Taught course

Sports Coaching

University of the West of Scotland · School of Science

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement – 2:2 honours degree in a related sport/exercise science area. Individuals with professional related experience will also be considered. The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Delivered by experts with extensive experience in sports research, this programme prepares you for a career as a coach, strength and conditioner, and for a career in sport science support.
About the programme You will develop your conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of sports coaching and learn practical skills in a range of scientific disciplines to enhance the coaching process. You will critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in sports coaching with an emphasis on students becoming effective and reflective practitioners. A significant proportion of the programme is vocationally focused and student driven. Lectures normally account for 50% of class contact time with the remainder consisting of seminars, practical sessions, laboratory sessions, oral presentations, case studies and poster presentations. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience observing and participating in the service delivery of high performance sport with organisations including St. Mirren FC and The Scottish Institute of Sport.
Practical experience Practical sessions are supervised and take place in our exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and sports analysis laboratories. Classes involve observation, demonstration, participation, problem-solving and reporting while others are field-based, providing necessary practical skills to successfully intervene in an athlete’s physical development. All programme units are explicitly devised to address the optimisation of performance.
Your learning
Modules include:
• Coaching Process
• Peak Performance
• Research Process in Sport
• Data Analysis in Exercise Science
• Applied Strength and Conditioning
• Instructional Issues for Coaches
MSc Upon successful completion of the taught modules, students will undertake a project which leads to the MSc award.
Our Careers Adviser says Graduates are equipped to collaborate with performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or in sport science support. The MSc can prepare elite performers to study their own performance and to develop the necessary skills to help their future performance, or prepare them for work opportunities after retirement from sport.
Professional accreditation The programme provides the necessary foundation knowledge and skills for professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or appropriate higher coaching awards (Level 3or above).

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Hayley McEwan
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)