module specification

ST6004 - Advanced Coaching Theory, Practice, and Application (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Advanced Coaching Theory, Practice, and Application
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
60 hours Placement / study abroad
90 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
90 hours Guided independent study
60 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 33%   Poster presentation: produced and presented (1000 words; 10 minutes)
Coursework 33%   Committee briefing paper: presented and Q/A (500 words; 10 minutes)
Coursework 34%   Logbook of coaching practice (2000 words)
Running in 2024/25

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

Module summary

This module focuses on advanced theoretical aspects of coaching and its delivery that enable the full role of a practising coach to be explored.

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. Building on the theory laid down in Principles of Effective Coaching and Teaching this module will facilitate the development of practical coaching expertise. Theoretical aspects are based on the critical appraisal of advanced coaching related theory and research, and a range of current issues, and professional developments. The module promotes the refinement of advanced practical coaching skills. The module is designed to enhance students’ critical analysis and independence of thought regarding sports coaching and develop skills of self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and social skills within the context of sports coaching.

Prior learning requirements



This module will address the following:
• Management in coaching. LO1
• Individuality of athletes. LO4
• Self-reflective analysis of coaching practice. LO3
• Current and future trends in coaching practice. LO5
• Experiential learning through observational practice. LO2
• Researching coaching theory and practice. LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be delivered through a series of lectures, workshops and tutorial sessions. Experiential learning will take place through practical coaching and/or observation of good coaching practice. Through individual negotiation it may be possible for coaching observation to take place during the summer vacation following the second year as opposed to the normal practice of during the third year of study. PDP related skills of self-reflection will be developed through critical reflection and critical evaluation of coaching sessions.

Formative feedback is provided on a weekly basis within lecture, workshops, and tutorial sessions: this does not contribute to the final summative assessment. Students are encouraged to present their critical evaluations to the group as the year progresses. In this way they receive both peer and lecturer feedback, which may be used to help construct the logbook, complete the briefing paper, and poster presentation. Summative feedback is provided by the assessment of the final completed logbook.

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 will be able to:
1.  Appraise advanced coaching issues within a practical coaching context.
2.  Demonstrate appropriate and effective communication with colleagues and  athletes.
3.  Critically reflect on coaching practice.
4.  Create and justify the prescription of training plans with due regard to issues of  ethics, gender, age  and culture.
5. Critically appraise theoretical advances in coaching practice.



Core Texts:

Cassidy, T, Jones, R L and Potrac, P (2016) 3rd Ed.  Understanding sports coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of coaching practice. London: Routledge.

Other texts:
Gilbert, W and Trudel, P (2004) The role of the coach: How model youth team sport coaches frame their roles. The Sport Psychologist, 18, pp. 21-43. An E-Journal.
Jones, R L (ed.) (2006) The sports coach as educator:  Reconceptualising sports coaching. London: Routledge. E-Resource and 4 copies available at Holloway Rd.
Kerr, A and Stafford, I (2003) Coaching disabled performers (2nd Ed.) Coachwise Ltd. 3 copies available at Holloway Rd.
Lyle, J., and Cushion, C (2017) Sports coaching concepts: a framework for coaching practice (2nd Ed.) London: Routledge. An E-Resource.
Stafford, I (Ed.) (2011) Coaching Children in Sport. London: Routledge; 4 copies available at Holloway Rd

Journal of Sports Sciences (1983 to current)
Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (1987 to current)
Science & Sports (1995 to current)

Websites: a valuable source of all coaching related information.