Taught course

Advanced Sport Coaching Practice

Sheffield Hallam University · Sport and Active Lifestyles

Entry requirements

This course has been designed for coaches who have substantial experience in an advanced sport coaching professional context and can demonstrate a desire to further develop as a critically-reflective, autonomous practitioner. The course is selective and welcomes applications from coaches who are graduates with a 2.1 or above. If you don't have a degree, we will consider you if you can evidence a minimum of five years' experience of working in a performance coaching environment. A NGB approved level three coaching qualification or UKCC level three coach or international equivalent coaching qualification. Hold recognised coaching licence or membership of a recognised sport coaching association or membership of a recognised international sport coaching federation. Where candidates lack experience, evidence of continual professional development in coaching or equivalent levels of study in coaching will be sought for example, UK Sport, Sports Coach UK performance workshops. You need to attend an interview to determine your suitability to study at masters level. Non-native English speakers need to be proficient in English, typically shown by an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which enables you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Months of entry


Course content

Study at the cutting edge of sports coaching and develop your ability to apply advanced sport coaching principles and techniques to further your coaching practice. This course is taught by the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam and uses experts from the sport science and sport coaching industry. If you successfully gain the postgraduate diploma you then have the option to progress to a full MSc.

• Develop your knowledge and understanding of advanced sport coaching practice and apply it to your coaching.
• Apply and embed the latest research and cutting edge technology into your coaching.
• Directly evidence how your advancing coaching practice meets the competencies of the UKCC level four.
• Enhance your career by studying at a university ranked fourth in the UK for research.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    36 months months

    Course contact details

    Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
    +44 (0)114 225 5555