Hartpury College

Integrated Masters (Sports Coach Development)



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Course Overview

The Integrated Masters in Sports Coach Development has been developed via extensive consultation with Sports Coach UK and national governing body representatives. It aims to provide a distinct and inspiring learning experience by immersing students in ‘live’ industry based projects to develop ‘Ready and Able’ graduates ‘in’ and ‘for’ their chosen field of employment.

This dual qualification will combine undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study with the first two years of study mirroring the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching programme. Students meeting a grade threshold in their core coaching modules at the end of Level 2 will follow an innovative Level 3 and postgraduate study pathway including significant experience of industry based project work.

Integrated Master’s students in Sports Coach Development will be allocated a personal academic tutor to help support them in achieving their individual goals and facilitate collaboration with industry based initiatives. These project tasks will often be focused on research in to coaching practice and education thus allowing MSci students to work alongside lecturers in the HE Sport department in order to design, publish or present resources. At all stages of the programme small group seminars, discussion groups and practical tasks will form the core of the MSci student experience. Guest speakers from industry and professional bodies will also regularly contribute to the programme.

The MSci programme team is committed to work-based learning as a vehicle for personalised development planning and the kinds of authentic assessment which will best prepare students for future employment. Moving from the sound base of skills and professional awareness provided by study at Level 1 and 2 the design of Level 3 will include significant preparation for the demands of postgraduate study in the final year of the MSci via access to peer support projects staffed by current Master’s students.

The programme can be completed full time in four years; part time routes are available and should be planned with the Programme Manager. Students qualifying for Student Loans Company support receive funding for the (normally four year) course duration enabling completion of a funded postgraduate degree rather than the traditional self-funded route.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 

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Entry Requirements


GCSE: A minimum of five subjects at grade C or above including Maths, English Language and Science. 

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

A-level subjects: Two A2 levels, one of which must be a Biological Science / Physical Education / Sports Studies

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

DDD in  Biological Science / Physical Education / Sports Studies

International Baccalaureate



Yes must incude a Biological Science / Physical Education / Sports Studies


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In Brief


4 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 entry now.  Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22. If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.
If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1452 702244 or email admissions@hartpury.ac.uk  to request a part-time university application form.

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Course breakdown

This degree combines undergraduate and postgraduate study; students graduate with a dual qualification. Those qualifying for Student Loans Company support receive funding for the four year course duration enabling completion of a funded postgraduate degree. Levels 1 and 2 mirror the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching. Students meeting a grade threshold in their core coaching modules at the end of Level 2 will follow an innovative Level 3 and postgraduate study pathway including significant experience of industry based project work.


  • Coaching Practice Portfolio

    Skill Acquisition

    Sports Development and Leadership

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Academic Skills for Sport


  • Sports Pedagogy Portfolio
    Coaching Children
    Sports Psychology
    The Research Process

  • Reflective Practice Portfolio
    Professional Development Project
    Project Management
    Sports Science for Coaches
    Contemporary Issues in Sports Education
    Sport Events – Legacy and Impact

  • Coaching Craft
    Coach Education in Context
    Sport Pedagogy in Practice
    Industry Based Project
    High Performance Leadership

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Tim Bell – Head Coach with the Right to Dream Football Academy in Ghana 

What I do

I’ve just taken on a new role as the Takoradi Head Coach - a talent school project with the Right to Dream (RtD) Academy in Ghana. My job is to manage this new satellite academy. The children will be hoping to emulate their heroes, like former Hartpury student Majeed Abdul Waris, who appeared at the World Cup in Brazil. The academy discovers and nurtures young footballers through education, sport and character development so they become role models within the sport and for other young people in Ghana. It gives talented, underprivileged children from all over West Africa the chance to fulfil their potential. As well as scouting for new kids, I have written the technical football curriculum, which aims to nurture the children’s ability on and off the pitch. They play on pitches the like of which I’ve never experienced but the joy on their faces when they play is what coaching is all about.

Why I chose Hartpury

Hartpury is in a beautiful setting. It has first class facilities, expert staff and some of the most successful teams in the UK. The courses provided flexibility, so you can tailor your degree to specialise in your field. Hartpury also provides endless opportunities. It gives you more than a degree and that’s what was really important to me.

How Hartpury helped me get where I am

I spent six years at Hartpury, studying for my degree in Sports Coaching and then my Masters in Coaching Science. I combined my studies with coaching and I eventually accepted a full-time role as a senior football coach and Elite Sport Support officer, combining this with a performance lifestyle assistant role, where I worked with individual student athletes. Hartpury provided me with a balance between learning on the playing field and in the classroom that I needed to excel. The opportunity to study and coach in the elite sports programmes allowed me to learn from the very best every day and I supported my development through coach education courses and networking. The invaluable experience and the contacts I made at Hartpury undoubtedly led to me securing my current role with the Right to Dream Academy, which I started in the summer of 2014. And I’m not the only former Hartpury student here! Joe Mulberry, who completed his Masters at Hartpury, is our head of recruitment.

Advice for future students

I believe it is important to set your goals early on, give yourself a focus and some clear aims that you want to achieve in the short, medium and long term, whilst giving yourself the flexibility to alter your pathway as you become more experienced or interested in other venues. Your degree is just a starting point in your journey; you will be presented opportunities at every step of your course. The difference between those who go on to achieve and those that don’t is that they grab every opportunity and run with it. Coaching qualifications are great but you also need experience in your field. Hartpury has the contacts locally, nationally and internationally to help you make it happen. Most of all though, never underestimate hard work and determination. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

course blog post

02 Dec 2016

Sports Round-up 02.12.16

There were some mixed fortunes this week, with a shock result for Hartpury’s top rugby players, as well as some commendable performances including a massive victory for the women’s rugby stars and good efforts from two non-academy sporting teams on their first major outing of the season.

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