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.
Work-Based / Placement Learning
A period of work-experience is located in the module SL524 Sport Development Practice and takes place at a pivotal point in the course, mid-way through Level 5. Although this element of the course is not a directly assessed, all students are expected to complete at least 30-hours of work experience and to reflect on this as part of their CPD to be included in Coursework 1 of the module.
Year Long Placement
This course allows you to undertake work experience in your third year of your degree programme. Following your year-long industry placement, you will then return to the University to complete your final year of study.
This ‘sandwich year’ allows you to apply the knowledge and skills gained in your first two years of studies to a work environment and gain valuable experience, helping you to stand out in a competitive job market once you’ve graduated.
- acquire relevant experience in your chosen area of study
- build up useful contacts
- network with key people within your chosen industry
- boost your cv and career prospects.
You will need to set up your own work experience but our careers service can help you with applying for industry placements and offer further advice and guidance whilst you’re working.
If you do not wish to undertake a ‘sandwich year’, you can choose to study this programme over three years.
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 hosts the Reading Ladies Football Club Senior Academy 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.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||309 hours|
|Independent learning:||891 hours|
Year 2: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||325 hours|
|Independent learning:||845 hours|
Year 3: 0 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||0 hours|
|Independent learning:||0 hours|
Year 4: 20 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||241 hours|
|Independent learning:||944 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.
|75 percent coursework||15 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|85 percent coursework||5 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|100 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||0 percent practical|
|95 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
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.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Applied Sports 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)
- Sport Operations Management (optional)
- Understanding People in Sports Business (optional)
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Sport, Diversity and Wellbeing (optional)
- Sport Event Planning
- Applied Sport and Performance Psychology (optional)
- Coaching and Athlete Development
- Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
- Performance Analysis in Sport (optional)
- Sport Development Practice
- Sports Nutrition
Year 3 Modules
- Internship (Sandwich Year) (optional)
Year 4 Modules
- Club Business: Football (optional)
- Club Business: Rugby (optional)
- Communications and PR in Sport (optional)
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship (optional)
- Funding for Sport
- Professional Development and 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
Sandwich Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Sandwich International: £11,000 per year
Year 3 Placement fee: £1,350
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
Dr Ben Clayton