Bachelor of Sport Coaching


Professors Gail Gillon and Richard Light with Kieran Read, All Blacks captain and studying towards a UC Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree.


The Leadership major is one of five majors of the Bachelor Sport Coaching degree, (BSpC), which is a unique blend of practical application and theory that will immerse you in the sociology, science, theory and practice of sport and sport coaching. This major is aimed at students who wish to develop skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, and accountability. This is a popular choice for students seeking to move into education.

Students will learn to apply leadership in real life situations and work in groups with local leaders to assess needs, then design and carry out a project to help meet the needs of an assigned organisation.

200-level courses take a holistic look at leadership and explore the foundations of personal leadership with particular attention to the emerging disciplines of positive psychology and positive leadership.

Why study Leadership at UC?

  • The degree is well respected nationally and internationally, with graduates speaking very highly of their experiences with internships and other courses within the degree.
  • Strong practical elements, including a 120-hour internship in the final year, help motivate students to excel in their chosen field and to work towards getting the job they want.
  • Students experience coaching practice with clubs and schools in the community.
  • All Sport Coaching courses are open to students from other degrees and BSpC students can also study towards a double degree at UC.
  • The degree also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education, outdoor education and health teaching, with the option to include an additional teaching subject such as mathematics or science, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.

Applicants under 20 must have University Entrance. Applicants over 20 must provide evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully.


This BSpC requires 360 points of courses in total, including compulsory Sport Coaching courses and 120 points towards the Leadership major.

For up-to-date course information, see the Regulations to the Bachelor of Sport Coaching.

100-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

Plus this course specific to Leadership:

200-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

Plus these courses specific to Leadership:

300-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

 Plus these courses specific to Leadership:

Double majors

Double majors may be completed in any combination of the majors of the BSpC. For any double major combination, SPCO320 Internship must be in one or more of the major areas. In the case of a double major in Performance Analysis and Leadership, where the course SPCO210 Practicum 2 is common to both majors, an additional course in either SPCO224 Sport Management or SPCO223 Applied Sport Psychology is required.

Career opportunities

The BSpC degree gives students a strong grounding in transferable career skills which are highly valued in the workforce, including leadership, communication, motivation and teamwork. 

Rewarding careers can be gained in professional and community sport coaching, administration and strategic management, as well as physical education, primary teaching, coach and athlete development.

Recent UC Sport Coaching graduates have become sports coaches, personal trainers, policy analysts, health advisors, teachers, managers in various organisations, outdoor recreation guides, school sports directors, community development officers and performance analysts.

More information

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