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Sport Coaching and Performance BA (Hons)

Level 6
Three years

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Awarding body: Swansea University 

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Learn about the dynamic world of sport coaching and performance. 

Explore the dynamic world of sport coaching and performance in our BA programme, designed to cultivate a deep understanding of athletic development and strategic coaching techniques. Delve into the psychology of sports, ethics, wellbeing, technology and performance analysis, gaining hands-on experience in designing effective training programmes.  

Our curriculum integrates the latest research and industry trends, empowering you with the skills to optimize athlete performance.  

Engage in practical sessions, taught sessions, and real-world coaching scenarios, honing your ability to lead and inspire teams. 

This course can lead to a rewarding career as a proficient coach. Many also enter the fitness and leisure industry, or work with professional and academy sports teams.

UCAS code: F180

Key information

Standard entry

Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be accepted on an individual basis:

  • UCAS Tariff: 48 Points 
  • Typical A Level offer: DD  (including Welsh Bacc qualification) 
  • Typical BTEC offer: relevant BTEC Level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass
  • Typical Access to HE offer: Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 Level 3 credits all passes.

Non-Standard entry

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualifications e.g. mature students with relevant employment experience will be considered on an individual basis by the Programme Director and other members of the programme team.

Entry of students at Level 5 or 6

It is the policy of the College to allow students to enter at Levels 5 or 6 if they meet the following criteria:

Students wishing to transfer from one of the College’s other Undergraduate degrees can do so provided they submit a formal transfer request to their Programme Director and that there is sufficient evidence that the learning outcomes of the modules covered within the programme have been adequately covered. The transfer of students at the end of year one will be at the discretion of the Programme Director.

We request, as standard, an IELTS score of 6.5 for any learner who has English as a second language and cannot evidence proficiency in English through other means, such as higher level qualifications achieved in the UK. This does not apply to first language Welsh speakers.    

English and Maths or equivalent are desirable. We accept qualifications such as essential skills and access modules at Level 2. As a widening participation HE centre that has large numbers of vocational students from non-traditional entry programmes we would be concerned about requesting GCSEs. We do however, provide students to resit while they study with us.   

For students wishing to transfer from degree programmes at other institutions, 120 credits may be transferred to Swansea University if their programme has been broadly similar to that offered at Level 4. This is subject to approval from the relevant Programme Director. 


Level 4  

  • Academic Skills  
  • Enterprise in Sport   
  • Fundamentals of Sports Coaching   
  • Principles of Sports Performance   
  • Sport and Physical Activity in the Community
  • Applied Professional Practice 1. 

Level 5  

  • Coaching Process and Practice
  • Ethics in Sport
  • Mental Health
  • Welfare and Wellbeing in Sport
  • Research for Sport Coaching and Performance
  • Applied Professional Practice 2. 

Level 6  

  • Advanced Sports Coaching
  • Dissertation/Project
  • Leadership and Management in Sport
  • Management of the High-performance Sport Environment
  • Applied Professional Practice 3.


No examination, 100% coursework.  

Assessment is through a variety of methods, including practical and interactive activities as well written coursework. There is also the addition of placement related assessments.  

This Sport Coaching and Performance qualification can lead to a range of employment opportunities, including:    

  • Community sports coaching
  • Performance sports coaching
  • PE teaching
  • Sports development
  • Sports management and administration
  • Development coach
  • PE Teacher
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports marketing
  • Talent Identification.  

Further study, for example: 

Advanced Sport Performance Science, MSc (Swansea University)

Sport Psychology, MSc (Swansea University)

Sports Science, MSc by Research (Swansea University)

Course costs  

£9,000 a year full-time. 

The College is offering a £1,000 bursary per year towards full-time Higher Education courses (this is dependent on satisfactory course progression). For information on financial support - including tuition fee loans - please visit  

Additional fees 

  • Optional sports kit – approx. £100 
  • Travel to and from College, or placement  
  • Photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks) 
  • Printing and binding
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • Occasional trips and visit costs (optional)  
  • £38 for a DBS check for the placement elements of the course.

Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) 

Students might be able to apply for recognition of previous study.