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FdSc Sports Coaching

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. This course is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and practical training required for a career in the sports industry, whether from a playing, coaching or business perspective. The Foundation Degree provides a comprehensive knowledge of sports studies and relevant practical experience. It covers a range of study areas including sports coaching, sports development, sports science and sports management and marketing.

The emphasis throughout the Foundation Degree is on the development of a range of professional and vocational skills. Modules are selected to ensure that students will develop the essential knowledge and skills to work in their chosen area of sport. These include the sporting infrastructure, coaching principles and practice, coaching in games, sports event management and sports development. The course is constructed around the modern coach and encourages students to develop innovative coaching ideas, underpinned by traditional values.

The course also provides students with a variety of coaching opportunities with local youngsters who comprise Myerscough’s successful junior and youth teams. There are numerous other coaching opportunities locally. Students also benefit from the opportunity to undertake a range of additional coaching qualifications.

Course modules

Year 1

Club and Volunteer Development (Option)

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and leadership skills of how to develop a sports club and sustain it within the community. The module also examines the importance of volunteerism within the delivery and management of sport.

Coaching Toolkit (Double module)

The module aim is to ensure learners can independently demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the coaching process and the many elements that contribute to effective and safe coaching practice, taking into consideration the wide and varied context of sport in the UK.

Developing Physical Activity (Option)

The module will equip students with the underpinning knowledge and practical skills needed to enable them to work with clients through the fundamental personal training process. The module addresses long term adherence theories from a psychological perspective in order to understand the complexity of exercise adherence. It will incorporate goal setting and motivation techniques as well as designing bespoke training programs to suit clients’ needs.

Personal and Vocational Development in Sport

This module will develop key academic skills in order to better bridge the gap from school/college to university; from more dependent to more independent modes of learning. These skills will be developed in the ‘sport and leisure’ context in conjunction with other Year 1 modules and will underpin subsequent years of study.

Essentials of Training and Conditioning (Option)

The module will introduce students to the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of resistance training and conditioning as well as their practical applications to athletic performance. Students will review the key components of effective strength and conditioning development, through a variety of practical experiences. The module applies specific conditioning practices to the enhancement of performance, and utilises the key performance indicators outlined by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

This module is designed to introduce the student to the relationship between psychological factors and participation and performance in sports. Increased interest in sport and exercise science through both practical and financial terms has brought about a greater requirement for the athlete to be aware of all aspects for producing performance behavioural change. The use of psychological skills training is becoming increasingly prevalent in the field of sports performance. Players ranging from the beginner/amateur to the most senior professional have become more conscious of the requirement for psychological factors to be included in their game plan.

Sports Events (Option)

This module is about understanding the planning and organisation of sporting events. Special events in the sports industry take place in a wide variety of contexts (i.e. different sports/activities). Likewise, there are many different types of events that are organised by sports managers (i.e. individual/team sports tournaments and major/minor events). Regardless of the size and scope of the event, there are considerable logistical elements and potential problems that must be considered in the planning process. The content of this unit provides candidates with a sound theoretical knowledge of event planning and management, which can be applied to the task of planning/managing and funding/resourcing a wide variety of types and contexts of sporting events.

Year 2

Analysing and Improving Performance

To provide a framework where sports coaches can apply the coaching process and develop techniques to evaluate sports performance, particularly technical and tactical analysis. This will include a review of pertinent scientific elements of training/performance.

Research Project

The aim of this module is to develop the ability of students to undertake investigative research. The module will focus upon information-related academic and market research skills, research methodology, data collection techniques, data analysis and writing skills.

Talent Identification and Pathways

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of performance pathways developed by organisations to develop players to their full potential. The module will also examine the support mechanisms that aid in this development of players.

The Reflective Coach (Double module)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their coaching competencies and confidence. It will encourage experimentation within the coaching process and stimulate, facilitate and develop an ongoing and collaborative reflective process both ‘in’, ‘on’ and ‘for’ action. The module aims to develop innovative and adaptable coaches who are better able to justify the ‘why’ for their coaching practice in accordance with the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ of their delivery.

Work Placement

This module aims to provide students with and gain credit for experiential learning opportunities within the sports and leisure industry. Provide students with the opportunity to undertake personal self-development and the acquisition of key skills within the workplace environment. Provide a setting where theory and practice can be integrated within the context of the sport and leisure industry. Provide an environment where students are required to evaluate contemporary issues within the sport and leisure industry.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)

Plus 48 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:

· 2 A-levels (A2), at least one at C or above

· BTEC/C&G Level 3

· 2 Scottish Highers at C or above

· 3 Irish Highers at C or above

· International Baccalaureate at 24 points

· NVQ Level 3 in a relevant discipline

AS levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

Students find the course relaxed with approachable teachers. With the varying classroom environments, students feel energised within lessons.

Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an on-line learning environment and reference facility.


There is a wide variety of assessment methods, which help all learners. Practical assessments, written assessments, oral presentations and observations are spread across the course modules.

Additional Information:

As part of increasing employability, the second years lead and run a small sports coaching business. The business provides coaching of a wide range of activities for local school and sports clubs. Any proceeds gained will be donated to charity.

What work experience can I get?

As part of the course, work experience is an essential part of developing the student. Through the work experience module on the second year where students must complete a specific number of hours voluntary work in local schools and clubs and the implementation of the FdSc Sports Coaching business students gain valuable employability experience.




On successful completion of the course, students may apply for BA (Hons) Sports, BA (Hons) Sports Coaching.


What careers can you follow?

Coaching business owners, Teachers, club coaches.

Special requirements

Extra Costs:

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course:

· Sports Kit £50

UCLan Sports Scholarship

The University of Central Lancashire offers opportunities for student athletes to be supported with their aspirations of maintaining their playing career whilst also studying for a high-quality degree. Our panel will consider applicants as part of the admissions cycle and will offer support to those they feel will make a valuable contribution to the University’s sporting objectives. Find out more and how to apply on their website.