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What makes Sport Development and Coaching at Worcester special?

Our sport development and coaching course blends both applied practical skills and knowledge of coaching, with the vital skills and functions of resource management. Giving you 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 and coaching sectors and have published work in these subject areas.
  • 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 (for example, BBC at A Level), and GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Sport and Exercise Science pathway page. 

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Course content

What will you study?

Year 1


  • Introduction to the Sport Industry
  • Principles of Inclusive Sports Coaching
  • Sport Risk Management
  • Sports Coaching Intrapersonal Skills


  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport & Disability
  • Optional Language Modules


Year 2


  • Sport Operational Development
  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Creating Successful Research to Inform Practice


  • Sponsorship and Fundraising
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Sports Coaching Interpersonal Skills
  • Sport and Disability
  • Sport Tourism and Event Management
  • Optional Language Modules

Year 3


  • Independent Research Project in Sport Development OR Sport Development Project 
  • Professional Placement
  • International Sport Development and Volunteering
  • Advanced Coaching Pedagogy and Practice


  • Sport Strategy in Action
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • The Sports Entrepreneur
  • Contemporary Issues in Disability Sports Coaching and PE
  • Event Project Management

"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?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and coaching practicals. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and coaching practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work. You will 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. You will 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.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to complete two Level 2 equivalent coaching courses in Sprt1024, and to undertake a 100 hour coaching or development placement in the third year of the course, with agreed projects supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. You are also required to complete a year long Independent Study or Sport Development project in the third year of the course, supervised by a University tutor.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 - 16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study and undertake the work based placement.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 9 hours of interactive sessions
  • 2 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 1-2 hours of seminars in groups of around 10-20 students
  • 3 hours of coaching practicals

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-28 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Teaching is informed by the research, and the team includes senior academics, and professional practitioners with industry experience. The majority have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, posters, coaching delivery, presentations and a final year independent study or sport development project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 1 formal examination of 2 hours duration
  • 6 essays
  • 2-3 practical reports
  • 2-3 individual or group presentations

Year 2

  • 1 formal examination of 2 hours duration and 1 in-class test (2 hours)
  • 4 essays
  • 2-3 practical reports
  • 1 poster, grant form and crowdfunding platform design submission
  • 1-2 individual or group presentations

Year 3

  • Major independent study or sport development project of approx. 8-10,000 words
  • 1 reflective and skills portfolio relating to work placement
  • 2-3 essays
  • 2-3 practical reports or seminar delivery
  • 1 poster
  • 1-2 individual or group presentations.


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet The Team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.


Mandy Newbold

Mandy joined the University following 20 years' work within the Sports Development industry. An enthusiast for physical activity and sport, and getting people active, Mandy has supported initiatives for disabled people, youth groups, schools, sports clubs and Local Authorities and has worked for the national sports charity, the Youth Sport Trust (1997-2006), where she became one of their National Programme Managers overseeing the early years and primary TOP programmes.

Mandy is a part-time lecturer supporting the Sport Development and Sport Business Management modules, as well as being a Senior Trainer and Tutor for the Youth Sport Trust Learning Academy. She regularly delivers training to teachers and young people and works at major national events including Girls Active National Camp and Youth Sport Award GO Camp, both held at Loughborough University. Mandy is a full member of the Association for Physical Education and the European Sport Development Network, and is an External Examiner for Sheffield Hallam University.


Lerverne Barber

Lerverne is Deputy Head and Principal Lecturer with responsibility for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (including Recruitment, Retention and Achievement), within the School of Sport and Exercise Science (SSES).

She is a member of the Senior Management Team in SSES and has been part of the Physical Education (PE) teaching team for more than ten years, having been PE Course Leader from 2008 - 2011. Lerverne has a wealth of experience in her subject area, having been a Secondary PE teacher, PE adviser and Ofsted Inspector. She has also worked as an Independent PE Consultant leading projects and delivering training for organisations such as the Youth Sport Trust, the Qualification and Curriculum Authority and the Department for Education.

Lerverne has played a key role in developing the School's international profile in countries such as China and Japan, for work in inclusive sport and Physical Education. In 2011 she became a University of Worcester Teaching Fellow for excellence in learning and teaching and in 2015 she achieved the award of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for her leadership of learning and teaching (SFHEA), followed by the award of National Teaching Fellow (NTF) in 2017.


Debra Price

Debra has been employed in the education sector since 1998, working at a partner FE college. During this time she had various roles within the sports department, both leading and teaching on a range of sport related HE and FE programmes. Debra held positions as a Programme Area Manager for Sport and Quality Development Manager and latter, a Teaching and Learning Coach, where she assisted others to raise the standards of teaching and learning across the college. Debra was previously the Course Leader for HND Sports Coaching, a collaborative course with University of Worcester and has taught several sport business modules for FdSc Football Business Management and Coaching.

Find your passion

"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 the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 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 the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

All Physical Education and Sports Coaching students are expected to wear School of Sport and Exercise Science branded sports kit. This includes a polo top, t-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt and costs approximately £85.


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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

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.



Get in touch

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

Mandy Newbold

Admission tutor

Gill Renfree

Admission tutor