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BSc (Hons), Level 6

Sports Coaching and Exercise Science

This three year programme provides the perfect platform for anyone seeking a career in a variety of roles within the sport industry. The main coaching modules will equip you with key skills to work with groups and individuals both at grassroots and elite level. These skills will be developed by science-based knowledge to underpin your level of understanding.

The knowledge gained on this course will assist you in the process of working with clients on a more individual basis. The programme will embed information about how processes are supported from a funding and planning perspective, and you will gain a clear comprehension of the ethical and safeguarding concepts that underpin pedagogy in teaching, when working with others.

Any additional costs - such as field trips = Residential and/or study tours are optional and will require student financial contribution”.


We have three Scholarship opportunities available per academic year for our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science degree programme.

Students complete the Certificate Stage in Year 1, Diploma Stage in Year 2 and Honours Stage in Year 3. Modules currently include*:

Year 1 (Certificate Stage)

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Development
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Coaching Methods
  • Field-Based Fitness Testing and Training Theory

Year 2 (Diploma Stage)

  • Managing Career Development
  • Coaching Children and Young Performers
  • Nutrition for Sports Performance
  • Athletic Preparation for Sport Performance
  • Contemporary Sport Issues
  • Research Design

Year 3 (Honours Stage)

  • Independent Research Project
  • Physical Activity and Health Promotion
  • Specialist Coaching and Leadership
  • Qualitative Analysis of Sport Performance
  • Current Practice in Physical Education and Coaching

*Modules may be subject to change from year to year, due to curriculum updating/sector changes/changes in delivery staff specialisms or awarding body requirements.

Course content is specifically designed to be appropriate to the needs of the Sports Coaching and Fitness Industry. Students may progress on to a range of careers including:

  • Sports Development
  • Teaching (through further study to gain qualified teacher status)
  • Leisure Centre Management
  • Sports Coaching and Gym Instruction (Personal Trainer)
  • Sports Therapy
  • Sports Science

Some students may choose to undertake further study at post-graduate level, such as Masters and PhD degrees. For those interested in progressing into teaching, there are postgraduate teacher training routes resulting in Qualified Teacher Status (required for teaching in schools in England and Wales) or the PGCE/CertEd at Selby College for teaching in the lifelong learning sector/post-16.

This programme is aimed at students who have achieved Level 3 qualifications and are looking for an opportunity to undertake a degree programme where they will develop real-life skills in an applied environment, improving employment choices and career options.

The programme will appeal to those who wish to complete their studies in an inclusive setting which is accessible, has well established employer links, and can provide a highly supportive teaching and learning environment.

48 UCAS Points including GCSE grade A*–C/9-4 or equivalent in English Language and Maths

An Access to HE Qualification

Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this


All external applicants must complete a satisfactory interview

Selby College has a dedicated HE room, extensive IT facilities and a well-stocked Learning Resource Centre with relevant texts, journals and e-resources which can be accessed on site and remotely. Selby College has excellent facilities to support your studies. This includes a sports hall, gym and access to artificial training surfaces. There are arrange of fitness testing resources to give you the opportunity to develop your applied skills.

Where can it lead?