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Sports Coaching Analysis

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

UCAS Code: C603

Start Date(s): September


1 year (top up)


UK - £9,250 per year

Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • Highly applied
  • Potential for you to work with professional/amateur sports teams and athletes
  • Continue your studies with this unique, bespoke, top up degree
  • Small class sizes means all students are able to get hands-on with our lab equipment and facilities
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

If you hold a sports science or coaching-related foundation degree, or equivalent qualification, this top-up programme allows you to obtain a BSc (Hons) degree in one year. You’ll explore the science of performance analysis in the context of a truly multidisciplinary scientific context. This includes studying psychology, strength and conditioning and applied research. You’ll also benefit from completing a placement in areas as diverse as performance analysis, sports coaching, health and fitness, teaching or sports science support.

Our programme is designed to provide you with the skills, experiences and networks that will place you at the forefront of performance analysis practice. The programme is rooted in a real-world setting, and links theory to practice from the outset.

At the University of Salford, our goal is to develop independent, resourceful, problems solving scientists who have developed transferable skills that can be applied across many career pathways.

The programme consists of the following compulsory modules:    

Allows you to conduct an in-depth, evidence based study on a topic of your choice (quantitative, qualitative or review) and analyse, synthesis and evaluate the outcomes of the study.      
This module provides you with a vocational opportunity aimed at developing personal transferable skills and work specific skills, thus enhancing future employability. By gaining experience of sport and exercise science in a real world setting you will be challenged to link theory with practice. The module will also provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon evidence-based practice within a vocational setting.      
This module will provide you with an extended understanding of the principles governing the training of elite athletes focusing on application of the latest research to a real world environment.      
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and expertise to actively practice the discipline of Performance Analysis within an elite setting. You will utilise industry standard equipment to assess, monitor, review and improve performance in athletes/teams. You will use multiple methods to increase performance productivity in your clients.      
Explores advanced psychological topics that are considered as current or emerging themes within sport. This module focuses on critical thinking in relation to psychological themes, theories, research, and interventions. You will critically appraise the current state of sport psychology to suggest applied and theoretical implications and avenues for future research that would advance the discipline of sport psychology.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE 60 Credits, 45 at level 3, 30 at Distinction level, the other 15 will be at level 2 and will be ungraded
Foundation Degree To have completed a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching, validated by the University of Salford. A Pass in the Foundation Degree is required. Applications are also welcome from individuals who have passed a relevant foundation degree (sports coaching science, sports science). The foundation degree must have contained study of sports psychology, research methods, performance analysis and strength and conditioning All applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSE or GCE O level passes (grades A-C) including English Language and Mathematics. Applicants with non-standard entry profiles will be considered on an individual basis

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Applicant profile

This course is suitable for holders of a relevant foundation degree or HND who wish to elevate their academic studies to the level of a full undergraduate degree.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year


Teaching is delivered in small groups, meaning that you will be given every opportunity to develop the practical skills you require in the performance laboratory and gym, gaining first-hand experience on the equipment. You will experience a range of teaching methods such as:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical sessions 
  • Problem-based learning
  • Independent study
  • Placement


Assesment will include:

  • Coursework 50%
  • Oral presentations 5% 
  • Poster presentations 5%
  • Written and practical exams 40%


Career Prospects

The sports science/performance analysis market is currently one of the key growth areas in the UK.  This programme will afford students the chance to become match analysts, scouting and recruitment analysts, Talent Identification Specialists or Technique Analysts.

Previous graduates of this programme have gone on to work for Manchester United Football Club, Manchester City Football Club, Salford Red Devils Rugby League Football Club, Quintic Consultancy, Fitness First, and the NHS. Some students go on to further study or research, while others use their degree as a stepping stone to a career in teaching or higher education.

Graduate roles include Health Professionals, Teaching Professionals, Sports Science Support and Sports Coaches (DLHE Survey Data 2014/15).

Links with Industry

We also have strong working links with top sports clubs in the North West such as Sale Sharks, Salford Red Devils and Manchester Storm. The performance analysis strand has also allowed us to develop strong links with elite sporting clubs outside the north west with opportunities to provide remote support for clubs up and down the country.

Further Study


Our world-class human performance laboratory is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with in-built force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.

We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes and isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.

Our Strength and Conditioning Suite has recently benefitted from huge investment and now boasts equipment such as:

  • 10 dedicated PowerLift lifting platforms for both students and athletes alike to learn advanced training techniques.
  • Biodex isokinetic dynamometer to assess muscle function/ asymmetries.
  • FT700 Power Cage with integrated force platform and linear position transducer to assess force and power output during a variety of athletic performances, plus a portable isometric mid-thigh pull station.

We also have extensive equipment in our Exercise and Physiology Laboratory including:

  • Portable and static online gas analysis systems for breath-by- breath cardiopulmonary exercise testing, including VO2 max tests.
  • A Lode Cycle Ergometer to provide isokinetic testing conditions within cycling.
  • An Analox G37 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to study blood lactate concentration. We also have a range of field based Lactate Pro analysers, which have been used to test professional athletes as part of our partnerships.

The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct ground-breaking research by the Centre for Health Sciences Research that underpins your learning.

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