Sport Coaching


Certificate in Sport Coaching
Bachelor of Sport Coaching
Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching

Sport Coaching


Sport Coaching graduates are motivated and passionate leaders who inspire others and are committed to success. They are equipped with key skills employers are looking for, not just in sport, recreation or athlete development, but in everything from people development and motivation in business environments, to events and corporate management.

Sport Coaching students develop a valuable set of transferable skills including motivation and teaching skills, awareness of holistic health principles and well-being, interpretive and analytical skills, leadership and people management skills, and problem solving skills.

A degree in Sport Coaching also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education and health teaching, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification (see primary or secondary teacher education).

Why study Sport Coaching at UC?

  • The Bachelor of Sport Coaching (BSpC) degree is a unique blend of practical application and theory that immerses you in the sociology, science, theory and practice of sport and sport coaching.
  • Students experience coaching practice with clubs and schools in the community.
  • Strong practical elements, including a 120-hour internship in the final year, help motivate students to excel in their chosen field and to work towards getting the job they want.
  • All Sport Coaching courses are open to students from other degrees and BSpC students can also study towards a double degree at UC.

The BSpC has one intake each February. Programme entry is subject to satisfactory police vetting as some courses involve students working with school-aged children. 

Applicants under 20 must have University Entrance. Applicants over 20 must provide evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully.


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100-level courses

Sport Coaching courses are grouped into three main strands: pedagogy (the theory and application of coaching and learning), sport and exercise sciences, and sociology of sport.

All students complete core Sport Coaching courses throughout the three years of the degree, as well as courses towards a major, a major and minor, or a double major.*

Major and minor subject options* include:

For those who wish to gain an entry-level qualification in Sport Coaching over one semester (full-time or part-time equivalent), there is the option of the Certificate in Sport Coaching.

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2017.

200-level and beyond

200-level courses include ethics in sport, sport and culture in New Zealand, athlete-centred coaching, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and sport injuries, as well as an internship placement.

Further study

Graduates can seek postgraduate opportunities in sport and education or health-related areas of study. With careful course selection, Sport Coaching graduates are also eligible to apply for entry to a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning to teach physical education in secondary schools, or become a primary school teacher.

Career opportunities

The BSpC degree gives students a strong grounding in transferable career skills which are highly valued in the workforce, including leadership, communication, motivation and teamwork.

Rewarding careers can be gained in professional and community sport coaching, administration and strategic management, as well as coach and athlete development.

Recent UC Sport Coaching graduates have become sports coaches, personal trainers, policy analysts, health advisors, teachers, managers in various organisations, outdoor recreation guides, school sports directors, community development officers and performance analysts.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Sport Coaching.

More information

College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora

Phone +64 3 369 3333

Physical location
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Postal address
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Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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Ikhwan Sallih

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Arran Hodge

'Working with players and coaches that I have grown up idolising is a truly awesome experience...'