Coaching Concepts

Study the cognitive expertise and skills required to influence the coaching process and decision-making.

Key facts

  • Module codeSPSP050
  • Start date TBC
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 11
  • Fees TBC
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


The module provides an opportunity to examine the cognitive expertise required to influence the coaching process. The module examines the ‘orchestration’ skills required to manage the coaching process, particularly in relation to the day-to-day regulation of the coaching process.

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.


A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University to support students who are self-funding.


  • Investigate and appraise the application of cognitive skills to the development and establishment of personal coaching practice.
  • Reflect on and critically evaluate coaching practice and relationships using appropriate research and theory.
  • Investigate decision making processes and analyse coaching decision making.
  • Investigate the concept of expertise and appraise the development of expertise within personal coaching practice.

Delivery and assessment

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

Assessment: A practical analysis task and evidence-guided reflective essay

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.

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