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University of the West of Scotland

Sports Coaching & Development BA Hons

UCAS Code: CC66

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H4,H4

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

102
89%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Sports coaching

Sports development

This programme focuses on equipping you with the knowledge and skills to move into employment within the sports coaching and development industries. It has been developed in consultation with national sport organisations, governing bodies, sport industry personnel and expert coaches. Both sports coaching and sports development aspects are focused on throughout the entire 4 years of the course (i.e. students do not select to specialise in one or the other). Placement learning, classroom based learning and developing practical skills are key. Industry links provide work-based learning opportunities and offer links to attainment of coaching qualifications. Students have undertaken placements with many sports coaching and development organisation in Ayrshire and beyond. Graduates from the SRUC version of the course have gone on to work with: local authorities, sports clubs, health promotion initiatives, Active Schools and sport development officers, PE teachers, NGBs and various other educational outlets.Career prospectsEmployment rates for graduates are excellent, with previous students from the SRUC version of the programme working within: Sports coaching; Active schools and sports development;

Modules

Course content
This programme is the only one in Scotland that is Sports Coaching and Development. The programme was developed in consultation with national sport organisations, national governing bodies, national and local sport industry personnel and expert coaches. This consultation process has resulted in a programme that gives students many employment opportunities upon graduation. The course has been running within Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) since 2008 and has been updated and validated within UWS for 2017 entrants.

Year 1
Topics are: sport coaching, sport development, academic skills, sports performance and volunteering in sport. This provides an overview and introduction to the disciplines within the sports coaching and development industry as well as the skills to investigate these topics in an academic manner.

Year 2
Studies include the development of sports coaching, research methods, developing sport for targeted groups, managing sports events and the first worksite learning experience. Students attend industry-related placements and receive training from our industry partners before commencing placement.

Year 3
Sport coaching and development topics become specialised and focused on theory into practice. Subject areas include sports coaching, sport development, and work based learning. You will contextualise these aspects on a second professional placement, again working with our partners in industry.

Year 4
You will consolidate knowledge gained previously, through interdisciplinary modules continuing to cover both sports coaching and sport development. During this year you will undertake an honours level dissertation.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Ayr Campus

Department:

Health and Life Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Sports coaching
81%
med
Sports development

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
30%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Sports and fitness occupations
10%
Customer service occupations
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sports coaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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