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About the course

If you want to make an impact in the future of sport, Southampton Solent’s sport coaching and development degree, with its opportunities for gaining academic and professional qualifications, can help prepare you for a rewarding career in sport.

This course places great emphasis on combining coaching and sport development theory with practical skills to help prepare students for a strategic role in the sports industry. Students can build a strong grounding in the principles of coaching in areas such as sociology, management, policy studies, and sport development and are encouraged to put this into practice by seeking work experience through volunteering or work placements.

Work experience opportunities have previously ranged from placements at local sports clubs, in communities and schools, allowing students to work with people in a variety of sports at all levels.

To complement their degree studies, students are encouraged to study for NGB professional qualifications, further enhancing their employability upon graduation.

Students have also previously had the opportunity to participate in the inventive Coaching Innovation Programme, where, working alongside industry practitioners, they have been responsible for researching, creating and implementing a real life community project for social change.

The course is professionally accredited by Skills Active and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Further studies

Students are encouraged to gain National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualifications from a variety of sports.

What does this course lead to?

If you’re planning to follow the teaching route, this course leads smoothly into primary or secondary education-based courses such as Schools Direct or PGCE. Many students also embark upon Solent’s master’s degree in sport and development, developing their specialist skills, experience and employability to an even higher level.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in local education, or for sport providers such as Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Solent Sport, and the Saints Foundation as sport development officers, coaches, camp managers and teachers.

Who is this course for?

Sport coaching and development here at Southampton Solent prepares students for a range of coaching, teaching and centre management roles.

Placements are encouraged throughout the course, making it a good choice for students who want to gain more in-work experience alongside their academic studies.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Sport Foundation Year C66C
  • 3 Years Standard Entry CX61
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Other costs

The 2017/18 other costs are not yet available, but for guidance the 2016/17 costs were:

Compulsory kit in various combinations: £105
Optional professional body endorsement (NGBs) NGBs range from £10 to £250 depending on course.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • At least two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and mathematics or equivalent.
  • All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check, processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Alternative entry to the course is available through the Sport Foundation Year.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

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How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year One

Core units
  • Introduction to Research and Study Skills
  • Sport and Society
  • Principles of Coaching
  • Introduction to Sport Management
  • Coaching and Volunteering for Sport Development
  • Principles of Sport Development

Year Two

Core units
  • Policy and Practices of Sport Development
  • Sport Coaching and Development
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Research Methods for Sport
  • Coaching Children and Young Performers


  • Events Organisation
  • Physical Education Teaching Essentials
  • Exercise Referral
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Event Sponsorship
  • Outdoor Recreation and Adventure
  • Sport Massage
  • Psychology for Sport
  • Sport, Gender & Sexuality
  • Languages
  • Curriculum Plus 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year Three

Core units
  • Coaching and Community Development
  • Strategic Sport Development


  • Sociology of Extreme and Lifestyle Sports
  • Evaluating Events Organisation
  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • High Performance Coaching
  • Sport Conditioning
  • Physical Education
  • Exercise Programming for medically referred and disabled clients
  • Advanced Sport Massage
  • Dissertation (Sports)
  • Project (Sports)
  • Contemporary Sports Issues
  • Globalisation and Sport
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Business Start-up
  • Languages
  • Curriculum Plus 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

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Written Exams


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Practical exams

Meet the course team

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Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
Dominic Cunliffe academic profile Dominic Cunliffe Senior Lecturer View profile
Henry Dorling academic profile Henry Dorling Senior Lecturer View profile
Matthew Fleet academic profile Matthew Fleet Senior Lecturer View profile
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Emma Mosley academic profile Emma Mosley Associate Lecturer View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

The course team has excellent relationships with local sports clubs and organisations allowing past students to gain valuable coaching experience in work placements or volunteering.

Your future

Graduates of this course are well placed for roles in various sport-related industries, including sport coaching, teaching and sport development/administration. The course opens many pathways into this exciting industry, giving you an opportunity to help shape sports coaching and development in the UK. You’ll also have the skills and confidence to fulfil your entrepreneurial ambitions and set up your own small coaching business or social enterprise, with support from Solent Sport and the University’s business and enterprise team.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Sport development
  • Teaching
  • Sports coaching
  • Sports administration
  • Sports centre management.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

The course team has an excellent relationship with the key providers for sport coaching and development in the Southampton and wider Hampshire region, providing you with extensive opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience in community and school sports.

You’ll also receive regular guest lectures from professional coaches and development practitioners, carry out research on behalf of local sports programmes and organisations, and have the chance to engage in work experience.

We also encourage students to attend sport coaching conferences, supported by the course team, and every student will present their community coaching project proposal at our professional coaching innovation symposium, attended by key industry figures.

Industry practitioners are instrumental in the way the course is delivered – Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight, the Saints Foundation, Solent Health and various national sporting governing bodies are just a few examples of the partners working with us to improve the student experience.


Students are encouraged to gain extensive work experience through volunteering or work placements, drawing on Solent’s excellent relationships with local sports clubs and organisations such as the Saints Foundation, Catch 22 and Active Nation.

If you’re planning a career in primary or secondary physical education as a career, there are placements available with local schools.

The distinctive Coaching Innovation Programme (CIP) also provides students with the opportunity to independently deliver their own ‘coaching for social change’ project in the community, working with current industry practitioners.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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