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BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Your pre-entry workbook

An important part of preparing to study on the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching programme is the completion of a pre-entry workbook before Induction Week. As part of the workbook you will understand the importance of CIMSPA as the Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) for your degree programme, and learn how this will inform your studies during your first year. You will also find tasks to complete which relate to each module you will study during your first year and have an opportunity to write down any questions you have. These will then be addressed during your Induction Week.

You’ll receive more information about your Induction Week later this summer.

You should bring your completed workbook to the first meeting you will have with your Personal Tutor who will advise you how it will be used and why it is important.

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, here are some suggested books you may like to read before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But, if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library, or access online, we suggest the following core references. These texts will enable you to become familiar with the key principles of coaching and sport development work in community and performance contexts:

  • CALLARY, B. & GEARITY, B. 2020. Coach Education and Development in Sport: Instructional Strategies (1st ed). Oxon: Routledge.
  • CASSIDY, T., JONES, R., & POTRAC, P. 2015. Understanding Sports Coaching: The Pedagogical, Social and Cultural Foundations of Coaching Practice (3rd ed). London: Routledge.
  • SMITH, A. and GREENOUGH, K., 2023. Mental health and coaching children in sport. In M. TOMS and R. JEANES (eds) The Routledge handbook of coaching children in sport. London: Routledge.

Materials, kit and clothing requirements for your course

You may have an opportunity to purchase programme specific clothing on your arrival at university. Details will be provided during Induction Week. In the meantime, you’ll need to bring:

  • a plain t-shirt/polo shirt
  • plain shorts or tracksuit bottoms
  • a good pair of training/running shoes suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Fashionable footwear is not suitable for practical sessions.

Please also keep / bring coaching templates for session plans from any NGB qualifications that you have undertaken.

You’re also welcome to bring your own personal playing equipment but all standard teaching and sports materials will be provided.

Useful websites

For sports coaching related jobs:

For ideas on what else you can do whilst at university:

Catch up on the latest sports news

It’s important to keep up to date with what is going on in the sports industry. Think more broadly than simply sports results. Look at announcements from the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport. Or look into sports funding and developments in the sports industry on a global scale.

Things to do over summer

Over the summer, you can also do several different things to prepare for beginning your studies this September:

Watch a webinar or read a blog
Research activity: Sport England’s interactive survey