Elite Coaching Practice

3 Years
September 2024
In Person

If you’re interested in developing and improving teams and individual performance, our Elite Coaching Practice course is for you. It’s the result of an exciting collaboration between us and national governing bodies, to produce the first endorsed level 4 UK Coaching Certificate.

Why study with us

  • Our programme is highly flexible and student-centred. Students can engage with the programme in person or remotely, based on their personal and geographical restrictions.
  • Tutors will work with you to ensure your Masters journey is meaningful to you and your current working environment. Assessments will be co-created allowing you flexibility to address specific topics of interest explored within the programme.
  • Many students progress onto the course from non-traditional academic routes. We welcome learners from industry and have experience of supporting the development of academic skills to successfully engage with the programme.

What you'll do

  • You’ll study a range of contemporary coach issues including coaching philosophy, talent development, performance analysis and global planning.
  • The sessions will be supplemented by sports practitioners who will facilitate activities, workshop and case studies allowing students the opportunity to contextualise current research while reflecting on their own practice.
  • Meet and share ideas from a range of different sporting settings. Previous alumni and guest speakers will share their experiences of high performing and development environments.
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What our students say

The course has had a positive impact on my career. I’ve become more self-aware, reflective and able to apply critical thinking within my work at the club.
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Ian Buckman
Brighton & Hove Albion FC Academy Manager, and MSc graduate
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Course delivery

We provide a highly flexible and personalised approach to studying for a Master’s degree. We teach the course on-campus in blocks with the option of distance learning. This means that you can attend the workshops either on-site or online via live stream. The below percentages are an average split for students on this course.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Craig Wright
Senior lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance Analysis
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Craig is responsible for the academic management and development of the MSc Sports Coaching. His teaching and practitioner focus is in applied sports coaching and coaching science. This includes performance analysis, performance assessment, applied coaching practice and physical …

Dr Cliff Olsson
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Cliff teaches and leads across a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Sports Coaching. His area of expertise is in coaching pedagogy, coach development and sport and international development. Cliff's draws upon a wide range of experience in the f…

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Hear from our students

Taking this course has opened my eyes to a whole academic side of coaching, and made me look at coaching differently.
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Anthony Garbelotto
Head coach, Bali United Basketball

Future careers

Our graduates have gone on to gain positions within the public, private or voluntary sector of sport in a range of coach, coach development, coach education, coach mentoring, management, and academic roles.

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Study in World Class Facilities

For additional information please contact:

Course Leader - Dr Craig Wright

Coach Mentor - John Trower

Looking to start your postgraduate journey?

Our range of subjects and study modes can support your goals. Take your next step with a postgraduate degree.

How to apply

Fees and funding

Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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