BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Health Sciences (Top-up)

This programme will offer students who have completed the FdSc in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at East Riding College or similar level 5 programmes else where the opportunity to continue with their academic skills development, continue to extend their research and study skills as well as further develop their analytical and critical thinking skills. It would aim to give them the skill of being able to critically reflect on their performance and personal achievements. The programme also enables students to network and potentially gain employment opportunities, or work experience with local employers.

A range of modules covering different sport, exercise and health related topics such as health promotion, sports coaching, performance analysis and fitness training are covered during the programme. Throughout the programme students will be given the opportunity to research their chosen areas of interest relating to sport, exercise and health. During the programme the students will also undertake an independent research project on a topic of their choice. The research project will be subject to approval by the universities Ethics Committee and will involve data collection and analysis.

Fieldwork experience will be an integral part of the programme to help the students focus on real world examples and issues.  Through fieldwork the programme will aim to offer the students opportunities to explore places and processes, and with the complexities of the real world issues. Visits and guest speakers from industry will all be embedded within the programme. In addition to this the students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills practically by delivering coaching sessions and planning training programmes. All practical activities carried out during the delivery of the programme and as part of assessments will take place within the college using the specialist facilities and equipment that is available such as the fitness suite, MUGA and sports field.

This one-year course is for those who have completed a relevant foundation degree or equivalent and would like to achieve the full BSc.

What will I study?

Modules will include:

  • Dissertation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sports Coaching in Action
  • Advanced Training Methods
  • Enhanced Methods of Performance Analysis in Sport

Modules may be subject to amendment due to re-validation.

How will I be assessed?

A combination of the following assessment methods will be used during the programme:

  • Reports
  • Presentations in a variety of formats
  • Literature reviews
  • Practical assessments
  • Viva
  • Dissertation

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information when available*.

How will the course be delivered?

The teaching and learning approach for the programme will focus on student-centred lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions.

Students should expect to be in classes at least two days a week, with the remainder of their time focus on their assessments and learning.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile:  Andy Davis

Andy has an MSc in Sports Coaching and his experience within the sports industry has centred on sports development and coaching.  His research interests are sporting performance, fitness assessment, fundamental movement skills, physical literacy and participation levels in sport.

Entry requirements

  • A HND with merit profile


  • Foundation degree or equivalent level five qualification in a subject allied to Sport, Health and Exercise or relevant experience


  • College interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

Learners can continue their academic studies with a post-graduate course such as a PGCE or Masters. Learners may also seek employment as physical education teachers, sports coaches, fitness instructors, sports therapists or health trainers. 

Additional information

Validated* by the University of Hull

*Undergoing re-validation.

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)