Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 5 Full-Time Bede Campus University Level Qualification
September 2 years Level 5 Full-Time Bede Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

Combine academic study with work-based learning in this two-year Sports Coaching Foundation Degree.

Study for 2 years at Sunderland College and have the option to top-up to a full bachelors degree with a third year of study at the University of Sunderland.

Academic entry criteria:
- 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 4 (C) or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English

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

Non-academic criteria:
- A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report
- A face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made
- A satisfactory occupational health clearance

How to apply other than UCAS where applicable:

Accreditation of prior learning -
If you have achieved a qualification such as a HNC, or have gained credit at another higher education provider, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5.

For further information please contact the College’s admissions team on

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 8750.00 *subject to change The fees are currently £8,750 per 120 credits. It is not possible to confirm fees for the future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). It is optional to purchase College sports kit - prices can be made available at enrolment as subject to changes. You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists, however, the College have an excellent range of all books suggested within the units you will study and you will also have membership to the University of Sunderland Library resources. You will also have the option to take part in additional qualifications, such as a Level 2 Gym Instructor, which may incur further costs, however, this will be reduced by the College. Further awards will be offered throughout the duration of the course - depending upon the level of the qualification, the price will vary. Financial support: For more information on Student Finance, please go to our HE Finance page.

On this course you will study in a range of ways including:
- Sessions in the fitness suite
- On our 4G sports pitches
- In the classroom
- In the anatomy and physiology lab
- In the client assessment/massage clinic
- Work placement

Your assessments will take place in a variety of formats ranging from exams, essays, reports and practical assessments. Throughout your course, your studies will include lectures, seminars and practical lessons.

At Level 4 and 5, teaching will consist of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and one to one meetings.

Independent learning:
When not attending lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

A range of facilities at Sunderland College supports your independent learning.

Overall workload:
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 13 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours.

Academic support:
Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
- Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching staff:
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and all of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 4 working weeks of hand-in (formal coursework assessments).

Level 2 Maths and English are a desirable requirement to study on this course.

Placements are an excellent way of experiencing life as a professional within the field of sport and sports coaching.
Meaningful placement opportunities are often provided within Foundation Degrees.

We have links with Durham F.A., Rise, University sports science departments, SAFC and many local schools and sports clubs.

The course is full-time.

Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

This is a two-year course delivered at our Bede Campus. You can then 'top-up' to a full honours degree at the University of Sunderland. It has been designed with the help of employers to reflect the needs of industry and commerce.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Our teaching is informed by current practice and modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector.

The modules available on the course are as follows -

Year 1 for full-time students Level 4:

Semester 1 -
- Anatomy
- Personal Development and Study Skills
- Coaching Practice 1

Semester 2-
- Introduction to Psychology
- Physiology
- Performance Analysis

Year 2 for full time students Level 5:

Semester 1 -
- Sports Injury Management
- Fitness Testing and Assessment
- Coaching Practice 2

Semester 2 -
- Research Methods and Study Skills
- Psychology of Exercise
- Coaching Theory

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What’s next?

After successfully completing this course, you could progress on to BSc Sports Coaching course at the University of Sunderland, or, alternatively you could seek employment in roles such as coaching and in the health and fitness industry.
The average Sports Coach salary in the UK is £22,440.

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