Sports coaches inspire teams and individuals to achieve their goals, working across a variety of sports and a range of levels, from elite athletes to local clubs.
Lincoln’s BSc (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching degree has been developed to produce independent and informed practitioners through engagement with a range of practical, laboratory, and field-based experiences, alongside more traditionally-focused lectures and seminars.
Students have access to specialist sports physiology, biomechanics, and psychology laboratories in the University’s Human Performance Centre, as well as a range of sports facilities and fitness equipment in our Sports Centre.
How You Study
Drawing on contemporary research, the degree aims to help students to develop their expertise and knowledge in a range of academic and vocational activities. These can include coaching on school and community-based projects, exercise prescription and fitness testing and managing and evaluating sport development schemes.
The first year introduces students to areas of study such as the sports development environment, physical literacy, sociological issues, and the foundations of sport and exercise science. It includes core modules such as the Fundamentals of Teaching and Coaching, and Research Skills, both of which are developed further in the second and third years.
Students are able to tailor their learning to suit their individual interests and career aspirations by choosing from a range of optional modules. These
include Physical Activity and Health; Performance Analysis; Psychology of Performance and Participation; and Project Management for Sport.
In their third year, students are expected to complete a dissertation, which enables them to undertake independent study on a topic of their choice and work to develop key skills, such as critical analysis and evaluation.
Contact hours vary by course and can take many forms, including lectures, seminars, and workshops. A full-time undergraduate student should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time, supplementing contact hours with independent study. This is an important aspect of university-level education. As a general rule, you will be expected to spend two to three hours working independently for every hour in class.
Methods of Assessment
The way in which you will be assessed will depend on your chosen course. It may include coursework, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work, or presentations. A full breakdown of current assessment methods can be found on the individual course pages of this website. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
Developing Physical Literacy (Core)
Foundations in Sport and Exercise Science (Core)
Fundamentals of Teaching and Coaching (Core)
Research Skills (Core)
Sociological Issues in PE and Sport (Core)
Sport Development Environment (Core)
Advanced Research Methods (Core)
Applied Principles of Teaching and Coaching (Core)
Fitness Testing & Training (Option)†
Performance Analysis (Option)†
Physical Activity and Health (Option)†
Policy in Sports Development & Physical Education (Option)†
Project Management for Sport (Option)†
Psychology of Performance and Participation (Option)†
Sport, Physical Education and Social Theory (Option)†
Study Abroad (Option)†
Contemporary Issues in Physical Education (Option)†
Critical Issues in Coaching (Option)†
Health Promotion and Development (Option)†
Inclusive Sport and Physical Activity (Option)†
Scientific Support in Practice (Option)†
Sociological Issues in Sports Development (Option)†
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.
For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
Entry Requirements 2021-22
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.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.
Teaching and Learning During Covid-19
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
"This course has given me an excellent foundation in sport development and I have been able to use this knowledge in my current role in the sports industry."
Konrad Bem, Sports Development and Coaching graduate
The University of Lincoln’s Human Performance Centre offers excellent facilities to meet the academic needs of our students. The Centre provides first-class sport and exercises support. Our experienced staff has academic and professional expertise in a range of areas including sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, sports psychology, coach education, and sports nutrition.
The course has strong links with a number of external partners, including British Orienteering, British Canoeing, Active Lincolnshire, Lincoln City Football Club, and Lincolnshire Cricket. Local partnerships with schools, community groups, and sports clubs provide additional opportunities for students to engage in relevant work experience. The School will cover all reasonable costs associated with work placements.
The College of Social Science’s Work Opportunities Hub is available to support students who are seeking to enhance their studies by engaging with a variety of work settings.