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The UCS Way

Our ethos of embedding your learning in the heart of professional industry allows you to develop, and put together a set of skills to help you be successful in successful in your chosen career.

Through specific, targeted work experience, we focus on key employability skills. 


Teaching Methods

All UCS programmes are delivered through a blended learning approach. This consists of 80% live tutor-lead online delivery and 20% in-person, face to face learning. This allows for streamlined  small-group group interaction, as well as assessment of practical skills required by modules, such as coaching, training, performance and fitness testing. These sessions take place at designated UCS campuses.


Attendance at these sessions is compulsory, UCS will arrange your travel and accommodation, as required. Options available are discussed during the interview process and during induction week.



All UCS courses provide opportunities to test a student's understanding of the subject informally, before the completion of the formal assessments that count towards the final grade.


Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment, for which students receive feedback from their lecturer. 


There is then a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module.


Assessment methods include written examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, performances, presentations, and a dissertation. 


Work Experience

We believe that education is only part of the equation. Students need to develop the skills required to prepare themselves for the world of work.


To this end, all students are expected to participate in a structured and varied schedule of work experience, which ensures they can apply learned theory to real-life sporting environments.


The programmes are generally tailored to the interests of the students, with a variety of roles available at each campus, such as coaching, competing, marketing, media support and performance analyst,


Our exclusive relationships with professional sports industry partners mean that we can provide a valuable advantage in these placements, and therefore give students a head start when applying for a job



The University of Northampton is a designated global Changemaker Campus, one of only 50 in the world. We believe anyone can make a unique contribution to creating a better world, transforming lives, and inspiring change.


UON creates a positive social impact in society through the Changemaker Commitments.

Being a Changemaker means 'taking action to solve a social problem, and our students and staff are:

  • Driven by a passion and a genuine goal of making the world a better place.

  • People who act and won't take 'No' for an answer, resilient and persistent in the face of challenges

  • Innovative, resourceful, and open to new ideas, they have the courage to see things differently and be a positive disruptor.

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