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Foundation Degree Sports Coaching

Course Description

This highly applied course is for students wishing to develop a sound understanding of the key principles underpinning advanced sports coaching and performance analysis.

You will develop the skills required for effective communication, self-development and career progression making you ready for a career in sport, or progression to continuing higher education.

This course is delivered in partnership with the University of Salford who offer a top-up year to convert this course to a full degree. The university is located within easy travel distance to the College with good transport links, making accessing University services and facilities particularly convenient for students studying on our University of Salford provision.

Flexible work-based learning is central to all programmes of study. This concept is underpinned by the University’s Vision: ‘By pioneering exceptional industry partnerships we will lead the way in real world experiences preparing students for life’.

The University is located in three main areas of the city; at Peel Park, and Frederick Road, both a short distance from Manchester City Centre, and at MediaCityUK at Salford Quays.


FdSc Foundation Degree Sports Coaching


Level 5

2 Years - Full Time

Based at: Middleton Campus

Fees: £6000 per year (total course cost £12000 2 years full-time)


Applications for this course are made via the UCAS website - click HERE.

  • UCAS Code - SP01
  • Institution Code - H54

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points which should include:

  • Successful completion of Access to HE
  • Distinction Merit grades in a Level 3 related subject
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above


The course is made up of compulsory units, which all students undertake, that enable you to study particular areas in depth.

You’ll be taught via lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions. Assessment methods include reports, essays, exams (anatomy & physiology), presentations, practical assessments in sports coaching.

Compulsory units:

  • Sports Coaching 1
  • Sports Development
  • Developing Academic and Professional Skills
  • Talent Identification and Development
  • Fitness Testing and Sports Training
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2:

  • Applying Sports Coaching Pedagogy
  • Research Methods
  • Performance Analysis for Sports Coaches
  • Applied Practitioner Skills in Sports Coaching
  • Strength and Conditioning for Sports Coaches
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology

Fees: £6000 per year full-time (£12,000 total cost)

How to apply:

UCAS code: C602

Institution code: SO3

Work Experience

Students not currently in employment, but with relevant work experience, will undertake placements during the course.


This course is delivered in partnership with the University of Salford who offer a top-up year to convert this course to a full degree. Accelerated progression onto other degree programmes is possible. Certain universities may give you exemption from units within related degree courses.