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Sports Coaching and Analysis BSc (Hons)


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Your game plan

Do you dream of coaching athletes? Would you like to be a qualified and accredited graduate, already experienced and ready for the job market? Are you keen to support athletes at a range of performance levels? Then our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Analysis is for you.

Why Sport Coaching and Analysis at LSBU?

We’re No.1 University in London for Personal Development in Sports Science (National Students Survey 2016).
We’re proud to be No.2 London modern university for research quality, overall score and graduate prospects in Sports Science (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
The course has great professional links – it’s mapped to the national occupational L2 Gym Instructor by Skills Active, so by passing your first year and an additional theory and practical exam you can be a qualified Gym instructor.
The course and our excellent staff focus on helping students develop the skill, knowledge and competencies to become a sports coach.
LSBU's Academy of Sport has a customer satisfaction rate of 84.5% (UKCSI Business Benchmark Survey).
The Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre forms part of our dedicated facilities – you’ll get access to sophisticated equipment to enhance your research activities.

Sports coaching at the Academy of Sport, involving knowledge of physiology and wellbeing

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
5 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
3 Years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


During the course, you'll focus on the principles and methods of sports coaching and the analysis of performance. You’ll also study the scientific principles and theories embedded in the key scientific subject areas (physiology, nutrition, psychology and biomechanics) that underpin sport and exercise.

Year 1

    • Anatomy and physiology 
      This module will develop your knowledge and understanding in anatomical language and human anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the physical and chemical principles that underlie physiological functions and metabolic processes. The concept of integration and control in physiology will be developed, beginning with the study of cell membrane function and leading to an appreciation of human physiology through an understanding of systems. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
    • Perception and action 1
      This module is intended to introduce you to the main topic areas in perceptual-motor control, development, learning and performance. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain practical experience in exercise, sport coaching and exercise settings, and gain an understanding of how the sport sciences can be applied to practical activities. This module also aims to introduce you to effective reflective practice techniques. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
    • Scientific skills
      This module will provide you with a foundation for the study of science at undergraduate level. The basis for the module will be the context, planning and execution of experimental work, along with analysis and presentation of experimental data. A substantial component of study will involve activities in effective written communication and the writing of laboratory reports in particular. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
    • Sport psychology 1
      This module will introduce different approaches of psychology and the study of the psychological aspects in exercise and performance. It will cover some theoretical approaches and methods of scientific enquiry. It will also include the application of psychological methods in the development and optimisation of sports performance and exercise participation. This module will provide you with many examples of sport and exercise psychology in action. Assessment method: 100% exam. 
    • Nutrition, health and disease
      This module will familiarise you with the fundamental principles of human nutrition as a multidisciplinary perspective relating to human health and well-being. You'll explore key concepts of nutritional requirements, food chemistry, macro and micro-nutrient functions. You'll also explore the relationship of diet to health, with special reference to over and under nutrition states. You'll examine dietary recommendations for the maintenance of health and well-being, and you'll consider the assessment of food intake in this context. You'll review the factors determining food choice, and you'll explore the role of nutrition in the context of physical activity. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
    • Biomechanics
      This module will extend your knowledge of human anatomy and the musculoskeletal system, whilst introducing the basic biomechanical concepts and terminology required to analyse skilled and common movement patterns. This module will provide a clear understanding of the internal and external forces that act on the body, which you use to develop a comprehensive understanding of performance determinants. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

    Students are offered the opportunity to obtain both a Level 1 NGB award and to complete the sports ambassador training.

    Students are encouraged to hold appropriate DBS clearance, or a condition of progression from the first to the second year is that students must go through the DBS checking system. This will be facilitated through the Sports Academy. Students will register through the Sports Centre for checking during the first semester at University.

