Faculty of Health Sciences

Sports Coaching and Performance Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: CB69

What you'll study

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.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

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

  • Applied Human Physiology

    Gain an understanding of the structure and function of the major organ systems in the human body. The primary focus is 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 explores 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 to 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; and will provide you with basic knowledge regarding the use of various psychological assessment tools (e.g., anxiety inventories, etc.) and techniques (e.g., imagery, relaxation, goal setting, etc.).

  • Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy

    This module will provide a critical introduction to a number of a 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

* Modules are subject to availability

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

Core modules

  • Introduction to Strength & Conditioning

  • Social Psychology of Sport, Health and 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 in doing so, consider the implications of taken-for-granted coaching practices for elite athletes.

  • Applied Issues in Strength & Conditioning

  • 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 both time motion (i.e. Global Positioning System using Catapult Sports technology) and notational analysis (i.e. video analysis using Sports Code) techniques 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 you can 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

* Modules are subject to availability

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

  • Dissertation

  • Performance Analysis in Practice

  • Socio-cultural Perspectives on Sports Coaching

  • Professional Practice in Coaching and Performance

    This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in an approved work experience placement in coaching or 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 enabled 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

"I have had the chance to go on placement at various places including professional sports clubs and clinical settings. I have also had the opportunity to provide event massage at big events such as the Great North Run and the Hull Marathon."

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More about this course

Throughout the course, our expert coaches teach you how to apply theoretical knowledge to real-life coaching, and to work closely with professional teams and athletes. You benefit from high-quality facilities, such as the £1.5m Health and Performance Lab, and receive practical training from specialist practitioners.

There are two course options available for studying Sports Coaching and Performance Science at Hull. The foundation year option is ideal if you do not have the academic background for direct entry on to the three-year BSc programme. 

The course was designed for, and will appeal to, those wanting to follow a career in coaching children, adolescents or adults across all levels of abilities as well as those interested in the teaching of physical education.

At Hull, you can gain experience by working as a sports coach, work placements and working towards National Governing Body of Sport coaching awards. 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 which enhance your experience of the course and improve your employment prospects.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

Study under experts who collaborate with the likes of the International Olympic Committee, 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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Work with professional sports teams and elite athletes, as well as with NHS patients wanting to improve their health.

Our £1.5-million Health and Human Performance Lab boasts the sector's latest and most innovative technology.

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.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

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 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.

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.


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 both masters and PhD level.

Getting involved in activities such as volunteering, summer internships and attending careers events is often 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 which enhance your experience of the course and improve your employment prospects.