One year full-time
(Part-time options are available)
The Professional Development in Sports Coaching programme is designed to enable coaches from all sporting environments to develop their practice and continue to build their professional network.
You will complete a range of portfolio projects in partnership with personal tutors from our University Centre Sport department, who all have a wealth of industry experience, alongside a personal learning plan. You can complete these projects individually or as part of a group with coaches working together to investigate an aspect of personal practice before creating an output, such as a report or presentation, that can be published to the wider coaching community. These portfolios can focus on practice within your own workplace to be of direct relevance to your current role or used to plan and explore future ventures linked to your environment and career progression plans.
You will be able to focus your research on a number of possible coaching contexts including teaching, coach education and supporting high performance athletes and to design your own powerful professional development experiences.
Core coaching modules are studied alongside students completing the MSc Sports Coaching programme, allowing valuable sharing of perspectives and resources. Topics could include the craft of coaching practice, coach philosophy, language, behaviour and planning. Alongside this, you will collate your experiences to develop a Professional Development Portfolio.
The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded to students who complete this initial group of core modules. Those choosing to continue their studies move on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma via focused research in a single coaching context that could reflect their current coaching role or future career ambitions. You could then choose a dissertation project in collaboration with your programme manager to enable you to convert your Postgraduate Diploma into a Masters degree.