Physical Preparation for Performance

Gain an in-depth examination of key physiological principles useful for coaches to help understand and enhance athletes’ performance.

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Key facts

  • Module codeSPSP069
  • Start date 22 Jan 2024
  • Application deadline8 Jan 2024
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 10
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £417, International: £583
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


This module provides students with an in-depth examination of key physiological principles useful for coaches to assist them in understanding and enhancing athletes’ performance.

Content includes:

  • Understanding the physical demands of sport
  • Physiology and exercise intensity
  • Working in teams and with specialist groups

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) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 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.


By the end of the module students will have had the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse models of athletes’ development and the contribution of physical preparation.
  • Evaluate current principles and practices of physical preparation for specific coaching domain(s).
  • Use current evidence to guide design of physical preparation as part of an integrated approach to athletes’ development for a specific population/coaching domain.

Delivery and assessment

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

Assessment will be practical discussion tasks and a coaching case-study.

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?

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.