The Coaching Process

Key facts

  • Module codeSPSP052
  • Start date 26 Sep 2022
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £733 Overseas: £1,056
  • Study mode Online


Applications for academic year 2022/23 will open March 2022.

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

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.


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.

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