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Rugby Coaching & Performance (BSc)

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The BSc in Rugby Coaching and Performance is a one-year top-up designed for students who have already achieved a Foundation Degree or 240 credits in a related discipline. It is a practice-based programme to prepare you for a career in the Rugby and Sports Industry. Uniquely the course is based at UWTSD Carmarthen and delivered by Coleg Sir Gâr so you will be both students of UWTSD and Coleg Sir Gâr

This exciting programme is designed to ensure you experience a current and academically rigorous learning experience that meets the needs of local industry. You will be supported in your studies by a team of highly inspirational academic staff who have extensive experience of working and researching in the fields of rugby coaching and performance.

The programme has strong links with elite professional teams such as the Scarlets and semi-professional teams such as Llandovery RFC, Llanelli RFC and Carmarthen Quins where students have the opportunity to gain industry experience at the highest level.

The degree also benefits from community links built up over many years, placing students in local schools and with National Governing Body (WRU) Development Officers which provide an insight into potential employment routes.


Rugby Coaching and Performance (BSc)
UCAS Code: C61C
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Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Strong practical focus at all levels of the programme.
  2. Highly experienced and inspirational teaching team who have developed internationally recognised programmes in the field.
  3. Small class sizes allow for a highly personalised learning experience.
  4. Free access to all sports facilities to enhance personal and professional development.
  5. Rugby Coaching and Performance is studied on the Carmarthen campus which offers a friendly and personal learning experience. All social, recreational and educational facilities are on this campus, though some practical learning experiences may be located throughout Carmarthenshire and West Wales.
  6. Lecturing staff are also based on the Carmarthen campus and are easily accessible for tutorials to support all aspects of study.
  7. A very active Student Union provides an extensive array of sport and leisure activities as well as supporting your social needs.
  8. Opportunities to work with organisations and clients in real-life situations.
  9. Free access to the health suite, sports hall and swimming pool to support degree interests.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Areas of study include Rugby Coaching, Rugby Analysis, Rugby Performance and Strength and Conditioning. You will also develop transferable interpersonal skills such as advanced research skills, problem solving, autonomous learning and critical thinking skills in preparation for a career in rugby and sport. The programme also has a work-based learning element so students can gain vital experience in their area of interest.

Module Topics

Level 6 (BSc)

  • High-Performance Rugby Coaching (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Observation and Analysis of Rugby Performance (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Strength and Conditioning 3 (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Work-Based Learning 3 (20 credits; compulsory).

Modules are assessed through a combination of assignments, case studies, logbooks and practical skills assessments.

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Key Information

  • Lee Tregoning
  • Euros Evans
  • Stephen Williams
  • Jonathan Garcia
  • Jonathan Roberts
Entry Criteria

This is a one year course designed for students who have achieved a Foundation Degree or 240 credits at Higher Education level (120 at Level 4 & 120 at Level 5) in a related discipline.

Career Opportunities

Potential career pathways may include Rugby Administrator, Coach/Instructor, Development Officer, Rugby Analyst, Strength and Conditioning Coach, PE Teacher or College Lecturer. Alternative career pathways may include emergency services, armed services and youth work.

Additional Costs
  • Sports clothing (£40-£60) depending on course.
Student Quotes

Ieuan Probert (current Scarlets Analyst)
“After three years, I graduated with a first-class degree and the experience I had, not just from the course but from the placement with the Scarlets, has had such a huge impact on my life and I will always be grateful to the lecturers on the course for all the work they put into me as they have moulded me into where I am today”

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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