The Brunel Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Coaching) BSc gives students interested in coaching a thorough grounding in the sports science from a coach’s perspective.
You’ll learn how the human body works on physiological, biomechanical and psychological levels and how this can be applied to improve athletic development and performance and prevent injury.
In your coaching specialisation, you’ll also investigate and analyse a variety of coaching theories and practices, learn to create, implement and evaluate training programmes for teams and individuals, and start to develop your own coaching practice and style.
You'll learn to identify and manage training, performance and lifestyle issues, and to develop skills that enhance confidence, motivation and concentration and help control anxiety and stress.
The coaching methods you’ll learn are applicable across all sports, skill levels from beginner to elite, ages, genders and contexts including professional, educational and community.
We offer three study options. You can choose three years full-time, six years part-time or four years full-time with a one-year professional placement between years two and three that will give you the chance to put what you’ve learned into practice.
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Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
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The course is designed to give you a solid understanding of sports coaching theories and practices and how to apply these to practical coaching environments. You’ll explore the physiological, biomechanical and psychological factors that govern human movement and motivation, and how these relate to sports performance.
Your Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences BSc consists of compulsory and optional modules and a final dissertation.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
- Fundamentals of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
- Research and Learning Skills I
- Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
- Introduction to the Social Sciences of Sport
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Synoptic Study I
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Coaching and Teaching Effectiveness
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse
- Physical Literacy and Child Development
- Research and Learning Skills II
- Work Based Learning
- Pedagogy and Policy: Individual Needs
- Synoptic Study II
Compulsory for students selecting a sandwich placement:
- Work placement workshops
- Work placement
Optional (choose one):
- Biomechanics of Human Movement
- Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Theory and Application in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Delivery of Sports Development
- Young People, Sport and Identity
- Major project
- Pedagogy and Policy: Critical Issues
- Physical Literacy and the Learning Environment
- Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Training Principles
- Employability and Professional Development
- Synoptic Study III
Optional (choose one):
- Biomechanical Analysis Techniques
- Physiology of the High Performance Athlete
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Sport, Media and Communication
- Managing Sports Development
Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Entry criteria 2019/20
- GCE A Level BBC, including either Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sport Studies, Sociology or PE.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Applied Science, Sport, or Sport and Exercise Science.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Applied Science, Sport, or Sport and Exercise Science, with an A Level at grade B in any subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with two A Levels at grades BC, to include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Maths, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology, Physics, or PE.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points including 5 at Higher Level in one of the following subject; Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology or PE.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access to Bioscience, Health, Forensic Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Science, or Sport course, with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.
Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
A commitment to sport or exercise is expected from all applicants.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Teaching and learning
Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. Many are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which enables them to work with high-performance athletes from a wide variety of sports – and many of them do. This means you’ll be among the first to benefit from the latest thinking in the industry.
Your courses will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory and practical sessions, online leaning and computer-assisted sessions to teach quantitative data collection and analysis and computer simulation.
We constantly review our teaching methods in response to student feedback in view of developing and improving them.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Modules are assessed by combinations of individual and group projects, oral presentations, case studies, report writing, and examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£9,250 full-time; £6,935 part-time; £1,000 placement year
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.