Sports Coaching and Development (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Sports Coaching and Development (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Sport and Health Sciences




Under- graduate


Preston and Burnley

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C632; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to sports leadership. Examine sports from socio-cultural and historical perspectives, combined with the study of physical education, health and fitness, equipping you with a broad range of skills and knowledge that is built from an interdisciplinary approach. You’ll also have the chance to study optional modules in sports management, coaching and development, and will learn about major sporting issues and physical education in the UK and abroad. You’ll be taught by staff with extensive experience – including former teachers and personal trainers, as well as traditional academics. Most lecturers have worked in the real world and they are all currently research active and are passionate about embedding their latest research into the curriculum. Our aim is for you to become a valued and employable graduate with a promising future, and by providing opportunities for hands-on work experience, educational trips, internships and international study and travel, we’ll help you achieve that. 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent


Our typical offer is 64 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Pass, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Merit, Merit
Pass Access Course: 64 UCAS Points plus English and Maths
GCSE: English at grade C or equivalent

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Sports Coaching
  • Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning
  • Professional Work Environments for Sport
  • Practical Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity


  • Target Award Extended Study
  • Introduction to Chosen Degree Subject
  • Volunteering and Community Action
  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Learning by Experience

Year 2

  • The Development Environment
  • Coaching Toolkit
  • Improving Performance

Year 3

  • School and Community Sports Development
  • The Reflective Coach
  • Research and Enterprise for Sport

Minimum of 1 option from:

  • Sport and International Development
  • Coaching Practice Experience
  • Performance Enhancement

Maximum of 1 option from:

  • Talent Pathways
  • Applied Performance Analysis

Burnley Campus Modules

  • Research and Enterprise for Sport
  • The Reflective Coach
  • School and Community Sports Development
  • Performance Enhancement for Sport
  • Applied Technology in Sport

Year 4

  • Research Project OR Consultancy Project OR Entrepreneurship and Enterprise for Sport, Health and Wellbeing
  • The Critically Reflective Coach
  • Developing Sport in Practice



Further Information

Sports Coaching

UCLan Sport Coaching Students working on a sports for development project in Zambia supporting the Sport In Action

The programme covers a range of contemporary issues relating to the planning, programming and delivery of sports coaching and development 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. 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 profession and encouraged to develop your own networks to establish yourself as a developing professional. There are opportunities for you to utilize paid and voluntary placements to claim academic credit and gain much valued experience.  Those students at this point in the programme that are hoping to pursue a career in the sport and education sector can tailor their work towards developing their skills and experiences in this area.

You will expand your knowledge, understanding and experience of the sports sector through a range of modules such as School and Community Development and 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, 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 coaching and development 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.

To the left: Sports Coaching Students experiencing high performance training and testing environments

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 WrightCliff OlssonDr Clive PalmerSean BurgessAndrew ProcterBryan JonesRobin Taylor, Matthew Crowther and Leona Trimble.

Exciting Opportunities

  • 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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The Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre (PSC)

The Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre (PSC) is in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the UCLan Students’ Union, has grown from a charity providing football coaching to 4 to 16-year-olds, including disabled children, into a full functioning club with several age group teams from under sevens up to and including under 14s. Based at UCLan Sports Arena, it also boasts two women’s open age teams, an adult men’s team and four disabled men’s teams. The Soccer Centre also provides football coaching sessions for homeless people.


Professional Accreditation                              

You’ll receive membership of CIMSPA – the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity – as part of the course. This allows you to attend seminars and meetings, where you learn more about the industry, in practice, and enhances employability.

CIMSPA Endorsed

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Great Industry Links

As a student on Sports Coaching and Development 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.  In addition, we have many industry practitioners making a contribution to our modules throughout the programme.

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).

Careers Map

View our interactive map for guidance on progressing in a career in Sport.


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.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Professional Accreditation

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