Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Sports Coaching



Course Overview

The 2006-2016 UK action plan for coaching strives to make the UK coaching system the envy of the world.

At Hartpury, our Sports Coaching degree supports this by providing you with the skills and understanding required of professional sports coaches whilst allowing you to specialise in a choice of disciplines suited to your own strengths and interests. Certainly, whilst this is a course for aspiring coaches, it also includes aspects of sports training and testing, performance analysis, sport development and sport psychology, making it a suitable choice for students interested in pursuing careers in those areas of the industry.

Our students will have access to a wide range of excellent sporting facilities including our sports rehabilitation suite, cross-training gym, spa baths, physiotherapy room, 3G sports pitches and Human Performance Laboratory. Students also have access to The Sports Academy Centre – a facility designed as an elite training environment which supports the programmes of Gloucester Rugby Club, Cheltenham Town FC and all seven of Hartpury’s sports academies. These facilities will not only enhance your academic studies but provide you with valuable experience ahead of a successful career in coaching.

This course also gives students the opportunity to travel abroad and experience other countries’ coaching philosophies, resulting in a well-rounded understanding of professional sports coaching and approaches from around the world.

The Sports Coaching programme can be completed full time in three years; part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager

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


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science

Tariff points range

280 - 320

A level subjects grades

Two A2s to include a biological science/PE/Sports Studies subject

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades


International Baccalaureate

27 points




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In Brief


3 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,000
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9000
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. 

The fees you pay at registration will cover the costs associated with the learning outcomes of the programme.  Compulsory work placements will often require a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check which is to be paid by the student or placement provider. There are a number of opportunities to enhance your programme experience and employability through nationally recognised qualifications and Continual Professional Development events. The College aims to keep any additional costs to the minimum and will frequently support student in accessing funding routes for these optional activities where possible.

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

Students have a range of compulsory modules and optional modules to choose from including:


    • Coaching Practice Portfolio (Coaching Theory)
    • Sport Development & Leadership
    • Skill Acquisition
    • Sports Project
    • Coaching Children
    • Sport Psychology
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Coaching Practice Portfolio (Coaching Pedagogy
    • Coaching Practice Portfolio (Reflective Coaching)
    • Coach Education
    • Dissertation
    • Sport Science for Coaches


Jonathan Robinson – Performance Anaylst at Liverpool Football Club

What I do

As a performance analyst at Liverpool Football Club, I am responsible for monitoring and recording the performances of the Academy players in fixtures and training sessions. Using all of this information, I then liaise with the other coaches at the club to offer objective, informed advice on how we can ensure optimal development for each individual and how we can provide players with the best opportunity of progressing at the club.

Why I chose Hartpury

I’ve always wanted to be involved in football and that was the driving force behind my decision to come to Hartpury. The sports facilities are second to none and the quality of teaching is also extremely high. My Sports Coaching degree course gave me a real depth of knowledge, from statistical analysis to the different principles of coaching and how to adapt your techniques to get the best out of your group. It’s not just about the degree at Hartpury though; it’s so much more than what you learn in the classroom. There were so many opportunities to apply what I was learning in real life situations and the football programme allowed me to practice my coaching techniques and methods, which is something I will always be grateful for. It’s a case of showing you are willing to work hard academically and use your free time to get involved and put into practice what you have learned.

How Hartpury helped

Everything that I studied and the experience I gained at Hartpury has helped to get me where I am now. It was a massive part of my development, and without it, I wouldn’t have secured this fantastic opportunity. I was able to secure a position at Bristol Rovers as a performance analyst while I was still studying at Hartpury and acting as assistant coach of the junior elite football programme. This gave me the relevant experience I needed to stand out from the rest when I graduated. For me to be able to say that I’ve been able to coach international players and players that have been sold for millions of pounds is only a benefit to me. Hartpury helped me mould a career and I have a clear pathway. It’s not just the degree, but the knowledge and experience and people skills that allow you to go on to do things in the workplace straight

Advice for future students

Hartpury helped provide me with a clear idea of what I wanted to do and the support I received throughout my time here was fantastic. Take advantage of the opportunities you get to work in an environment like this and get involved whenever possible. It will all be worth it once you finish your degree studies here!


course blog post

20 Oct 2016

Student Sport Round-up 20.10.16

A magnificent seven for Hartpury RFC, two clean sheets for our Women’s rugby teams, a whole host of wins for the footballers and much more. Another fantastic week for Hartpury’s sporting students!

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Career Opportunities

Graduate Profile: Michael Bateman

Head of Academies Analyst for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

What I Do

I break down video and statistical data –from our under-12 team all the way up to the first team. We look at the footage of games to give the coach more information about performance, both the technical and tactical aspects of individual play and also how we play as a team. I interact with coaches a lot and my job is to understand the game and highlight performance issues.

How I Got Here

When I left University I worked in a bank, something I just fell into. After deciding to get back into sport, I got a part-time coaching job to build up my experience. I also did voluntary work and sent my CV to clubs to introduce myself. Manchester City then called me about an opportunity and I worked there for 18 months with the first team and learning from four of the best analysts in the game. At the time Manchester had all the money. It had not only the best players, but also the best analysts. From Manchester I went to London and West Ham United.

Why I Chose Hartpury

I left sixth form, and did really well in PE. I knew that I wanted a career in sports, but didn’t know how to go about it. I worked for David Lloyd Leisure Club for a year but everyone I spoke to told me that if I didn’t go to University that I would regret i.. So I applied to Bath, Loughborough and Hartpury. I went to all the open days and at Hartpury the football trials were on and the place just looked immaculate. I knew that I wanted to be in sport and thought the main career was PE teaching. But I knew I didn’t want to do that; I wanted something else.

Advice For People Who Want To Work In The Industry

The industry is looking for enthusiasm. We don’t want someone who is driven by the money or the prospect of free kit. When I’m looking for interns, I want to see someone who is doing it for the love of it. When I was trying to get a break, I sent out 92 letters and only got five replies. You have to persevere and show that you really want it.

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