Coaching and mentoring have the potential to bring direct benefits to employees, organisations and stakeholders. For example, they can • help leaders get the best out of employees • improve performance • help people through transition and change • support people in times of personal challenge and resilience. They can also contribute to a positive, proactive and open working culture.
About this course
This specialist part-time course is for
The postgraduate certificate stage introduces you to coaching and mentoring and the core practices needed to become an effective practitioner. You develop practical skills through coaching demonstrations and substantial coaching practice. You also reflect on your progress as a learner and practitioner, and are supported with reflective practice approaches and supervision.
The MSc stage enables you to become a ethical and critically reflexive practitioner, able to operate effectively as a coach or mentor in a range of different contexts. In addition, you gain the knowledge and skills to engage in research-based inquiry into the theory and practice of coaching and mentoring to enhance the range and depth of your coaching practice.
The postgraduate certificate stage is accredited by the EMCC at Senior Practitioner level. We are the only UK university to offer this.
The course is unique in the market in that it examines how a coach or mentor can best work with an individual in the context of their organisational system. We draw on theories and case studies, and examine individual and organisational psychology.
We help you develop your own practice as a coach or mentor. This involves examining our presence and approaches as well as commercial matters such as business development and networking.
The course is delivered by a team of nationally renowned tutors who are specialists in the field.
You have the opportunity to study emerging areas such as team coaching and applied practice.
We also provide one-to-one coaching supervision throughout the programme to help you reflect on your own personal development and gauge the effectiveness and ethics of your work.
Learning and assessment
During the course you examine and critically analyse coaching and mentoring theories and concepts. We adopt coaching as a learning style, which enhances learning and allows us to examine and reflect on different coaching approaches. You benefit from
The Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring level is primarily focused on developing students' professional practice to meet the professional expectations of the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) at Senior Practitioner level. Students successfully completing the Postgraduate Certificate will be entitled to a certificate confirming that they have completed a programme of training accredited by the EMCC at Senior Practitioner level.
Part-time – typically eight months for the postgraduate certificate and two years for the MSc.
Modules are taught in four day blocks, with approximately eight weeks between each one.
For the Postgraduate Certificate you complete an induction day and the following four modules. You also complete 90 hours of off-workshop coaching/mentoring practice.
You complete an induction day and the following three modules:
The dissertation provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth research into a topic of your own choice in the field of coaching and mentoring, supported by your research supervisor. You work at your own pace, meeting with your research supervisor by mutual agreement.
To prepare for this you also attend a half day dissertation workshop.
This course prepares you to take on one of the following roles:
As a graduate of the course you may choose to
If you are an experienced high performing coach working with children or adults and want to develop your expertise, or performance coach working with talent, this course enables you to further develop and apply your knowledge, skills and competencies in your sport coaching environment. The course allows you to utilise and apply cutting edge research and technologies to shape and inform your advancing sport coaching practice.
This course represents a close working partnership between British Judo, Sports Coach UK and Sheffield Hallam. The content, curriculum design, delivery and assessment methods have been developed collaboratively to ensure it meets the needs of coaches working at this level.
The course has been designed to help coaches to evidence how their developing sport coaching practice meets the expected competencies of the UKCC Level 4 master coach, working within performance coaching. Successfully completing it enables you to use this qualification to directly evidence the academic aspects of the UKCC Level 4 award.
The course equips you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to further enhance your professional career in sport context. It augments your ability to communicate, facilitate, solve complex problems and make effective decisions.
During the course you
If you successfully gain the postgraduate diploma you then have the option to progress to a full MSc.
The Academy of Sport and Physical Activity brings together our sport courses and our world-renowned research centre's to offer a major centre of excellence for sport industry education, research and consultancy services. Our mission is to make a national and international contribution to the advancement of sport and physical activity. We have an enviable reputation of delivering a growing programme of sport-related courses, as well as providing, through our dedicated research centres, research and consultancy services to partners.
