Entry requirements

Normally an Undergraduate Honours degree (grade 2:2 or higher) from a UK University in a related subject area such as sports coaching, sports development, physical education, sports science or sports studies and possess (or be working towards) at least a UK level 2 coaching qualification or equivalent, alongside evidence of a sustained commitment to coaching practice.

Candidates with appropriate degrees (or equivalent) in other subjects will also be considered if they have significant relevant employment experience in sports coaching or a demonstrable interest in (or commitment to) areas related to sports coaching as evidenced by possession of (or working towards) a UK level 3 coaching qualification or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Investigate the challenges and opportunities that the contemporary sports coach faces in working with their athletes to help produce optimum performance and outcomes.

This is a course where you will benefit from exploring a curriculum that is focused on effective coaching practice at both a strategic and operational level. This includes detailed coverage of reflective practice, skilled performance under pressure and the study of effective group dynamics and leadership. A recurring approach used within this course is the application of theoretical learning to real-life coaching situations.

As the first course of its kind in the UK to be delivered fully online, you will benefit from Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning platform. This will give you a highly effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills to further enhance your coaching capabilities, whilst studying at a time and place that suits you.

The modules studied are broken down into identifiable units to support your learning, keep you engaged and provide interaction between yourself and fellow students and tutors.

Why choose this course?

  • Flexible study offered to fit around your work and personal life via an established online distance learning network.
  • 24/7 access to a wide range of online resources, including e-journals, databases and e-books to support your learning.
  • Dedicated technical and administrative support staff available to assist and support your online study requirements.
  • Obtain a postgraduate qualification that will help progress your career opportunities within the sports coaching and sport & exercise related fields.

Information for international students

You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. A minimum score of IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all bands) or an equivalent qualification.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 1782 294 400