Are you passionate about a career in the sports coaching and development industry? The Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development provides the opportunity to gain an industry-recognised qualification and relevant work experience while being affiliated to an organisation in the sector.
The course will be based within your organisation – which could be a professional sports club, sports development organisation, social enterprise, school or community organisation – with your lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered on-site and online.
Through placements organised by your organisation, you will gain practical experience of working within the sports coaching and development industry. Plus, you will gain an understanding of the varied nature of sports coaching and development, from grassroots community projects that engage people to take up sport and/or physical activity to working with elite athletes who are at the top of their game.
The course will teach you aspects of generic children and youth coaching, sports coaching, sports development, social inclusion, and sports management skills. There will be further opportunity to apply your knowledge with an extensive work based learning programme provided by the club.
Year One: Foundation Degree Sports Coaching and Development degree
Your first year will provide you with the underpinning theory and practice of sports coaching and development.
You will gain knowledge of how sport is organised, delivered and managed in the community, and you will have the opportunity to lead sports activities and events. Understanding fundamental principles of ‘how’ and ‘what’ to coach with young children and the scientific principles of psychology, performance analysis and exercise science will underpin your coaching knowledge.
You will learn sports skills and the different stages of the sports development continuum and this will help to inform your industry work-based learning experience which you will undertake on the course. You will also have the opportunity to undertake coach education, safeguarding and first aid qualifications to boost your CV.
- Academic Research and Professional Skills
- Introduction to Sports Coaching
- Introduction to Sports Science for Coaching
- Introduction to Sports Development
- Managing Sport
- Sports Development in Practice
Year Two: Foundation Degree Sports Coaching and Development degree
You will develop the skills and knowledge gained in year one around understanding coaching and leadership principles and approaches to developing and managing sport across a range of target groups. You will enhance your breadth of knowledge by studying barriers to sport and completing a school and/or community sport placement which will enable you to put your ideas and knowledge into practice.
The Physical Education School Sport module will provide knowledge of primary and secondary physical education, fundamental movement skill and physical literacy and introduce you to the key challenges faced in developing physically educated young children. The modules will also provide an opportunity for you to gain acquire additional qualifications.
- Project Management
- Sport Placement (double module)
- Community Sports Development
- Physical Education and School Sport
- Sports Coaching and Leadership
Learning and teaching methods include lectures, interactive workshops, practical sessions, work-based learning, guest lectures (from industry professionals), debates and tutorials. This range of teaching and learning approaches ensures that you gain a wide variety of skills and the variety keeps you on the ball.
All lectures/modules are sport specific which you will attend with other sports students. Most lectures/tutorials will be fairly small groups which provides a more interactive and personal approach to your study. Group work and class discussions help you to develop critical thinking skills and we encourage students to voice their opinion and challenge the norm.
The Sports Coaching and Development course is delivered over the year from September to May. Each year of study includes 120 credits to complete – six 20-credit modules in years one and two; and one 40-credit plus four x 20-credit modules in the final year.
Most modules are studied over the year for 24 weeks (two 12-week terms); but some are delivered more intensively during a term (e.g. Sports Development in Practice, Managing Sport, Leadership in Sport, Critical Issues in Sport Coaching and Leadership and Contemporary Issues in Sports Development).