BSc (Hons) Sport: Coaching and Development

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This 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 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 at Manchester Met and you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the sport landscape, exploring current issues and evaluating the relevant policies. We'll help you to gain a good understanding of sport-based interventions, while equipping you with the practical skills to be a coach and educator. You will also have the opportunity to spend an extra year expanding your horizons, working on a placement in industry.

Being based in Manchester means we can offer access to exceptional teaching, training and research facilities, together with fantastic links to local clubs, national governing bodies and globally renowned teams. And, with a highly-qualified, research active team behind you, and a wide range of teaching environments, you’ll have everything you need to lay the foundations for your future career. 

Features and Benefits

  • Number 1 in the UK for student experience: Manchester Metropolitan University has been ranked number one in the UK for student experience for Sport Science in the 2019 Times Higher Education Subject Rankings.
  • Top 5 in the UK for Sports Science: Sports Science at Manchester Metropolitan University was ranked in fifth in the UK in the 2020 Guardian University League Tables.
  • You can opt to spend your third year getting a taste of professional life in a sport or health organisation with the four-year sandwich route.
  • Your course units are shaped by our research activities, ensuring that what you learn is informed and inspired by the latest developments in the field.
  • We’ve established a strong partnership with Manchester City Football Club’s City in the Community Trust, which runs projects for young people around sport, health, skills and enterprise.
  • We are investing heavily in sports facilities in Manchester at our John Dalton building, Platt Lane Sports Complex and Sugden Sports Centre.
"As a student, Manchester Met developed me from both a personal and professional perspective, while I now have the opportunity to shape and mould the next generation of students in my current role as a member of teaching staff." Martyn Dean Cooke, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

“You will be taught by experienced tutors who are willing to help at every opportunity. Anyone who is interested in studying here will be truly impressed with the professional help and access to outstanding facilities, both academic and sporting."

Patryk Lisowski, BSc (Hons) and MSc Coaching and Sport Development

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 departments. 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. Many students will progress to masters level study.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– BBB

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DDM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above including:

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics


GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 122 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

29 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Platt Lane Sports Complex

Our specialist Platt Lane sports facility is used by professional football, netball, basketball and rugby league teams and is home to the majority of the University’s sports teams.

Students will benefit from brand new specialist sports facilities, including physiology laboratories, a modern IT suite, three full size 3G pitches, two indoor court sports halls, group exercise studios and a strength and conditioning gym.

Course details

This course blends theoretical- and practical-based units that critically evaluate the key theories and concepts in sport coaching. Study with us and you will be taken on a journey that will challenge your perceptions, ideas and understanding of coaching and sport development on our student-focused programme.

The first year of our Sport: Coaching and Development degree provides a solid introduction to the scientific and sociological aspects of sports coaching and development, through a combination of practical and theory-based learning. Units typically include the following (the list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

My Career

The unit will engage with professional organisations and personnel, to enable the students to develop and enhance relevant industry and academic skills.

Sport Science and Coaching Practice

The unit will enable students to explore the relationship between underpinning principles of coaching science and its application to real life coaching scenarios.

Examining Sport Development

This unit introduces sport development concepts in sport policy; including the fundamental structures, directives and interventions designed to promote and support participation and equity in sport and physical activity.

Understanding Sport

This unit will acknowledge what ‘sport’ means from a variety of practical and theoretical contexts.

The second year encourages you to build on your knowledge of sports and exercise science and coaching practice, applying research methods and supporting theories to your studies. You will also gain necessary industry experience, and have the opportunity to specialise in the areas that interest you most with a range of optional units. Units typically include the following (the list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

Methods of Enquiry

The unit will provide students with a foundation in methods of enquiry that will enable them to understand the importance of research in examining aspects of exercise, sport and health.

Working in Sport and Physical Activity

This unit will enable students to gain valuable industry experience and develop employability skills. Through self-reflection and evaluation, students will develop their professional and academic skills.

Option Units

Coaching and Performance Analysis

This unit explores the different methods of analysis in sport performance (past, present and future) and examines how such methods have and can inform coaching practice, design and delivery. It covers topics such as: qualitative and quantitative analysis of sports performance and historical and contemporary development in performance analysis. 

Historical and Social Perspective of Sport

The unit will explore historical and sociological theories and frameworks, and the concepts surrounding the creation of life stories in sport, PE and physical activity.

Developing Physical Activity and Sport

In this unit the promotion and development of sport and physical activity is studied, focusing on the political and applied functions of development work.

If you opt for the four-year sandwich route, your third year will be spent on placement.

A large part of the final year is the research project, supported by optional modules designed to develop your critical evaluation skills. Units typically include the following (the list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

Undergraduate Project

Students will design, implement, and report findings of a research investigation relevant to the exercise, sport and health related disciplines.

Option Units

Developing, Targeting and Delivering Intervention

The unit will analyse the use, design and implementation of community interventions that try to increase physical activity levels in ‘hard to reach’ communities. 

Profiling Sport Performance

The unit will critically evaluate contemporary and historical methods of measuring and profiling of sports performance. Topics include: Examinations of emerging technologies, historical measurement and evaluation of sports performance, data examinations using SPSS, developing observation templates for measuring human movement.

Working in High Performance Sport

This unit explores the working practices of high performance coaching environments. Specifically, this unit focuses upon the use of theory to critically analyse practice – reflective practice, leadership, communities of practice, team cohesion and group dynamics, high performance sport and media, etc.

The Olympics

The unit will consider contemporary discourse and debates about sport and exercise in relation to the Olympic Games/Olympic movement, and encourage students to take a critical approach to the material presented. Students will be introduced to core terminology, concepts and knowledge about contemporary debates within the Olympic Games. The assessment follows the process an academic takes to publish their research in an academic journal.

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:



Placement options

You can opt to spend your third year getting a taste of professional life in a sport or health organisation with the four-year sandwich route.

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: Full-time fee: £9,250 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: Full-time fee: £16,500 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 books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Some travel will be required between Platt Lane Sports Complex and All Saints campus. Total estimated cost: £240 per year


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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