module specification

ST5054 - Practical Delivery in Coaching and Teaching (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Practical Delivery in Coaching and Teaching
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
56 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
0 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
94 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   Class Test (45 minute)
Practical Examination 50%   Practical Coaching (20 minute) with session plan submission
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module explores the key pedagogical theories that inform sports coaching and teaching as well as covering a wide variety of themes relevant to contemporary sports education and training. The module includes a strong emphasis on experiential learning with students engaging in practical coaching and teaching sessions on a weekly basis.

The module aims to provide students with an overarching appreciation of important theories relating to effective teaching and coaching practice. Students are afforded various opportunities to develop their practical competencies in relation to teaching and coaching. Ultimately, the module seeks to develop responsible and effective practitioners with a firm grounding in the necessary interpersonal and decision-making skills required within the coaching/teaching profession. The ability to communicate and use a variety of strategies to achieve coaching/teaching objectives is developed, along with an appreciation of the value of reflective practice in personal development.

Assessment: Class test (001) (50%) + Practical coaching (002) (50%)


The coaching process LO1, LO2
Coaching philosophy, behaviour and pedagogy LO1, LO2
Skill acquisition LO1, LO2
The coach-athlete relationship LO1, LO2, LO3
Development and the National Curriculum LO1
Performance testing and analysis LO1, LO3
Talent Identification LO1
Ongoing practical coaching sessions LO1, LO2, LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The basic structure to teaching and learning will involve a theory driven lecture supported by an interactive practical coaching-teaching session. Lectures will provide the essential theoretical base, whereas practical sessions offer students the opportunity to apply this knowledge and its relevance in practice.

Reflective practice is a continuous element as an important employability strand and driving force in personal development. A core coaching-teaching focus is the reflective practitioner and students are guided through this process and its relevance to future employability.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theoretical principles behind sports coaching/teaching.
2. Plan and deliver an effective practical coaching or teaching session.
3. Engage in considered and theoretically informed reflective practice.




Core texts:

• Armour, K. (2011). Sport Pedagogy: An Introduction for Teaching and Coaching. Prentice Hall.
• Cassidy, T., Jones, R., & Potrac, P. (2009). Understanding Sports Coaching: The Social, Cultural, & Pedagogical Foundations of Coaching Practice. 2nd Ed. Routledge, Abingdon.
• Lyle, J., & Cushion, C. (2010). Sports Coaching: Professionalisation and Practice. Churchill Livingstone, London.

      Other texts:

• Baker, J. & Farrow, D. (2015) Routledge handbook of sport expertise. Routledge, Abingdon
• Baker, J., Cobley, S. & Schorer, J. (2013) Talent Identification and development in sport: International perspectives. Routledge, Abingdon
• Capel, S., & Whitehead, M. (2010). Learning to teach physical education in the secondary school. (3rd ed). Routledge Abingdon
• Chow, J., Davids, K., Button, C. & Renshaw, I. (2015) Non-linear pedagogy in skill acquisition: An introduction. Routledge, Abingdon
• Davids, K., Button, C. & Bennett, S. (2008) Dynamics of skill acquisition: A constraints-led approach. Human Kinetics, Champaign IL
• Farrow, D., Baker, J., & MacMahon, C. (2008) Developing Sport Expertise: Researchers and coaches put theory into practice. Routledge, Abingdon
• Griffin, L. & Butler, J. (2005) Teaching games for understanding: Theory, research and practice. Human Kinetics, Chicago
• Jones, R. (2006). The Sports Coach as Educator: Re-conceptualising Sports Coaching. Routledge, Oxon.
• Jones, R., Potrac, P., Cushion, C. & Ronglan, L. (2011) The sociology of sports coaching.  Routledge, Abingdon
• Kidman, L. (2005) Athlete-centred coaching. IPC Ltd., Worcester
• Kidman, L. and Lombardo, B. (2010) Athlete-centred coaching: Developing decision makers (2nd Edition).  IPC Print Resources Ltd., Worcester
• Light, R. (2012) Game sense: Pedagogy for performance, participation and enjoyment. Routledge, Abingdon
• McGarry, T., O’Donoghue, P. & Sampaio, J. (2013) Routledge Handbook of Sports Performance Analysis. Routledge, Abingdon
• O’Donoghue, P. (2014) An introduction to performance analysis of sport. Routledge, Abingdon