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University of Chester

Sport Development and Coaching

UCAS Code: C608

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,C,C

Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

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

DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

104

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Sports development

**Kick start your sporting career. Gain practical coaching experience. Develop cutting edge knowledge. Be inspired and inspire others. Make a difference through sport.**

**Why Study With Us?**

Sport is a powerful tool to change lives. Sport development and coaching is about working with individuals, communities and organisations, to increase participation in sport and develop athletes. There is a national need for qualified sport development professionals. This course equips you with the skills and knowledge to drive forward sport and physical activity initiatives.

From the very start of your degree course, you will be doing this for real. You will work with other students, schools and sports clubs to develop your professional coaching skills.

Our campus offers superb sports facilities to support your studies and for recreational and competitive use.

More than this, our Campus is a friendly community where you can flourish. You are an individual to us. We value your uniqueness. Throughout your degree course, you will be mentored and supported by a Personal Tutor. These people who will support you through life’s challenges. You will also benefit from our Student experience Representatives. These are students who make sure that your voice is heard.

You will leave your degree programme with the skills and professional qualifications to make your mark in the competitive sports industry. You will gain real coaching experiences that will give you an edge at interview and in the workplace. Our graduates have gone onto successful careers including; Primary Specialist PE Teacher, Club Development Officer for Hockey Wales, Club Support Manager for England Athletics and as a Disability Sport Coordinator.

Here's a quote from graduate James Preston: "I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for all the hard work you have all collectively put in to help me attain my first class honours degree. I considered numerous opportunities for postgraduate study but the knowledge and skills I have developed have led me to pursue a career in teaching via PGCE."

Modules

Your transformation from new student to future sports practitioner will begin from day one.

In your first year, you will gain an understanding of sport development, sports coaching and behaviour change. In year two, you will develop your coaching practice. You will learn how to create sporting interventions that will change behaviour. You will start to shape your career path by choosing an aspect of the sports industry and undertake a 5-week work placement that matches your personal interests and ambitions. How does a work placement at Manchester City sound? This is just one example, and is what Ollie experienced during his time with us and led to employment with the club.

You will also have the chance to undertake an optional yearlong placement, which really brings your course to life and will enhance your graduate employment prospects. You may even have a year studying sport abroad in Europe, North America, Asia or Australasia.

Your final year is even more tailored towards giving you the competitive edge you need to enter the area of sport you want. You will present with others at a student sports conference to share your new skills and knowledge and complete a dissertation on a sport topic of your choice.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary between modules and include essays, practical work, presentations, seminars, objective tests and examinations. The assignment/examination ratio is weighted heavily towards coursework, although a small number of formal examinations do exist.

Assessments are designed to reflect industry practice and incorporate assessment of key transferable knowledge and skills (e.g. time management and communication), as well as subject knowledge and skills (sport development and coaching processes and practice).

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
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Chester

Department:

Sport and Community Engagement

TEF rating:
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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.

89%
high
Sports development

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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

86%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
48%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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.

£17,310
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
40%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Sports and fitness occupations
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Natural and social science professionals

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.

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