Collegiate Hall houses some of the finest sport science laboratories in the UK, whilst our sport campus at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield is home to many of Team GB's top athletes. Our sports research is ranked fourth in the UK and we provide market-leading commercial services to a wide range of organisations and athletes.
The Centre for Sport and Exercise Science boasts one of the largest physical activity and sport-related portfolios of research expertise in the UK. It focuses on physical activity, wellbeing and performance enhancement. The centre worked closely with GB Volleyball and GB Table Tennis as they prepared for London 2012.
The course is led by Michelle Vernon-Way, an expert in sport coaching with over 20 years industry experience of bespoke development for NGB coaches.
Sheffield Hallam University is accredited by the UK Coaching Standards Group to work with National Governing Bodies of Sport to deliver a UKCC Level 4 coaching programme.
The course comprises of four learning strands which have been identified as fundamental to the development of advanced sport coaching practice. Modules are designed within these overarching strands, which are developed throughout your studies.
These learning strands are
Completing the PgDip awards you 120 masters level credits. The MSc is completed by a project which is research-based or an applied support project, giving you the flexibility to tailor the project to your own strengths or needs.
The vast majority of teaching is in small groups of typically less than 20 allowing for bespoke delivery.
Year one modules
Year two modules
Year three modules - optional MSc
This course has been developed in conjunction with a number of leading sports organisations to meet their requirements of a practicing UKCC Level 4 master coach. The sport coaching industry is driven by the UK Coaching Framework and this course provides the ideal springboard to gain employment in this dynamic area.
Graduates from this course are current national and Olympic coaches or high performing coaches working in a variety of coaching contexts.
Possible progression or career routes include • high performance coach • national coach • national governing body (NGB) performance director • national governing body (NGB) director of coaching or coach education • coach mentor • academic teaching or research careers in the UK or internationally • further study for example professional doctorate or a PhD.
A Master's degree enabling you to develop and apply cutting-edge, evidence-based knowledge and skills in football (soccer) coaching and performance to advance your career.
This innovative online distance learning programme allows football coaching professionals worldwide to develop a critical understanding of issues relating to coaching and performance in football (soccer), and advance their professional practice whilst working.
The degree has been developed in collaboration with our partners in the football industry, including the English FA and European professional clubs.
Taught by nationally and internationally renowned coaches and football scientists, the applied nature of the programme means that you are continually asked to reflect on course content in your professional practice.
St Mary's is the first institution in the UK and internationally to offer a distance learning football coaching course of its kind, allowing you to study when and where it suits you. This flexible format means you can advance your knowledge, expertise and professional skills in parallel.
We are a leading provider of postgraduate taught sport science programmes and are widely recognised as one of the UK’s premier sports institutions.
The University has a wide knowledge-base in football; we are an FA Women's High-Performance Football Centre, playing a pivotal role in the positive future of the game in the UK. We also offer a foundation degree programme in Football Education, Coaching and Development (in partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation) and have several PhD’s funded by London’s top professional clubs regarding the science of football.
Our staff is comprised of highly regarded coaching professionals and academics involved in world-leading and applied research, consultancy, and high-level football coaching activities; all of which are directly relevant to - and inform - the modules delivered on the programme.
Please check our website for more information about entry requirements, tuition fees and student funding.
Football coaching is a well-established profession with clear employment routes. In today’s football marketplace, employers look for up-to-date knowledge and skills.
We equip emerging and practising football professionals with the knowledge- and skill-set for a variety of jobs in the elite performance and youth development environments, such as:
Considerable resources continue to be employed to the sport globally with a growing body of football professionals in many countries and regions worldwide.
Throughout this course you will study the discipline of Performance Analysis in Sport and gain an understanding of how this vastly growing sector interacts with a multitude of Sports Science disciplines.
As a student on this programme you will have access to industry standard Performance Analysis equipment and you will learn how this exciting discipline is used across sports to enhance performance (Performance Analysis Module). You will generate an understanding of how Performance Analysis can be utilised in relation to sports injuries and how this can be measured (Injury Prevention and Performance Measurement Module).
