Sport & Health

Diploma of Higher Education Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching)

The Diploma of Higher Education Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching) consists of the first two years of the BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching) degree. Aimed at individuals who wish to develop their interest in sport science, with a robust grounding in scientific principles relevant to the sports industry.

While studying this two-year full-time award, students will gain a critical understanding of the underpinning science behind coaching, together with the associated practical experience and skills required for athletic development.

A range of established techniques are utilised to initiate and undertake the critical analysis of information and apply this to coaching techniques. As a result, graduates will leave with the skills to be life-long learners who can contribute positively to the sports and exercise industry in a range of contexts. Students may also choose to further their study by continuing to the third year of the BSc honours programme in order to obtain a full BSc honours degree.

The awarded title of this course will change from 2023 to Diploma of Higher Education Sport Science with Coaching


The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.

UCAS Tariff Points


GCE A Levels

80 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above

Irish Certificate

80 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B1 or H2 higher

Scottish Highers

80 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


BTEC Level 3 Diploma


C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma

Pass (48 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 80)

C & G Level 3 Diploma

Distinction (72 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 80)

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Coaching sessions in the field
  • Seminars and debates
  • Case-studies
  • Visits
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities

Assessment Methods

This course contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and academic competence.

  • Case studies
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Practical portfolios
  • Mini-projects
  • Reflective logbooks
  • Presentations - both individually and in small groups
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Individualised coaching plans
  • Practical assessments - both in small groups and individually
  • Written assessments
  • Peer and tutor observations

There are a range of jobs within the sports industry and associated ancillary industries that would suit a graduate from this course. They include science-based roles such as working in the professional and amateur coaching environments and within the health and welfare sector. Alternative roles may include journalism, sales jobs for companies (providing products such as equipment). Graduates will also be able to consider relevant graduate schemes and postgraduate study.