Sports Coaching & Performance Foundation Degree FdSc

This course is validated by: UOSW
Award: Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Performance
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: C610
Code: EH2550A11
Fees: View fees and financial information
Awarded by: University of South Wales
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

This Foundation Degree will prepare you for a career in Sports Coaching and Performance and has a sports science focus. Key themes run throughout the course. These are: practical coaching, physiology and anatomy, nutrition, sports psychology and performance analysis.

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. 

This programme has been written in partnership with Blackburn Rovers Football Club and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and it is validated by the University of South Wales. After successful completion, there is the potential to progress onto a top-up degree.

The programme has strong industry links and is fully endorsed by Blackburn Rovers and Community Trust; a multi sports provider. 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.

The Global Sports industry is estimated to be worth around £300 billion. The sporting legacy as a result of the UK hosting the 2012 Olympic Games has led to exciting times for coaching professionals. The creation of the UK Coaching Framework and the subsequent professionalisation of the industry means now, more than ever, higher level sports coaching qualifications are becoming a requirement for coaching roles.

Sports Coach UK aim to deliver a long-term coaching strategy in order to build a world-leading UK coaching system. This programme has been developed with this vision in mind and provides a diverse range of employment opportunities within the industry.

What will I study?

The course is two years full-time. The course generally runs over two days a week. For those considering a career in teaching, there will also be a focus on coaching children at Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as coaching adults.

Work-based learning is a significant part of the course. You will undertake 120 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. There is a career development side to the work-based learning in which you will receive mentoring from a specialist in a particular sport.

There will be the opportunity to visit the University of South Wales in the first year of the programme which includes an overnight stay in Cardiff. Other UK and overseas trips are offered although are not compulsory.

Modules include:

All modules are compulsory

  • The Sporting Environment
  • Introduction to Sports Psychology
  • Nutrition for Sports Performance
  • Principles of Coaching 1
  • Physiology and Performance
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Analysing and Improving Performance
  • Research Project
  • Principles of Coaching 2
  • Work-based Learning

Download the Programme Specification for FdSc Sports Coaching & Performance. 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 64 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 160 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and 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.

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.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.



How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods. These include: reports, individual and group presentations, essays, in-class tests, laboratory tests, practicals and assessments using high-end performance analysis software.

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?

Upon completion of the FdSc Sports Coaching & Performance foundation degree you will be able to progress onto Sports Coaching & Performance BSc (Hons) Top Up to enable  you to leave with an Honours qualification after three years of study. You may also wish to enter the job market or seek promotion after completion of the foundation degrees. Although the majority of students progress to the top up year, graduates have progressed into roles as sports coaches and sports officers allied to health clubs and gyms. Teaching in secondary schools as well as in part-compulsory education as well as coaching in academies is also possible, subject to appropriate teaching qualifications.

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