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  • Course Length

    2 years

  • Fees

    £6,165 (TBC)

  • Awarded By

    University of Gloucestershire

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: C613
    • Institution Code: G50
    • Campus Code: N

Sports Coaching and Development FdSc

If you’re looking to understand and be innovative in sport at community and national level then this foundation degree is for you.

The programme emphasises linking theory to practice and provides many opportunities for students to apply their skills in real world contexts. Through work in the local sports community you will develop your employability and gain skills in a range of coaching and development disciplines.

Course Content

YEAR 1 Units

  • Introduction to Coaching Contexts and Cultures
  • Professional Practice in Coaching 1
  • Performance Coaching
  • Study Skills and Principals of Research
  • Sports Industry and Employability Skills
  • Understanding Sport

YEAR 2 Units

  • Coaching Contexts
  • Sports Industry Skills 2
  • Professional Practice in Coaching 2
  • Performance Coaching 2 (Developing the Athlete) Research methods
  • Managing Initiatives in the Community

Through studying this course you will:

  • Develop the skills to deliver high-class coaching and development programmes
  • Work with adults and young people while building your understanding of the influence of sport within the community
  • Develop your technical, as well as practical, understanding of sports coaching and development
  • Build upon scientific and sociological principles
  • Develop highly employable skills such as communication, organisation and leadership
  • Benefit from our close links to professional sports organisations

We have close links with local sports clubs and partnerships, providing you with excellent opportunities to gain hands-on, industry experience. Supported by staff you’ll develop a strong evidence-based approach to coaching.


On graduation from this programme, you will be well placed to pursue a career in community coaching, sport and physical activity development as well as working for a national governing body of sport.

Alternatively you can continue your studies by going on to complete a full Honours Degree such as the BSc (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching or the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at the University of Gloucestershire.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken.

PLUS 80 UCAS points from at least one the following:

A Level: BB
BTEC Level 3:
Including a relevant subject in Sport, Sport Science, Fitness, Sociology or Public Services


This is a 2 year course (full-time). Your course will be assessed by written, oral and practical tasks designed to develop the broad range of knowledge and skills underpinning sports coaching and development practice.

Costs and Resources

Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £6,165 per annum (TBC)
Additional costs:
Student finance information:

Programme Leader: Richard Dent (richard.dent@newcollege.ac.uk)

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