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Sports Coaching, PGDip/MSc

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #81 (QS) ,
This Sports Coaching programme at University of Birmingham is a unique development in the field of sport coaching in how it seeks to develop high quality coaches in a research active environment.

About

By taking this programme you will develop the skills to critically evaluate new developments/theory and integrate this knowledge, where appropriate, into your own personal coaching practice.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to develop yourself as a lifelong learner, understanding the importance of learning and the theory behind coaching practice and also development of performance and expertise.

This Sports Coaching programme at University of Birmingham is an innovative blended delivery using both high quality online resources complemented with face to face discussion time with academics and leaders in the programme fields. You will be encouraged to develop your use of theory in practice, and to reflect upon your own personal coaching philosophy and development in light of new knowledge. 

Students will be required to attend three to four compulsory block teaching weeks during September, December and March. 

Career:

The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), on behalf of the sport of golf, leads on the development of coach education and training. A full review of the existing coach education structure, following guidance from the quality standards of the UK Coaching Certificate, has led to the establishment of a player centred, coach led education system that meets the needs of coaches and, ultimately, players.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Induction
  • Research Methodology in Sport
  • Innovation in Professional Development
  • Advanced Pedagogies
  • Player and Participant Development
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Digital Practice in Sport and Exercise

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Part-time
                  • Average part-time duration 36 months
                  • Intensity Flexible
                  • Duration description

                    MSc by Distance Learning: 2 years; 

                    Diploma: 2 years;

                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:

                  88

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                • Minimum required score:

                  6.5

                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                • Minimum required score:

                  59

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                Academic Requirements

                You need the following GPA score:

                Required score: Upper Second Class

                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                General Requirements

                Applicants will normally require a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or relevant professional experience. 

                You will be required to be a qualified coach with an award recognised by their national governing body, normally at Level 2 of the UKCC or its equivalent. You will also be expected to regularly coach a minimum of three hours per week whilst on the programme.

                The university also encourage applications from coaches who do not have prior experience of higher education as well as those with first degrees. 

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  8498 GBP/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 8498 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                • EU/EEA

                  4625 GBP/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 4625 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Birmingham

                • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                Funding

                Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

                Student Finance England's new Postgraduate Loan application service is now open for Masters degrees in the UK. The Postgraduate Loan for Masters study will be: 

                • A contribution towards the costs of study, i.e. it will be at your discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs;
                • Non-means tested;
                • Paid directly to you into a UK bank account;
                Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

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