Sport Development - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

Foundation Degree Disability Sport Coaching and Development

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Part-time tuition fee: £6,935 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

Foundation Degree

UCAS info

UCAS code: CC61

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 48

About your course

Disability Sport Coaching and Development is a unique foundation degree course accredited by Liverpool John Moores University and delivered in partnership with Greenbank College, one of the UK's leading disability sport organisations.

  • A unique LJMU-accredited degree course delivered in partnership with Greenbank College, one of the UK's leading disability sport organisations
  • Course delivered primarily at Greenbank College, located close to Sefton Park
  • High demand for coaches due to investment in community and elite sport post-2012 Olympics and Paralympics
  • Wide range of high quality work placements and work related learning with disability sport organisations and programmes
  • Option to undertake specific governing body coaching awards on top of your degree
  • Wide range of exciting careers in community sport, private or overseas coaching, national governing bodies of sport or sport development.
  • Progression routes onto the final year of LJMU's BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Opportunities for work-based learning are integrated into modules offered at both Levels 4 and 5. You will also have the opportunity to visit the workplaces of other students, and support or volunteer in the delivery of sporting events held at the Greenbank sports academy. This will enable you to experience more than one type of work place setting during your studies.

Support and guidance

Supporting you throughout your studies.

Greenbank College offers a range of student support and specialist support services. Peer group support includes email communication and blogs.

Course details

LJMU is a recognised leader in the field of Sport Development and this foundation degree is a unique course offered in partnership with Greenbank College, a leading UK disability sport organisation. All teaching and learning activities are delivered at Greenbank College, which is located close to Sefton Park, not at LJMU.

In recent years, the professionalisation and development of disability sport coaching has become a key component of government sport strategy. Coaching as a profession requires knowledge of what and how to coach and this degree will encourage you to apply theory to practice to enhance coaching performance.

If you are passionate about disability sport and want a chance to help others achieve their sporting ambitions, a foundation degree in Disability Sport Coaching and Development could be the route for you. Current demand for appropriately qualified coaches is high across a variety of settings (coaching children; participants and athletes). To be a successful coach, you need to be self-confident with strong interpersonal skills and a sense of responsibility. You also need to have an in-depth knowledge of the coaching structures within sport.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Introduction to disability sport
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Personal and professional development
  • Coaching process 1
  • Sports psychology
  • Coaching pedagogy

Level 5

  • Coaching process 2
  • Applying research methods
  • Professional practice
  • Strength and conditioning for coaches 2
  • Sports psychology 2
  • Paralympic sport

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, peer learning groups and informal tutorials where you can discuss issues and develop ideas raised in the lectures.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

The expert academic team includes:

  • Mark Palmer, sport development manager at Greenbank Sports Academy, and also the Programme Leader for this course. Mark has represented Great Britain at European, World and Paralympic level in table tennis, and has a keen interest in the funding of elite sport and national governing bodies.
  • Pete Wyman, who extensive practical experience of Inclusive Sport both as a Development Manager and as an NGB Elite Coach. Pete has been a wheelchair racing coach at 2 Paralympics and continues to coach leading Paralympians.
  • Cath Walker, Senior Lecturer in Sport Development, Inclusion and Women in Sport, has research interests in disability sport, inclusion and equity. She is the route leader for the Inclusion route of the Sport Development programme and the link tutor for this degree.
  • Milly Blundell, a Research / Teaching Assistant in Sport Development and Level 4 year tutor. An LJMU graduate, Milly's research interests focus around sport and social inclusion, specifically on gender issues and sport.
  • Vicci Boyd sits on the NSPCC Safeguarding in Sport Research Group and co-ordinates employability and professional development to enhance coaching practice.
  • Tabo Huntley has worked in high performance Paralympic sport and is undertaking a PhD in expertise in Paralympic coaches

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, usually a combination of exams and coursework.

Teaching on the degree uses a variety of teaching and learning methods that include practical and theoretical lectures, seminars and workshops, teaching and coaching episodes, presentations, laboratory practicals and tutorials. The assessment strategy is designed to provide a range of opportunities for you to show your developing knowledge, and understanding.



Methods of assessment vary on each module; however, there are elements of practical, written assignments, examinations, presentations and continuous assessment within most levels. Furthermore you will acquire and be assessed on your transferable skills development, including problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and communication.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

On completion of the two-year foundation degree students have adaptable and flexible career options available to them.

The degree offers employability skills , transferable skills and subject knowledge to be able to provide students with an opportunity to work in the sport industry . Many Students find employment in the sport industry in a number of organisations such as national equity organisations, national governing bodies of sportand local authorities.Students may go on to work in roles such ascommunity sport coaching.

Students can also access the articulated route and top up BSC sport coaching programme which again provides opportunities to become sport managers and coach development officers working with national governing bodies of sport. Alternatively students may take up employment in specialist areas such as disability sport, community sport and paralympic sport.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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