Our philosophy in the sport programme area is to equip our students with the understanding, knowledge and skills in four broad strands of sport:

  • Sports Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Sports Administration/Management

You can make informed decisions about sports career choices by the time you complete your studies.

We provide numerous opportunities to apply the theory being learnt to be applied in real situations. Whether that is teaching new sports in schools, organising and managing sports events for the wider UCM student population, coaching at the Manx Youth Games teams or designing fitness and health programmes, the time spent with us will be fulfilling on all levels.

The sport pathway includes BTEC Level 2 in Outdoor Education, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (which equates to 3 A levels) and a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching. You have the option of completing the final year of your degree at the University of Chester.

A range of professional sport qualifications can also be gained during our courses including NGB Level 1 Coaching and Refereeing qualifications in Olympic Handball, Sportscoach UK Safeguarding, an enhanced Police Check (DBS) and the Sportsleader UK Higher Leaders Award (equivalent to an additional A-Level and worth 16 UCAS points).

We work closely with Manx Sport and Recreation, numerous National Governing Bodies of Sport and the private and voluntary sectors.

We also arrange a UK residential trip in the North West for our first-year students and you will spend time with the sports practitioners at Warrington Wolves Rugby League, University of Chester University Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences. Second-year sport students have the opportunity to attend the Idrætshøjskolen  Århus in Denmark which is one of the world’s leading sports academies and offers you the opportunity to experience sport in another culture.

Whatever your passion for sport when you arrive, we will ensure your experience is challenging, fulfilling and successful.


Available courses

Full Time

  • NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Activity Leadership
    DURATION: 1 year
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
    ENTRY: 5 GCSE Grade C Passes including maths and English
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
    ENTRY: 32 UCAS points