Sports Coaching and Performance Science - Foundation Degree

Course Code: TH1HE171

UCAS Code: CC60

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable                                                                                      

Duration: 2 days per week
Day/s of week: Monday and Tuesday
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Indicative Delivery:  75% On-site at the University Centre Campus and 25% On-line

Become part of a new generation of sports coaches and performance scientists that help both elite athletes and weekend warriors achieve their full potential. Our new foundation degree has been designed to address the shifting needs of the sports coaching sector and will provide the springboard for your career in this highly competitive industry. The FdSc in Sports Coaching and Performance Science is designed in partnership with our sports industry partners to meet the changing needs of today’s employers and gives you the essential knowledge, applied experience and advanced technological skills so that you are fully prepared for a career in sport

You will gain an introduction to themes such as exercise physiology, movement bio-mechanics, human anatomy, coaching pedagogy and social psychology. There is also the chance to develop your academic study, research and technology skills and even the opportunity to attend national conferences and research events. This course features innovative learning and assessment strategies so that you can experience real-world scenarios throughout your time on the course. An integrated, scientific approach to the subject will also give you the chance to become familiar with how coaching and performance analysis technologies work; it will also allow you to become involved with internal and external projects cutting across a range of interdisciplinary and practical areas.

With the benefit of substantial input from industry, the FdSc provides a strong foundation of knowledge in sports coaching and performance science along with the specialist vocational skills and industry networking you need to gain the career you want.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • CC from A levels to include health studies, sports coaching, sports studies/development or a level 3 science diploma
  • MPP from Extended Diploma or MM from Diploma in health studies, sports coaching, sports studies/development or a level 3 science diploma
  • Pass Full Access to HE Diploma in appropriate discipline
  • REPs accredited - Level 3 Personal Training award or above

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis

Qualification Obtained

FdSc Sports Coaching and Performance Science

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Anatomy and Physiology FundamentalsTH4MD28120Mandatory
Professional Coaching in ContextTH4MD28220Mandatory
Active CoachingTH4MD28320Mandatory
Coaching PedagogiesTH4MD28420Mandatory
Analysis of Human MovementTH4MD28520Mandatory
Introduction to Academic StudyTH4MD31520Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Inclusive Coaching PracticeTH5MD29820Mandatory
Strength and ConditioningTH5MD29920Mandatory
Duty of Care in Sport and Athlete WelfareTH5MD30020Mandatory
Social Psychology in SportTH5MD30120Mandatory
Training Ergonomics and Performance TestingTH5MD30220Mandatory
Work Based LearningTH5MD33820Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

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Council for Independent Education
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