Community Coaching & Sports Development Foundation Degree FdSc

This course is validated by: UOSW

Course Information


In our Foundation Degree in Community Coaching and Sports Development you will look specifically at community sports projects that exist within the region and how sport is able to shape the community around us. You'll work on real life projects and other community based sports initiatives. You'll have access to coaching within the community, work-placement opportunities with schools and other relevant Coaching and Sports development organisations plus Blackburn Rovers Football Club. You will also develop a focus on setting up new community projects, sports event planning and sports performance analysis.

Our new two year, full-time Foundation Degree in Community Coaching and Sport Development has been written in partnership with Blackburn Rovers Football Club and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and is validated by The University of South Wales. The course will prepare you for a career in coaching with a community and sport development focus. After successful completion, there is a potential to progress onto a top-up degree.

Students on the programme will also be provided with the opportunity to undertake UK Coaching Certificates (UKCC)Level 1 and 2 (or higher should you already have Level 1 or 2) as part of the course at no additional cost. Students will be funded through two UKCC Level 1 and two UKCC Level 2 awards (or equivalent).

What will I study?

You'll study 12 modules in order to complete the course. Your time will be spent both in and out of the classroom. You'll use many of the facilities at Blackburn Rovers as part of the course as well as our own facilities at UCBC. The modules in the first year of the course will give you an overview of the subject area and an awareness of the environment in which sporting professionals operate. In the later stages of the programme you'll be able focus on areas that interest you too - particularly with your own research project.

Personal Development Planning forms a key part of the course. You'll be encouraged to think about your own personal development and what your career aspirations will be. You'll be encouraged to tailor your course through your Work-Based Learning and Research Project to specific areas that you wish to work in upon successful completion of the course.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Sport in the Community
  • The Sporting Environment
  • Principles and Process of Sports Coaching
  • Physiology and Performance
  • Healthy Living and Nutrition
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Community Sports Development and Community Leadership
  • Business Management & Marketing in Sport
  • Coaching Multisports
  • Career Development in Sport
  • Coaching in the Community (Work-Based Learning)
  • Research Project

Download the Programme Specification for FdSc Community Coaching & Sports Development. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

When you enrol on the course you will need to purchase a Sports Kit. Last year many students opted to order a ‘bundle’ of kit and gain a discount. The sports kit bundle is £108.62. We will explain more how to get the Sports Kit at enrolment.

Entry Requirements

You'll need 160 UCAS tariff points and at least a GCSE Grade C in English or equivalent level qualification. If English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. Depending on your choice of placement you may be required to undergo a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 64 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit:

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed through a variety of techniques including coursework, assignments, portfolio-building and a research project.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Once you have successfully completed FdSc Community Coaching and Sports Development it is anticipated that the majority of graduates will progress to Honours level by studying Community Coaching & Sports Development BSc (Hons) Top Up. This means you can achieve your Honours degree with an additional period of one year full-time study. You may also choose to leave the course to seek employment. Typical careers include: PE Teacher (following successful completion of a PGCE), Sports Development Officer, Sports Coach, Youth Sports Worker.

Former students of the programme have progressed onto roles including: PE Teachers in High Schools, a Swimming Coach in Dubai, a Cricket Coach in Australia, a Football Coach at Major Soccer League (MLS) Washington, Community Coaches with both private and public sector organisations and a Sports Development Officer.

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“I used to run a series of pubs but, with the recession, it took an unfortunate turn and I decided I needed a change of career and that’s why I went back into education. I have always played basketball and had an interest in sport so I decided to study a degree in Sports Coaching and enrolled at UCBC."

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course which included sports development, the policies of sport and analysis of a variety of different sports. It was hard work juggling family life and having four years of intense study but it has been worth it and I would recommend going back to education for anyone.”

Danny Byrne - now teaching Sports Coaching at UCBC following a PGCE
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