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As governments look to promote the benefits of lifelong physical activity and sports bodies and clubs strive to ensure talented athletes fulfil their potential, the demand for highly qualified coaches has never been greater. Informed by expert coaches, this course will increase your skills and expertise and enhance your career as a professional sports coach.

With a passion for coaching, you will focus on specific sports that interest you. Selecting from a range of option modules, you will be able to direct your learning towards your own practice and career goals.

Working with your course tutors and fellow student coaches on the course, you will draw on insights from contemporary practice and research to add depth to your existing knowledge and skills. Your refined expertise will improve your confidence, helping you to develop your professional judgement and decision making so you can plan, deliver and evaluate long-term coaching programmes that consider and prioritise the developmental needs of your participants. You will graduate with new insights about what coaching strategies work for you and your participants and why.


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.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

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

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You will be able to apply for jobs within a range of public and private sector organisations around the world, including senior community coaching roles or coaching positions with sport clubs or governing bodies.

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

Core modules

  • Understanding Expertise: Critical Self Analysis & Action Planning
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Coaching Project (40 credits) or Applied Coaching Project (60 credits)

Option modules

  • The Developing Child: Bio-Psychosocial Development (Strand 1)
  • The Developing Talented Performer: Bio-Psychosocial Development (Strand 1)
  • Coach Education: Personalised Learning & Mentoring (Strand 1)
  • Coaching Practice (Strand 2)
  • Coach Education: An Overview to Course Design & Delivery & Assessment (Strand 2)
  • Optimising Learning & Development (Strand 3)
  • Understanding & Analysing Sport Performance (Strand 3)
  • Understanding & Analysing Early Sport Psychomotor Development (Strand 3)
  • Student Negotiated Learning (Strand 4)
  • Coaching Systems & Policy (Strand 4)

Additional information

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Financing your studies

Useful Links

Visit the Sport Coaching MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!