University of Chester

Sport Development and Coaching University of Chester Degree level: Undergraduate

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Kick start your sporting career. Gain practical coaching experience. Develop cutting edge knowledge. Be inspired and inspire others. Make a difference through sport.

Why Study With Us?

Sport is a powerful tool to change lives. Sport development and coaching is about working with individuals, communities and organisations, to increase participation in sport and develop athletes. There is a national need for qualified sport development professionals. This course equips you with the skills and knowledge to drive forward sport and physical activity initiatives.

From the very start of your degree course, you will be doing this for real. You will work with other students, schools and sports clubs to develop your professional coaching skills.

Our Warrington campus offers superb sports facilities to support your studies and for recreational and competitive use. (We are also the training base for Super League Rugby team Warrington Wolves).

More than this, our Warrington Campus is a friendly community where you can flourish. You are an individual to us. We value your uniqueness. Throughout your degree course, you will be mentored and supported by a Personal Tutor. These people who will support you through life’s challenges. You will also benefit from our Student experience Representatives. These are students who make sure that your voice is heard.

You will leave your degree programme with the skills and professional qualifications to make your mark in the competitive sports industry. You will gain real coaching experiences that will give you an edge at interview and in the workplace. Our graduates have gone onto successful careers including; Primary Specialist PE Teacher, Club Development Officer for Hockey Wales, Club Support Manager for England Athletics and as a Disability Sport Coordinator.

Here's a quote from graduate James Preston: "I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for all the hard work you have all collectively put in to help me attain my first class honours degree. I considered numerous opportunities for postgraduate study but the knowledge and skills I have developed have led me to pursue a career in teaching via PGCE."

Course details

Modules

Your transformation from new student to future sports practitioner will begin from day one.

In your first year, you will gain an understanding of sport development, sports coaching and behaviour change. In year two, you will develop your coaching practice. You will learn how to create sporting interventions that will change behaviour. You will start to shape your career path by choosing an aspect of the sports industry and undertake a 5-week work placement that matches your personal interests and ambitions. How does a work placement at Manchester City sound? This is just one example, and is what Ollie experienced during his time with us and led to employment with the club.

You will also have the chance to undertake an optional yearlong placement, which really brings your course to life and will enhance your graduate employment prospects. You may even have a year studying sport abroad in Europe, North America, Asia or Australasia.

Your final year is even more tailored towards giving you the competitive edge you need to enter the area of sport you want. You will present with others at a student sports conference to share your new skills and knowledge and complete a dissertation on a sport topic of your choice.

Assessment method

Assessment methods vary between modules and include essays, practical work, presentations, seminars, objective tests and examinations. The assignment/examination ratio is weighted heavily towards coursework, although a small number of formal examinations do exist.

Assessments are designed to reflect industry practice and incorporate assessment of key transferable knowledge and skills (e.g. time management and communication), as well as subject knowledge and skills (sport development and coaching processes and practice).


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C608
Institution code C55
Campus name Warrington Campus
Campus code W

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points
A level CCC - BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
Scottish Higher BBBB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3

Please note that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at www.chester.ac.uk/dbs

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University, for which there will be charge. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at www.chester.ac.uk/dbs


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.

Provider information

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University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester
CH1 4BJ


Course contact details

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Undergraduate Admissions

01244 511000

Fax: 01244 511300