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Full Time

Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching

2 years

Central Campus


Sport student playing basketball
Sport student playing basketball

Course summary

This course will prepare you for employment in a range of roles within the Sport and Physical Activity sector, which contributes approximately £40 billion to the UK economy each year and employs approximately one million people. Designed in line with The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) coaching degree standards, this course employs a blend of technology-enhanced coaching and hands-on experience via placement modules, preparing you for a digital world and offering mentorship within professional environments. Our employability modules enable you to explore a career in coaching and you will have opportunities to participate in career development activities each year, networking with employers from the world of sports business and building towards obtaining the University of Wolverhampton Enterprise & Employability Award. This experience and these qualifications will aid in your future career planning, opening employment opportunities in a wide range of occupations.

Course requirements

40 UCAS points from:
• A Levels with a minimum grade DE
• BTEC Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC Diploma grade MP
• Access to HE Diploma full award (60 credits)
• 120 credit Level 3 Foundation Year in an appropriate subject

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process.
Further information is available here.

Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health Check.
Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check:
Due to the professional nature of some of our courses you may also be required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. We will coordinate both of these non-academic conditions with you should your course require this and you receive an offer from us. There will be no cost for the DBS, this is free to applicants who have secured an offer and have chosen to study at the University of Wolverhampton.

This course is not available at present to International applicants.

The course incorporates technology-enhanced coaching – preparing you for a digital world (analysis, diagnosis and social media). Placement modules will allow you to gain hands-on experience and to receive mentorship within professional environments throughout the course.
Our employability modules enable you to explore a career in coaching and engage in career development planning that prepares you for graduate-level employment. Each year you will have opportunities to participate in career development activities and network with employers from the world of sports business.
The course has been designed in line with The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) coaching degree standards.

Placement and applied practice modules are a leading feature of the course allowing you to gain hands-on experience and mentoring in an applied setting. During the course you will complete sport coaching fieldwork and placements.

In the first year you will focus upon understanding coaching and learning, developing key skills of observing, analysing and communicating your experience. During the placement in the second year of the course you will teach participants and refine your key skills of organising, planning, making informed decisions and reflecting upon your practice.

At the University of Wolverhampton, a variety of modes of assessment will be used to support and test your learning and progress and to help you develop capabilities that are valued beyond your University studies and into your working life. Your course may include a variety of assessment activities: written examinations (including online examinations, open and closed book examinations and quizzes), coursework (for example, essays, reports, portfolios, project proposals and briefs, CVs, poster presentation), practical (for example, oral and video presentations, laboratory work, performances, practical skills assessment). In the final year of your undergraduate degree, and at the end of your postgraduate degree, you are likely to be expected to write an extended piece of work or research, such as a dissertation or a practice-based piece of research.

On completion of this course you should have the knowledge and skills required to meet the sector standards for employment in certain specific roles, as well as a range of other related roles. You could consider employment in a range of occupations including: outdoor activities/education manager, personal trainer, sports coach, school sports coach or sports development officer.
You will have the opportunity to progress to BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching (top-up at the University of Wolverhampton) upon successful completion of your Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching. This will provide opportunities for further study  and specialisation to become a sport therapist, strength and conditioning coach or sport scientist.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

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