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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.
Year 3You 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 4You 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
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.
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 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:
- 4 written assignments
- 3 oral assessments
- 1 practical skills assessment
- 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.
ACADEMIC SUPPORTThe 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 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.CAMPUSMOODLE
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
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.UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
PlacementsThere 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.
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.
You will be expected to obtain a satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) prior to enrolment on placement-based modules.
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 EntryAll other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.
English Language RequirementsApplicants 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 email@example.com for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
- £14,000 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
£1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
£6,750 per academic year
£13,670 per academic year
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
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:
If you are a Scottish resident or EU national 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:
This course prepares you for accreditation with a range of sport governing bodies.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.
Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.