Sports Science and Coaching Foundation Degree (FdSc)

About the course:

If you have a passion for sports, this is the course for you. It is designed to develop your skills and understanding of sports coaching in addition to improving your knowledge of the scientific basis of sports performance. With a focus on improving your employability, this course aims to develop the skill requirements and shortages within the industry that were identified by Skills Active, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being. The course focuses on applying sports science principles in practice while you gain the necessary qualifications to become a successful coach or instructor or pursue a career in sports science. You will study all aspects of sports coaching from the basic principles to preparation for elite competitions.

You are encouraged to become critically reflective and adaptable, applying evidence based knowledge to your coaching. There will also be the opportunity to develop your research skills in addition to studying the physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects of sports performance. The course has a strong emphasis on the vocational aspects of sports and coaching, which will give you a foundation in the applied skills that are relevant in a broad range of careers in the field of sport, physical activity and health.



UCAS code: 3L62

UCAS institution code: B93

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Start date: September 2017

Entry requirements:

• 64 UCAS points from at least two A Levels including a Science or Physical Education or a BTEC equivalent

• You should also have four GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English, Maths and Science

• We will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course (equivalent to 64 UCAS points)

• You may be required to attend for an interview and an assessment

• If you do not have the standard entry requirements but have the relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course

Topics covered:

Level 4 modules:

• Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

• Foundation of Sport and Exercise Psychology

• Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

• The Coaching Process

• Coaching Practice

• Research Methods

• Level 5 further develops this knowledge and understanding in an applied vocational context.


Level 5 modules:

• Sport and Exercise Physiology

• Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology

• Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

• Work Experience

• Effective Coaching

• Research Methods

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Special features

Work experience is a key element of year two. Learners can focus on a career that they are passionate about and complete their experience in industry.

Previous work experiences placements have included Bury FC, Rochdale Triathlon Club and local primary and secondary schools.


Course assessment

You will be assessed using various methods which has been specifically designed to measure the competencies within each subject specialism and build wider skills for employment. Each unit has been tailored to consider the fundamental aspects of the unit to provide an industry role specific assessment which can be taken into employment. Methods of assessment include; exams, presentations, practical assessments, written report and essays.

Career and professional development:

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree will enable you to progress to the top-up course leading to the award of BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Coaching or the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. To progress to the
top-up course you will be required to attend an interview, and your attendance on the Foundation Degree and attitude to study will be important considerations. Career opportunities in this sector include sports coaching, sports science support, physical activity and health development, sports development and postgraduate study and research. A popular career choice is to progress to a postgraduate teacher training qualification to become a PE teacher.

Some occupations in sport and recreation require varying skills and qualifications, for example:

• Job specific/technical skills: including statutory training (e.g. lifeguard, first aid, health and safety, child protection), coaching/NGB awards, community sports leadership, officiating, sports development and fitness instructing. Some higher level positions may require management and leadership and customer service skills

• Generic and cross sector skills (e.g. literacy and numeracy,IT user skills). This course will equip you with skills in
communication, team work, organisation, problem solving and time management, which are transferable across a wide range
of sectors


Additional Costs: Students will be required to purchase a Bury College HE sports kit which consists of a tracksuit, training t-shirt and training shorts at a cost of approximately £60. All students receive an initial allocation of 600 credits per academic year for printing and photocopying, additional credits can be purchased if required.



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