3 years full-time
CP10; Short form:
Preston (Campus code: U)
Our sports coaching and performance programme is designed to provide students with the skills, experiences and networks that will establish our graduates at the forefront of coaching 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 professional and amateur sport 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 Spots Coaching and Performance and Sports Coaching and Development.
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
112 - 128 UCAS points at A2
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.
Minimum of 2 options from:
Maximum of 1 option from:
The programme covers a range of physical, technical and psychological elements that underpin performance coaching by providing opportunities for students to understand and acquire the skills of a performance coach. Throughout this course, there is focus on developing your professional and academic skills in addition to the knowledge that is essential for a career in the performance coaching. 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 performance, you are introduced to the key concepts and components of the profession and encouraged to apply theory to practice at all times. There are opportunities for you to utilize paid and voluntary placements to claim academic credit and gain much valued experience. Year one follows a generic programme of study that provides a platform for students to tailor their studies toward their own interests and aspirations.
You will expand your knowledge, understanding and experience of the sports coaching performance sector through a range of modules such as 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, The Performance environment, 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 performance coaching 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 Wright, Cliff Olsson, Dr Clive Palmer, Sean Burgess, Andrew Procter, Bryan Jones.
You’ll have the opportunity to work with professional sports organisations and clubs; to undertake work experience or research opportunities at home or abroad. Via our student exchange programmes you could study part of your programme in the USA, Italy, Spain or France. You could also be part of our flagship sport for international development programme in Zambia working with peer leaders to make a difference to young people’s lives through sport.
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 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.
As a student on Sports Coaching and Performance 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. WE have many industry practitioners making a contribution to our modules.
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).
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
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.