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Study BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching to reflect on and develop your practical experience, gain an in-depth knowledge of the sector and skills to boost your career opportunities.
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Sport plays an important role in society – contributing to health and wellbeing, community, education, social inclusion, and national prestige from success in global events. Its success depends upon skilled and enthusiastic individuals working to support athletes and clubs at all levels.
Our BA (Hons) course will teach you about:
Within those broader contextual themes, you will learn both the theory and research within the context of sports development and coaching, informing your personal development, skills and experiences, and laying the foundation for your future career.
Stirling is one the best places to study sport in the UK. We are Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and were UK Sports University of the Year 2020 (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide). These accolades reflect the high-quality teaching and research at the University, as well as the success of our world-class athletes – which include Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallists. We have strong partnerships with many national governing bodies of sport and other sporting organisations, some of which are based on campus. We also work alongside community sport and active lifestyle organisations.
SQA Highers
AABB – by the end of S5
AAAB – by the end of S6
GCE A-levels
BBB
IB Diploma
30 points
BTEC (Level 3)
DDM
Widening access students
Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.
Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.
SQA Advanced Higher
ABB
GCE A-level
ABB
IB Diploma
35
Essential subjects
Physical Education
Scottish HNC/HND
Year one minimum entry – Bs in graded units.
Access courses
University of Stirling access course – for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.
SWAP access course – for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.
Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.
Foundation Apprenticeships
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B
English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
Merits and Distinctions
English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
Access to Higher Education – 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.
Essential subjects
Physical Education
Year 2 entry
Entry into Year 2 may be possible depending on your HNC/HND course. To find out more go to our articulation pages.
Other qualifications
Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications. To find out more go to our advanced entry page.
 
General entrance requirements apply
If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
If you are from India, Bangladesh, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.
For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.
Pre-sessional English language courses
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

The BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching is a four-year course that is delivered across eight semesters. The overarching aim is to give you a multi-disciplinary social science-oriented appreciation of sport and the sport sector. This includes critically reflecting on the health, social, cultural, political, educational, and economic contribution of sport, sport development, and sport coaching.
In addition to providing an introduction to sport development and coaching, modules in the first two years provide an introduction to the importance of sport to individuals and communities, with particular focus on physical activity and health, sports psychology, sociology, and management. You will also take modules from other faculties, enhancing your knowledge and understanding in a broad range of topics, as well as developing your academic skills and abilities in preparation for a more in-depth and specialised exploration of sport development and coaching.
In the final two years, you will deepen your understanding of sport development and coaching in the sport sector. You will engage in learning that develops the knowledge, skills and abilities required to undertake academic inquiry into sport. You’ll take Research Methods and the Advanced Studies in Sport modules to prepare you to undertake an independent major project on a topic that reflects your interests and career aspirations. You will also complete a Professional Practice in Sport module, where you will engage in a period of work-related learning and receive lectures from guest speakers from the sport industry on working in sport development and coaching.
Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills and experiences in sport development and coaching by engaging in voluntary and/or paid sport development and coaching opportunities beyond the course.
On completion of the course, you will be an independent learner capable of critical analysis and competent in communicating through a range of mediums, to a range of audiences. Furthermore, you will have laid the foundations for being an independent researcher preparing you for the opportunity of further study at MSc or PhD/Professional Doctorate level.
The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study – please note the details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and therefore may be subject to change in future years.
The Sport Development and Coaching course will be delivered using a blended learning approach of face-to-face and online learning. Modules will be delivered through lectures, small group seminars, and guest lectures. Materials posted online through our virtual learning environment, Canvas, will support this contact time. Additional learning materials will take the form of podcasts, video lectures, and additional reading material.
The course uses a wide range of assessment approaches, including formative and summative assessment. The assessments are designed to improve and assess your attainment of the learning outcomes, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, and group working skills.
Assessments make use of coursework and exams. Coursework assessments can take the form of online tests, essays , digi-essays, reports, podcasts, and presentations. These include individual and group submissions. Exams include multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, essay-based questions or a combination of question types. The assessments and marking criteria are aligned to the appropriate level on the SCQF Framework.
Throughout the course you will be provided with learning and teaching sessions and resources designed to help prepare you to undertake different types of assessment.
The Professional Practice module is designed to improve students’ awareness of the skills and attributes needed to be successful in the sport sector. It aims to develop these skills and attributes through practical engagement in a work-related placement experience in the sport sector and engaging in a programme of work-related development activities.
Specifically, the work-related experience opportunity can be:
You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad through our well-established connections with several universities in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Find out more about our study abroad opportunities.
Emma Lyons, Course Director
+44 (0) 1786 466473
emma.lyons@stir.ac.uk@stir.ac.uk
Scottish students
* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.
You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.
Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility.
If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.
For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.
You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland who are living in the Common Travel Area of the UK, Islands or Ireland and are starting a course of study in Scotland in session 2021/22 will be entitled to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. See more information on the SAAS website.
We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.
If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.
For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.
European Union students
For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.
Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.
You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.
If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.
For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.
Overseas students (non-EU)
You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.
If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.
For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.
There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.
Sports Scholarships
See details of our International Sports Scholarship Programme.
See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.
Students domiciled in Scotland
The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.
EU students
For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.
Students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.
The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.
In addition, students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.
You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above – we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.
To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.
Students domiciled overseas
The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.
If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.
EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.
Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.
We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods – including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.
This course will prepare you for working in various sports organisations. Sport Development Officer jobs are available throughout the UK in local authorities and sports clubs employ coaches and co-ordinators. Private sector businesses in the health and fitness sector are also potential employers.
Students from related degrees, notably BA (Hons) Sports Studies, have successfully pursued jobs in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the spectrum of active lifestyles and exercise, community sports clubs and elite sport development.
Students from the BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching may also wish to further their education in sport. The course provides a suitable background for entry into our sport Masters courses including MSc Sport Management; MSc Sport Performance Coaching; and MSc Psychology of Sport. Furthermore, students wishing to undertake research into sport development or coaching, or pursue an academic career, may wish to pursue studies at PhD level. The course may also provide a foundation for students wishing to become physical education teachers, through completing a one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Physical Education) at other institutions.
Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. Our BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching course will not only provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the fields of sport development and coaching, it will also ensure you develop key skills essential for your future employability. Skills you will gain include:
This course is not available as a combined degree.
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