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FdSc Sports Coaching (Community and Performance) Foundation Degree (Level 5) — Full-time

Course outline

Become a great all-rounder and prepare for your career with this industry-focused sport coaching qualification.

Whether you currently work in sport and want to progress, or you plan to complete a sport-related university-level qualification to kick-start your career, then this course can help you realise your potential.

We will help you to hone and develop the practical and academic skills you’ll need to become the capable ‘all-rounder’ that the ever-changing sport industry demands. Whether you want to work in sport coaching, sport development or sport administration, we’ll help you towards reaching your goals.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Coaching theory and practice
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Physiology of sport performance
  • Foundations of sport psychology
  • Introduction to research skills
  • Inclusive sport and community and engagement

Year 2 modules include:

  • Foundation of sports biomechanics
  • Professional development placement
  • Applied research project
  • Applied skill learning
  • Event management in sport

You can view the full Course Specification here.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: CX69

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Location Date Fees / reductions
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS

Start: Monday 23rd September 2024

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C000211 / Q001230


Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching (Community and Performance) FdSc


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You should have successfully completed GCSEs in English Language and maths at Grade 9 to 4/A* to C. Applicants must also have a minimum of 64 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

Experienced mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

We assess continually throughout the course including through assignments, research projects, reports and practical investigations.

Two second year modules include assessment by exam to help prepare you for further degree-level study.

As part of your course you will also need to complete a programme of work placement which we’ll help you to secure.


You could progress to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Coaching at Nottingham Trent University, our validating university.

Alternatively you could top-up to a relevant degree at another university.

This qualification could also open up a wide range of careers within a sports coaching, sports development or administrative environment such as sports development officer, sports coach or sports management.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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