This course is validated by: UOSW

Sports Coaching Foundation Degree FdSc

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: C615
Code: EH2551A19
Fees: View fees and financial information
Awarded by: University of South Wales
Study Mode: Full Time
Start Dates: september 2021
Term Dates: View term dates

This Foundation Degree will prepare you for a career in Sports Coaching. Key themes run throughout the course and these are: practical coaching, physiology and anatomy, nutrition, sports psychology and performance analysis.  These overarching themes run through all sports and these learnt skills will allow you to succeed in Sports Coaching within any sport.  You will have the opportunity to experience coaching in a large array of sports such as football, hockey, basketball, netball, cricket and many more.

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 coaching qualifications) as part of the course at no additional cost (subject to meeting minimum attendance requirements).  After successful completion of the Foundation degree, there is the potential to progress onto a top-up degree.

The programme has strong industry links and students on the course are able to specialise in a range of sports and will benefit from guest lectures and visits such as sport scientists, nutrition specialists, performance analysts and from off-site visits.


What will I study?

The course duration is two years full-time and four years on a part-time basis. 

Work-based learning is a significant part of the course. You will undertake 140 hours on placement – which we will either help you to find or you may already be working in a suitable role or have your own contacts. You will also take part in practical sessions both on and off- campus where you will benefit from observing and working alongside qualified coaches covering a range of sports. 

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Modules include:

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Fundamentals of Coaching Children (subject to validation)
  • Introduction to Sports Coaching
  • Exercise Physiology 1
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Managing Sport (subject to validation)
  • Introduction to Sports Development

Level 5 Modules (there are 4 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules as indicated by * of which you will choose 1) include:

  • Research Project
  • Sports Coaching and Leadership
  • Sport Placement (subject to validation)
  • Enterprise in Sport
  • Physical Education and Sport*
  • Performance Analysis*
  • Community Sport and Development*

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

During the programme you will find that there are some additional costs. These include:

£100 (estimated cost) of the Sports Uniform to be worn by all Sports degree students.  Please take a look at the following website where you can view the indicative costs of the uniform required -

Work Placement

During the course you are required to spend at least 140 hours working in a relevant role in order to improve your knowledge and practice of the subject. This may be through paid employment or via a voluntary work placement in a relevant role. Your work placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.

Please note: work placements are subject to availability.  You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum 48 UCAS Tariff points.

In addition, for this programme, applicants will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent qualification) at grade C / 4 or above in English, or an equivalent level 2 qualification in English.

Alternative entry routes

Applicants without the standard entry requirements but with relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis. An assessment task issued at interview may be used as part of the decision-making regarding the applicant.

You should have a genuine interest in coaching rather than simply playing sport – all non-traditional applicants will be interviewed and this will be evidenced at this stage following discussions with the applicant.

You may be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at the start of the course. This will be dependent on potential placement opportunities and if a provider requires a student to have an up to date DBS check.

English Language

If English is not the applicants first language they will need to demonstrate the ability to study in English (please see below). 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. The interview will consider prior formal qualifications, and evidence of experience gained through employment or other verifiable sources. Students will be admitted when the interviewers are confident that the student has demonstrated sufficient prior knowledge, skill, aptitude and interest to be equally able to succeed as a candidate offering the standard entry criteria.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building. 

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. a written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal 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. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could 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.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


On this course, students generally spend up to 3 days a week in College, if you choose to study the course full-time. As all course timetables are subject to change you should not make definite plans based on this information; this information is intended as a guide only. Please remember that you will be expected to carry out work in your own time in addition to the time you spend in College.

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

Graduates from the foundation degree can progress on to BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching (Top Up).

Some of the potential careers that this course can lead on to include work as an elite coach, performance analysis roles in a range of settings, sports development, community coaching, research roles and teaching in a variety of levels: Schools, Further Education or Higher Education for example, subject to the completion of an appropriate Top Up degree and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification. 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.

Work Placements

Work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

Career Options

Sports Coach

Sports coaches teach sports skills to individuals and teams of all sporting abilities. They teach everyone from beginners to international professionals. They help people to reach their full potential and take part safely in their chosen sport. If you love sports and want to help people perform at their highest level, this could be the career for you. To become a sports coach, you will need to have a coaching qualification that is recognised by the governing body for your sport. As a sports coach, you will need to be able to plan and deliver training sessions. You will also need to inspire confidence and motivate your students. You will need determination, patience, and a supportive approach towards those you coach.

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Sport And Exercise Psychologist

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Sport And Exercise Scientist

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Sports Development Officer

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Leisure Centre Manager

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You would be responsible for the day-to-day running of the centre, managing a team of staff and making sure that visitors using the facilities have an enjoyable time.

You will need to be well organised, have excellent communication skills and be willing to work with sports bodies to promote events and schemes.

You can become a centre manager by completing a higher education qualification in leisure management or by working your way up through an organisation.

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Primary School Teacher

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You will need to have enthusiasm for the subjects you teach. You’ll also need to be able to relate to pupils and their parents, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

One of the main routes into primary school teaching is to do Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) and get qualified teacher status. To do this you must have GCSEs in English, maths and a science subject. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Secondary School Teacher

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Higher Education Lecturer

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If you have a high level of knowledge in a subject area, and want to pass it on through lectures, seminars and written materials, this job could be for you.

In this job you’ll need enthusiasm for your subject, so you can motivate and inspire your students. You’ll also need confidence so you can stand up in front of large groups and deliver lectures.

You’ll need a good degree (first or 2:1), and for most jobs a PhD or be working towards one. You’ll also need to have had academic work published.??

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