Sports Coaching and Development BA (Hons)

Sports Coaching and Development BA (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




Under- graduate



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:

    Three 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?

UCLan's BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development degree offers you the opportunity to be at the forefront of the sports profession. You will gain extensive experience of working in the sporting industry for either professional sports clubs, National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships, local authorities or local community clubs. Along with having the opportunity to develop your own sport related businesses, you will be ideally placed in your quest for a rewarding experience in the sports sector. Come and join us and learn about how to deliver sport and how sport is developed in the UK and internationally. Gain first hand experience on one of our international programmes in the USA, UAE, Zambia, South Africa and Canada. You will have the opportunity to complete your second year at an International University from across the globe. You will have the pick of over 300 institutions in over 50 countries as we are one of only 10 institutions in the UK that form part of the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP).

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

Compulsory Modules:

  • The Sporting Infrastructure
  • Club and Volunteer Development
  • Professional Academic and Research Skills I
  • Sport and Society
  • Principles and Practice of Sports Coaching

Optional Modules:

  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Event Management and Planning
  • Language

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Sports Development in Action
  • Professional Academic Development & Research Skills II
  • Funding & Marketing for Sports Development
  • The Reflective Coach
  • Coaching Toolkit

Optional Modules

  • Managing Sports Events
  • Talent Pathways
  • Sport & International Development
  • Enterprise Operations & Management
  • Work and Learn
  • Language

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Sports Development Strategy & Policy
  • Coaching Performance & Development
  • SRP/Dissertation/Consultancy/Enterprise for SSW/Enterprise Dev & Imp
  • Professional Academic Development and Research III

Optional Modules (choose two):

  • Coaching for Specific Populations
  • Elite Coaching Practice
  • Community Sports Development
  • Sports Equity and Inclusion
  • Sport & Leisure Events
  • Industry based experience

Further Information

Sports Coaching  

Sporting Students 

The programme covers a range of contemporary issues relating to the planning, programming and delivery of sports 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 or for establishing your own sports venture. 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 sports coaching and development profession. You are also supported with securing a 20 hour voluntary placement in a sports coaching and development organisation. Those students at this point in the programme that are hoping to pursue a career in PE teaching or another sports related area can tailor their work towards these elements of the sports industry and opt for relevant modules in these areas. You can even pick a language if you are interested in working internationally upon graduation.

You will expand your knowledge, understanding and experience of the sports sector through a range of modules such as Sports Development in Action. Additionally, you will begin to develop your enterprise and business capabilities through modules such as Funding and Marketing for Sport. In the Funding and Marketing module, you will work alongside a real-life community sports organisation and support them in developing a funding application to the likes of Sport England and the Big Lottery Fund. A range of modules are also available exploring practical and coaching issues such as: The Reflective Coach, Talent Pathways and The Coaching Toolkit. By now your degree will start to take shape in a way that fits your longer term aspirations. 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.



You will build upon your academic and vocational skills through the compulsory modules in coaching and development. As in previous years of study you can tailor your degree to focus more on coaching or development to fit your needs. There is the option to study Enterprise Development & Implementation. Here you are given the opportunity to work independently with Young Enterprise UK to set up, develop and manage a live enterprise project in an appropriate sports coaching and development setting, leading to an enhanced ability to successfully develop and manage a sports related business. Once you’ve graduated you’ll have experience of working as a company director and will have developed the skills necessary for long-term success in the sports industry.


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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Course subject to change

This course is subject to formal course review and reapproval by the University as part of its normal cycle of regular review (a process called Periodic Review). Course information and programme specifications are updated and reviewed as part of this process and course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams.

This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined in this Handbook. Any changes made as a result of the process will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with revised versions prior to the commencement of their programme. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.


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 can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777

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Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

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

We have well established partnerships with a range of professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs in the UK and further afield including the Football Association, Wigan Warriors RLFC, Preston North End FC, Manchester City FC, England Hockey, Sports Coach UK, The American University of Sharjah (UAE), British Challenger and Camp America (USA and Canada). Along with our other industry partners these organisations can provide students with hands on experience working with a range of athletes and developing sports related programmes in elite settings, school settings and community environments. Our partners can support you in securing placements, with module based assignments and occasionally deliver guest lectures at the University. Some of our students progress into full time paid employment upon graduation with our partners or use this valuable experience to help them fulfil their employment aspirations.

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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