3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.
CX69; Short form: BA/SCS
Preston (Campus code: U)
Serious about sports coaching? This degree programme should be of interest to you! Develop your academic knowledge, skills and understanding of the coaching process in a range of applied contexts, including community, grassroots, elite, international and disability sport. You’ll develop transferable vocational skills through the delivery, assessment and work experience opportunities provided throughout the programme, with the option to specialise in specific areas of interest that include match analysis, strength and conditioning, sports psychology and sport and international development. The course uses innovative assessments to develop skills and experience through a range of applied assessment activities that include practical coaching, presentations, blogs/vlog, video animations and performance analysis feedback. In addition, this exciting degree offers the opportunity to work and study in a range of international contexts that include Challenger Sports Camps in USA, a Sport for Development project in Zambia and access to the International Study Exchange Programme at over 500 universities including USA, Australia and New Zealand.
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
International Baccalaureate 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.
Year 3 - Optional 48-week work placement
Allied Subject: Sport (SPO)
This BA (Hons) Sports Coaching programme is underpinned by ensuring graduates develop generic employability skills through the delivery, assessment and work experience opportunities provided throughout the programme. In Year 2, you can choose the Sports Coach UK endorsed route - Sports Coaching Practice - which allows you to develop your practical coaching skills by engaging in 150 hours of coaching practice.
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 Wright, Cliff Olsson, Dr Clive Palmer, Sean Burgess, Andrew Procter, Bryan Jones.
In Year 1, you will be encouraged to develop the personal skills and attributes that support the development of effective coaching. Key skills such as planning, leadership and organisational skills are developed in Coaching Pedagogy and the Principles and Practices of Sports Coaching. To ensure students have a good understanding of the role of coaching, modules such as Sport and Society and Sports Infrastructure are compulsory elements at Year 1. In addition, Professional Academic Development and Research (PAD&R) is a strand that runs through all three years to ensure students are equipped at Year 1 to cope with the transition from 6th Form to Higher Education, at Year 2 to develop research skills and at Year 3 to focus upon career planning and personal development. Options include Event Management & Planning and Club & Volunteering Development.
In Year 2, you continue to explore and develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the coaching process through compulsory modules that include The Coaching Toolkit and The Reflective Coach in addition to PAD&R. You have a wide range of options to choose from that reflect your personal interests and aspirations and this includes the opportunity to choose BA (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice pathway (Sports Coach UK endorsed) that encompasses 150 hours of applied coaching practice. Options include Sports Psychology, Match Analysis and Sport & International Development.
In Year 3, you will build upon your academic and vocational skills through the compulsory modules of PAD&R, Community Coaching, Sports Coaching Performance and Development and Sports Coaching Practice and Reflection (Sports Coaching Practice Pathway only). In addition, you must choose one compulsory independent module that includes Enterprise for Sport, Research Projects, Consultancy, or a Dissertation. Options are still available that build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding from Year 1 and 2, including Elite Coaching Practice and Community Sport Development.
Our graduates have gone into careers in sports coaching, teaching, lecturing, health and social work, fitness training, community coaching, sports development, sports performance analysis and research.
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 a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
£900 per year (UK / EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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.
The university has a strong working relationship with a range of professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs including the Football Association, Wigan Warriors RLFC, Preston North End FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Blackpool FC, Manchester City FC, England Table Tennis, England Hockey and Sports Coach UK. This provides students with hands on experience working with a range of athletes, volunteering opportunities as well as important contacts for the future.
UCLan Sport for Development Project in Zambia, this is part of a year 2 module; Sport and international development.
Visits to St Georges Park, home of the FA.
Institute of Coaching and Performance
Professor Dave Collins
Dr John Stoszkowski
Dr Clive Palmer
Dr Craig Wright
I’d recommend students to take up studying an undergraduate course in Sports Coaching at UCLan. It opens your eyes to different means and methods of coaching and allows you to be able to shape yourself as a coach.