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BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance (with Foundation year) (West Ham United Foundation)

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Sport

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

A degree with West Ham United Foundation and their world-famous Academy will push you closer to your desired career in Football and Sport.

In your Foundation Year, you will study the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for you to achieve success on your degree. You will study alongside Foundation Year students from all our Sports courses and learn from our dedicated team of sports academics. At the end of the year, you will even have the chance to progress on to a different sports degree if you wish.

If you are looking at a degree to prepare you for the sports industry, then look no further. West Ham United’s youth development department (West Ham United Academy), the Foundation and University of East London have partnered together to offer students like you with an opportunity to work alongside one of the best youth academies in the world.

The degree programme is designed to embed industry experts throughout the duration of the course, with West Ham United Foundation and Academy delivering on half of your modules. You’ll learn the skills needed to become an inspiring, motivating and highly qualified coach as well as how to design training programmes and analyse performance. Whether you end up mentoring top athletes or inspiring schoolchildren – we’ll help you to follow the coaching path that excites you most.

The coaches we help develop have a strong reputation, especially because they have already gained real-world experience before they graduate. So, after your three years with us, you’ll be well placed to find employment, with the latest statistics showing that over 90 per cent of our graduates are either in work or involved in further study within six months of graduating.

If you love sport and want to work with people in order to develop their talent and potential, then this course is for you!

 

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree with Foundation Year

UCAS code

C432

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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In partnership with West Ham United Foundation

This programme is delivered in collaboration with Premier League club West Ham United's Foundation.

Placements

Our third-year work placements are invaluable in ensuring you receive the best opportunities to apply your skills and knowledge, whether in schools or top football clubs.

Famous Facilities

You’ll have access to truly outstanding sports facilities. TeamUSA were so impressed with our £21 million SportsDock facility that they made it their training base for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

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Tuition fees
UK
£9,250

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

Maintenance Loan

Part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

From academic year 2018/19, part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation.
Part-time students need to study their courses at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.


All students will receive
:
Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA.

 

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
A Levels – including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects, at least one A Level must be in a PE, Sport or Science related subject
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma in a related subject.
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

We’re flexible with our sports courses at the University of East London. So, in your first year, you’ll be studying the same subjects as your contemporaries on the Sport, PE and Development, and Sport and Exercise Science courses. This gives you the opportunity to switch courses at the end of the year should you wish.

In that first year, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of human performance as well as the skills needed for sport and exercise. You’ll also gain an understanding of sports development. 

Years two and three concentrate on more specific areas, such as sports psychology and development and performance analysis. You’ll also look at areas such as disability sport and youth inclusion in sport.

You’ll be introduced to various research methods in preparation for your third-year project, which will be on a subject of specific interest to you. For instance, one of our students shadowed a leading coach and examined the role that natural instinct and gut feeling can still play amid today’s highly structured, technical coaching.

Throughout the course you’ll also be encouraged to gain your own coaching qualifications to complement your degree.


What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.
By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.

Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
Sports Development & Coaching
Physical Health & Wellbeing in Sport
Psychological Influences on
Health & Wellbeing in Sport & Physical Activity
Academic & Communication Skills in Sports
Career and Professional Development in Sports (Mental Wealth)
Work Placement

Essential Skills for Sport (Mental Wealth)
Coaching Principles
Coaching Practice
Talent and Performance
Anatomy and Physiology for Sport
Psychological Aspects of Sport
Performance Analysis
Performance Training Programmes
Research Methods and Design
Applying Specialist Performance
Athlete Management
Applied Sports Coaching
Advanced Performance Analysis
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
Professional Development (Sport Specialism Placement (Level 6)
Applied Research Project
Strength and Conditioning

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.


The balance of coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, half of your assessment will be based on research coursework and a work placement.

Course specification Foundation Year

How you'll learn

We want you to learn from the best so we try to give you as much access as possible to the expertise of leading sports coaches. 

For instance, Hope Powell, the highly respected former head coach of the England women’s football team, is a great friend to our course, often taking workshops or leading coaching masterclasses.

Previous students who are now professional coaches often return to give lectures. Our Course Leader, Andy Preston, an academic and rugby league coach who heads a team of friendly and supportive tutors and lecturers, says he is proud to have graduated from a UEL sports science course himself.

Andy believes it’s important for students to apply the knowledge they gain on the course. He says the significant amount of time you’ll spend on your third-year work placements is invaluable.

The placements are varied and stimulating. You’ll get the chance to spend a term working in, say, a school’s PE department. Or you could land a spell doing community coaching with a football club such as West Ham or Leyton Orient.

One of our students spent a term shadowing a scout for a top Premier League club. She was mentored in a fascinating world she knew little about while also helping to produce scouting reports on players.

Much of your study will take place at our superb £21million SportsDock facility in our Docklands campus - a legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With its two indoor arenas, where better to put your coaching skills into practice?

Who will teach on this course

Stewart Bruce-Low

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

“Our coaching course is about helping students identify and follow their own ambitions in whatever area they wish,” says Course Leader Andy Preston.

“Through our work placements, we’ll help you develop your own skills and push your career to wherever you want to take it.”

We think your knowledge of all areas of coaching will be so thorough by the time you finish our course that you’ll be in a strong position to land a job in the field you’re targeting. Our record suggests this is no idle boast.

We've helped develop coaches in vastly differing areas. At the elite level, for instance, one of our students, Andre Fernandez, has just gone on to be employed by England Athletics, helping guide some of Britain’s best long jumpers and sprinters while working alongside internationally recognised coach Clarence Callender. Andre’s also not a bad long jumper himself!

We’re just as proud of our graduates who have gone on to jobs in the community, helping coach sports such as basketball and football at club and schools level. They include graduates like Abul Hussain, who’s now a community sports coach working for activeNewham. 

Others have found work in the community operations of professional football clubs, including Millwall, West Ham and Leyton Orient.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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