Sports (Coaching and Development)

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

If you want to work in sports coaching and development, this intellectually and practically challenging top-up course will give you the skills and knowledge you need. It brings together academic expertise and real world experience while examining a range of contemporary issues relating to sports coaching and development. The emphasis is firmly on giving you hands-on opportunities to develop employer-friendly skills, so you will have the option to support our local authority sports development team in Preston, work with our international sports development partners and develop your own sports-related venture. By the time you graduate, you’ll be a well-rounded, highly employable sports professional.

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Why study this course?

The course offers you a fantastic opportunity to explore coaching and the development of people and organisations in sport. We explore participation in sport, talent development and elite sports development. Our challenge is to support and enable you to utilise this understanding to deliver and develop new and innovative programmes in sport.

The programme covers a range of contemporary issues relating to the planning, programming and delivery of sports in the UK and abroad. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on developing a range of professional and academic skills and knowledge that are essential for a career in the sports coaching and development industry. You’ll supplement this knowledge with practical experiences in both the academic and work-based environments. In addition, the course will encourage you to develop a range of critical skills that can be applied across a range of contexts allowing maximum flexibility and progression.

You will build upon your academic and vocational skills through the compulsory modules in coaching and development. You can tailor your degree to focus more on coaching or development to fit your needs.

The compulsory modules focus on four main areas of academic study. 'Sports Equity and Inclusion' examines the relationships between sport equity, its management and contemporary society, whilst ‘Coaching Performance and Practice’ allows you to further develop your understanding of coaching within various environments. In addition, ‘Professional and Academic Practice 3’ allows you to investigate a range of career opportunities and pathways that are open to you.

To complete your programme you will be given the opportunity to choose three options from a range of modules available. The optional modules are designed to allow a degree of flexibility and enable you to personalise your programme to suit your vocational aspirations. You must choose one module from: Consultancy Project, Research Project, Enterprise for Sport, Tourism & The Outdoors, or Dissertation (Double Module). In addition, optional modules that are available include: Sport and Leisure Events, Elite Coaching Practice, and Coaching Process for Specific Populations. Throughout the programme you are encouraged to develop a range of skills and experiences that will enhance your profile. For example, a number of National Governing Body awards run in addition to the main programme.

Exciting Opportunities

You’ll find our graduates working in local authorities, national governing bodies, universities and professional sports clubs; taking responsibility for developing and coaching sport. If you would like to be a teacher, continuing to study for a PostGraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a popular option after this course. Some graduates move into professional development and managerial positions in other industries, while a number are in the process of establishing their own sports related businesses.

After graduating you will also be ideally placed to develop your own sports related business if you opt to study enterprise during your course. See examples of our graduates successes at Funda and Goalz.

Academic Expertise

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: Clint Godfrey, Leona Trimble, John Stoszkowski.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    One Year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • 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)

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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 Sports Development, Sports Development & Coaching, Health and Fitness, Leisure, Sport and Leisure Mgmt, Sports Studies, Sport and Recreation.

Applications from non standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope from final year degree studies are considered on an individual basis.

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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.

Course Overview

Compulsory Modules

  • Coaching Performance & Development
  • Coaching in the Community
  • Single/Research/Dissertation/Consultancy/Enterprise for SSTO/Enterprise Dev & Imp
  • Professional Academic Development and Research Skills III
  • Coaching Practice & Reflection

Optional Modules

  • Strength & Conditioning for Sport
  • High Performance Analysis
  • Coaching for Specific Populations
  • Community Sports Development
  • Elite Coaching Practice
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Industry based experience
  • Sports Equity and Inclusion
  • Sport & Leisure Events

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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.

Teaching on the course will consist of lectures, practical experience with sports development organisations, guest presenters, workshops, seminars, case studies, self-directed learning.

You will, on average receive 12 to 15 hours contact time per week through a series of seminars, tutorials and workshops. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course. You will be encouraged to develop awareness of contemporary sports coaching and development issues through your own study and vocational experience.

You will face a variety of assessments including coursework, essays, reports, presentations, group work and end-of-module examinations.

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Great Industry Links

The staff and students on this programme work closely with local, regional, national and international sports coaching and development organisations. Locally, students gain applied experience supporting the Universities Student Union Activities Team and the representative teams in the BUCS competitions, and working with our local City Sports Development Unit and the County Sports Partnership. Nationally, students have worked with the likes of Sport England, professional sports clubs and NGBs, and internationally, with our strategic partners in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Switzerland and Zambia.

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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.