The Sports Development and Coaching degree draws upon contemporary research aimed at helping students to develop their expertise and ability in a range of academic and vocational activities. These can include coaching on school and community-based projects, exercise prescription and fitness testing, as well as developing, managing and evaluating sport development schemes
This multi-disciplinary degree is underpinned by high-quality scientific research and field investigations. There are strong links with national governing bodies of sport and a network of local schools and sports clubs. The programme aims to produce independent and informed practitioners through engagement with a range of practical, laboratory and field-based experiences, alongside more traditionally focused lectures and interactive seminar activities.
Students have access to specialist sports physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories in the Human Performance Centre, as well as a range of sports facilities and fitness equipment which are provided by the University’s Sports Centre.
How You Study
Year one introduces students to areas of study such as the sports development environment, physical literacy, sociological issues, and the foundations of sport and exercise science. The first year also includes core modules such as the Fundamentals of Teaching and Coaching and Research Skills, both of which are developed in years two and three.
Students have the opportunity to tailor their learning in year two by choosing from a range of optional modules, such as Physical Activity and Health, Performance Analysis, Psychology of Performance, and Project Management for Sport, all of which can be developed in the final year of study.
The dissertation in year three represents the final stage of a student’s learning on the degree. Students can undertake an independent study on a topic of their choice and can develop key thinking skills, such as critical analysis and evaluation.
This course has strong links with external partners, including national governing bodies of sport and a network of secondary primary and special schools throughout the country. These relationships offer the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
In the first year, assessment is 89% coursework and 11% practical exams. In the second year, it is 96% coursework and 4% practical exams. In the third year, it is 70% coursework, 13% practical exams, and 17% written exams.
Essays, reports, posters, oral presentations and portfolios will be used to assess knowledge, understanding and communication skills. Teaching and coaching practicum is also assessed practically throughout the programme.
The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
- International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
- BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and a Science or sport-related subject. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.