    Year 2

    • Placement
      The nature of the work carried out at individual placements will vary greatly. In some cases, you'll be exposed to numerous work situations to have an overall appreciation of the total operation of the employer. In other cases, you may be assigned to a singular role. Nonetheless, the learning outcomes will apply to all placements. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
    • Strength and conditioning theory
      This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of training theory and training programme design. It will focus on the responses and adaptations of the physiological, metabolic, endocrine and muscular systems to exercise training. You'll develop a thorough understanding of the theory and principles used in the design of conditioning programmes to develop physiological, metabolic, endocrine and muscular strength, and you'll put theory into practice through practical sessions. Assessment method: 100% coursework. 
    • Sport psychology 2
      This module is intended to develop your understanding of sport and exercise psychology. The module has been designed to advance your knowledge of theory and practice in the psychological preparation of sport performers, and as such will integrate the notions of research informing practice and practical experience informing research. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
    • Sports biomechanics and analysis
      This module has been designed to introduce you to the variety of equipment and methods available to analyse sporting performance. At the end of this module, you'll have a basis for optimisation of sporting performance or for advising on the optimisation of such performance. Assessment method: 100% exam. 
    • Research methods
      This module is intended to develop your understanding of the research process in the area of applied human sciences. It will provide you with knowledge about main research principles and methodologies for data collection and analysis. You'll gain practical experience in developing a research proposal and analysing data with parametric and non-parametric statistical methods, using both MS Excel and IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Assessment method: 100% coursework.
    • Sport and exercise nutrition
      This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the nutritional requirements of athletes and the metabolic responses and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. In particular, it will focus on fuel utilisation during endurance, and explore the nutritional requirements of different ‘athlete types’. The module will also reference evidence supporting the use of nutritional strategies in optimising performance and training. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

    Year 3

    • Research project
      This module will provide you with an opportunity to plan, carry out and report an extended piece of research in sport or exercise science. You'll be assigned a research topic from a list supplied by members of academic staff, according to preferences that you specify. The topic list will cover the major areas in sport and exercise science, sports coaching and sports analysis. You may also have the chance to carry out a project that you'll propose yourself, subject to appropriate forward planning and supervisory support. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
    • Notational and performance analysis
      This module has been designed to introduce you to working with industry-standard performance analysis software (Dartfish). It will primarily develop your awareness of the use and development of analytical indicators that can be applied to identify and optimise individual and team performance, and will involve training in and critique of methods for data analysis and presentation. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
    • Sports populations and coaching groups
      This module examines the phenomena of sport and exercise from the perspective of collections of individuals and the extent to which such a perspective fosters an understanding of relationships and the planning and practice of a variety of physical activities. Issues relating to the training of particular groups of individuals (e.g. the younger and older, males and females, ability and disability) will be covered, followed by consideration of talent identification, performance profiling and long-term development of athletes to elite level. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
    • Applied sport psychology for coaching
      This module will help extending theory and research into the field to apply sport psychology principles into coaching practice. It will enable you to study and apply psychological principles of human performance in helping athletes to perform consistently in the upper range of their capabilities and more thoroughly enjoy the sport performance process. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
    • Advanced strength and conditioning practices
      This module is designed to advance your understanding of strength and conditioning. It includes selection, administration and interpretation of exercise tests. The module will develop the theory of periodisation and approaches to programme design to include sport and athlete performance profiling. It will also evaluate recovery strategies and the issue of over training. Technological aids in optimising performance, such as hypoxia and vibration training, will be addressed, as will the challenges of certain environmental factors in order to support athletes in optimising their approaches to training and performance. Assessment method: 100% coursework.


    One of the great things about this course is that you’ll have the opportunity to obtain coaching qualifications as you study. These qualifications will, where possible, be embedded within the modules - and you can progress your level of coaching award throughout your degree. You'll also get the chance to work in a broad range of coaching, teaching and sports science placements where you'll be supported and mentored by staff and industry professionals to maximise your employability.

    These are some of the roles you might choose after you graduate:

    • Sports coaching in clubs and schools;
    • Coaching within private sports organisations;
    • Sport programme co-ordinators;
    • Local authority coaching program staff, leisure services department staff and community sports coaching programme staff;
    • Performance coaching of higher level athletes;
    • National Governing Body development officers;
    • Sport and recreation officers.

    As well as this, you’ll have opportunities for further study, including:

    • Post graduate teacher training;
    • Master's degree study in Sports Coaching; Analysis or Sports Science.

