This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. You may also be interested in our three year BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching course.
The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
During your first year, we will help you identify what employers are looking for from their future recruits, including practical and transferrable skills, personal qualities and business awareness. This new knowledge will lay an excellent foundation for you when you graduate, enabling you to present yourself effectively to employers using a CV, application form and during interviews.
What will this course cover?
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.
Where the Foundation Year is taught at University Campus Aylesbury Vale all subsequent years will be taught at High Wycombe Campus.
BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching scored 100% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.
UCAS CODE: C613
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 Foundation: 29 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||345 hours|
|Independent learning:||855 hours|
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: 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.
|65 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||35 percent practical|
|75 percent coursework||15 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|85 percent coursework||5 percent written exams||10 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?
If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year programme, or do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, this four-year programme including a Foundation Year could be for you.
You’ll need to hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, and will usually have achieved a minimum of 90 credits from a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels or BTECs.
International students should hold an IELTS of 5.5 (minimum of 5 in all areas).
Applicants will also be invited to attend an interview.
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:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success at University
- Employability and Enterprise
- Introduction to Sport Development and Performance
Year 1 Modules
- 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 Well-being
- Sport Event Planning
- Applied Sport and Performance Psychology (optional)
- Coaching and Athlete Development
- Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
- Performance Analysis (optional)
- Sport Development Practice
- Sports Nutrition (optional)
Year 3 Modules
- Club Business: Football (optional)
- Club Business: Rugby (optional)
- Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship (optional)
- Funding for Sport
- Professional Development and Employability (optional)
- Research Dissertation
- Communications and PR in Sport (optional)
- Applied Performance Analysis (optional)
- Contemporary Coaching Issues
- Strategic Sport Development
- Working and Learning In Exercise Health and Fitness
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU: Year Zero - £7,800, Year One - £9,250, Year Two - £9,250, Year Three - £9,250
Full Time International: £11,000 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.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow
Dr Ben Clayton