Sports Coaching and Development

Course details





Start Date

September 2019


BSc (Hons)

About the course

The BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development is the only one of its kind in Scotland and equips 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 four years of the course and you do not select to specialise in one or the other.

The practical nature of the course leaves you well equipped to work in the promotion and development aspects of sports or in the teaching and coaching aspect of sport.

The School of Science and Sport has an enthusiastic and committed staff team that provides a supportive learning environment and a flexible approach to study. Sports Coaching and Development is offered at our Ayr Campus which has excellent sports facilities.

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:

Scotland & EU/EEA

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Closed
  • Year 3: Closed

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Closed
  • Year 3: Closed

International (non-EU)

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Closed
  • Year 3: Closed

Entry Requirements

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: CCD (88 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H4 H4 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 27 points
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Coaching and Developing Sport or other relevant title; Sports Coaching with Sport Development; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sport and Recreation Management
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to STEM BBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BCC (128 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology
  • A levels: BCC (128 UCAS Tariff points) including Biology
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points including Biology
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sports Coaching with Development or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Sport & Recreation Management (for SQA HNCs, with Grade A in the Graded Unit)  
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Sports Therapy (for SQA HNDs, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)

(Applicant Interview may be required)   

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Sports Coaching with Development or Fitness, Health & Exercise (for SQA HNDs, with minimum of Grade B in the Graded Units)

(Applicant Interview may be required)

Clearing Guide

Clearing can sometimes feel like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Don’t worry though as we’re here to guide you through the process, giving you the information and advice you need.

UCAS Track

You should use UCAS Track to keep up-to-date with your Undergraduate application. Your UCAS Track account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Fees & Funding

Your tuition fee status is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ordinarily resident. Find out all about undergraduate fees and funding for Scottish, UK, EU and International students, including tuition fees, student loans, and alternative sources of funding.

Contact us

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

Whilst we may be dealing with a lot of enquiries during Results Day, our advisors will do everything they can to answer your call or email as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)


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Need help? Call the Clearing hotline: +44(0)141 849 4101

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we’re here to help!

Lines are open from 8.45am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday with extended hours on the dates below. Whilst our lines may be busy during results day, our advisors will do everything they can to answer your call as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

  • Tuesday 6th August – 8.30am-6pm
  • Wednesday 7th August – 8.30am-6pm
  • Thursday 8th August – 8.30am-6pm
  • Friday 9th August – 8.30am-6pm

From Monday 12 August and onwards: 8.45am – 4.45pm

Clearing drop-in sessions

Our clearing drop-in sessions will be taking place simultaneously at both our Paisley and Lanarkshire campuses on Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th of August from 3.00 – 6.00pm.

Our student recruitment team and ambassadors will be on-hand to give you advice about your potential study options and what you are eligible to apply for.

If you already have your results, we’ll even be able to take you through your UCAS application if you wish to apply on-the-spot.

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