Course Information
3 Years School of Sport and Exercise Science Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (or equivalent qualifications) C602

#6 BSc (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching, one of the University's Sport and Exercise Science courses ranked 6th in the UK, according to the National Student Survey 2016


The Sport Development and Coaching degree draws on contemporary research with the aim of giving students the opportunity to develop their expertise and ability in a range of areas. These include leading and teaching sport and physical education sessions, creating and testing exercise programmes and developing, managing and evaluating community sports schemes.

This progressive and multidisciplinary degree is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the broad aspects of coaching and sports development. It is underpinned by high-quality scientific research and field investigations.

Throughout the Sport Development and Coaching degree, you will have the opportunity engage in practical, laboratory and field-based testing and training activities in addition to more traditional lectures and interactive seminars.

Students have access to specialist sport physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories in our Human Performance Centre, as well as a range of sports and fitness equipment at the University’s Sport and Recreation Centre comprising a gym, double sports hall, squash courts, dance studio and all-weather pitches.

How You Study

The first year aims to introduce core topics such as the sport development environment, teaching pedagogy, sociology and the fundamentals of sport and exercise science.

Students can build on this knowledge in the second year via a range of related subject disciplines and options, such as policy and management in sport, sport and social theory, and performance analysis. These subjects are all underpinned by applied principles of teaching and coaching, and advanced research skills modules.

Final-year optional modules include strategic management in sport, critical issues in coaching, scientific support in practice and contemporary issues in PE. Students have the opportunity to choose from the range of optional modules based on their particular interests or career aspirations.

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. Please note that students are expected to cover their accommodation, travel and general living costs when on a placement.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

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.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Interviews & Applicant Days

We may interview applicants if the applicant has a non-traditional background, falling short of the standard entry requirements but with relevant work experience and professional qualifications.

What We Look For In Your Application

We look for a strong educational background in sport studies up to Level Three, evidence of voluntary work and coaching practice, demonstrating a commitment to the subject outside of academic studies, and evidence of a variety of transferable skills, including communication, leadership and team working.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Sport and Exercise Science Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English, Maths and science/sports related subject.

We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Developing Physical Literacy

A high-quality physical education or coaching programme can develop a range of physical and cognitive skills within a child that can subsequently encourage positive life experiences. These experiences can include confidence development, the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, alongside experiencing achievement whilst fulfilling potential. Through theoretical and practical experiences, including a school placement, this module aims to develop the knowledge and applied understanding of concepts and practices that can support child development.

Foundations in Sport and Exercise Science

This module aims to examine the structure and function of the human body during sport and exercise. It will seek to address the physiological, biomechanical and psychological determinants of performance, with the aim of enabling students to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles involved and introducing students to a range of practical skills for measuring performance in the laboratory and/or field.

Fundamentals of Teaching and Coaching

This module is designed to provide students with a range of practical experiences in a variety of sports, and serves as an introduction to fundamental coaching methods, as applied to a range of scenarios and environments. It aims to increase students’ awareness of learning and pedagogy, coaching philosophy and session structure. It aims to introduce the ‘four pillars’ of coaching: organisation, management, communication and differentiation.

Research Skills

On this module, students have the opportunity to develop useful study skills for the sport and exercise scientist and benefit from an introduction to the underpinning concepts of scientific study and research methods.

This module aims to enable students to benefit fully from the higher education learning environment and develop their reflective practice, alongside an understanding of the philosophy of science as related to scientific study in sport and exercise.

Sociological Issues in PE and Sport

This module aims to introduce students to the field of sociology as applied to the study of sport and physical education. Students will be encouraged to think critically about sport and its place in society and in education.

In particular, subjects such as the stratification of society (i.e. by ‘race’, sex, religion, class, age, ability etc.) and the sporting experiences of different social groups in the community and in schools, can be investigated.

This module encourages students to think critically about sport, PE and their (reciprocal) relationships with politics, the media and broader social processes such as sportisation and commercialisation.

Sport Development Environment

This module aims to introduce students to the structure of, and central issues in, the present sport development environment.

It aims to provide an overview of the structure and purpose of sports organisations and describes the hierarchical relationship between the major agencies responsible for delivering sport. Students are encouraged to begin developing a critical understanding of government aims and objectives and how they impact on those working at the delivery level (e.g. coaches, teachers, Sports Development Officers).

Level 2

Advanced Research Methods

This module aims to build directly on the key concepts delivered at level one through the Research Skills module. Students have the opportunity to advance their understanding of research enquiry, and the chance to gain an introduction to a range of methodologies applicable to sport development, coaching and physical education research. Independent research activities can aid the development of analytical skills through applied evidence-based practice.

Applied Principles of Teaching and Coaching

This module aims to develop the student’s knowledge of pedagogical concepts, which were first experienced at level one in Fundamentals of Teaching and Coaching, and to continue to develop the key pillars of coaching through the application of the spiral curriculum. Within this module students are expected to consider the wider context in which teaching and coaching takes place.

Fitness Testing & Training (Option)

This module aims to address why an understanding of core fitness components is essential for the coach in practice, investigates key training principles and how these can be integrated into coaching session plans, and seeks to explore applied testing and training approaches to evaluate individual and group performance ability. Each of these aspects can be considered in the context of coaching experience, practice and application.

