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Sport, Coaching & Development

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Sports development

Sports coaching

The BSc (Hons) Sport, Coaching & Development programme is ideal for students planning future careers in: sports coaching; Active Schools and sports development; disability sports development; facilities management / operations; national governing bodies of sport; academia/lecturing/teaching (particularly Physical Education).

This degree has been developed to deliver up-to-date practical and professional skills based on appropriate academic theory to produce graduates who are ready for the workplace, or if appropriate, have the skills to extend their education in the area of academic research. The programme has been developed to be both vocationally and academically focused in order to provide a range of transferable skills that will be useful to graduates in an employment setting.
The teaching approach is student-centred with learning taking place in an active, supportive, participatory, and context-specific environment. Students will be given support to develop a self-directed approach to their learning as they progress through the programme, with the balance between independent and directed learning remaining appropriate to the level of study.

The modules presented within the programme will successfully allow students to integrate what they learn at university with what they will experience in the sports coaching and development industry. Additionally, students wishing to continue their studies will be eligible to undertake a range of postgraduate programmes within sport and related subjects such as physical education, sports coaching, primary education and sport development.

The School’s overall aim for all its provision, seeks to enable students to develop the graduate skills that will enhance their employability and anticipate the skills needed to support industries in the West of Scotland and beyond. To that end, the programme is designed in line with the ‘I am UWS’ graduate attributes. These graduate attributes are prominent throughout the 4 years of the course with the purpose of making students:
-Universal – globally relevant with comprehensively applicable abilities, skills and behaviours; Work Ready – dynamic and prepared for employment; Successful – a solid foundation on which to continue succeeding and realising their potential.
These graduate attributes have been carefully mapped throughout the programme and it is of great importance to us that graduates embody them as they move into employment in the sports coaching and development industry.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to help students master the learning outcomes and also to allow them to demonstrate their highest level of competency. Many of the modules contain learning outcomes that are practical in nature. Students will acquire practical knowledge and understanding through a variety of activities that simulate workplace practices and procedures. This promotes gradually increasing student autonomy and active learning that allow students to apply both knowledge and practical skills at progressively higher levels throughout the programme. The theoretical aspects of the programme are developed through online asynchronous activities, traditional lecture formats and tutorial settings. This approach enables students to engage with theories, concepts and principles in a critical and evaluative way and to develop their own critical, analytical and reflective skills as they progress through the levels of the programme.

The programme will involve tutor-led lectures; tutorials and seminars; one to one interaction; practical workshops and exercises in a simulated work environment; small group teaching and group project work; online learning; peer learning through discussion of colleagues work; independent learning; and external work experience.

The Uni


Course locations:

Lanarkshire Campus

Ayr Campus

Department:

Health and Life 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.

83%
med
Sports development
83%
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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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

68%
Library resources
63%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

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
95%
low
Employed or in further education
56%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Sports and fitness occupations
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

£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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