St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

The Sports Coaching Science programme at St Mary's is driven by science topics and has three strands which provide a well rounded knowledge of the sport performance environment: 'The coaching process strand enhances practical skills and develops critical analysis of coaching practice ' The skill acquisition strand provides an understanding of motor learning and effective training settings ' The performance analysis strand explores objective measurement of performance to inform performance and coaching effectiveness. Students will also study sport science modules of their choice. The programme does not favour specific sports and we encourage students to relate the degree content to their sports coaching domain. Through the programme you will develop skills relevant to other careers in sport related fields, as well as those valued by all graduate employers. St Mary's has a long'standing tradition of excellence in sports and a significant number of elite sports performers regularly choose to study for degrees in the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science. At St Mary's we seek to support them in combining their sport with higher education, and many remain in higher education on completion of their first degree. The School has opportunities for students to continue to higher levels of study with its own MSc programmes and opportunities to move on to MPhil or PhD research awards.

Course Modules

Level 1: is a foundation year for all students within sport and exercise sciences. Level 2: After the grounding in theory provided at Level 1 students progress into practical understanding and the application of acquired theoretical knowledge to enhance coach effectiveness: coaching process; notational analysis; coaching issues; skill aquisition. Level 3: Students complete, alongside other theoretical and practical modules, an extended research project; advanced issues and research are covered through theoretical and laboratory based work; modules include: applied coaching science; performance analysis; coach education; research design; dissertation; professional observation; applied exercise physiology; applied sport psychology.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • Tariff 104
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific

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86% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 72%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 77%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 83%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 72
Studying 13
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 6
Unknown 3

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 18%

Total Coursework: 64%

Total Practical: 17%

£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation