University of Gloucestershire: Professional Practice in Sports Coaching

InstitutionUniversity of Gloucestershire
Department School of Sport and Exercise
Study type Taught


The course is designed to help you build on your existing experience to refine your coaching. You will develop a deeper appreciation of theory and research related to sports coaching and will consider how best to apply this in practice.

You will study in a collaborative environment alongside fellow professional practitioners and aspirant UKCC level 4 coaches who in many cases are operating as full-time professional coaches. You will learn from teaching staff with excellent professional experience and research profiles in their respective fields. You will consider a range of contemporary issues and practices, using modern methods and approaches in areas such as developing expertise, pedagogy, reflective practice and mentoring, sport psychology and talent identification. An emphasis is placed on the relationship between practice and theory, with students supported to develop reflective, analytical and critical thinking skills in order to develop their professional practice.

The delivery of taught content takes place on site at the Oxstalls Campus and at a number of National Governing Body venues such as Bisham Abbey (GB Rowing) and Stoneleigh Park (British Equestrian), therefore students must be prepared to travel. This provides a valuable opportunity to further develop professional networks and to engage with real world environments.

Module Descriptions

  • Coaching pedagogy - Explore pedagogic theory and concepts in coaching practice and coach education

  • Work-based project - Engage in a research project that addresses personal and professional goals

  • Expert coach in context - Critically analyse the role of the coach in identifying, developing and managing talent

  • Independent project - Conduct a sustained and independent investigation into a chosen area of study

For more information and to apply for the Professional Practice in Sports Coaching course, please visit the course page at


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