Why study Sport Development and Coaching at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Delivered by Everton Football College and accredited by Liverpool John Moores University
- Study a range of modules, covering the disciplines of sport coaching, sport development, research and introductory sport business
- Features a mixture of practical and theory elements, enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become informed practitioners and coaches
- Gain experience with a range of providers, including Everton in the Community, local school schemes, Everything is Possible, local authorities and football in the community schemes – in the UK and abroad
- On successful completion of the Foundation Degree there is the option to progress onto level 6 of the BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching at LJMU
About your course
This foundation degree provides a perfect platform to enhance your coaching experience and develop knowledge of current sport development initiatives through a mix of academic study and practical learning experiences in partnership with Everton Football Club.
The Foundation Degree provides a perfect platform to enhance coaching experience and develop knowledge of current sport development initiatives, through a mix of academic study and practical learning experiences in partnership with Everton Football Club. The club's motto of Nil Satis Nisi Optimium 'Nothing but the best is good enough' has shaped the course and Everton Football College's approach to your education.
You will have the opportunity to enhance your coaching skills through a range of Everton in the Community programmes, along with chances to bring learning to life with access to Premier League opportunities.
On successful completion of the Foundation Degree there is also the option to progress onto level 6 of the BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching at LJMU.
"Studying this degree through Everton Football College has been a life changing opportunity for me. I have really enjoyed the degree. The tutors have been really supportive and I have been able to combine theory work with practical experience and assessment."
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
On completion of the two-year foundation degree students have adaptable and flexible career options available to them.
The career pathway for a sport development practitioner and coach is varied. There are over 10,000 related posts in the UK, with organisations such as national governing bodies, local authorities, private organisations, education providers and local and national charities.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
What you will study on this degree
Each module is worth 20 credits. All modules are core - this means all students on the course study them.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Event Leadership and Management
On this module you will develop the management and leadership skills required to run a small scale sport development event.
Sports Coaching and Leadership
This module provides an introduction into the theories and practice of sports coaching, highlighting key concepts underpinning good coaching practice. In addition, the practical element of the module offers you the opportunity to apply theory and practice of sports coaching to your own coaching and thus develop coaching practice.
Foundations of Sport Development
This module introduces you to the functions and processes of sport development and provides an overview of organised sports provision in the UK. You will learn how sport is structured, governed, funded and managed by key organisations and explore how the industry can be improved. You will consider current agendas and policies influencing sport in the UK whilst considering how personal, social, economic and political factors impact on the process of sport development.
Research Methods and Study Skills
This module introduces you to study skills and basic research methods required for the course.
Sport, Health, Wellbeing and Society
Sport plays a vital role in society and has a profound impact on individuals, communities and wider society. This module aims to introduce the relationship between sport, health and society and analyse how sport is used to tackle social issues, such as health, crime, education and social inclusion. The practical application of this module offers the opportunity to review current strategies and demonstrate first-hand the impact of these on local communities.
Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition for Coaching
This module provides knowledge on motor skill development and performance, specifically related to sport and exercise. This will enable you to deliver coaching, exercise and training sessions in a variety of settings and to a variety of clients, as well as providing the confidence to justify why the sessions are being implemented.
Management in Sport Development
This module introduces you to management principles in a range of sport development settings.
Sport Business - Elite
The aim of this module is for you to gain an in-depth understanding of the delivery and development of elite sport.
This module will enhance your understanding of the research process and develop your skills to complete investigations involving primary data collection and interpretation.
Community Engagement in Sport
This module will allow you to experience, observe, contribute to and apply professional practice principles and management functions within a practical work-based learning environment.
Applied Sport Coaching
This module considers how coaches can provide a positive learning environment for the development of a wide range of skills and attributes. It puts into practice the theory learned within the classroom through practical application and experiences.
Sport Development and Social Issues
This module will enhance your understanding of the fundamental principles of inclusion and equality of opportunity, particularly in relation to engaging underrepresented groups in sport and physical activity from both a theoretical and practice-based perspective.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
The course teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops, online activities and case studies to help you develop your theoretical learning, plus practical learning – including work experience – to boost your employability.
As an Everton Football College student, you will also have access to Premier League facilities at Finch Farm and Goodison Park, plus guest speakers to help bring learning to life.
Study hours are full-time, two days per week. Typically, each module has 40 hours ‘directed’ or timetabled time, plus 160 hours of independent study. Independent study includes time spent reading, researching, doing project work or completing assessments.
As sport development and coaching are about improving performance and making a difference to people’s lives, a key feature of the course is the work-related learning links that are embedded throughout the two years of study. By applying the theoretical knowledge from the course to a range of practical situations, you will develop your skills, professional network and identify essential work skills to enable you to make informed career choices. At Everton Football College, we will help you to gain experience with a range of providers including Everton in the Community, local school schemes, Everything is Possible, local authorities and football in the community schemes - both at home and abroad.
You will also be able to use your existing coaching experience to contribute valuable assessment experience to complete your studies.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
Another key benefit of the programme is that you will have access to a range of academic resources at Liverpool John Moores University, along with specialist help to support you during your time on the course.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
To ensure you develop both practically as a coach and practitioner, you will be typically assessed through a range of methods including:
- Practical and work experience
- Portfolio evidence
- Exam and essay work
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Cath is Link Tutor for the programme in partnership with Everton Football College. Her teaching areas include sport policy, inclusive sport, community development, sport sociology and work-based learning. Cath has an MA in Sport Management, has published extensively and is currently completing her PhD investigating the third sector and its use of sport-based interventions for social and societal outcomes.Cath has over 25 years' experience working in local authority sport development, with national equity and a range of sport organisations.
"I enjoy watching students' confidence grow as they progress through their studies"
What you can expect from your School
As an Everton Football College student, you will have access to Premier League facilities at Finch Farm and Goodison Park,
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 88 UCAS Points
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: CCD
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Overall Pass Required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points
OCR National acceptability
- National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
Where an applicant can demonstrate that they have relevant experience in this area but do not have the necessary entry requirements, these will be considered on a case by case basis by the programme team
No interview requiredIELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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