Sports Coaching and Performance Science - BSc Hons Degree - Topup

Course Code: TH1HE174

UCAS Code: C640


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Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre1 Year / £8,250Enrol
13/09/2022University Centre1 Year / £8,335Apply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                           

Duration: 1 day per week
Day/s of week: Wednesday    
Time: 9.00am - 4.45pm
Indicative Delivery:  75% On-site at the University Centre Campus and 25% On-line

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance Science programme will develop the skills required for employment in the increasingly professionalised area of sports coaching and performance analytics. The top-up year supports you to engage with theoretical principles and critically evaluate both your own and external research, while gaining strong practical skills enabling you to seek employment in the sector.

As a coach or performance analyst involved in coaching at various levels, from recreational participation through to high performance, you need to draw on a range of knowledge bases to inform your practice. The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Performance Science programme will allow you to develop a critical understanding of the role of a coach across the performance pyramid as well as the academic knowledge needed for effective coaching across the coaching spectrum.

While the programme is underpinned by academic disciplines within the sport science area, it focuses very much on a multidisciplinary approach to sports coaching. The curriculum themes focus on student-centred learning, allowing you to develop your personal interests and direct your study to match your career aspirations. Working with a host of local employers you will gain practical experience working in different settings and with different clients; you will also have the chance to engage with research and projects designed to enrich your study and contribute to a real and measurable impact on the local community.


Entry Requirements

Only applicants that have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Sport Coaching and Performance Science, validated by Lancaster University, with Blackpool and The Fylde College are eligible to apply to this course.


Qualification Obtained

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance Science

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 6 Modules

Principles of Elite CoachingTH6MD27720Mandatory
Contemporary Controversies in SportTH6MD27820Mandatory
Contemporary Performance AnalysisTH6MD27920Mandatory
Working with Specialist PopulationsTH6MD28020Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification

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