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About the course

Make an impact in your community and help develop the future of sport on this unique sport coaching and sport development degree. You’ll take part in community projects, industry placements and professional accreditations before graduating well prepared to tackle the challenge of a career in sport.

This course combines theory based study of sport coaching and sport development with practical project management skills, helping prepare you for graduate-level roles in the sports industry.

You'll build a strong grounding in the principles of coaching, exploring areas such as sociology, management, sport policy and sport development. You'll be encouraged to put this into practice through work placement and volunteering opportunities with one of our many local partners. Work experience opportunities have previously included placements in local sports clubs, community projects and schools. Graduates leave the course with a range of experience at all levels of youth sport.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in the Community Innovation Programme. 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 to deliver 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 initiative offers valuable industry experience and is unique to Solent University.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

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

What does this course lead to?

If you’re planning to progress into teaching, this course leads smoothly into Schools Direct or PGCE programmes. 

Recent graduates have gone on to work in local education, or for sport providers such as Sport Hampshire, Solent Sport, and the Saints Foundation. Common roles include sport development officer, coach, camp manager and teacher.

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Who is this course for?

Sport coaching and development here at Solent will prepare you for a range of coaching, teaching and centre management roles.

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

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

  • Students are required to undertake DBS criminal records checks as part of their enrolment. This is compulsory and is payable by the student at a cost of £55. The DBS check is organised by the University.
  • Students must purchase a Solent sports kit. As a package, this will cost approximately £105. 

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

Bursaries and scholarships

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Sport Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Principles of Coaching and Learning
  • Coaching and Volunteering in Sport Development
  • Principles of Sport Development
  • Sport and Social Issues
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Management Principles

Year two

Core modules
  • Coaching Children and Young Performers
  • Developing Community Innovation Projects
  • Policy and Practice in Sport Development
  • Applied Sociology of Sport
  • Research Methods
  • Developing Coaching Practice

Year three

Core modules
  • Games Based Coaching
  • Delivering Community Innovation Projects
  • Strategic Sport Development
  • Dissertation 


  • Global Sport Issues
  • Physical Education and Learning
  • High Performance Coaching

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

Students' work

Meet the course team

Kevin Harris academic profile Kevin Harris Course Leader View profile
Henry Dorling academic profile Henry Dorling Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
Matthew Fleet academic profile Matthew Fleet Senior Lecturer View profile
Kola Adeosun academic profile Kola Adeosun Senior Lecturer View profile
William Lawless academic profile William Lawless Lecturer View profile
Emma Thomson academic profile Emma Thomson 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.


As a student here at Solent University, you’ll have access to our full range of learning resources and facilities. These include a 24-hour library, comfortable study spaces, large computer resource centres and a comprehensive suite of academic and personal support services.

In terms of course specific facilities, you’ll make use of our sports grounds, teaching gyms and indoor sports halls.

Take part in the Community Innovation Programme, your chance to plan and deliver a project that makes a difference in the local community.

Your future

As a sport coaching and sport development graduate, you’ll be well-suited to roles at all levels of sport and exercise. Some examples include sport coaching, teaching, sport development and sport administration.

If you hold entrepreneurial ambitions, you’ll graduate with the skills and confidence required to set up your own coaching business or social enterprise. Entrepreneurs can receive support from the University’s enterprise team both before and after graduation.

Industry links

Staff within Solent’s sport education and development programme area have strong links with local partners including the Saints Foundation and EduMove.

The course team also maintain close ties with practitioners from the wider sports and coaching sector. This provides a variety of opportunities for students who want to grow their portfolio of real-world experience.

Solent is proud to manage the Southampton School Sports Partnership, a scheme that was introduced to improve the quality of sports education within the city. Our involvement in the partnership gives students access to 72 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and 6 FE colleges in and around the Southampton area. Working alongside these partner institutions will help you to put the theory you’ve learnt into practice and build valuable experience for your CV.


You will be encouraged to gain work experience throughout the course. The teaching team can help you to arrange these placements, drawing on Solent’s excellent relationships with local sports clubs and organisations like the Saints Foundation, Catch 22 and Active Nation.

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

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in the Community Innovation Programme. Working alongside industry practitioners, you will be responsible for researching, creating and implementing a community project for social change.

Graduate stories

Basia's story

Basia Dudek - Sports Programme Officer at Solent University

What made you choose to study at Solent?
When searching for universities, I was looking for a course that I would enjoy studying for three years and one that would leave me with different career options after graduating. Being able to join a sports team whilst studying was also important. Solent ticked all the boxes and was the best match for me. 

What do you currently do and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I'm currently a sports programme officer at Solent Sport. The most enjoyable thing is working and interacting with all the students and sports teams. In addition, I love developing our sports clubs and watching our students compete against other universities. 

What is your biggest achievement in your work so far?
My biggest achievement at work is helping Solent win Most Improved University at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) National Awards.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Solent?
Make the most of the extra opportunities that are available to you. Volunteer for as many things as you can and try to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself! 

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