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The science of sports coaching is a rapidly growing specialism within the sports industry, thanks to the additional investment and increased awareness of this industry in recent years. There are many skills needed to be a successful sports coach or to work within sports development that you will gain from the Foundation Degree in Sport.


The Sports Coaching Foundation Degree adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of sports coaching and focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of sports coaching, sports psychology, sports performance analysis, biomechanics, sports nutrition and fitness training.

In addition, this qualification develops students personal skills enabling them to become independent learners who can progress onto the final stages of a degree course and employment. This is achieved through the completion of an ongoing sports coaching work placement.

As part of the programme of study you will have the opportunity to work with and be coached by some of the UK's elite coaches. You will gain experience of working with athletes using state of the art sports technology whilst on educational visits

Key Areas

Over the two years of the course you will study a range of units as detailed below: Level 4 Module Titles Research Methods and Academic Skills 1 Introduction to Coaching Science Contemporary Issues in Sports Coaching Principles and Practices of Training Athletic Populations Strength and Conditioning Applied Sports Coaching

Level 5 Module Titles Research Methods and Academic Skills 2 Coaching Psychology Human Movement Sport Performance Analysis Applied Sports Coaching Sports Science Support

During the course there may be additional costs; Sports kit and educational trips £350

Entry Criteria

Entry onto the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching programme is through one of two routes; Applicants who have completed a level 3 programme of study and attained a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points or 112 UCAS tariff points (on the new tariff points system) will be accepted onto the programme. Alternatively, applicants that do not meet these tariff points but have relevant industry experience will also be considered upon interview.

Applicants are also required to have grade C or above in GSCE English Language and maths or hold an equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English and maths. Applicants may also be required to provide academic references.

A minimum enrolment of 12 is required for the opening of any class. The College reserves the right to cancel or change a class, course or programme if there is a significant reduction in attendance, or where the minimum enrolment is not achieved, or due changes beyond our control. 14 days notice will be given in the event of course cancellation.

What Next

Completion of the programme provides students with a number of options including further study (such as a final year 'top up' programme at Newman University or possibly at a number of other local and national universities) or a range of career opportunities within the wider sports industry.

Course options

  • 2018/19 Full Time Day


    Bournville College Birmingham


    Bournville Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2018/19 Full Time Day


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    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    - September | 2018/19 £6,000 2 Academic Year(s) -
    Hours Per Week Study Details Minimum Age Average Class Size Max Class Size Material Fees International Fees
    - - 16 - - 0.00 6,500.00

    Leisure Program Fees Further Information International Comments
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