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Course Overview

Coaching and fitness are two of the biggest sectors in the sports industry, offering extensive opportunities to help a vast range of people achieve their health, fitness and sporting goals. If you aspire to work in areas such as coaching or fitness training, our Sport, Coaching and Fitness degree will help you gain the advanced knowledge to support and inspire people in this dynamic and diverse industry. This sports degree course critically explores the multitude of knowledge and skills you need to thrive in this evolving field. It will develop you into an exercise professional, from client assessment to programming and working with clients with various conditions. You will also develop as a sports coach, analysing performance and exploring working with special populations, while you will gain further essential knowledge of the role of nutrition and psychology in sport, fitness and health. Alongside your degree, you will have the chance to gain further industry-recognised qualifications to help you stand out, from personal trainer and fitness instructor qualifications to sports coaching and instructing weight lifting.* Work placement opportunities are available throughout the course to enable you to start carving out your career path before you graduate, while you will be supported by our range of cutting-edge sports facilities including our Human Performance Centre.


ENRICHMENT – Boost your career prospects with a range of additional qualifications recognised by the sport and fitness industry WORK EXPERIENCE – Engage with industry through a range of opportunities throughout your course, with our past students having worked for top professional sports clubs PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Apply your learning and skills to real-life practice, supported by our outstanding sports facilities and expert teaching staff SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Drive the direction of your studies to suit your interests with a range of modules, placement work and a research project on the subject of your choice TEAM SCOTLAND PARTNERSHIP – Our University will be the home for Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, offering exciting opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes
Foundation Year
Year 1

Core Modules

  • Academic Skills
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Sports Psychology
  • Principles of Coaching
  • Health Promotion
  • Health and Exercise Screening
Year 2

Core Modules

  • Research for Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology in Practice
  • Coaching and Performance Analysis
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Exercise Training and Programming
Year 3

Core Modules

  • Sports Project
  • Exercise as Medicine
  • Nutrition for a Healthy Population
  • Special Population and Inclusive Coaching
  • Work-Based Learning for Sport

Entry Requirements

Level 3 or equivalent qualifications are desirable.

Funding Options


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Refer a Friend Scheme

When you help a friend enroll on a degree course with  our Refer a Friend scheme, you will receive a £200 referral fee per successfully enrolled referral.