Coaching Principles and Practice
This module develops students’ understanding of the essential philosophies, styles, and practices of cricket coaching; including technique and skill acquisition, practical delivery techniques, equity in coaching, and child protection and the law. The practical nature of the course allows students to gain experience in a variety of coaching environments to support the acquisition of the theoretical principles covered within the module.
Sports Performance (Double module)
This module introduces students to the evaluation and development of cricket performance. Through effective performance analysis, students will be able to provide comprehensive player profiles and evaluations to facilitate player development. Through a variety of practical experiences, and reinforcing the main concepts established in the Coaching Principles and Practice module, students will utilise the player profiles to develop a knowledge and understanding of the coaching principles and concepts, as well as the strength and conditioning practices that allow them to deliver holistic coaching sessions that focus on the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological skills of individual players as well as a team.
Introduction to Sport Science
The ECB have identified the vital role that sports science plays in the optimisation of a player’s performance. Therefore, the module focuses on the three main areas of sport science commonly utilised in cricket coaching; physiology, psychology and biomechanics. Students will apply these areas to cricket specific situations to demonstrate their understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the coaching process. This module provides an understanding of Sport Science that will underpin and facilitate learning across the two years of study.
Coaching and Pedagogy
This module develops student’s understanding of the learning process and the pedagogical tools to optimise learning and facilitate becoming an effective cricket coach. The module will support applications to teacher training courses where an understanding of educational theories and concepts is essential. Students will also develop their leadership behaviours and develop graduate skills that will support future employment and educational applications.
Academic and Vocational Skills
Utilising the strong links with Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC), the Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) Education Department, Cumbria Cricket Board and local cricket clubs and schools, students will record and reflect upon the experience of developing the practical and technical skills that are central to future academic and employment applications.
Coaching for Sport Performance
This module is designed to progress the knowledge, skills and understanding gained during the Coaching Principles and Practice, Sports Coaching, and Coaching Pedagogy modules completed during Year 1. Throughout the module, a central focus will see students encouraged to reflect upon their own practice to develop a coaching philosophy that will positively impact upon their coaching behaviours, methods and style.
The module aims to develop the ability of students to undertake investigative research in an academic and vocational context to support dissertation and project work at higher levels of academic study. The module will include information-related academic and market research skills, research methodology, data collection techniques, data analysis, and writing skills.
Sports Performance Analysis
This module provides a framework within which students apply the knowledge of the coaching process, developmental techniques and strategies, and the roles and requirements of cricket coaches to the design and delivery of suitable coaching interventions. Students will utilise appropriate techniques and technologies to evaluate and profile the physical, mental, tactical, technical and lifestyle development attributes of cricketers. This will include a review of the scientific elements of training and performance, with students engaging in appropriate coaching practicals to elaborate upon the theoretical themes.
Talent Identification and Sport Development
Students will gain an understanding of the performance pathways established by the ECB and other sporting organisations to develop players to their full potential. A variety of approaches to talent identification and player development will be reviewed, including relative age effects, the psychological characteristics of developing excellence, and the impact of growth and maturation upon training and performance. The module will also cover coach development and examine the support mechanisms which aid player and coach progression. Graduate skills will be developed which are integral in cricket coaching, player identification, scouting, and development.
Utilising a structured work environment, students will identify a suitable project and work with their supervisor in developing and managing the project before reporting on the outcomes. Students will be encouraged to use the module to strengthen current professional working relationships and identify potential career options. This module applies the practical, technical and personal skills developed in the Academic and Vocational Skills module.
Lifestyle, Recovery and Rehabilitation
The importance of being in peak physical condition is increasingly being recognised in modern cricket. By building upon the underpinning knowledge and understanding developed during the Introduction to Sport Science module in Year 1, students will gain an understanding of exercise, nutrition, health, recovery strategies, and sport injuries. Students will apply academic theory to the development of athlete lifestyles, training and game recovery, monitoring training load and fatigue, and injury pre-habilitation and rehabilitation.
- Entry requirements
- Learning and assessment
- Professional accreditations
- Special requirements
5 GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)
Plus 48 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:
- 2 A-levels (A2), at least one at C or above
- BTEC/C&G Level 3
- 2 Scottish Highers at C or above
- 3 Irish Highers at C or above
- International Baccalaureate at 24 points
- NVQ Level 3 in a relevant discipline
- Access to HE Diploma in a relevant discipline
AS levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.
Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.
All offers may be subject to successful interview
Learning and assessment
Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops.
Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an on-line learning environment and reference facility.
Students will complete a variety of assessments including delivery of practical coaching sessions, performance planning and analysis, essays, multimedia presentations, reports, multiple choice tests, presentations, group work and mini projects.
What work experience can I get?
There is no formal work placement on this course. The Academic and Vocational Skills and Industry Project modules will utilise both on and off site working environments to provide the opportunity for students to develop real practical and technical skills and help prepare them for employment in their chosen subject area.
On successful completion of the course, students may apply for direct entry into a top-up final year at our partner university, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to gain their BSc (Hons) degree.
The course aims to provide a programme of cricket coaching and performance education which will enable degree holders to analyse key academic themes in the subject area and critically evaluate the wide range of coaching issues and practices within different sectors of the cricket industry, which will therefore prepare them for a successful career in the UK or overseas. The course promotes an ethos of self-development and reflection throughout the curriculum in order to foster that greater personal awareness and confidence necessary to manage others. Graduates have gone on to have excellent careers within cricket as players, coaches, development officers, performance analysts and sport scientists to name a few.
The College works closely with the English Cricket Board, Cumbria Cricket Board, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Activate Sport and the Lancashire Cricket Board.
This course is accredited, mapped and aligned to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) Higher Technical Qualification HTQHS2025: Sports Coach (High Performance Coach) standard. Students completing this course will be able to claim this standard and be recognised as a Level 4 Sports Coach (High Performance Coach).
Students should always be prepared for practical sessions, and are required to maintain a presentable appearance when representing the College in the community.
As such, it is expected that students will have the required specialist clothing and equipment, including suitable indoor and outdoor footwear, Myerscough Cricket training kit, and protective equipment such helmets, pads and gloves.
Additional costs for items that are essential for the course:
· Compulsory Pre-Season Myerscough Cricket Clothing Pack - £115
· Myerscough Cricket Playing Pack - £70
· DBS Check
Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:
· Coaching Awards: Individually Priced
UCLan Sports Scholarship
The University of Central Lancashire offers opportunities for student athletes to be supported with their aspirations of maintaining their playing career whilst also studying for a high-quality degree. Our panel will consider applicants as part of the admissions cycle and will offer support to those they feel will make a valuable contribution to the University’s sporting objectives. Find out more and how to apply on their website.
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