Sports Coaching (with optional Sports Coach UK endorsed pathway) BA (Hons)

Sports Coaching (with optional Sports Coach UK endorsed pathway) 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:

    3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CX69; Short form: BA/SCS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

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.

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
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.

Clearing 2017 - Secure your place

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

  • Sports Coaching Principles and Practices
  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • The Sporting Infrastructure
  • Sport and Society
  • Professional Academic Development and Research

Optional Modules:

  • Club and Volunteer Development
  • Introduction to Gym Instruction
  • Event Management & Planning
  • Languages
  • The Use of Technology for the Coaching Process

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

  • Professional Academic Development and Research II
  • The Reflective Coach
  • Coaching Toolkit
  • Sports Coaching Practice (Sports Coaching Practice route only)

Optional Modules:

  • Sport and International Development
  • The Right To Play
  • Essentials of Sport Training and Conditioning
  • Sport Development in Action
  • Coaching Observation and Analysis
  • Essentials of Skill Development
  • Talent Development
  • Work and Learn
  • Languages

Year 3/4

Optional 48-week work placement

Compulsory Modules:

  • Professional Academic Development and Research III
  • Coaching in the Community
  • Coaching Performance and Development
  • Coaching Practice and Reflection (Sport Coaching Practice Route)
  • Independent Module (Research Project, Consultancy Dissertation Enterprise for Sport)

Optional Modules:

  • Strength and Conditioning for Sport
  • Coaching Practice and Reflection
  • Performance Analysis for High Performance Sport
  • Coaching Process for Specific Populations
  • Community Sport Development
  • Elite Coaching Practice
  • Theory and Practice in Sport Psychology.
  • Industry Based Experience.

Allied Subject: Sport (SPO)

Further Information

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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. 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.

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. In addition, Professional Academic Development and Research (PAD&R) is a strand that runs through your degree to ensure students are equipped to cope with the transition from 6th Form to Higher Education, to develop research skills and to focus upon career planning and personal development. Options include Event Management & Planning and Club & Volunteering Development.

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.

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.


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

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.

  • Masters Programme, Phd, Professional Doctorates.
  • Post graduate Certificate in Teaching
  • Graduate training programmes

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sports coaching students 

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). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (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

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

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.

Professional Accreditation


Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan Sport for Development Project in Zambia, this is part of a 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
Leona Trimble
Cliff Olsson
Clint Godfrey
Andrew Procter
Sean Burgess
Stuart Wilkinson
Robin Taylor
Matthew Crowther
Bryan Jones


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.

Craig Chappell

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