The Coaching Process

Examine the day-to-day activities of coaches, consider the interpersonal nature of coaching, and examine the personal and contextual influences on the coaching process.

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Key facts

  • Module codeSPSP052
  • Start date 25 Sep 2023
  • Application deadline22 Sep 2023
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £834; International: £1,166
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


This module examines how we understand and explain the coaching process. Based on the integration of research and personal practice, in this module you will examine the day-to-day activities of coaches, consider the interpersonal nature of coaching, and examine the personal and contextual influences on the coaching process.

Content includes:

  • Coaching process and practices
  • Coaching as an interpersonal endeavour
  • Coaches’ actions and strategies
  • Psych-social environment in coaching
  • Understanding coaches

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 critically appraise existing models of the coaching process.
  • use established methods to analyse personal practice and compare with coaching models.
  • reflect on and critically evaluate coaching behaviours and interpersonal nature of coaching using appropriate research and theory.
  • construct working models of coaching process.

Delivery and assessment

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

Assessment will be a practical analysis task and evidence-guided professional reflective essay.

Module coordinator

Justine Allen


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.