Sports Coaching and Development BA (Hons)

Sports Coaching and Development BA (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




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Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    3 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CL65; Short form: BA/SCD

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Our sports coaching and development programme is designed to provide students with the skills, experiences and networks that will establish our graduates at the forefront of sport coaching and development practice. The programme is rooted in applied practice by linking theory to practice and provides many opportunities for students to apply their skills in real world contexts across a range of contexts both in the UK and abroad.

The course has been designed to allow students to choose options that reflect their personal interests and aspirations and allow flexibility between Sports Coaching and Development and Sports Coaching and Performance.

Our focus is on learning not testing, therefore we have no formal examinations but an emphasis on developing independent, resourceful, problems solving coaches who have developed transferable skills that can be applied across many contexts.

National Student Survey 2017
Sports Science courses at UCLan were ranked in the top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction

Entry Requirements

112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass access to HE with 112 Points
IB Diploma 28 - 30P
GCSE 5 at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS 6.0 with no Component lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • The Development Environment
  • Coaching Toolkit
  • Improving Performance

Year 2

  • School and Community Sports Development
  • The Reflective Coach
  • Research and Enterprise for Sport

Minimum of 1 option from:

  • Sport and International Development
  • Coaching Practice Experience 

Maximum of 1 option from:

  • Talent Pathways
  • Applied Performance Analysis

Year 3

  • Research Project OR Consultancy Project OR Entrepreneurship and Enterprise for Sport, Health and Wellbeing
  • The Critically Reflective Coach
  • Developing Sport in Practice



Further Information

Sports Coaching  

Sporting Students 

The programme covers a range of contemporary issues relating to the planning, programming and delivery of sports coaching and development in the UK and abroad. Throughout this course, emphasis is placed on developing your professional skills, academic skills and the knowledge that is essential for a career in the sports coaching and development industry. Additionally, emphasis is placed on supplementing the teaching with real world practical experiences and opportunities.

To ensure that you have a good understanding of the sports coaching and development sector, you are introduced to the key concepts and components of the profession and encouraged to develop your own networks to establish yourself as a developing professional. There are opportunities for you to utilize paid and voluntary placements to claim academic credit and gain much valued experience.  Those students at this point in the programme that are hoping to pursue a career in the sport and education sector can tailor their work towards developing their skills and experiences in this area.

You will expand your knowledge, understanding and experience of the sports sector through a range of modules such as School and Community Development and The Reflective Coach.  A range of optional modules are also available exploring a range of coaching and development topics such as: Sport for International Development, Coaching Practice Experience, Talent Pathways and Applied Performance Analysis. By now your degree will start to take shape in a way that fits your longer term goals. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a 12-month sandwich placement with a sports organisation at home or overseas. Using the optional placement year extends the development of a professional approach and the successes after graduation.

In your final year you will build upon your academic and vocational skills through the compulsory modules in coaching and development and demonstrate your ability to work independently   and professionally by engaging in an independent research study.

Graduates from the UCLan Sport programmes have traditionally entered a range of professions that include, Community Sport Coaching Officers, Physical Education Teachers, Sports Development Managers , Match Analysts,  etc.  The range of skills that are acquired through the programme ensures that students are equipped to work in a wide range of contexts and are fit to enter the work place immediately.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Craig WrightCliff OlssonDr Clive PalmerSean BurgessAndrew ProcterBryan Jones.


UCLan Sport for Development Project, Zambia
International Student Exchange Programme
Cyprus Campus Study
American University of Sharjah Internships, Dubai
Manchester City FC, China Project
Challenger Soccer Camps, USA
British Soccer: Russia

Our graduates have gone into careers in sports coaching, sports development, teaching, lecturing, health and social work, fitness training, community coaching, sports performance analysis and research. For detailed case studies please visit our blog.

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For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

As a student on Sports Coaching and Development there will be many opportunities to for you to engage with industry practitioners. These include professional sports clubs, local authorities, international sports agencies and national governing bodies.  In addition, we have many industry practitioners making a contribution to our modules throughout the programme.

We have extensive links with a range of employers both in the UK and abroad that include the USA and China and if you want to study abroad we can arrange this for you through our International Student exchange programme (ISEP).

Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching on the course will consist of lectures, workshops, seminars, case studies and these will be supplemented by self-directed learning. There will be opportunities to visit local, national and international sports related projects/initiatives.

You will face a variety of assessments which is predominantly coursework based and includes essays, reports, presentations, group work, e-portfolios and project based work.

Staff that deliver on the course have a diverse range of experience working and researching in professional sport, school sport and community sport.

Dr John Stoszkowski
Dr Clive Palmer
Dr Craig Wright
Leona Trimble
Cliff Olsson
Clint Godfrey
Andrew Procter
Sean Burgess
Stuart Wilkinson
Robin Taylor
Matthew Crowther
Bryan Jones

This course gave me lots of opportunities to gain a wide range of experiences throughout the entire degree programme, giving me an invaluable awareness of the industry before graduation. I gained experience with several sports organisations in the UK and worked out in the United Arab Emirates on a sports development project at the American University of Sharjah

Thomas Richmond

My time at UCLan on the Sports Development course has given me an awesome blend of real life experiences with challenging academic work. I have been fortunate enough to visit Africa twice whilst studying on this course. I have also gained invaluable knowledge and experience of working in sports development in the UK.

Sam Chouhan

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