Performance Analysis and Planning

Explore the theoretical concepts of performance analysis and planning and develop your coaching practice using these learning experiences.

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Key facts

  • Module codeSPSP063
  • Start date 22 Jan 2024
  • Application deadline8 Jan 2024
  • Duration22 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £833, International: £1167
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


This module will enable you to explore the theoretical concepts of Performance Analysis and Planning and provide you with the opportunity to develop your coaching practice using these learning experiences. It also aims to help you examine the performance attributes of athletes through the development of systematic, coherent preparation and performance programmes. It will provide opportunity to appraise personal practice against key performance analysis and planning concepts.

Content includes:

  • Needs analysis
  • Using performance analysis to objectively analyse performance
  • Social perspectives of performance analysis
  • Strategic planning
  • Critical exploration of periodization and tapering

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:

  • Apply sport specific knowledge and understanding of current developments in Performance Analysis to practice.
  • Explain the principles of observation and feedback that underpin Performance Analysis critically.
  • Create structural definitions of your sport and design, implement and critically evaluate an analysis system within that sport.
  • Accurately interpret and present the performance information your coaching system has generated.
  • Critically analyse the current sports specific knowledge and apply planning principles to your sports coaching.
  • Provide case exemplars and critical analysis of contingency/crisis planning.
  • Critically appraise the potential improvements to personal practice through application of performance analysis techniques and the integration of planning principles.

Delivery and assessment

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

Assessment will be a learning portfolio of practice.

Module coordinator

Andrew Kirkland


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?

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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.