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Sport Coaching (MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert)

Course Description

As increasing significance is attached to both achieving lifelong physical activity targets and improved progression of talented athletes through to elite status, the necessity for highly qualified coaches and coaching for children and talented performers has never been greater.

With an active passion for coaching, this course will allow you to focus on specific areas that interest you. You will be able to direct your learning towards your chosen coaching career goal from the very beginning, matching learning and assessment to the demands of your coaching. Through working with staff, participants and your peers, you will explore, bring structure and add depth to your existing knowledge and skills.

Making and defending your own professional judgements will enable you to plan, deliver and evaluate long term coaching programmes that consider the developmental needs of your participants.

Through the course you will compare, contrast and integrate theories and ideas from a range of disciplines such as talent development, sport psychology, physiology and expertise with your own ideas and practice.

At Leeds Beckett University, we use some of the most advanced teaching, work-based learning and assessment approaches, which are informed by our pioneering research within this field. Informed by expert coaches and developers, we will help you transfer the ideas and knowledge you learn on the course into practice.

Sport and active lifestyles

At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/sport).

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sportcoaching_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


You will graduate with an in-depth knowledge of coaching theory and practice, allowing you to work for a range of clients around the world. You could expect to excel in and apply for positions in community coaching, coaching in either private or publicly funded clubs and companies or governing bodies. With the opportunity to focus on research you will be well placed to progress into higher qualification or industry research roles.

- Community Sport Coach
- High Performance Sport Coach
- Talent Development Coach
- Coaching Co-ordinator

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

As well as working with course staff with excellent research and industry experience there will be the opportunity to meet internationally renowned guest speakers, giving you a wider view on the industry, and the direction it is heading.

There will also be a range of volunteering opportunities open to you, both in the UK and internationally. With an established Research Centre for Sport Coaching & Physical Education, you'll be taught by top class coach experts who produce world renowned research on the topical issues of sports coaching.

Dr Gareth Morgan

Senior Lecturer

"Our programme has been developed to meet the professional needs of experienced and up-and-coming coaches who want to be better at their job. To meet this need, the programme draws upon coaching role-related assessment methods and is delivered by a team of staff with vast professional experience."

Gareth's experience as a coach and performance analyst is truly impressive; he has worked with the Rugby Football League and British Rowing as well as spending time at a series of professional football clubs, most recently the academy at Leeds United. Gareth has also consulted with the Football Association on the development of several coach education courses.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Sport Coaching (MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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