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What makes Sport Development & Coaching at Worcester special?

The sport development and coaching course blends both applied practical skills and knowledge of coaching, with the vital skills and functions of resource management, which means graduates have a broad skill range which is attractive to potential employees, in a variety of sport sectors.

At Worcester, our innovative combination of sports development, coaching, and management provides you with the diverse array of skills and experience you will need to drive high quality sports development services. This multi-disciplinary approach will also equip you with operational, strategic and project management expertise that will enable you to take a dynamic approach to leading innovation and change within the sector.

Key features

  • Extensive work based learning, problem based teaching and practical activities which mean theoretical concepts are frequently applied to practical working environments.
  • Opportunity to gain additional technical qualifications, such as a variety coaching awards, which enhance the student’s employability prospects.
  • Excellent facilities, including the University of Worcester Arena – an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the ‘2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire’ award.
  • Expert staff who have taught in the sport development sector and have published work on the subject area.
  • Diverse range of future career path preparation, including sport development, community coaching, international sport development, teaching, and entering the growing sector of social entrepreneurship.
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) may be required for some modules

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Principles of Sports Coaching
  • Sport Development Foundation and the Sport Experience
  • Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport
  • Sport Risk Management


  • Sport Tourism and Event Management
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Personal Growth and Team Building Through Outdoor Adventurous Activity
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability

Year 2


  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Sport Operational Development
  • Sponsorship and Fundraising
  • The Research Process


  • Scientific Analysis of Sports Coaching
  • Sport Event Operations
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Strength, Power and Speed
  • Multi Sports
  • Sport and Disability

Year 3


  • Independent Study or Sport Development Project
  • Sport Strategy in Action
  • Work-Based Learning (Coaching Placement)
  • International Sport Development and Volunteering
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching


  • The Sports Entrepreneur
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Applied Performance Analysis
  • Socio-cultural Critique of Global and Olympic Sports
  • The Developing Child in Sport
  • Sport Event Marketing
  • Advanced Sport and Disability

The experience I've gained here in Worcester is second to none. It’s an ideal place at which to combine studying with developing my coaching knowledge.

Ryan Emery, Sport Development and Coaching BA

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Apply appropriate sport development, coaching and management models and practices to a range of theoretical and real life situations, in order to make appropriate operational and strategic decisions.
  • Develop a pro-active, dynamic approach to leading innovation and change, in relation to sport development and coaching.
  • Explore the working environment that sport development officers find themselves in, and understand the complex partnerships and interactions which create threats and opportunities for sport programmes and initiatives.
  • Coach sport and manage resources.

Teaching approach

  • The learning environment includes a full range of practical sessions, seminars, workshops and independent and group study tasks, with students gradually required to take control of their learning in a more independent manner as they progress towards and through the final year
  • A range of academic disciplines are used, ranging from sociology, economics and psychology, to explore and analyse existing sport practice, issues and programmes, in order to help improve and innovate on sport services in the future.
  • An integral part of the teaching and assessment approach is the use of case studies, problem solving, formative assessments and practical coaching activities. This approach is to emphasise the applied and multi-disciplinary nature of the course and enhance students’ employability and career preparation through the development of a range of key transferable skills.

When I realised that I wanted to major on the Development aspects of this course, the University helped me with placements, directed courses of study and support for work experience.

Sam Teasdale, Sport Development and Coaching BA


Where could it take you?


The jobs available in sport development are numerous and varied, dealing with both operational delivery and strategic planning.

Recently graduated students with a degree in Sport Development and Coaching BA (Hons) have entered employment in jobs such as Sport Activity Coordinators, Sport Development Officers, PE Coordinators, plus roles in community coaching and development coaching in various sporting arenas.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sport Development & Coaching BA (Hons) (Single Honours) CX61

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions tutor

Mandy Newbold 
01905 542508

Gill Renfree  
01905 855274