Sport Coaching & Development at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching & Development programme is ideal for students planning future careers in: sports coaching; Active Schools and sports development; disability sports development; facilities management / operations; national governing bodies of sport; academia/lecturing/teaching (particularly Physical Education). This degree replaces the previous BA (Hons) degree and has been developed to deliver up-to-date practical and professional skills based on appropriate academic theory to produce graduates who are ready to make an immediate impact in the workplace, or have the skills to extend their education in the area of academic research. PRACTICAL FOCUS Placement learning, classroom based learning and developing practical skills are key. Industry links provide work-based learning opportunities and offer links to attainment of coaching qualifications. Students have undertaken placements with many sports coaching and development organisation in Ayrshire and beyond. CAREER PROSPECTS Graduates from the course have gone on to work with: local authorities, sports clubs, health promotion initiatives, Active Schools and sport development officers, PE teachers, NGB’s and various other educational outlets. Jobs Employment rates for graduates are excellent, with previous students working within: • Sports coaching • Active schools and sports development officers Further Study Completing the BA (Hons) has enabled students to progress to specialist taught master's degrees. Some of our graduates have even progressed to undertake a one-year teaching qualification (PGDE/QTS).


The BSc (Hons) Sport, Coaching & Development course was developed in consultation with national sport organisations, national governing bodies, national and local sport industry personnel and expert coaches. This consultation process has resulted in a course that gives students many employment opportunities upon graduation. The teaching approach is student-centred with learning taking place in an active, supportive, participatory, and context-specific environment. You will be given support to develop a self-directed approach to their learning as they progress through the degree, with the balance between independent and directed learning remaining appropriate to the level of study. The modules presented within the degree will successfully allow you to integrate what you learn with what you will experience in the sports coaching and development industry. Throughout the course, a variety of topics will be covered which include sport coaching, sport development, sports performance, , the development of sport for targeted groups, sociology of sport, sport psychology and physiology as well as physical education. You will complete your studies through presenting a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Check the 'Course Details' section on the course entry on the UWS website for more information on topics covered per year.

Assessment method

The BSc (Hons) Sport, Coaching & Development degree will be taught through a combination of learning methods including tutor-led lectures, tutorials and seminars, practical workshops and exercises in a simulated work environment, small group teaching and group project work. Independent, online and peer-to-peer learning is an important element of this course.  You will be exposed to a variety of assessment methods throughout your studies, including: // group and individual work // multiple-choice exams // class tests // presentations // reflective practice reports // essays // practical examination // research production // journal reviews

How to apply

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Ayr Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Year 1: SWAP with BBB in Access to STEM; Access to Life Sciences; Access to Humanities.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £13325 Year 1

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Tuition fees are charged per year of the programme
Sport Coaching & Development at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS