This foundation degree enables students to grasp a thorough understanding of three core subjects: anatomy and physiology, nutrition and sport psychology and then allows specialism in sports coaching.
As part of this course students will complete work experience and project-related unit which require the completion of a minimum of 40 hours of work experience per year.
Alongside the formal qualification, this foundation degree embeds commercially-recognised qualifications such as CYQ awards in fitness instructing, personal training, circuit training, sports conditioning and opportunities to achieve a range of level 1 coaching qualifications as well as the level 2 award in coaching studies.
The industry-recognised qualifications make this course distinctive and provides the students with the opportunity to find direct employment that can be both employed and self-employment as part of large organisations.
Students will attend college three days a week and will have the opportunity to learn through a range of practical and classroom-based methods.
Our partner colleges offer excellent teaching and learning resources for sport and strong links with local sports organisations. This foundation degree integrates academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between programme providers and employers and based on successful partnerships which provide distinct advantages to learners.
Relationships include Sport Bedford, Bedford Borough leisure centres (Fusion), Kempston Rovers Football Club, Bedford Blues Rugby Club, Bedford Bulls Basketball and Bedfordshire cricket. Partnerships have been made between the sports departments at the colleges and the sports development units of their borough councils.
These relationships will widen the opportunities for learners on the higher education programme allowing them to gain access to local community events, courses, employers and voluntary work that will strengthen their vocational experiences while studying.
Since London 2012 sport has been at the heart of the nations plans for a lasting legacy with a primary focus placed on improving grassroots sports participation in communities, giving elite athletes every chance to succeed at the highest level and creating a sporting habit for life in young people. The promotion of sport and exercise is also a core part of the governments strategies to improve the health of the nation (Ellison, 2015) and consequently there can be no more appropriate time to begin a career in Sports Coaching.
Our bespoke course in Sports Science (Sports Coaching) develops an underpinning knowledge of Sport Psychology and Anatomy and Physiology alongside vocational specific units that actively prepare you for a career in Sports Coaching. The course offers a mixture of practical, scientific, technical and business principles of learning to underpin a career in the sports industry by combining theory and practice together with the necessary skills required to be successful in the workplace. By applying such principles in a vocational context and understanding the appropriate methods of enquiry for this subject area you will gain a thorough understanding of the field and will enhance your employability skills. Alongside the formal qualification, you will be given the opportunity to gain a selection of Level 1 Coaching qualifications within your coaching units that will aid your transition into the workplace. You will also be given the opportunity to obtain extra qualifications in additional, optional sessions and pay a registration fee if you wish to complete these as additional industry qualifications. These include:
the YMCA Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuit Training Sessions,
First Aid Qualification,
Level 2 Award in Coaching Studies and
Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning.
During Level 4 (first year) study there will also be an opportunity to complete an additional, optional full price 12 week teaching qualification in the evenings: City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS). During level 5 study (year 2) there will be an opportunity to complete an additional, optional full price 30 week teaching qualification in the evenings: Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS).