Sports Coaching and Performance (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Sports Coaching and Performance (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Health Sciences




Under- graduate



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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:

    CP11; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Serious about sports coaching? This degree programme should be of interest to you! 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.

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.

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

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

Year 2

  • Improving Performance
  • Coaching Toolkit
  • The Development Environment

Year 3

  • The Reflective Coach
  • Research and Enterprise for Sport

Minimum of 2 options from:

  • Talent Pathways
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Applied Performance Analysis
  • Coaching Practice Experience I

Maximum of 1 option from:

  • Sport and International Development
  • School and Community Sports Development

Year 4

  • Research Project


  • Consultancy Project


  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise for Sport
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • The Critically Reflective Coach

Options from:

  • The Performance Environment
  • Applied Performance Analysis for High Performance Sport
  • Talent Development Systems
  • Coaching Practice Experience II

Further Information

sports coaching students

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

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Sports Coaching Students experiencing high performance training and testing environments

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.

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Career Paths

Performance Sports Coach | Performance Analyst | Technical Scout | Player Recruitment Manager | National Talent/Competition Manager | PE Teacher

Case Study

Patrick McElwee

Sports Coaching and Performance student, Patrick McElwee, made his first appearance for Gibraltar under-21s in their match at the Ammochostos Stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus, where they narrowly lost 1-0 in the Group 7 match.

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sports coaching students

Professional Accreditation

CIMSPA Endorsed

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.

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Exciting Opportunities

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.

Our Industry Links

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).

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UCLan Sports Arena

Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre


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.

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

Careers Map

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