Performance Analysis (Option)

This optional module provides an opportunity for students to build on knowledge gained at level one within the Foundations in Sport and Exercise Science module. Students can develop their understanding of the theory underpinning the subject, as well as field-based performance analysis strategies and their application to assessment of practical sport.

Physical Activity and Health (Option)

This introductory health module is designed to enable students to develop their knowledge of the positive role of ‘physical activity’ in society. A major emphasis will be placed on identifying the key factors involved in determining health status; addressing the link between sedentary behaviour and health.

Policy in Sport Development & Physical Education (Option)

This module aims to build on the knowledge and concepts developed within the level one module Sport Development Environment and enable students to advance their understanding of the central strategies and policies in sport development, physical education and school sport.

The central aim of this module is to allow students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of major sport policies and strategies and to explore sport provision at a local level, in order to think analytically about the policy process and the complexities associated with policy implementation.

Project Management for Sport (Option)

The module is designed to encourage students to learn about the concept of project management and to understand how it relates to sport. The Lincolnshire Event Safety Partnership guidance will be used within this module to provide students with an opportunity to develop realistic and local knowledge about project management within a contemporary setting.

Psychology of Performance and Participation (Option)

This module aims to introduce and develop knowledge of key concepts and theories that describe and explain the importance of psychology in sport, exercise and physical education settings.

Sport, Physical Education and Social Theory (Option)

This module aims to provide students with a formal introduction to social theory and its application to the study of sociological problems in sport and PE.

It is intended to build on the level one module, Sociological Issues in Sport and PE, by providing the opportunity to examine a variety of topics in sport from different theoretical perspectives. Students are encouraged to understand that all sociological observations are guided by theory, while also comparing and critiquing the range of approaches to sport introduced in the module. A selection of sociological sporting phenomena will be used to illustrate the importance of theory in guiding any sociological study.

Level 3

Contemporary Issues in Physical Education (Option)

This module aims to mobilise the knowledge and skills obtained at levels one and two by engaging students in the critical analysis of central issues in Physical Education.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Engage students in fundamental philosophical, sociological and practical debates that are central to an understanding of PE and school sport.
  • Encourage students to interrogate current political trends emerging within physical education such as, the Primary Premium.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to work in schools thus sensitising them to the pressures and problems currently facing professionals in the field.

Critical Issues in Coaching (Option)

The module aims to provide students with the support and opportunity to apply the coaching knowledge gained at levels one and two in a vocational situation and challenges them to discuss contemporary issues in the coaching and sports pedagogy literature.


The Dissertation module provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of a particular topic and to demonstrate original and critical thought.

Health Promotion and Development (Option)

The module gives students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship between physical activity/inactivity and population health. This module will seek to develop knowledge on the role of ‘preventive healthcare’ (rather than treatment) and includes a central focus which explores current UK government-supported policy in this area.

Inclusive Sport and Physical Activity (Option)

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore notions of disability within the context of sport and physical activity. The programme aims to place competing models of disability, theories of disability and disabling barriers at the centre of a reflective investigation of sport and activity provision for people with disabilities. The module aims to focus upon private, public and voluntary sectors with a particular emphasis on National Governing Bodies, school and community sport providers.

Scientific Support in Practice (Option)

This module aims to give students the opportunity to apply sport and exercise science concepts to coaching practice in order to enhance performance and enjoyment in participants. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to develop an effective working alliance with clients, with ethics and competency central to the learning experience and models of applied practice.

Sociological Issues in Sports Development (Option)

This module aims to mobilise the knowledge and skills obtained throughout the sport development and sociological context strands of the degree by engaging students in the critical analysis of central issues in sport development.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Engage students in critical sociological debates (especially on social exclusion) that are central to an understanding sport and sports development.
  • Encourage students to interrogate current policies in sport development policy.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to work on a practical sports development project, thus sensitising them to the pressures and problems currently facing professionals in the field.

Strategic Management in Sport (Option)

This module seeks to critically evaluate the theory and practice of strategic management within a changing sports organisational environment.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Encourage critical examination of the nature of strategic management within sport.
  • Critique its role in contemporary sport and the practical difficulties in formulating and implementing strategy.
  • Consider appropriate developments in improving the performance of sport related operations and activities.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Academics in the School of Sport and Exercise Science conduct research in a number of areas, including mental toughness and sports psychology, improving sport performance, health advancement and youth participation.

Industry Links and Hands-on Learning

The course has strong links with external partners including British Orienteering, British Canoeing, the National Ice Hockey Association, Lincolnshire Sport and a network of county-wide special, secondary and primary schools. Opportunities for work-based placements and real-world projects are available through these partnerships.

Great Minds

Sporting legend, Steve Cram MBE, launched our Great Minds lecture series with an inspirational talk to students.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


Facilities include a double sports hall, all-weather pitches, squash courts, a dance studio, fully fitted gym and the state-of-the-art Human Performance Centre containing a range of specialist equipment.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be well-equipped to progress on to a range of careers in sport development, coaching and fitness instruction. Graduates may choose to continue their study at postgraduate level or undertake further training in preparation for a career in teaching.

Employability skills can be developed through a bespoke tutorial which forms part of the personal tutorial programme. These are supported by Alumni Events and a Careers in Sports Road Show.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

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Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. []