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Foundation Degree Sports Coaching and Development


Course Description

The course is aimed at individuals who wish to pursue a career in the sports coaching and development field. Alongside the main qualification you will have the opportunity to study to become a personal trainer. Year 1 offers the prospect to qualify as a Level 2 Gym Instructor progressing in year 2 to a Level 3 Personal Trainer. The course is suited to keen coaching and fitness enthusiasts who wish to further their knowledge of player performance and improve their employability in the coaching sector. A particular attraction of the course is the employer links and potential for employment. Year 2 includes a work placement which offers the opportunity to create links with future employers and apply real life skills developed on the course.


The course is assessed with a mixture of practical and theory assessments. Assessments include practical coaching, practical demonstrations, presentations, essays, case studies, exams.

Year 1

  •  Science for Coaching (20 credits)
  •  Strength and Conditioning (20 credits)
  •  Introduction to Sports coaching (20 credits)
  •  Fundamentals of Coaching Children (20 credits)
  •  Introduction to Sports Development (20 credits)
  •  Academic Research and Professional Skills (20 credits)


Year 2

  • Work based module (40 credits)
  • Fitness Assessment and Management (20 credits)
  • Community Sports Development (20 credits)
  • Physical Education and School Sport (20 credits)
  • Sports Coaching and Leadership (20 credits)



Applicants require a relevant level 3 qualification. Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered. All applicants will have to complete an initial assessment in literacy and numeracy and undergo an interview prior to acceptance.





Course Type:

Full and part-time

Course Length:

2 years full-time and 3 years part-time

Course Levels:

4, 5


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