Sports Coaching FdSc

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Combine academic study with work-based learning in this two year Sports Coaching Foundation Degree. Study at a local partner college, undertake work-based learning opportunities in both years and have the option to ‘top-up’ to a full bachelors degree with a third year of study at the University of Sunderland.

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This Foundation Degree is run at our North East-based partner colleges. You can then 'top-up' to a full honours degree at the University of Sunderland. This course is offered at partner colleges: East Durham College and both Tyne Metropolitan College and South Tyneside College sites of Tyne Coast College. You can choose whichever college is most convenient for where you live.

Foundation Degrees differ from honours degrees because they are designed with the help of employers to reflect the needs of industry and commerce. They usually take two years to complete, compared to the three or four years of most honours degrees.

Why us?

  • 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • Opportunity to ‘top up’ this course to a full BSc (Hons) degree with an extra year of study

Course structure

Foundation degrees combine academic study with work-based learning and you have the opportunity to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom.

Teaching methods include practical sessions, lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops. We also encourage you to develop independent study skills.

Assessment methods include evaluation of work experience, reports, presentations and practical tests.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Physiology of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
  • Performance Analysis (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
  • Anatomy for Exercise and Sport (20 credits)
  • Coaching Practice (20 credits)
  • Personal Development and Study Skills (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Final year (national level 5):

  • Fitness Testing and Assessment (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Sport (20 credits)
  • Coaching Theory (20 credits)
  • Coaching Practice (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and Study Skills (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Sport Injury Management (20 credits)
  • Personal Training (20 credits)


This course is taught at our partner colleges.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 56 UCAS points gained from A Levels/BTEC qualifications or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.

We also require 2 passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Our offer of a place will take into account any relevant employment experience.

Applicants without formal qualifications may qualify for entry through relevant work-based experience. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of evidence.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is £8,750.

Please note this course is not available to international students.

If you need support or have any queries about applying for your finances for this partner college programme, or want to get in touch with our Partnership Liaison team, you can find out more in our Help and Advice article.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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Our courses are continually updated so that they are relevant to employers' needs. This helps make sure you are ready for a new role or promotion.

Further study

There is a natural progression from this Foundation Degree to the final year of BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at the University of Sunderland. If you decide to follow this route, you can gain an honours degree with just one more year of full-time study.

Career options

Potential employers include sports and exercise clubs, recreation services, local authorities, and schools and colleges.

Job roles include the following (some require further training):

  • Sports Coach/Instructor
  • Sports Management
  • Fitness Centre Manager
  • PE Teacher

You will have the opportunity to undertake work-based learning opportunities in both years of the course either at the college or with a local employer. They're great opportunities to make connections with potential employers and build up your CV.

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