Coaching as Learning

This CPD sport module considers pedagogy in the coaching process to help you implement effective coaching practice.

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Key facts

  • Module codeSPSP054
  • Start date 2 Jun 2025
  • Application deadline19 May 2025
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £875; International: £1,225
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


This module considers the place of pedagogy in the coaching process. The primary aims of the module therefore are to enable coaches to apply informed and integrated approaches to pedagogy in devising, managing, and implementing coaching practice; to understand a range of theories and concepts related to the application of innovative pedagogy; and, to enable coaches to apply and reflect upon pedagogy and the conditions within which athletes and coaches learn.

Content includes:

  • learning theories and principles;
  • athlete learning;
  • coaching ‘styles’ (or not);
  • coach development and learning.

Flexible learning

This short course forms part of the MSc Sport Performance Coaching (Online). You can study other stand-alone continuing professional development (CPD) short courses from this degree:

If you’re interested in studying more than one module from this course, please email our Admissions team at to discuss your course of study.

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second-class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. You must also have five years' appropriate work experience in coaching, and evidence of successful completion of sport-specific coaching qualifications is expected.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 56 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill.
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.


The objectives of the module are to:

  • investigate and appraise a range of underlying pedagogical theories informing coaching practice;
  • critically apply relevant pedagogical theory to develop an innovative coaching practice;
  • apply a pedagogical analysis to a range of coaching contexts;
  • evaluate the place of pedagogy in personal practice.

Delivery and assessment

The module is delivered entirely online through pre-recorded presentations, learning materials, asynchronous discussion and tutorials.

Assessment will be an analysis to identify learning principles in coaching practice. A pedagogical analysis of the coach’s role.

Module coordinator

Stephen Macdonald


Typically, individuals who apply for a Sport Performance Coaching CPD module will already be employed in significant sport or coaching related roles. Practitioners engaging with the module will better understand themselves, their coaching practice and wider coaching context. This will enhance their ability to fulfil high performing coaching or coach development roles in their sport.

Engaging with the modules has helped coaches across the world boost their skills and advance their careers. By studying with liked-minded individuals, they are also able to grow their network of professional connections.

What next?

Contact us

If you have any questions about entry requirements for our continuing professional development and short courses, contact our Admissions team.

For all other questions, please use our enquiry form.