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Sport Coaching and Sport Performance

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Sport Coaching and Sport Performance

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP500 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)



QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 15/003340/L4
Registration Validity Period: 30/10/2015 to ongoing
Successful completion of this programme leads to an award within The University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE

Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)

In 2024-25 academic year, local students enrolling and being offered the subsidised places of this programme under the SSSDP will receive a subsidy up to HK$22,910. After deduction of the subsidy, the annual tuition fee is HK$37,940.



DFS Application Code: HPDFS-SCSP

HD Application Code: HDSCSP


Programme Aims and Features

  • Introduces students to sport coaching issues including the role of the coach, coaching science and performance, and management knowledge in recreation and sport activities;
  • Emphasises developing competencies central to the coach, and sport and recreation manager with a special focus upon Sport Coaching, Coaching Science Assessment, Sport Performance, Sport and Recreation Facility Management, Sport Performance Programming, Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Programming;
  • Compulsory module in the summer for students to apply theory and knowledge in a practical context, in order to develop the individual and professional competencies needed as a coach when working in the recreation and sport industry;
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in major local sport and recreation events as volunteers in preparation for
    future careers.


Award Title

Graduates will be awarded Higher Diploma in Sport Coaching and Sport Performance.


Opportunities for Further Studies

UGC-funded Universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Sport Coaching or other related disciplines offered by local universities (including HKU).

The list below shows the degree offers that our graduates / students received in the past*:

  • The University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Social Work
    BSc Information Management
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BSc Community Health Practice
    BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
    BSc Gerontology
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
    BEng (Hons) Scheme in Product and Industrial Engineering
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BSocSc Criminology and Sociology
    BSocSc Social Work
  • The Education University of Hong Kong 
    BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
    BEd (Hons) Physical Education 
    Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Science and Coaching

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for the below degree programmes offered by other institutions:

Other Local Institutions

  • HKU SPACE International College
    Full-time, 1.5 years, Bachelor of Science (Hons) Sport Coaching#, offered by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College (IC)


Direct Study Articulation in Hong Kong

Students of this HD programme will be given a conditional offer*;by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK, to study another 1.5 years in Hong Kong to finish the BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching#.

* Students are required to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Higher Diploma study and have a successful admission interview for the degree study.


The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications at QF Level 5 (QF registration no.: 18/000760/L5) for a period from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2026. This is an exempted course under the Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.


Career Prospects 

Graduates may be considered for coaching and supervisory positions with organisations such as Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), National Sports Associations (NSAs), fitness centres and community based sport and recreation organisations.


Professional Practice

This is a compulsory module offered in the summer during which students undertake work experience and apply their acquired theory and knowledge into a practical context to develop the individual and professional competencies needed when working in the recreation and sport industry.


Press Interview

HK01, 26 June 2023

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HK01 26Jun23


Sportsroad, 25 June 2021

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Media Coverage: Sportsroad


HK01, 18 June 2021

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HK01 article


HK01, 27 June 2019

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HK01 News 2019 (SRM, SCSP)


Mingpao JUMP, 11 August 2017

掌握運動教練、體育康樂管理學問 從興趣發展事業

mingpao interview

2-year Higher Diploma Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjectsincluding English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination; OR
  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies programme; OR
  • Hold a Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  • Hold a Diploma of Applied Education; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

Applicants whose HKDSE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Higher Diploma programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) programme.


Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

  • Obtain Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination, AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects*^§; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.


Mature Students

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and with relevant work experience will be considered by the College.


*Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: 

“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above;
“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and 
“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

§ If one of the five HKDSE subjects is Citizenship and Social Development, the requirement will be “Attained” for the subject.

^ If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

+ Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

Effective from 2024-25 Academic Year:


Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking / Introduction to Information Technology and AI
  • College Writing / Grammar for College Studies
  • Foundations of Chinese Language*
  • Chinese Language Enhancement*
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Elements of Business
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture


Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Practical Chinese*
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Sport and Recreation Industry in Hong Kong
  • Practical Sport Skill Training
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching and Performance
  • Programme Management in Sport, eSports and Recreation 
  • Introduction to Coaching Science
  • Facility Design and Operations Management


Higher Diploma Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Sport Management and Sport Coaching
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Principles of Management
  • Outdoor Adventure Recreation
  • Professional Practice
  • Sport Performance Programming for Coaches: Theory to Practice
  • School Sport and Coaching
  • Coaching Science Assessment
  • Sport and Recreation Management and Sport Coaching Project


The College reserves the right to make modifications to individual courses on a need basis.

* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.