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BSc Sport Coaching

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The programme will offer basics for coaches in Sports in general. Functional Anatomy and relevant Physiology for coaches will form the basis for their learning of more applied aspects like Sports Nutrition and Biomechanics. Origins and Growth of Modern Sport 1850 - 1946 and Sports Ethics should root them in the local culture and practice. Communication in the Workplace and Statistics should empower them to deal with players and the media. All of this will be done while instilling Principles of Coaching in general, with options to focus on Sports of their interest later on. At the end of the course, the candidate should be a well-rounded coach, able to formulate coaching plans based on sound scientific principles and modern knowledge. They should be able to use their creativity to deliver within the norms of Caribbean practice, cognizant of the importance of Sport to the region. They will be equipped to either enter the field of Sport Coaching, or further their studies at a Post Graduate level.


Who is this programme for?

The BSc in Sport Coaching programme seeks to target persons who are currently working in any of the numerous areas in coaching, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, private entities and other individuals, including school leavers with an interest in the field. 

Duration and Award of Programme

The programme will be offered over 4 years (part-time).

Delivery Mode

(Blended) Online theory with coaching practicums and lab components


Programme Structure

This four-year part-time programme of study consists of a total of 93 credits. Level 1 consists of thirty (30) credits, Level 2 consists of thirty (30) credits, and Level 3 consists of thirty-three (33) credits, 663 clock hours.

The programme consists of thirty-one (31) courses, which represent four main areas of study. These areas are, 1. Basic Sciences; 2. Coaching specific; 3. Professional, and 4. General Education. Courses are offered over six semesters, each containing thirteen teaching weeks. SPKN 2107 - Sport and Exercise Biomechanics and SPKN 3102 - Applied Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise both contain laboratory components which will be delivered by face-to-face sessions over a one week period at laboratories located at the Cave Hill Academy of Sport in Barbados. Students will be required to travel to Barbados to complete this one week face to face component.  Practicum experiences exist in each year and these are completed over six weeks. Students will practice coaching during these sessions with supervision being provided by certified coaches in different sports.


When will the programme start?

The programme starts in August of the academic year.


Entry Requirements

All persons entering the B.Sc. Sport Coaching programme must have a minimum of five passes thus:

1. Mathematics and English Language from either or both of the following examination bodies:

  • General Certificate of Education, Ordinary level (GCE O’Level) Grades A, B or C
  • Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) General Proficiency Level 1 or 2, General Proficiency Level 3 after 1998.

2. Two subjects from either or both of the following examination bodies.

  • General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level (GCE A’ Level) Grades A, B, C, D, or E.
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Units 1 & 2 of each course. Grades 1- 5

Candidates with qualifications other than the ones specified will be assessed on a case by case basis.  


Academic Preparation

Applicants seeking entry into the programme must, prior to enrolment, be able to use the computer for word processing, to store and retrieve information, as a communication device (e.g., for emailing), and to surf the Web. Applicants must also be able to read and write at a level necessary to complete a UWI Open Campus application form and to participate successfully in the programme.

Course of Study
Level 1 
HIST 1018
The Origins and Growth of Modern Sport (1850-1945)
SPKN 1101
Human Anatomy 1
SPKN 1102
Introduction to Physiology
SPKN 1103
Human Anatomy 2 – The Lower Quadrant
SPKN 1104
Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology
SPCH 1000
Sport Coaching: Basic Concepts
SPCH 1010
Coaching Practicum 1
Caribbean Civilisation
Introductory Statistics
Science, Medicine and Technology in Society
English for Academic Purposes
Level 2 
PHIL 2028
Sports Ethics
SPCH 2000
Fundamentals of Sport Coaching
SPKN 2102
Exercise Physiology 1
SPKN 2106
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
SPKN 2104
Motor Control & Motor Learning
SPKN 2103
Exercise Physiology 2
SPKN 2107
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
SPKN 2108
Pharmacology and Doping in Sport
SPCH 2001
Sport Coaching and Learning
SPCH 2010
Coaching Practicum 2
Level 3 
LANG 3101
Communication in the Workplace: Principles and Practice
SPCH 3000
Advanced Coaching
SPKN 3102
Applied Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
SPKN 3101
Strength and Conditioning Training
SPCH 3010
Coaching Practicum 3
SPSC 2025
Sport Law (Cave Hill)
SPKN 3106
Ergonomics in Sport and Physical Activity
SPCH 3001
Research Methods in Sport Coaching
SPCH 3020
Coaching Practicum 4
SPCH 3030
Coaching Practicum 5