Sports Coaching (Top-up) (Blended Learning)

Sports Coaching (Top-up) (Blended Learning) BA (Hons)

The Blended Learning Sports Coaching Top-up programme offers applicants holding a coaching-related foundation degree or equivalent qualification/experience the opportunity to obtain a BA (Hons) degree but are restricted in their ability to attend on a full time basis due to their involvement with a sporting organisation.

This is an exciting and innovative programme offering you the flexibility of studying in a blended format which includes distance learning, condensed teaching and individual tutorial support.

The programme offers you the opportunity to explore the coaching process in a range of applied contexts that includes community and elite level sport. 

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Why study this course?

Modules within the BA (Hons) Sport (Coaching) blended programme have been designed to provide a high quality education for aspiring or existing coaches. This is supplemented with a suitable practical experience base, from which to develop the skills and attributes necessary in the sports arena.

There are two major pathways throughout the course that will be followed. The first relates to community coaching and social development through sport. There are several job opportunities for you in community-based programmes, where engagement with the general population is of primary importance. Second, if you are interested in aspiring to coach performance sport, the performance coaching pathway will provide the skills and knowledge that are essential at that level.

The course embraces both the vocational and academic aspects of sports coaching. It is designed to give you a firm understanding of the issues that affect development and practice. It should be regarded as vocationally relevant as opposed to purely vocational or academic. The object is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to function in sports coaching environments.

Additionally, a number of transferable skills are developed during the course. These include presentation and leadership skills, communication, academic writing and time management. Each of these skills is essential in developing the knowledge and experiences necessary for a career.

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: Andy Procter, Clint Godfrey, Craig Wright, Dr. Clive Palmer.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Two Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: N/A
    Part-time: TBC

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Pass FD with 40% / HND - Pass. Including Coaching content, Coaching and Sports Development, Health and Fitness, Personal Training, Sport Science (if there are some coaching modules), Sport Specific (eg football).

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 Overview

Compulsory Modules

  • TL3143 Professional Academic Development and Research III (20 credits)
  • TL3144 Coaching Performance and Development (20)
  • TL3071 Coaching in the Community (20)


Research Module

Research module (Choose 1)

  • TL3102 Dissertation (40)
  • TL3104 Consultancy Project (20)
  • TL3138 Enterprise for SSTO (20)
  • TL3910 Single Research Project (20)

Option Modules

Option modules (Choose 1 or 2 to make 120 credits)

  • TL3154 Strength and Conditioning (20)
  • TL3073 Coaching Process for Specific Populations (20)
  • TL3114 Work Based Experience (20)
  • TL3147 Performance Analysis for High Performance Sport (20)
  • TL3145 Elite Coaching Practice (20)

Industry Links

The School of Sport and Wellbeing has strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs. We regularly invite guest speakers from industry to speak to students within modules across a range of our courses.

On the course you'll get the opportunity to work with professional sports clubs and athletes. Currently the School works closely on placement opportunities and internships with clubs including: Wigan Warriors RLFC, Liverpool FC, Preston North End FC, Blackpool FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Bolton Wanderers FC and Burnley FC and graduates have gone on to work at these clubs.

Learning Environment

The course will be delivered using a blended approach where there will be initial input from the module leader followed by a period of 6-8 weeks of learning on one module before your final assessment is to be handed in.

Teaching will take place through the online Blackboard system where key note lectures, readings and other resources will be placed for for your use. You will also have full access to the on line library resources but could also visit the library and book tutorials with the module leader at mutually convenient times.

The assessment method will be dependent on the learning outcomes of the module but usually consists of two closely weighted pieces of work that will be in the form of essays, reports, presentations, posters and production of DVDs of live coaching.

Exciting Opportunities

A degree in sports coaching gives you a broad range of transferable skills, leading to a diverse range of careers. Our graduates typically take on coaching roles with professional clubs and local authorities, or roles in sports performance analysis and sport and physical activity development. This is a popular choice if you’d like to study for a PCGE and go on to teach, and it can lead to a career in professional development and managerial positions in other industries, both at home and overseas.

You’ll build on your academic and vocational skills and focus on career planning and personal development through Professional Academic Development and Research (PAD&R).

There is a very high rate of students who get their research published so the opportunities for this are always available.

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Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Sport and Wellbeing
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.