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Course summary

Studying our BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching programme will open up exciting career opportunities for you. From organising sports events to changing important sport policy and promoting national participation campaigns, the impact you’ll go on to have in your local and national community is limitless. Why study this subject? Careers in sport development and coaching can be hugely rewarding. You could find yourself working on important sport policy and anti-social behaviour campaigns one minute, and the next promoting participation opportunities within a number of national organisations. During this course you’ll practice delivering sport to the community through a number of projects, work-related learning and volunteering opportunities whilst learning about the history, development and structure of the sports industry in the UK. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? By studying this course with us, you’ll have the opportunity to look at athlete development and analysis when spending time in our state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory. As well as the degree qualification, you’ll also have the opportunity to take UKCC coaching certifications and Sports Coach UK awards. Here at BNU, we always encourage our students to get as much industry experience as possible. Our strong links with industry partners will enable you to seek volunteering and paid work opportunities. This, along with our practical approach to the course, will give you a deeper understanding of the professional environment and type of career that awaits you beyond graduation. We work with some incredible partners like the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey which is home to several governing bodies in sport, Leap (County Sports Partnership), Stoke Mandeville Hospital (the famous birthplace of the Paralympics), Reading Ladies Football Club and the National League basketball team, London United, to name just a few. What facilities can I use? You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with a professional sports environment. At our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre, the Human Performance Laboratory features an indoor three-lane running track which incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. Our incredible facilities help to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique and assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Human Performance Laboratory is equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters. What will I study? Through our BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching programme, you’ll begin to look at the social and cultural issues that surround sport, as well as those for marketing and funding for sports policies, events and initiatives. You’ll explore both traditional and advanced technologies in your approach and become well versed in the various tools available in this field. You’ll also spend time studying sports nutrition and performance analysis, as well as the philosophies and various learning styles of coaching. What are my career prospects? Our BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • Sport Development Manager/Officer
  • Sport-specific Development Officer (e.g. Football, Rugby)
  • Community Sports Coach
  • School Sport Coordinator
  • Physical Activity Coordinator.


Year one Applied Sports Field Study Professional and Academic Skills for Sport Sport and Society Sport Psychology: Individual Differences and Group Dynamics Human Sciences for Physical Education Games in Sport and Education Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice Understanding Sports Development Year two Research in Sport and Exercise Sport, Diversity and Well-being Sport Development Application and Approaches Working in Sport Development and Coaching Coaching and Athlete Development Performance Analysis Sports Operations Management (optional) Understanding People in Sports Business (optional) Outdoor Education (optional) Applied Sport & Performance Psychology (optional) Cognition & Emotion in Sport & Exercise Psychology (optional) Sports Nutrition (optional) Year three Internship (Sandwich Year) Year four Funding for Sport Research Dissertation Strategies in Youth Sport Contemporary Coaching Issues Working and Learning in Exercise Health and Fitness Applied Performance Analysis (optional) Professional Development and Employability (optional) Club Business: Football (optional) Small Business and Entrepreneurship (optional)

Assessment method

Through classroom learning you’ll be taught current theory, concepts and research delivered through a blend of lectures, interactive seminars and workshops as well as small group activities and debates. You’re encouraged to form relationships with external partners on a local, regional, national and international scale. This will allow you to build your network in the longer term and assist with developing your vocational knowledge and understanding of the subject in the shorter term. We encourage all our students to become independent in their learning as the course progresses. As well as your classroom learning, you’ll have the opportunity to complete coaching qualifications and participate in practical coaching activities. As the course continues, the depth of learning becomes more complex as you start to form your own journey with your future career in mind. You’ll focus on applied research and community-based learning to put theory into practice. In your final year, you’ll complete a research-based dissertation, providing you with further opportunity to develop your individual working practice. You’re challenged to plan, design and execute a significant piece of work to reflect your learning across the three-year course.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Additional entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

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Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. 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.

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Sport Development and Coaching with Sandwich Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS