module specification

ST5054 - Practical Delivery in Coaching and Teaching (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
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
94 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   Class test
Practical Examination 50%   Practical coaching/teaching session
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module explores the key pedagogical theories that inform sports teaching and coaching. The module includes a strong emphasis on experiential learning with students regularly engaging in practical coaching and teaching sessions. 

Prior learning requirements

ST4001 ST4002 ST4003 ST4004

Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This 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 teaching/coaching profession.


Pedagogical theory: learning theories, learning styles, teaching and pedagogy theory
Coaching theory: models of the coaching process, effective coaching, roles of the coach, professionalisation, ethics, principles of skill acquisition, the coach as educator

Learning and teaching

The basic structure to teaching and learning will involve a theory driven lecture supported by a practical coaching/teaching session. Lectures will provide the essential theoretical base, whereas practical sessions offer students an opportunity to implement this knowledge into practice and to gain essential coaching/teaching experience. Students are encouraged to reflect on their practical performances as a means to further learning.

Key strategies:
Seminars/workshops (discussion/interaction)
Practical sessions (experiential learning)
WebLearn (blended learning/information point/discussion board)
Self-directed learning
Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the FLS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of pedagogical theory relevant to sports teaching and coaching.
2. Explain key theoretical principles in skill acquisition.
3. Plan and deliver an effective practical teaching or coaching session.

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed at two different points.  The first assessment is a class test (50%) which is used to ensure students have knowledge of the fundamental underpinning theory to inform effective coaching and teaching. The second assessment (50%) requires students to lead their own coaching/teaching session and reflects the applied focus of the module.

Class test (LO 1 & 2, assessment tariff: 45 minutes)
Practical Coaching/Teaching Session (LO 3, assessment tariff: 15min)

There is an attendance requirement for the practical sessions


Capel, S., & Whitehead, M. (2010). Learning to teach physical education in the secondary school. (3rd ed). Routledge.
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 Edition. Oxon: Routledge.
Jones, R. (2006). The Sports Coach as Educator: Re-conceptualising Sports Coaching. Oxon: Routledge.
Lyle, J., & Cushion, C. (2010). Sports Coaching: Professionalisation and Practice. Churchill Livingstone.