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About the course

Make an impact and help develop the future of sport at all levels on Southampton Solent’s unique sport coaching and development degree. By taking part in community projects, industry placements and additional professional qualifications, you'll graduate well prepared to tackle the challenge of a career in sport.

This course places great emphasis on combining coaching and sport development theory with practical skills, helping prepare you for a strategic role in the sports industry. You'll build a strong grounding in the principles of coaching in areas such as sociology, management, policy studies, and sport development. You'll be encouraged to put this into practice by seeking work placement or volunteering opportunities. Work experience opportunities have previously included placements in local sports clubs, community projects and schools. This will help you to gain experience in a variety of sports and with a wide range of ability levels.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in the Coaching Innovation Programme (see video below). Working alongside industry practitioners, you will be responsible for researching, creating and implementing a community project for social change. This is a two year process which commences in the second year of study (Level 5) and ends in the third year (Level 6). You'll work with external partners in delivering a sporting intervention that uses sport and physical activity as a tool to address a variety of social issues in and around the Southampton area. This programme offers invaluable industry experience and is unique to Southampton Solent University. 

The curriculum is enhanced by NGB professional qualifications and specialised optional units. These opportunities will help you to specialise your knowledge and tailor the degree to your specific career ambitions. The course is professionally accredited by Skills Active and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

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Students, staff and industry practitioners share their experiences of Solent’s Coaching Innovation Programme in this short video.

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 and 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

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Year one:
Compulsory kit: £105
Compulsory DBS: £55
Optional discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.

Year two:
Optional discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.

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

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

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
  • Coaching and Volunteering for Sport Development
  • Sport and Society
  • Principles of Sport Development
  • Intro to Sport Management
  • Principles of Coaching

Year two

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


  • Physically Active Teaching and Learning
  • Psychology for Sport
  • Event Organisation

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

Year three

Core units
  • Dissertation/Project
  • Strategic Sport Development
  • Coaching and Community Development


  • Games Based Coaching
  • Contemporary Sports Issues
  • High Performance Coaching
  • Business Start – up
  • Physical Education
  • Globalisation and Sport
  • Applied Psychology
  • Evaluating Events Organisation
  • Sports Nutrition and Performance 
  • Advanced Sport Massage 

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.

Career support

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Students' work

Meet the course team

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Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
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Matthew Fleet academic profile Matthew Fleet Senior Lecturer View profile
Ali Hill academic profile Ali Hill Senior Lecturer View profile
Guy Holmes academic profile Guy Holmes Senior Lecturer View profile
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Richard Penton academic profile Richard Penton Principal Lecturer View profile
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Oscar Mwaanga academic profile Oscar Mwaanga Associate Professor View profile
Kola Adeosun academic profile Kola Adeosun Associate Lecturer View profile
James Grant academic profile James Grant Associate Lecturer View profile
James Mason academic profile James Mason Associate Lecturer View profile
Emma Mosley academic profile Emma Mosley 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
  • I work for a company called Sportiv8. We run courses to engage, develop and mentor NEET learners, providing them with life skills through an integrated activity programme. In regards to gaining the role, the coaching initiative unit I completed in my final year at Solent University played a massive part.

    Alex Rowe, Graduate

  • The coaching and community development CIP at Southampton Solent University has given me the confidence to go into the community and coach, as well as providing me with knowledge and understanding of sport development and how it is applied in the real world. I believe that being part of a CIP has significantly contributed towards my employment.

    Carys Willimott, Graduate

  • The chance to run a Coaching Innovation Project was exciting, being able to experience the background work that goes into delivering projects that a practitioner would undertake gives students the chance to become an active practitioner within the local community, which can only benefit employment opportunities in the future.

    Louis Ryan, Student

  • I was employed by Super Camps as a camp manager. During my interview the company were impressed with the innovation project and coaching experience I gained at University. The project allowed me to demonstrate the skills to create, organise and deliver successful sporting projects. The area manager said it was the experience that I had gained at Solent that made my CV stand out from the other 6,000 applicants. I was employed as the youngest camp manager.

    Michael French, Graduate

  • My course has given me both the academic and practical knowledge needed for me to progress into a professional career.

    Sam Prince, Student

  • The sport coaching and development course gave me the opportunity to engage with programmes and professionals within the local community, and through my coaching innovation project I was able to work with a variety of partners and get first-hand experience as a sport development practitioner and project lead.

    Tom Dickson, Student

  • My university experience has been extremely positive both academically and socially. The lecturers have been great and have always encouraged me to reach my full potential. I chose to study this course for the Coaching Innovation Programme (CIP). The CIP allows students to plan, deliver and evaluate their own sport for social change project within the Southampton community, allowing for students to apply theory to practice and prepare them for industry.

    Stephen Ketteringham, Student

Industry links

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.

Graduate stories

Paul's story

Paul Dixon - Graduate

Studying sport coaching and development at Southampton Solent University was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It offered the perfect blend of theory and practical learning which has prepared me for an exciting career in the coaching industry. The best thing about my time at Solent has to be the help and support I received from the teaching staff, who went out of their way to make sure I had every tool possible to equip me for any task. My tutors went far and beyond their basic requirements to help me from day to day with issues inside and outside of university.

I was able to gain employment with Southampton FC through contacts that the tutors had, which gave me a platform to get experience and develop new skills to become a more employable candidate for future career opportunities. It really is more than just a university and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants more than just a degree.

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