UCEN Manchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Manchester Metropolitan University

School Sport and Sport Coaching (Top-Up)

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Course summary

This course is for students that have a real passion for sport, and want to learn about the art/science of coaching sports skills. Students will develop a range of skills and knowledge in key areas of sports coaching which will be appropriate for successful transition into a sports coaching/delivery based career. The course is ideal for those who wish to work with sports clubs, schools, National Governing Bodies or operate sports coaching based businesses. Sport England expects that over the next five years there will be an increase of at least 3,000 jobs within the coaching sector in the North West region alone, with a large demand expected for coaches to work in the education sector. The programme benefits from state-of-the-art sports laboratory, strength and conditioning and sports coaching suites, equipment and facilities, including:

  • Sports hall catering for a plethora of sports such as football, basketball, and badminton with stadium seating and video analysis equipment
  • Performance analysis suite for conducting match analysis
  • Outdoor playing fields and astro turf
  • Sports laboratory catering for physiological analysis in the field of Cortex Metalyzer Gas Analysis, Douglas Bag Gas Analysis, Blood Lactate, Cholesterol and Glucose measurement and Wattbike Cycle Ergometer
  • Fully equipped strength and conditioning suite with Olympic lifting equipment and video technology as well as resistance and cardio-vascular equipment
In alignment with this, units will address areas such as contemporary issues in sport, sport psychology in coaching practice and negotiated research (dissertation). Additionally students will have the opportunity to transfer skills, developed through their coaching practice, and apply these to the expanding physical activity and health agenda, in particular reference to childhood obesity and other school age issues (such as sedentary behaviour). The programme will also provide opportunities for students to develop their understanding both academically and vocationally through practical reflective practice. To further enhance this, the applied nature and research based element of the course helps students to interact with the industry and allows opportunities to network and develop employability links with people already operating in the professional sport sphere. The programme seeks to promote independent learning and aims to produce graduate reflective practitioners who are able to assimilate, evaluate and critically appraise information based on key contemporary topics of sports coaching and school sport. It also aims to equip graduates with a range of skills which will support future progression into either employment or higher-level learning. In addition to academic study, there will also be the opportunity for learners to represent the college football team in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league. This team will also provide students with the opportunity to apply the theory from their studies in a practical setting (i.e. applying sport coaching theory to real life situations).

Course details


Examples of current modules- Dissertation Contemporary Issues in Sport Coaching and School Sport High Performance Coaching

Assessment method

42% assignment 29% presentation / video 29% practical

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent in the vocational or academic subject area. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be accepted in line with the University policy and procedures. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work You may be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.
School Sport and Sport Coaching (Top-Up) at UCEN Manchester - UCAS