Our Sport Development and Coaching course is an academic and vocationally relevant course that aims to meet employer demand. The philosophy of the course is to combine practical coaching experience and relevant academic underpinning with an understanding of the issues and context of sport development.
Why Study Sport Development and Coaching with us?
Sport development and coaching is about effective engagement with individuals, communities and a variety of organisations, thereby creating opportunities for increased participation, developing athletes, and understanding the effectiveness of sport in society. To facilitate this process, more highly skilled and professionally qualified people are needed to ensure national policies are delivered effectively in a variety of settings, in order to improve coaching and increase participation in sport throughout the UK.
Engagement with external organisations via work experience and coaching modules will provide you with opportunities to develop key transferable skills as well as relating theory to practice.
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104 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - CCC/BCC
BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and 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.
For details about the cost of the DBS and for further information please visit: www.chester.ac.uk/dbs
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will examine the institutions, policies and factors that affect opportunities in sport. You will also start to examine the nature and function of sport development. Other modules will provide you with the opportunity to engage in topics related to practical and performance aspects of sport.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5), the course is supported by a compulsory sustained period of work placement. You also have the opportunity to specialise in various areas associated to sport development and coaching.
What will I learn?
Year 3 (Level 6) may provide you with an opportunity to participate in a conference, delivering a seminar/workshop on a contemporary sporting topic. In addition to sport coaching modules, you have an opportunity to undertake a dissertation or continue with taught modules.
" The course provides an opportunity for you to develop the knowledge and skills in both sport development and sport coaching, equipping you for a range of employment opportunities within the sport industry."
How will I be taught?
Lectures, seminars, practical sport, independent research and tutorials are some of the methods used to help you learn. Our practical classes utilise a range of sport facilities, including a sports hall, a floodlit full-sized multipurpose AstroTurf pitch, a fitness facility and two on-site sports fields.
Independent research work is a key feature of Year 3, and you may be expected to deliver a group workshop on a contemporary theme.
Staff on the Sport Development and Coaching course endeavour to maximise student-staff interaction. Each module is usually allocated two hours per week; therefore you will have approximately 12 hours of scheduled class contact each week, with staff given additional time for individual and group tutorials.
You will also be expected to undertake appropriate self-guided independent study.
How will I be assessed?
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).
Work Based Learning
As part of your studies you may take our Work Based Learning module, where you will be fully supported in securing a work placement of at least 150 hours, which you may be able to use in trying out a future career. You may also have the option to undertake a 10-week (equivalent to 20 hours) individual coaching placement in a community setting in Year 3.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Studying abroad is a great way to broaden your horizons and enhance your academic experience. Depending on your course of study, we offer a number of exciting ways in which you can incorporate international study within your degree.
An international exchange option may be available, whereby you would undertake a negotiated programme of study at a host university. Students have previously undertaken this opportunity in Australia and the United States.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. 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 increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
You will be expected to purchase a university branded sport kit to be used during practicals and placements. As a guide, in 2015/16 a t-shirt cost £19.00 and a polo shirt cost £24.99.
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
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email email@example.com if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
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Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Saturday 21st October
- Saturday 21st October