    LSBU Employability Service

    We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

    LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

    As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

    Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

    • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
    • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
    • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
    • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
      It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
    • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
    • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

    Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



    Dr Todor Arabadzhiev

    School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
    Job title: Visiting Research Fellow

    Todor is a Visiting Research Fellow in Human and Food Science at the School of Applied Sciences. His main expertise and research interests are in the areas of signal processing, computer simulations and electromyography.

    Mario Borges

    School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
    Job title: Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Analysis

    Mario's areas of teaching are: Sport Coaching and Analysis, Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Pedagogy and Coaching Methodologies. His research interests are in sports coaching, coach behaviours, coach expertise, coach education, learning and professional development.

    Dr Rita F. de Oliveira

    School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
    Job title: Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

    Rita is a Senior Lecturer for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. Background in human movement science and psychology, focusing on developmental disorders of coordination, embodied cognition, driving, and performance optimisation.

    Dr Gaspar Epro

    School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
    Job title: Post-Doc Research Fellow

    Dr Gaspar Epro is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Applied Sciences (Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre) at London South Bank University (LSBU).

    Steven Hunter

    School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
    Job title: Senior Lecturer, Subject Group Leader in Sport and Exercise Science; Head of Human Sciences

    Steve came to LSBU in 1994 and has been involved in delivering and managing sport and exercise science programmes ever since.

    Dr Darren James

    School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
    Job title: Research Fellow

    Specialising in Human Movement Science with particular focus on inter-disciplinary research in gait.

    Dr Katya Mileva

    School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
    Job title: Associate Professor; Director of the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre

    Katya's main research focuses on the neurophysiology of movement with particular emphasis on the neuromuscular and cardiovascular effects of physical activity and agents, as well as on electrophysiological signal processing.

    Dr Lisa Zaidell

    School/Division: Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
    Job title: Research Fellow

    Lisa is a Research Fellow with the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre.


    Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre (SESRC)

    The Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre (SESRC) has access to sophisticated equipment which enhances research activities, and is where some of your classes will take place. You can take a virtual tour below.

    Academy of Sport

    You'll have access to a range of facilities and equipment within the Academy of Sport at LSBU, including a fully equipped fitness suite with SMART Centre Technology, a Functional Training Zone, Free Weights Room and Sports Hall.

    The Academy of Sport has been recognised nationally for its high standards of excellence, receiving a customer satisfaction rate of 84.5%, from the UKCSI Business Benchmark Survey.

    You can take a virtual tour below, or visit our Academy of Sport pages for more information.

    Teaching and learning

    You’ll be learning through a mixture of classes (around 15 hours a week in year 1) plus individual tutorials and independent study. Our impressive research record means that teaching is informed by current, cutting-edge research. And because we have a focus on applied research, you can apply your learning to real world settings. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in the research that the staff are doing and to read their findings as part of the degree.

    We’re here to support you. You’ll have access to the virtual learning environment Moodle, so materials and online support are available when you need them. We provide one-to-one support via our professional tutoring system. Your tutor will help you understand coursework feedback, offer guidance as you plan your career, and advise you on work experience to ensure you get the most out of the course. Teaching is also supported through seminars, online learning environments and specialist advice sessions for topics such as statistics and research methods.

    Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
      Time spent in lectures, seminars and practical study Self-directed learning
    Year 1 29% 71%
    Year 2 26% 74%
    Year 3 24% 76%

    Entry requirements

    2018 entry

    • A Level CCD or;
    • BTEC National Diploma MMM or;
    • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Merits and 6 Passes or;
    • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 96 UCAS points
    • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths, Science or Sport
    • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
    • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

    How to apply

    International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

    Instructions for Home/EU applicants
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    5 years
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    3 Years
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    All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

    All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


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    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
    AOS/LSBU code: 4162Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £27750
    International £39375
    The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
    UK/EU fee: £5550International fee: £7500
    AOS/LSBU code: 5251Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £27750
    International £37500

    For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.


    We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. Up to 300 new home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £2,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2016/17 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

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    As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

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