Taught course

Youth Sport Coaching

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

Normally an Honours degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant subject, although experience can also be taken into account. Formal UKCC Coaching qualification (preferably Level 3), or those with suitable coaching experience. Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable. Those without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior professional experience may be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Youth Sports Coaching course will develop a highly qualified, specialised coach that will be provided with the key skills to coach and develop young children and people through sport and physical activity.

The MSc Youth Sports Coaching reflects recommendations in the UK Vision for Coaching (2009-16) published by Sports Coach UK, which has identified gaps in the provision and deployment of sports coaches, as well as a need to provide more opportunities for children and young people to participate in sport and physical activity. Essential to the success of this is the need to develop an infrastructure through the training and deployment of sports coaches with the right skills to work with this particular group.

The MSc Youth Sports Coaching course provides students with the knowledge and ability to address coaching specifically for children and young people, and can maximise the benefits and potential of working with this age group. It is designed for individuals that work with young people either at a participant level, school sport or in an elite capacity. Our interdisciplinary approach allows coaches to apply theoretical issues to practice and reflect on the subsequent impact on the coaching process. Students will also develop the ability to lead, manage people and mentor colleagues. Modules ensure that individuals become aware of the complex physical, psychological, social, growth and development issues that face those who work with this age group.

Modules include:

Effective Coaching
Growth and Development of the Young Athlete
Strength and Conditioning
Developing Expertise in Sport
Sport Psychology
PE and School Sport
Leading and Managing People
Research Methods in Coaching
Research Project

How You Will Study

Teaching methods include, lectures, seminars, video analysis and workshops, some of which will be student-led. Assessment activities include essays, examinations, oral and poster presentations and case studies.

Possible Career Options

This course is designed to reflect current developments and ensure that students have the required skills to access a range of employment opportunities within sports coaching. Graduates will possess the key skills, knowledge and competencies to be deployed or advance in a range of careers such as physical education and school sport, national governing body coach, sports development officer, community coach, high performance coach, active young people officer, physical activity, to name but a few.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries & Admissions
08455 194 787
01443 654050