Faculty of Health Sciences

Sports Coaching and Performance Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: CB69

What you'll study

Learn to apply theoretical knowledge to high-level coaching. You'll work with professional teams and athletes in facilities like our Health and Human Performance Lab.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

At Hull, we pride ourselves on giving you scope for autonomy and self-directed learning. You will discover the fundamental principles and theories that underpin key aspects of sporting performance, health, and exercise science. A number of modules enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life coaching situations.

The first year gives you an introduction to the physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects of sports performance, in addition to learning how to conduct science and research in the field of sports coaching and performance science.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Applied Human Physiology

    Gain an understanding of the structure and function of the major organ systems in the human body. The primary focus is on the understanding of the major homeostatic processes and mechanisms regulating human physiological function. You'll learn through lectures and practical laboratory sessions.

  • Principles of Anatomy and Biomechanics

    Explore anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal system and how they relate to functional human movement. You will perform a range of basic biomechanical analyses on data collected and demonstrate competence in a range of numerical techniques and data analysis.

  • Preparation for Learning in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module considers the key study skills required to succeed in the sport, health and exercise science programmes. In this module you will learn how to read, write, present, think critically and undertake research in the key aspects of the degree you have chosen.

  • Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology

    This module will help you understand the role of psychology in sport, health and exercise environments. It will provide you with basic knowledge regarding the use of various psychological assessment tools and techniques, such as anxiety inventories, imagery, relaxation and goal setting.

  • Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy

    This module will provide a critical introduction to a number of pedagogical theories relevant to the facilitation of athlete learning.

  • Conducting Science in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module provides a solid grounding in to the scientific practice underlying sport, health and exercise science. It explores and critiques how data is collected and analysed using quantitative, qualitative and systematic reviews as methods of conducting research.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Here the emphasis shifts to the sociocultural, biophysical, psychological and pedagogical aspects of coaching, strength conditioning and performance analysis.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

    Learn how to analyse the physical demands of a sport or activity and how to design scientifically informed training programmes based on this information. You'll also examine the basics of strength and conditioning coaching through hands-on practical sessions and practical assessment.

  • Social Psychology of Sport, Health and Exercise

    Gain an understanding of the significance of psychosocial dynamics in performance sport, health and exercise. You'll develop awareness of the key concepts and terminology underpinning youth and gendered social dynamics and explore issues that impact activity and health in society, such as muscle dysmorphia, drug use in sport and, barriers to exercise.

  • Contemporary Issues in Coaching Pedagogy

    What are the underpinning social factors in society that influence sport? Where do they come from? Using social theory, you will learn about sport's powerful influence in society and consider the implications of taken-for-granted coaching practices for elite athletes.

  • Applied Issues in Strength and Conditioning

    ​This module introduces you to fitness assessment and testing and how to use this information to design training programmes. You'll develop your strength and conditioning coaching experience through hands-on practical sessions and assessment, including coaching basic weightlifting and resistance training exercises.

  • Introduction to Performance Analysis

    Develop a detailed understanding of the key concepts of the sports performance analysis literature. You will be introduced to the use and practical applications of time motion using global positioning systems (GPS) and Catapult Sports technology, as well as notational analysis techniques, including video analysis using sports code to improve athlete and coach performance.

  • Research Methods

    This module offers the exciting opportunity to prepare and undertake a small action research project. It will introduce you to research methodology, the need for ethical approval, how to find and analyse data and how to use literature to support the formulation of a research question. The module will also help you to become better critical readers of others’ research.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

In your third year you undertake a dissertation in an area of your own particular interest. You move on to more advanced specialist topics such as advanced sport and exercise psychology; performance analysis in practice; and professional practice in coaching and performance.

You are able to switch to a Masters course from Bachelor level study and vice versa, subject to attainment conditions and funding where applicable. You may also be required to complete certain modules as part of any transfer.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • Performance Analysis in Practice

    Performance analysis is considered an important tool to assist athlete and coach learning. You'll gain first-hand practical experience of performance analysis within sporting contexts.

  • Socio-cultural Implications of Surveillance Technologies in Sports Coaching

    Consider the implications of the increased application of surveillance technologies, such as self-tracking devices, video-analysis, GPS and heart rate devices, in sports coaching contexts. You will use social theory to analyse how monitoring athletes and physical activity participants influences these individuals' lives.

  • Professional Practice in Coaching and Performance

    This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in an approved work experience placement in coaching and related activities.

  • Sport Psychology for Coaches

    Gain a deeper understanding of the psychological principles underpinning coaching practice. You'll apply your knowledge of psychological principles and assessment techniques in a safe environment and be able to critically evaluate the application of psychology within coaching practice.

"My favourite thing about the course is the practical element to it, you get to do a lot of work experience and back it up with a lot of theoretical knowledge."

David Scott

"The placement opportunities we have been given are absolutely amazing, I’ve been at Doncaster Rovers and Hull FC."

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More about this course

Work under expert coaches and with professional teams and athletes as you learn to apply theoretical knowledge to real-life coaching. This course is for anyone wanting to begin a career in coaching people across all ages and abilities as well as those interested in teaching physical education.

  • Learn from practical experience as a sports coach on professional placements and work towards National Governing Body of Sport coaching awards.
  • Access the latest technology in our upgraded £16-million sport and exercise facilities.
  • 95% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Gain an industry advantage by having free exposure to the latest wearable technology that uses GPS and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) in the sports performance world through our partnership with Catapult Sports.*

Our links with local authority sports development units (and other organisations) open up opportunities for work experience, coaching education courses, workshops and events. You’ll learn from tutors who've collaborated with the likes of FIFA, the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency. You'll work in facilities such as our Sports Rehabilitation Suite, Health and Human Performance Laboratory, Environmental Chamber, Performance Analysis Suite, and Exercise Physiology Laboratories. These are on top of our excellent indoor and outdoor sports facilities, which are currently undergoing a £16 million transformation..

*subject to contract

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Final year




Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Study under experts who collaborate with the likes of the International Olympic Committee, UEFA, FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Our state-of-the-art sports facilities are currently being upgraded in a substantial £16-million investment.

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Benefit from our excellent placement opportunities through links with professional sports teams, such as Hull City AFC.

Become part of an impressive community of sport and health graduates.

Sport, Health and Exercise Science has created its own Student Thesis Conference - the only one of its kind in the UK.

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Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 18 credits at distinction in science units.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For Foundation Year, we require IELTS 5.5 overall, with 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

Our graduates have valuable transferable skills, sound theoretical knowledge and real-world practical experience. This opens up opportunities in a host of careers in the sport sector and further afield. Hull graduates have gone on to work in positions within primary and secondary teaching, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, sports development and professional sports coaching, as well as academic institutions and self-employment. In addition, many of our graduates progress to postgraduate study at masters and PhD level.

The opportunity to get involved in activities such as volunteering, summer internships and attending careers events is useful in preparing for work and making yourself more attractive to employers. The University Careers Service provides a wealth of advice, information and guidance during your degree and after graduation.

Excellent links with local authority sports development units and organisations further afield open up opportunities for work experience, coaching education courses, workshops, events and activities. These enhance your experience of the course and improve your employment prospects.