Manchester Metropolitan
University BSc
Sports Coaching
and Development

Develop Your Coaching Skills

This distance-learning programme has been designed to build your knowledge in a broad range of areas, from coaching practice and techniques, to sport history, sociology and development. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the sport landscape, explore current issues, evaluate policies and learn about sport-based interventions.

Course Logistics


This course has been designed for sports professionals, coaches and those in full-time employment, so entry requirements are flexible.


After an initial induction on campus, the course is taught mainly via distance learning, plus two mandatory residential visits. In total, most students complete the course within four and a half years on a part-time basis. 


Once you complete the course, you’ll have a Bachelor of Science (BSc) undergraduate degree in sport, coaching and development.

This can to lead to a career in sports coaching, in managing coaching programmes, or with an official sports governing body. Your degree will also make you eligible for postgraduate courses, such as a master’s degree.

Course Content

This course has been designed to build your knowledge in a broad range of areas, including coaching practice and techniques, sport history, sociology and development.

During the course, you’ll learn about:

  • sport science and development
  • human movement
  • social issues in sport
  • coaching practice and performance analysis
  • independent professional development
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If you’re passionate about coaching development, you can apply for this course online.

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Funding Support

As this a higher education course, you’ll be eligible for a PFA university bursary, but you’ll still have to contribute towards your course fees and pay for any materials. Find out what funding support is available.

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Do I have to take this course over four and a half years?

This course has been designed to fit around your current commitments, and most students complete it on a part-time basis. If you’re looking for a more traditional undergraduate course, check out some of the other courses we recommend for players.

Do I still need to take my coaching badges?

If you want to work as a professional coach, you will still need to take a course to gain your UEFA B licence as a minimum. Find out when the next PFA UEFA B course is running near you.