You will also have the opportunity to conduct some primary research that could lead to publications, which may inform future Performance Analysis practice (Research Project Module).
This is the only Performance Analysis master's degree in the North West of England. The online theoretical content will provide the basis for the ‘on campus’ sessions, in order to put your learning into practice and provide some context to the theories.
The MSc course is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis.
The full-time course runs over three academic semesters (October through to September the following year), whilst giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:
In order to achieve an award of MSc Performance Analysis in Sport you must successfully complete the modules Performance Analysis and Injury Prevention and Performance Measurement, along with producing a thesis for the dissertation module.
This course is available both part-time and full-time and is delivered via a blended learning approach, which includes:
Assessment methods will vary depending on the module. They include:
With the skills you'll learn in this course, you could take a lead role in Performance Analysis and make a difference to the performance of your clients. This course could help significantly increase your chances of getting a high profile role in top-flight sport.
This programme has strong links with several premiership and football league clubs, as well as local rugby and basketball teams.
As part of this programme you would be expected to assess athlete performance and put forward suggestions for improvement. Upon successful completion of this programme you will be equipped with the required skills to apply for ISPAS (International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport) accreditation.
Upon successful completion of the course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.
You will have access to some of the best facilities in the UK, including our purpose-built Human Performance Lab, which contains our vast array of Performance Analysis softwares and almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment including:
In addition we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs.
The main aim of the course is to produce graduates who are equipped with the key knowledge and skills to develop coaching within Northern Ireland to assist with lifelong participation in sport or physical activity, excellence and leadership. This will be achieved by accruing and disseminating a body of knowledge from key experts involved in coach development both directly and in partnership with governing bodies in sport, utilising innovative and appropriate communication to benefit all learners. This would be a cutting-edge programme that will support those involved in coaching and link with the needs of the industry.
The aim of this course is to facilitate the continuing development of sports coaching professionals and to enhance their knowledge and skills appropriate to the management and control of the diverse components within the field of sports coaching, commensurate with the requirements of the profession, their employers, associated professional bodies and community, commercial and industrial interests. The MSc is offered in both full- and part-time modes. Students will complete 180 credit points for the award of MSc, with the option to exit after completing 120 credits for the award of Postgraduate Diploma. Full-Time students will take 60 credits in each of the three semesters, while the part-time students will take 30 credits in each semester of years one and two and 60 credits in year three. There are six taught modules on the course, all of which are compulsory. Three of the programme modules are 30 credits points whilst the Research Project Preparation and Professional Development are 15 credit point modules and the dissertation is 60 credits (the dissertation is not necessary for those who choose to exit with the PgDip). Students wishing to graduate with a PGCert will study 60 credits which is offered in semester 1 of the programme. All modules are compulsory, with students being offered the opportunity to choose what aspect of coaching and specific sport they will write about for their assessments. The Dissertation module also provides students with a choice of topic.
This programme will be delivered in FT and PT mode. The means of delivering will be in blocks throughout each semester of study.
There are a range of approaches that will be utilised in this programme with regards to work based learning from minimal workplace guidance in some modules to full mentoring support in the Advanced Coaching Process module which entails the academic mentor viewing the student in their coaching environment. The value of this model of work-based learning is that it enables students to receive observational assessment in the workplace. All assessments will be reflective in nature which will ensure the engagement of work based practice.
The climate for developing sport and coaching in Northern Ireland and the UK has never been more positive. With major international events being hosted here, coach education and development have become a major focus for policy and funding decisions by Governmental Departments. The establishment of the UKCC across four levels and different coaching contexts being developed, this has provided an opportunity to modernise existing coach qualification and learning programmes.
Graduates who successful achieve sports coaching degrees fulfil roles in a wide range of sport and non-sport related organisations.
Sport Governing Bodies
The expectation of what makes an expert coach is growing and there is a need therefore for coaches of elite athletes or teams (at all levels) to become more highly qualified which will be achieved by continuing in education at postgraduate level.