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Sport Development and Coaching

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D-B,C,C

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP-DMM

UCAS Tariff

88-112

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 88 - 112. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Sports development

Sports coaching

Studying our BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching programme will open up exciting career opportunities for you. From organising sports events to changing important sport policy and promoting national participation campaigns, the impact you’ll go on to have in your local and national community is limitless.

**Why study this subject?**
Careers in sport development and coaching can be hugely rewarding. You could find yourself working on important sport policy and anti-social behaviour campaigns one minute, and the next promoting participation opportunities within a number of national organisations.

During this course you’ll practice delivering sport to the community through a number of projects, work-related learning and volunteering opportunities whilst learning about the history, development and structure of the sports industry in the UK.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
By studying this course with us, you’ll have the opportunity to look at athlete development and analysis when spending time in our state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory.

As well as the degree qualification, you’ll also have the opportunity to take UKCC coaching certifications and Sports Coach UK awards.

Here at BNU, we always encourage our students to get as much industry experience as possible. Our strong links with industry partners will enable you to seek volunteering and paid work opportunities. This, along with our practical approach to the course, will give you a deeper understanding of the professional environment and type of career that awaits you beyond graduation.

We work with some incredible partners like the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey which is home to several governing bodies in sport, Leap (County Sports Partnership), Stoke Mandeville Hospital (the famous birthplace of the Paralympics), Reading Ladies Football Club and the National League basketball team, London United, to name just a few.

**What facilities can I use?**
You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with a professional sports environment. At our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre, the Human Performance Laboratory features an indoor three-lane running track which incorporates 3D motion-capture technology.

Our incredible facilities help to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique and assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Human Performance Laboratory is equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.

**What will I study?**
Through our BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching programme, you’ll begin to look at the social and cultural issues that surround sport, as well as those for marketing and funding for sports policies, events and initiatives.

You’ll explore both traditional and advanced technologies in your approach and become well versed in the various tools available in this field. You’ll also spend time studying sports nutrition and performance analysis, as well as the philosophies and various learning styles of coaching.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
This is such an exciting course, having been developed with input from current industry professionals. We consider ourselves to be pioneers in sport-related studies, keeping our finger on the pulse of ongoing changes taking place in the national industry. In combination with our academic expertise, our dedicated teaching staff deliver this outstanding programme in a forward thinking and innovative way.

Through classroom learning you’ll be taught current theory, concepts and research delivered through a blend of lectures, interactive seminars and workshops as well as small group activities and debates.

In your final year, you’ll complete a research-based dissertation, providing you with further opportunity to develop your individual working practice.

Modules

Year One: Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice, Applied Sport Field Study, Understanding Sport Development, Sport, Society & the Market, Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Professional & Academic Skills for Sport. Year Two: Football: The Global Game, Rugby Union: The Global Game, Sports Operations Management, Understanding People in Sport Business, Research in Sport and Exercise, Sport, Diversity an Well-being, Sports Event Planning, Applied Sport and Performance Psychology, Coaching and Athlete Development, Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Performance Analysis in Sport, Sport Development Practice, Sports Nutrition. Year Three: Club Business - Football, Club Business - Rugby, Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship, Funding for Sport, Professional Development & Employability, Research Dissertation, Communications and PR in Sport, Contemporary Coaching Issues, Strategic Sport Development.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Human and Social Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Sports development
78%
med
Sports coaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Sports and fitness occupations
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Information technology technicians

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sport and exercise sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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