University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Sports Coaching and Performance

The course provides students with the knowledge and ability to address coaching specifically for children and young people, and can maximise the benefits and potential of working with this age group; it is designed for individuals that work with young people either at a participant level, school sport or in an elite capacity; the interdisciplinary approach allows coaches to apply theoretical issues to practice and reflect on the subsequent impact on the coaching process; students also develop the ability to lead, manage people and mentor colleagues; modules ensure that individuals become aware of the complex physical, psychological, social, growth and development issues that face those who work with this age group.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree at 2.2 or above in a relevant subject, although experience can also be taken into account; formal UKCC coaching qualification (preferably level 3), or those with suitable coaching experience; equivalent international qualifications are acceptable; those without such qualifications are considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior professional experience may be taken into account.

Course modules

Modules include: Effective coaching; growth and development of the young athlete; strength and conditioning; developing expertise in sport; sport psychology; physical education and school sport; leading and managing people; research methods in coaching; research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment activities include essays, examinations, oral and poster presentations and case studies.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Glyntaff Campus Pontypridd CF37 4BD Wales

Key information

Telephone number: 
03455 767778