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Sport Coaching

BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

This course caters for students 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 prepares students for coaching accreditation in a range of sports governing bodies. If you are a talented athlete, there is also the opportunity to apply for the sports scholarship scheme which will support you to succeed in your chosen sport. The course offers two placements, and a range of varied teaching methods in order to give students the required skills to operate effectively in the world of sport coaching.

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 from coaching varying populations 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 topics. In addition you will focus on a preferred area in your research project which forms a large part of your final year.

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
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
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 

  • 4 written assignments
  • 3 oral assessments
  • 1 practical skills assessment 

Year 4 

  • 2 written assignments
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 1 dissertation

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


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.

The inclusion CENTRE


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance 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.


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 (4 weeks) and one in Year 4 (6 weeks).

In Year 3 we arrange a four week placement for you. Typically this is with Sport Aberdeen and more specifically the active schools team. This placement is part of the Aberdeen Youth Games.

In Year 4 you undertake a 6 week placement which is arranged by you and can be in any area related to sport coaching. Previous placement locations have included Active Aberdeenshire, Sportscotland, Aberdeen Football Club, NHS Grampian and various health and fitness facilities. 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. 

Find Your CAREER Path

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.


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:


Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.


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

Scottish Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

EU Students

  • Fee to be confirmed

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,000 per academic year

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,000 per academic year
Additional Costs

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

Other Fees and Charges


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:


Student Funding

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

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

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

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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