Sport Coaching

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  • Equip yourself with a degree that will open the door to coaching in different environments, with everyone from sporting novices to elite athletes.
  • You’ll put your skills into practice on work placements with leading sports organisations. We have partnerships with the likes of Fulham FC, Hercules Wimbledon Athletics Club, Crystal Palace FC, the Lawn Tennis Association, schools and coaching agencies.
  • You’ll explore the business side of sport coaching, gaining the practical skills you need to work for yourself.
  • 100% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2018 results).
  • We have been ranked as either the top or the second university in London for Education for the past two years (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021).
  • 92% of Roehampton Sports Coaching students are satisfied with the learning resources (NSS 2020)
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.

Summary

This sport coaching degree will prepare you brilliantly for a career in the industry and equip you to work in a wide range of settings at a national and European standard.

You will study the different aspects of coaching, such as anatomy, physiology and movement analysis, while developing your own coaching practice and different coaching styles.

Learning about the role of the professional coach, you will explore the qualities needed to coach effectively in different contexts, and to work with people at a range of levels - from beginners to elite athletes - and with different groups, covering for example ethnicity, young children, adolescents, gender, older people and those with long-term illnesses or disabilities.

You will learn about coaching styles, coaching pedagogy, practice and employability, and learn to communicate effectively with performers, and support them inside and outside the sport, to get the very best from them.

You will also learn about the scientific aspects of coaching, such as anatomy, physiology and movement analysis; explore a range of health and fitness techniques; and learn ways to analyse human movement.

All students are offered opportunities to engage in coaching opportunities in the University, local authorities, clubs and schools. Previous students have completed placements at Fulham FC, Enable Sports Development, Chelsea Foundation and Hercules Wimbledon Athletics Club.

With plenty of opportunities to put into practice the skills and knowledge you develop, you will leave well equipped to work in coaching and teaching, in whichever area of the profession you choose to pursue.

The government and sporting community are working to transform coaching into a graduate profession and to make the UK into the leader in coaching and coach education. This course is part of making that a reality.

Year one

  • Develop the skills and knowledge that will enable you to create your own coaching programmes.
  • Learn about the current structure of the sports industry in the UK, as well as the government's policy towards sport and how this impacts the sports environment.
  • Look at how children learn and how their sporting skills develop as they get older.
  • Understand physiological systems, and learn to monitor, analyse, diagnose and prescribe action that enhances learning through physical activity.
  • Explore different coaching environments to help identify an area of coaching you want to pursue.

Year two

  • Move onto exploring the core approaches to research and scientific enquiry, and how this can be reflected in your own coaching practice.
  • Learn to support participants inside and outside of sport, recognising that they need life skills, as well as sport-specific skills, to succeed.
  • Apply your knowledge to a range of different sporting contexts and develop an understanding of different models and systems for coaching.
  • Learn about qualitative and quantitative analysis of human movement and take modules in active health promotion or physical education.

Year three

  • Investigate and plan your career development through self-analysis of the skills and qualities required for your first career after university.
  • Take the theoretical and practical knowledge you have developed and apply it to your own 'work-based' context.
  • Study an entrepreneurship module to learn how to establish your self-employed status within sport coaching.
  • Learn about theoretical and practical considerations in psychology and the social psychology of sport.
  • Study the coaching process, concepts, principles and approaches to coaching different activities and different groups of performers from a range of sporting areas.
  • Build on the knowledge and abilities acquired through your studies by working on your own research as part of your dissertation, under the guidance of an expert supervisor.

As a sport coaching graduate, you will be equipped to secure work as a coach in a wide range of sports and contexts.

You could take your skills into graduate roles in sport development, management, entrepreneurship, sports marketing, retail, recruitment or sales.

Or you could go on to work in health and physical education with different demographics groups, from young children to the elderly, or in formal and informal settings in schools, after-school and play locations. Furthermore, graduates acquired roles within recruitment, accounting, management, sales and entrepreneurship that highlights the skills and attributes developed within the degree are transferable to a broad range of employment.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Emerick Kaitell
Principal Lecturer

Muna Golmohamad

I'm Emerick and I'm the Programme Convener of the BA Sport Coaching degree. I also teach several reflective modules; Analytical Work Based Reflective Practice, Personal Development Planning and An Introduction to Physical Education modules. What's most enjoyable about this BA, for me, is the opportunity to learn with the students how we develop through social activities such as sport and physical activities.  I love the discussions around current issues in sport and society. My own interests in sport coach education and diversity within sport reach beyond the university, as I sit on the Triathlon England regional board and Sport England Diversity Expert Group. In addition, I consult on UK Coaching workshops and develop tutors. I coach Athletics and Triathlon from beginners to performers. Don't hesitate to contact me if you would like more details about the programme.

Adrian O’Connor
Senior Lecturer

Adrian O’Connor

Following a lifetime’s worth of experience in sports, exercise, fitness and health, I joined the University of Roehampton in 2010 to work on the sports programmes. It was my honour to deliver the first ever lecture on the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching which ‘gave birth’ to today’s full three-year BA Sport Coaching degree. As well as being a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education for coaching, I also work on the new BA Sports Management degree programme, and I am the Programme Convenor for the Postgraduate Certificate in Personal & Professional Development in the Business School. My greatest interest in sport is sports psychology but I’m also really interested in developing the students’ critical thinking skills and how these relate to their next steps and their success after graduation. Seeing students progress, develop and thrive is far and away the most satisfying part of my role. Philosophically I take a ‘BR=BR’ approach to my students and to my colleagues – a firm belief that better relationships equals better results, and this permeates all the way through my work. I make a concerted effort to create a supportive working environment where good relationships can flourish. We have a wonderful physical environment here at Roehampton with the beautiful grounds and facilities, which motivate us and make us feel we’re part of something great.

Elizabet Kaitell
Senior Lecturer

Elizabet Kaitell

I’m Elizabet, and I teach on the modules Applied Lifestyle Coaching Curriculum, Applied Movement Analysis, Contemporary Issues in Sport Coaching and Research Methods in Sport. I really enjoy discussing the multidimensional factors that might influence the development of a coach, a student or an athlete. I love the way that this degree is looking at developing student-coaches holistically, as a whole. Currently I am undertaking a PhD in Education. My research interest are complexity thinking, ecological systems theory and embodiment, all of which continuously challenge and shapes me as a lecturer. When I’m taking a break from work you might see me running or cycling in Richmond Park.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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