Directed learning will be allocated to enable students to prepare work for tutorials, presentations, and practical sessions.


  • Examinations (Written: MCQs, short answer, numerical, essays: Computer/on-line assessments: statistics exam, MCQs)
  • Written assignments (project, report, essay, case study, research proposal, research article, reflective report)
  • Oral examinations/presentations
  • Group/Poster presentations


The foundation degree in sports coaching and performance analysis offers students the opportunity to develop a broad skills set that can lead to a wide range of employment opportunities or freelance coaching roles. To achieve this, the programme is structured to provide industry focused education and training to give students the best opportunities for employment, promotion or further study.

Industry engagement and the development of a range of coaching and technical skills and theoretical understanding is critical. Industry visits and guest speakers are a core feature across a number of modules including sports coaching, sports development and performance analysis. Current students have the opportunity to undertake a strength and conditioning course at an elite sports club as part of the Level 5 strength and conditioning and fitness testing units. Students will also complete a work based placement and be encouraged to reflect on their personal and professional development to create SMART career goals.

The programme is delivered at Hopwood Hall College, Middleton (M24 6XH) using their state of the art sports facilities. These include a strength and conditioning suite, watt bike suite, two indoor sports halls, a 3g football pitch, 2 rugby pitches, 4 football pitches and an all-weather ‘kick-pitch’. The classroom sessions are delivered in a specially developed HE zone within the college providing kitchen facilities, an IT suite and student common room for the sole use of HE students.

Career Prospects

The College has strong links within the local community with former students going on to gain employment with local schools, local sports development agencies, professional sports clubs and private sector companies.

Further Study

The programme is designed both for students wishing to pursue further study at Level 6 onto BSc Sports Coaching and Analysis and for those seeking to enter relevant employment on completion of the foundation degree.

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