BSc (Hons) Sport: Coaching and Development (Distance Learning)

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This distance learning course will challenge your perceptions, ideas and understanding of sport coaching and development. You’ll journey into the world of sport, grasping the key theories around the subject and developing the practical skills to put them into action.

Our Sport: Coaching and Development distance learning programme has been designed to build your knowledge in a broad range of areas, from coaching practice and techniques, to sport history, sociology and development. Study with us and you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the sport landscape, exploring current issues and evaluating the relevant policies. We’ll also give you a good understanding of sport-based interventions.

With a long history in delivering degrees, particularly distance learning, in sport and coaching, we have gained a distinguished, international reputation for the high quality of our learning and teaching, and research and community work within this field. The course benefits from having custom-made iBooks, which allow you to develop your understanding and knowledge at your own pace. The degree has been designed to offer a flexible rate of study and to meet the needs of those in full-time employment, sports professionals and coaches in the UK and abroad.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Coaching careers exist within academic institutions such as schools and colleges, as well as in community sports clubs and facilities. There will also be opportunities within health and fitness providers such as gyms, leisure centres and local-government owned sports facilities. A degree in Sports Coaching may also lead to a career with national governing bodies of sport, commercial companies and professional sports clubs, both nationally and internationally.

Graduates from this course could find employment in a variety of areas, such as international sports coaching, managing coaching programmes, developing coaching strategies, match analysis, personal training or even finding success as an entrepreneur after starting their own sports and leisure companies. Some students may progress to Masters level study.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

Applicants will be considered individually on the basis of their ability to complete the course successfully. Many applicants will typically be in employment as professional or voluntary coaches, in the fitness industry or Armed Forces, or at an elite level of sport.

Course details

You will gain a clear understanding of the sport sector, explore current issues that impact on sport, evaluate sporting policies and develop an awareness of sport-based intervention whilst also enhancing your skills and knowledge as coaches and educators.

All students use iPads to download interactive iBooks which have been specially created by staff from the department. The iBooks contain a blend of text, images, interactive tasks, video lectures and other videos. 

After an initial compulsory attendance at the induction, the course is taught mainly via distance learning. At both Certificate and Diploma levels, there is one mandatory five-day residential to attend on campus in Manchester. At BSc level, there are two mandatory residential visits.

Below is information on the different levels of study. Please note that these levels can, and typically will be, completed over a longer period than three years, to be flexible to suit your personal commitments.

Units typically include the following (this list is indicative and may change).

Level 4

Core units:

  • Understanding Sport
  • Examining Sport Development
  • Sport Science and Coaching Practice
  • Human Movement and Performance Analysis

Units typically include the following (this list is indicative and may change).

Level 5

Core units:

  • Social Issues in Sport 
  • Working in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Sport: Planning and Evaluation 
  • Coaching and Performance Analysis

Units typically include the following (this list is indicative and may change).

Level 6

Core units:

  • Undergraduate Project
  • Methods of Enquiry
  • Independent Professional Development

Option units:

  • Working in High Performance Sport
  • Profiling Sport Performance
  • Performance Training
  • Issues in Community Sport

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:



Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences hosts a range of specialisms, from physiology and biomechanics, nutrition, to coaching and sport history. Our innovative partnerships with high profile sporting organisations include a unique collaboration with Manchester City Football Club.

We focus on practical and academic skills alongside employability, to prepare our graduates for work in a variety of careers.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £1813 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Distance learning fee: £2750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Other Costs

All of the iBooks required for the course are available to download free of charge to iPads. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service that can be used for residential visits. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may occasionally need to print their assignments and other documents. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600.

Students are required to cover the cost of their accommodation during the residential periods. Wherever possible, the University negotiates discounted rates for these periods with a local hotel. Estimated cost £80 per night.


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

Money Matters

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How to apply

The deadline for submitting applications for September 2019 entry is 16th August 2019.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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