Do you want a career where you can help people realise their sporting potential? Sports Coaching will help you develop the skills to work as an effective sports coach across a range of contexts. We’ll give you the theoretical foundations of coaching practice across all sports, which you can apply to your sport of choice. You’ll study coaching models and styles, as well as psychosocial aspects such as learning and leadership. We’ll teach you the professional codes to which coaches must adhere, exploring the ethical and moral responsibilities of the coach. Understanding the principles of performance analysis is crucial, so you’ll learn how to identify performance indicators and coaching strategies across a variety of sports. You’ll examine the physiological components of performance, learning about skeletal and muscular anatomy and function. You’ll get hands-on experience of a range of coaching practices using our excellent sports facilities, including our Sports Laboratory and Strength and Conditioning Suite. You’ll complete two professional work placements and you’ll have the option to work with business experts in your final year to develop your own viable business plan. You’ll get experience of using the latest high-performance sport technology, such as GPS tracking and 3D motion tracking, developing the sector-specific skills you’ll need for a graduate role. Alongside your degree, you’ll be encouraged and supported to complete nationally recognised coaching qualifications in a variety of sports. **Graduate opportunities** The broad subject base and practical application of this course will make you attractive to a range of employers. You’ll be well-prepared for a career in coaching, but you’ll also develop transferable organisational and interpersonal skills which will prepare you for many managerial positions. You could also consider postgraduate study, such as teacher training. **Placement opportunities** We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. You’ll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year. Our students typically complete placements at professional sports clubs, community schemes and grassroots-level clubs. You could also work in primary or secondary schools.