Sports (Coaching)

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

If you hold a coaching-related foundation degree or equivalent qualification, the innovative Sports Coaching top-up programme allows you to obtain a BA (Hons) degree in one year. You’ll explore the coaching process in a range of applied contexts including community, grassroots, elite, international and disability sports. The course is flexible – as well as compulsory modules, options are available that allow you to build knowledge, skills and understanding of the areas that really interest you. And throughout the year, you’ll develop employability skills through both your assignments and the work experience opportunities open to you.

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Why study this course?

The course content and delivery provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the coaching process and the role of the coach across a range of contexts. Compulsory modules include Coaching in the Community and Sports Coaching Performance and Development and Professional Academic Development and Research (PAD&R) where you will build upon your academic and vocational skills and focus on career planning and personal development. Options are available which allow you to build upon your knowledge, skills and understanding of particular areas of interest in addition to the choice of one compulsory independent module that includes Enterprise for Sport, Research Projects, Consultancy, or a Dissertation.

Embedded throughout the programme in the delivery and assessment are the UCLan employability skills which ensure you graduate with the necessary experience and skills which will make you employable across a range a sectors. Typically, UCLan graduates have secured roles in Education, the Health and Fitness industry, Professional Sport, Local Authorities and international development.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2019/20 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 FdSc with 40%/HND Pass overall in Coaching, 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

  • Professional Academic Development and Research III
  • Coaching in the Community
  • Coaching Performance and Development
  • 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

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

You will be exposed to a wide range of learning methods, including lectures, seminars/workshops, practical sessions, field visits and on-line learning. In certain modules, resources are increasingly being placed onto the internet to increase the effectiveness of the learning process.

Assessments are innovative and vocationally relevant to the role of a sports coach. We have no examinations, and several practical forms of assessment. In some cases these are assessed with potential employers within the region.

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Our Industry Links

The School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors 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.

Fantastic 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.

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.