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Undergraduate courses 2024/25

Certificate of Higher Education in Sports Coaching, CertHE

Bridge the gap between theory and real-world coaching, unlocking hands-on skills for immediate application.

Introducing the CertHE Sports Coaching Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ), an innovative and dynamic programme designed to shape the next generation of sports coaches. This comprehensive course goes beyond the basics, offering students the opportunity to delve deep into the technical and tactical intricacies of sports coaching while instilling the skills and knowledge needed to design and deliver transformative coaching programs. At its core, the CertHE with the HTQ quality mark, aims to empower students with the expertise to engage, motivate, and elevate the performance of athletes, all while upholding the highest standards of safety and practice in the field of sports coaching.

What sets this programme apart is its commitment to inclusivity, personalisation, and industry relevance. By fostering a culture of continual improvement and reflective practice, students are encouraged to challenge conventional coaching paradigms and think critically about their role in shaping the future of sports. Developed in collaboration with industry partners and informed by the latest research and pedagogical approaches, the CertHE ensures that graduates not only meet the demands of the ever-evolving sports coaching industry but also contribute to its growth and development. Whether you are a passionate newcomer to the field or a seasoned coach seeking to enhance your skills, the Sports Coaching qualification is your gateway to a fulfilling and impactful career in sports coaching.

UCAS points

96 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

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1 years full-time

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Home fees 2024/25


What you should know about this course

  • The programme places a strong emphasis on hands-on coaching experience, allowing students to immediately apply their learning in real-world coaching scenarios.
  • Students gain advanced IT skills, including web development and video analysis, enhancing their technological readiness for modern sports coaching.
  • The programme actively promotes inclusivity in coaching, addressing the needs of diverse populations and communities.
  • Partnerships with organisations like Charlton Athletic Community Trust ensure alignment with industry requirements, providing students with valuable insights and connections.
  • The programme adopts flexible assessment methods, moving beyond traditional exams to encourage creative and critical thinking among students.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

This is an experienced team of academic and industry professionals. Their teaching is informed by research and consultancy work.

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Entry requirements


    96 UCAS Tariff points. We accept A Levels, T Levels, BTECs, Access to HE and all other qualifications with UCAS Tariff points.

    In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics at grade 4/C and GCSE English Language at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

    We make Contextual offers to this programme. Applicants that meet specific eligibility criteria will be made a contextual offer with a reduced tariff of up to 16 UCAS Tariff points. Other entry requirements such as GCSEs, Interview, etc., will still need to be met. For further information, please see our Contextual Admissions Policy.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?


Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*

* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.


In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

In the Sports Coach Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) programme, lecture attendance typically involves the entire cohort of students, creating an interactive learning environment. Seminars and labs, on the other hand, encourage smaller group discussions and typically accommodate around 15-20 students. This approach allows for deeper engagement, active participation, and personalised interactions, enhancing the overall learning experience.

Overall workload

The  programme demands a manageable yet rigorous workload. On average, students can expect to dedicate approximately 20-25 hours per week to lectures, workshops, and self-study. This balance ensures that students have ample time for practical coaching experiences, assignments, and personal development while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.


Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

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Full time

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £9,250 N/A N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from £126.35 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body is optional but may incur further costs. For example, student membership of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science is £29.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of sports coaching programmes often pursue careers as sports coaches at various levels, including community, school, club, and elite sports coaching. They may also explore roles in sports development, sports management, or pursue further education and specialisation in areas like sports science or sports psychology, opening up opportunities in sports-related research and academia.

Do you provide employability services?

We provide extensive employability services to support you in your career development. These services include an Online Careers Centre where you can access support for CVs, job applications, career fairs, internships, mentoring, mock interviews, postgraduate study applications, and more. In addition, the university offers support in finding internships, and career mentors, preparing for career fairs, and postgraduate study options.

Visit our Employability & Careers Service pages.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

The university offers comprehensive academic support services to students, all of which are free. This support includes one-to-one tutorials lasting half an hour, academic skills workshops covering various topics, and online resources through the Academic Support Hub.

Additionally, students can meet with Subject Specialist Librarians for subject-specific assistance across different campus libraries. The Academic and Digital Skills Team provides valuable resources and LibGuides to enhance study skills and academic success. Students have the opportunity to access these services and resources at their convenience, ensuring a supportive and enriching learning experience.

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