Sport Coaching

BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree it designed for those who wish to progress from HND study in sport coaching or a related area. It provides a grounding in theoretical and practical areas of contemporary coaching using an applied approach to provide you with the skills to become an evidence-based practitioner.

The course is centred around the three key themes of Higher Performance Sport, Grassroots Coaching and Applied Coaching Pedagogy, allowing you to tailor each module to your desired career pathway. The course is delivered in an applied manner allowing hands on coaching opportunities throughout, and two work placements to apply your theory in work related practice. The course will prepare you for coaching accreditation in a range of sports and governing bodies.  

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This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

2 years

Year 3

You will study an array of contemporary coaching areas and their application to practice, from sport development to coaching psychology. Work placements and research are a key part of year 3.

Year 4

You will bring your studies together, taking a more critical look at a variety of different coaching and pedagogical topics. In addition, you will focus on a preferred area in your research project which forms a large part of your final year.


We have on campus and virtual events to help you find out more about study, student experience and future career paths.

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Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

Modules are typically taught using a mixture of interactive lectures, online study packs, tutorials and practical classes. Class sizes are small with an estimated intake of 35 students.

The class is split into groups for practical sessions. This allows for the course to be truly applied as you get hands-on experience through practical classes and work placements. The small class sizes also allow for classes to be interactive with the use of discussion and problem-based learning.

Activity Summary

Typical final year:

  • Lectures - 15 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Tutorial -  15 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1:1 supervision, 1 hour per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 15 students per group, 1.5 hours per week

How long is a BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching course?

A Sport Coaching degree can be successfully completed in 2 years, in which the opportunity to receive the necessary skills are obtained.

Independent Study

Independent study is an integral part of studying for the degree with approximately 50% of your time being allocated to independent study in Year 3 increasing to around 80% in Year 4. This independent study is directed by the teaching staff who also help you develop your study skills.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The staff members teaching on the course have a range of different areas of subject specialism covering all the key elements of sport coaching and sport & exercise science. With many years of experience in both practice and research within the sport science, exercise and coaching domains they also teach on the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science and the MSc Exercise, Health and Wellness Coaching courses.

All academic staff possess a certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching and are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship.

Some teaching sessions may also be delivered by visiting lecturers or colleagues from practice.


Typically students are assessed: 

Year 3 

  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 portfolio
  • 3 oral assessments 

Year 4 

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 3 debates
  • 1 dissertation


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



There are two placements, one in Year 3 and one in Year 4, with both placements requiring the successful completion of 225 hours.

In Year 3 we arrange the placement for you, with this typically occurring through Sport Aberdeen and the Active Schools team as part of the Aberdeen Youth Games.

In Year 4, this is a self-selected year-long placement where you can decide your own work experience, and tailor this to your choice of future employment. Regular placement providers advertise placements to our students and you will be assisted in gaining placements by our Placement Coordinator.

Job Prospects

Is Sports Coaching a good career choice?

BSc Sports Coaching graduates of Robert Gordon University can go on to pursue the following careers:

  • Coaching in the community 
  • Sports development 
  • Coaching children 
  • Coaching athletes 
  • Post graduate study in a related area 
  • Research in sport coaching

In the future you could be coaching elite athletes, working in coach development with a national governing body or coaching young people in schools and community groups. 


What is needed for a Sport Coaching course?

Applicants should possess a relevant HND with graded units. HND Fitness Health & Exercise we require graded units AB with the A in a Research based unit. HND Coaching & Developing Sport we require graded units BBA with the A in a Research based unit. For further information contact You will be expected to obtain a satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) prior to enrolment on placement-based modules.

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Students entering Year 3 of the course will follow the class based taught route as an alternative to a placement in Year 3.

Advanced Entry

All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Academic Year 2022-2023

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 2 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 2 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 2 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 2 years Year 1 £14,420
Year 2 £14,420

Academic Year 2021-2022

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 2 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 2 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 2 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 2 years Year 1 £14,000
Year 2 £14,000

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2022 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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