Develop specialist skills in performance analysis and coaching to train athletes to their full potential.
- Use the latest performance analysis technologies and state-of-the-art facilities including our £10.8m sports centre
- Choose an innovative programme which focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of performance analysis and coaching
- Benefit from a strong combination of practical and theoretical learning
- Make the most of unique work placement and internship opportunities with professional clubs
- Build your skills with learning and assessment strategies which reflect real world practice and prepare you for employment
Designed in collaboration with our industry partners, this exciting new course will provide you with invaluable knowledge, applied experience and technological skills for a career in a highly competitive arena.
A dynamic combination
Our BSc (Hons) Performance Analysis and Coaching Science degree links the practical experience of performance analysis and coaching with the latest academic theory. You’ll gain a sound underpinning of sport and exercise science along with specialist skills and knowledge for a career in performance sport.
We adopt an integrated, scientific approach, harnessing the latest coaching and performance analysis technologies, such as Sports Code, Dartfish and Quintic.
Real world learning in action
There are exciting opportunities for you to experience real world learning environments through our innovative learning and assessment strategies. Learning will take place in a non-traditional practical environment whilst the assessment strategy has been designed in collaboration with industry partners to reflect the work undertaken by practitioners in professional sport.
You will gain experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment with internal and external sports teams. We currently offer internship opportunities with organisations such as Derby County FC, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and the Derbyshire Institute of Sport.
Outstanding specialist facilities
Our new £10.8m includes a main hall, fitness gym with strength and conditioning area, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a café. It complements our existing facilities such as floodlit all-weather pitches and tennis courts.
We have invested in cutting-edge facilities for our sports students. You’ll hone your skills in a well-equipped sport and exercise and a separate biomechanics laboratory containing the latest equipment to accurately analyse motion. In addition, we use a range of computer software packages for statistical and movement analysis.
You’ll get to use market leading performance analysis software packages such as Sports Code, iCODA, Hudl, Dartfish and Quintic. To support these analyses you’ll also use our HD cameras, EVS tower system and have access to our suite of MacBook Pros and iPads.
Learn from the experts
Our staff include accredited professionals who will provide you with high quality teaching and support. They are actively involved in research, high-performance sport and applied sport science consultancy. They are also members of leading professional bodies.
Join Team Derby
If you enjoy a challenge and would like to make the most of your own sporting passion and prowess, you could become involved with Team Derby which is the focal point for the University’s sporting community. It encompasses all aspects of sport, including courses, numerous sports clubs, the Athletics Union and sport development activities.
You’ll study modules such as:
- Academic and Applied Skills for Sport and Exercise *Δ
- Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Principles of Sport Biomechanics
- Introduction to Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
- Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Coaching and Skill Acquisition
- Research Methods for Sport and Exercise *Δ
- Applied Notational Analysis
- Performance Analysis and Coaching Technologies
- Sport Coaching: Theory and Practice
- Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology
You’ll also choose one from the following optional modules:
- Athlete Testing and Assessment
- Field Based Conditioning
Industrial Placement Year (optional)
This course offers an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year of studies.
- Applied Professional Practice
- Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
- Independent Study for Sport and Exercise*
- Advanced Performance Analysis
- Advanced Sport Coaching
- Applied Sport Science
- Advanced Field Based Conditioning
You’ll also choose one from the following optional modules:
- Advanced Athlete Testing and Assessment
- Applied Sport Psychology
* Module includes Professional Development Activities
Δ Module includes Work Placement
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
This applied programme will use the latest technology and performance analysis systems in our new £10.8m state-of-the-art sport centre to develop knowledge and skills in the classroom and applied settings. Opportunities will be available for students to work in an interdisciplinary environment, with internal and external sport teams. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an internship with professional and non-professional sport clubs and organisations, to enhance your employability.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including coursework, practicals, exams, and presentations. Assessments will be individual and group based, with a strong emphasis on applied work. All assessment methods have been designed to prepare you for industry.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
This performance analysis and coaching course equips you with the knowledge and skills for employment in areas such as elite sport, performance analysis, talent identification and sport coaching in the UK and abroad.
You can also consider taking your qualifications to the next level. We now offer the MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science – which includes Sport and Exercise Psychology or Physiology pathways – where you will develop advanced knowledge in your subject. Another option is our MRes (Sport and Exercise) where you can further your applied sport science and research skills.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- To welcome you to our team, you’ll receive a University of Derby, Sport and Exercise Science t-shirt
- If a DBS check is needed for the purposes of a module or programme related work placement, this is included in your fee if done via the University
- We will contribute to or pay the full cost of additional qualifications which are arranged by us. For other additional qualifications you’re interested in, we may contribute to or fund these but this is at the Sport department’s discretion
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- If not already owned, appropriate clothing for practical sessions such as tracksuit bottoms and trainers - approximate cost is £50-£100
- Two bound copies of Independent Study (dissertation) - approximate cost is £12
- Travel to placements - cost varies depending on your placement venue of choice
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Optional textbooks or e-books to support your studies - costs for these are dependent on your choice
- You may wish to undertake additional qualifications as part of your studies such as pitch-side first aid - costs will vary depending on your choice
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.