Taught course

Professional Practice in Sport Coaching

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Degree: A second class honours degree or above in sport coaching, sport sciences, physical education, or a sport/leisure related course. Professional Experience: Experience in Sport Coaching (a minimum of at least 2 years sustained coaching experience) and currently committed to coaching within a sport coaching organisation. Where no first degree has been obtained there should be evidence of an ongoing commitment to sport coaching (6 - 8 years). It is recommended that the student has obtained a Level 2 Coaching qualification or equivalent .

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Practice in Sport Coaching MSc provides a basis for career development into, or through, the sport coaching programme. There is particular emphasis on developing a critical understanding of sport coaching through the examination of underpinning theories, models, concepts and research skills pertinent to coaching practice and overall management of the coaching process. Students will, through the taught programme, assess and critique the impact of current coaching models and systems utilised in the development of coaching expertise. In addition students will develop knowledge of high performance coaching and critique the application of sport science principles to this context.

More specifically the programme will promote application and critical evaluation of vocationally relevant concepts to the work place and the sports coaching role through a work-based learning approach. This programme is guided by key professional competencies outlined in the UK Coaching Certificate and coupled with the theoretical underpinnings is contemporary and innovative in design.

All assessments are applied to the practice of Sport Coaching and examples of these include case studies, real life projects, reports and presentations.

The MScProfessional Practice in Sport Coaching degree has a work based design enabling the student to apply theory to practice and ultimately develop the professional and vocational skills fitting to a career in either participation, development or high performance coaching. A range of organisations representing all sectors have applauded the vocational relevance of the course and such organisations include Local Authorities, School, National and International Governing Bodies of Sport

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444