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FdSc Sports Coaching (Community and Performance) Foundation Degree (Level 5) — Part-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.

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
  • 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

    Apply online to start in 2024/25.

    Want to find out more first?

    Would you like more information? Email our HE team.

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

    Start: Tuesday 24th September 2024

    The tuition fee is per year.

    Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

    Tuition fee: £4,500

    Course code: C034317 / Q034318


    Foundation Degree in Sport Coaching (FdSc)


    3 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 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)

    The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

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