Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sports Coaching // Undergraduate

Course overview

The content of this course reflects guidelines set by SkillsActive, the relevant Sector Skills Council, which works to develop qualifications that enable people to be competent in a specific area of work or type of role.

The course develops practical skills related to coaching so it’s important that you are already actively involved in sports. This involvement could be in a leadership or coaching, or you might participate in sport at a reasonably high level. You will undertake placements in both years of the course. These are mainly provided through local sports organisations and schools.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Physiology of Sport and Exercise (20 Credits)
  • Performance Analysis (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 Credits)
  • Anatomy for Exercise and Sport (20 Credits)
  • Coaching Practice (20 Credits)
  • Personal Development and Study Skills (20 Credits)

Final Year (national level 5)

  • Fitness Testing and Assessment (20 Credits)
  • Psychology of Sport (20 Credits)
  • Coaching Theory (20 Credits)
  • Coaching Practice (20 Credits)
  • Research Methods and Study Skills (20 Credits)
  • Sport Injury Management (20 Credits)

Entry requirements

  • 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCSEs / A Levels or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Offers will take into account any relevant employment experience. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of evidence.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

Teaching and assessment

Foundation degrees combine academic study with work-based learning and you have the opportunity to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom.

Teaching methods include practical sessions, lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops. We also encourage you to develop independent study skills.

Assessment methods include evaluation of work experience, reports, presentations and practical tests.

Progression and careers

Students will have direct access to the Year 3 BSc Honours Sports Coaching programme at the University of Sunderland. Career opportunities include a wide range of coaching positions for sporting bodies and private organisations. The programme suits those also wishing to enter the teaching profession, sports coaching or those looking to work in sports development in an employed or self employed capacity.

Awarding body

This programme is offered by Tyne Coast College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

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Student numbers

In order to help ensure that the student experience is maintained at a high level across the life of partnership programmes, there is a minimum of 12 students required to enrol in year 1 of each programme offered by TyneMet College in partnership with the University of Sunderland in order for it to run. In the event that this minimum is not reached, the University reserves the right to either close this programme and withdraw offers made on it or, if appropriate to the programme, apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers. If the programme is closed, the University will use reasonable endeavours to help affected students switch to a suitable alternative programme or alternative HE provider if they wish to do so. If a decision is taken to apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers, consultation will take place with affected students. Conditions may include things like studying some of the programme at a different venue or merging study with other similar programmes where there is overlap. If these conditions are not acceptable to all students, the programme will close.

Further Information 

Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of academic programmes but here at TyneMet College, we have been busy working on an effective approach to your programme of study, blending face-to-face and online teaching.

Our experience has shown that this method opens new learning opportunities for all, enabling you to develop graduate skills such as time management, self-care and workload prioritisation, with support from our academic team and the wider College and University services available to you.

Coaching skills will continue to be taught and practiced within College, across a range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities. This approach will ensure you develop your practical skills on campus, before commencing work placements, where you will put these skills into practice in our local schools. We will be identifying sessions we hope to be completed weekly on campus to allow you to develop your coaching skills in practice alongside your peers. In addition, some theoretical lessons (e.g. anatomy and physiology) will be delivered online using Microsoft Teams.

In the meantime, please contact the Programme Leaders if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

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Course detail
Classification Foundation Degree
Course Mode Full-time
Level Undergraduate
Duration Two years
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £8750.00 *
Start September
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