Applied Sports Coaching Science [Top-Up] - BSc (Hons) [Full-Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Sport

Attendance Full-Time



This one year Top Up Degree is aimed at students who have completed a Level 5 (Foundation Degree) in a relevant topic.

The Applied Sports Coaching Science BSc allows you to focus on the inter-related field of sports coaching, development and sports science. You will be provided with unique opportunities to develop your coaching practice with our industry partners. The course combines scientific research modules and a specialist applied sports coaching module to allow you to gain academic, vocational and research skills required to work within this area. As part of your studies you’ll complete an academic research dissertation on a coaching related subject of your choice.

You will be able to be involved in research focusing on your chosen field and will have the chance to participate in conferences. In addition you will be provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop your practice by engaging with events, volunteering and visits to our industry partners.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

Our work ready guarantee, will provide you with the opportunity to develop your coaching practice with our industry partners helping to develop and perfect your coaching skills, not only that but you will be taught by industry experts and qualified staff who all have extensive experience of working within this field.

Who the course is for

The Applied Sports Coaching Science degree is for those students already holding a Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in a sports coaching, sports development or sports science related discipline wishing to top-up to a full Honours Degree.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Coaching Science by NCG.

 "As part of my Foundation Degree I went on placement to a local cricket club and was part of a coaching team that worked with local children".

Calum Carson
BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Coaching Science (Top-Up)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are the jobs for within this sector.

Junior Level Role

Junior Assistant-£11,000

Middle Level Role

Teaching Assistant-£17,000

Senior Level Role

Sports Teacher-£22,000

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

Year one

Applied Sports Coaching Science
This module will develop your knowledge of the skills associated with planning, implementing and evaluating coaching interventions. The module will provide insight into current coaching concepts and their critical application for the needs of the sport performers.

Research Methods 3
This module will provide you with the skills needed to design, collect and analyse data in both the qualitative and quantitative paradigms and will develop your critical thinking skills.

Current Developments and Best Practice
This module will enable you to understand how current thinking and research in your vocational field can influence best practice


The focus of this module is learning through conducting primary research. You will develop skills in research and analysis through independent study of a related subject of your choice

Optional module:

Applied Psychological Support
: this module will provide you with an understanding of the use of psychological support in the field of exercise and performance sports.

Applied Physiological Support: This module will help you to develop the laboratory and theoretical skills required to assess performers and to appreciate the applications and limitations of a range of physiological testing protocols when working to enhance the performance of this athlete.

Sport and Exercise Business Enterprise: This module will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to enter the sports industry market and work towards the creation of your own enterprise.

Learning Methods

You will learn through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops, guest speakers and visits, independent research and case studies. Learning takes place in classrooms, lecture theatres and in our practical areas.

You will also participate in lectures, group work and self-directed study. You will be given opportunities to present group work to your peers developing skills in public speaking and increasing self-confidence

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a range of methods:

  • Case Studies
  • Portfolios
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Practical Coaching Assessments
  • Reflective Coaching Diaries
  • Research Project

Progression Opportunities

There is also the opportunity to progress with further training, in areas such as a PGCE for those wishing to obtain Qualified Teacher Status, or a Masters Degree qualification.


Career Opportunities

On completion, you can progress to employment at supervisory level within the Sports Coaching industry.

You will also be equipped with skills for opportunities within the fields of sports management and sports development.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Foundation Degree or the Level 5 equivalent (HND, Diploma in Higher Education).
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.

Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

A satisfactory DBS clearance will be required to undertake this programme and must be obtained within the first term of enrolment.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.