Sports development and coaching can be hugely rewarding careers. From organising sport events, to developing programmes that target specific groups for increased participation, the industry is incredibly diverse. You could find yourself working on important sport policy and anti-social behaviour campaigns, or promoting participation opportunities within a number of national organisations. During this course you’ll practise delivering sport to the community through a number of projects, work-related learning, and volunteering opportunities.
What will this course cover?
On this exciting course of study you’ll learn about the history, development and structure of the sports industry in the UK. From here you’ll begin to look at the social and cultural issues that surround sport, as well as those for marketing and funding for sport policies, events and initiatives.
Athlete analysis and development
You will have the option to look at athlete development and analysis, spending time in our Human Performance Laboratory. You’ll explore both traditional and advanced technologies in your approach and become well versed in the various tools that are available in this field.
As well as this degree qualification, you’ll have the opportunity to take UKCC coaching certifications and Sports Coach UK awards. You’ll spend time studying sports nutrition and performance analysis in sport, as well as the philosophies and various learning styles of coaching.
Professional work experience
We encourage you to get as much industry experience as possible during this degree. Our strong links with industry partners enable you to seek volunteering and paid work opportunities, giving you first-hand knowledge of the professional environment. These experiences also give you a unique opportunity to network during your studies and prove beneficial after graduation.
UCAS CODE: C610
We have strong links with a number of sports organisations, many of which sit on the University’s doorstep. These include the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey, home to several governing bodies of sport, Leap (County Sports Partnership), and Stoke Mandeville Hospital, birthplace of the Paralympics.
The University has a strong attachment to the Reading Ladies Football Club and also the National League basketball team, London United.
Human Performance Laboratory
You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with a professional sports environment. Located within our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre, the Human Performance Laboratory features an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Human Performance Laboratory is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Year 1 Modules
- Applied Sport Field Study
- Professional and Academic Skills for Sport
- Sport, Society and the Market
- Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
- Understanding Sport Development
Year 2 Modules
- Football: The Global Game (optional)
- Rugby Union: The Global Game (optional)
- Sports Operations Management
- Understanding People in Sport Business (optional)
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Sport, Diversity and Well-being
- Sports Event Planning
- Applied Sport and Performance Psychology (optional)
- Coaching and Athlete Development
- Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Performance Analysis in Sport (optional)
- Sport Development Practice
- Sports Nutrition
Year 3 Modules
- Club Business - Football (optional)
- Club Business - Rugby (optional)
- Communications and PR in Sport (optional)
- Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship (optional)
- Funding for Sport
- Professional Development & Employability (optional)
- Research Dissertation
- Applied Performance Analysis in Sport (optional)
- Contemporary Coaching Issues (optional)
- Strategic Sport Development
- Working and Learning in Exercise, Health and Fitness
How much does it cost
Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £10,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow