This innovative and exciting programme seeks to develop coaching and sports development excellence through the understanding of several key academic areas, professional and managerial knowledge and skills that are directly applicable to the coaching and sports development sectors. The course is two years part-time and is timetabled 9.30-17.00 two days per week on the Castlereagh Campus. The course covers a wide range of practical and theoretical modules such as Sports Coaching, Sports Development, The Sport and Leisure Industry, Nutrition for Sport, Fitness Testing, Work-based Experience, Analysis of Sports Performance, Exercise for Specific Groups, Training and Fitness, Sports Psychology, Lifestyle and Wellbeing and Small Research Project. This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability, including coaching qualifications. This programme can also be studied as part of the Rugby and Football Academies (additional fees may apply).
This course session is currently closed for enrolment/applications – it may be offered at a later date – please continue to check our website for updates.
Career Opportunities / Progression
Opportunities exist for employment in management or support positions in the sport, health, leisure and fitness industries. Alternatively you may progress to accelerated entry to degrees in sport, leisure and fitness, through many universities “Top-up” degrees.
Please refer to the College's admissions criteria .
Full Time Pathway:
Please note the minimum tariff accepted for this course in the previous academic year was 80 tariff points (200 tariff points using old UCAS tariff points system).
Part Time Pathway:
Students must have one of the following:
• Two GCE A level or two AVCE in Leisure and Recreation at a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points (160 tariff points using old UCAS tariff points system).
points plus four GCSEs at grades A-C; or
• A BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Diploma/Certificate in Sports Science/Sports Studies, Leisure Studies or other appropriate subject at a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points (160 tariff points using old UCAS tariff points system). ; or
• An Irish Leaving Certificate with at least two Higher Level passes at a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points (160 tariff points using old UCAS tariff points system); or
• An appropriate Access award; or
• Equivalent qualifications at a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points (160 tariff points using old UCAS tariff points system).
*Please note you may be required to attend a practical screening day as part of the recruitment process*
NB: If there are more applications than places available then the BMC Tariff Points will apply.
(Leaving Certificate English and Mathematics Grade D (Ordinary) are minimum requirements for all undergraduate degrees.)
Applicants who wish to be considered on the basis of their experience must include details of this experience with their application form. (Students applying via the Self Service Portal will be able to upload document)
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.
Coaching & Sports Development Pathway: Course co-ordinator: James McKinney
E-mail: [email protected],
Phone: 028 9026 5332
Sport Academy Pathway:
Course co-ordinator: Nathan Moore,
Email: [email protected],
Phone: 028 9026 5332