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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Campus Location: Bedford College - Tresham
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:Pending

About the course

This Foundation degree will give you a vocationally relevant higher-education qualification – alongside other vocationally recognised qualifications – that will set you on the path to a rewarding career as a sports coach.

The course provides you with a broad knowledge base from which to explore the role of a sports coach. There are also opportunities to apply this knowledge within a work-based setting.

Your studies are built around a framework of sport science topics so you gain a firm understanding of sport psychology, anatomy and physiology as well as employment in the sports industry, management and units dedicated to sports coaching and performance development. 

Why choose this course?
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to work independently or as part of a group, making evidence-based decisions across different coaching scenarios
  • Be able to select appropriate coaching techniques to maximise motivation, participation and performance in sport settings
  • Benefit from opportunities for field trips to support your work in the college and at your work placement
  • Gain additional vocationally recognised qualifications alongside the Foundation degree
  • After successfully completing this Foundation degree, you have the option to take a one-year top-up course at the University of Bedfordshire that will give you a full BSc (Hons) degree in a relevant field 
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.


Units

  • Coaching For Participation (SPO054-1) Compulsory
  • Employment In The Sports Industry (SPO055-1) Compulsory
  • Functional Anatomy And Physiology (SPO057-1) Compulsory
  • The Fundamentals Of Sport And Exercise Psychology (SPO058-1) Compulsory
  • Exercise Physiology (SPO069-2) Compulsory
  • Management And Supervision In The Sports Industry (SPO070-2) Compulsory
  • Psychology Of Sport, Exercise And Health (SPO071-2) Compulsory
  • Sports Coaching And Performance Development (SPO072-2) Compulsory

The foundation degree in Sports Science and Coaching has been designed to cater for the diverse student group that it recruits with an overall aim to prepare students to work in a range of cultural settings with adults, children and young people in Sport and Exercise. Each unit on the course contains a minimum of two assessments that take place/or are submitted at different points throughout the year. The assessments used are informed by the learning outcomes for each unit and will take a variety of different approaches. The range of assessment methods used will include essays, written reports, portfolios, case studies, practical assessments, oral presentations, phase tests and research projects. The assessments are deliberately diverse to reflect the individual needs of our students and in some instances may require you to access real life sport and exercise settings and conduct data collection. The range of assessment methods used allow you to present concepts and ideas in different formats and by doing so will develop a range of transferable communication skills which will be of great value in enhancing your eventual employability. As you progress to year 2, the assessment methods used will allow greater opportunities to demonstrate a depth of research and knowledge, this is particularly relevant within the Level 5 Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Health unit where you will be required to apply current knowledge to a vocationally relevant case study and in the Level 5 unit Exercise Physiology where you will complete a project that allows you to undertake research in areas that interest you. Assessment is an essential component of the Foundation Degree in Sport Science and Coaching and is used to: - Identify and evaluate your progress - Provide a means of delivering feedback to you - Enable you to demonstrate achievement - Enable measurement of your achievement - Enable staff to identify excellence in teaching Contribute to quality assurance procedures across the college and university All assessments will be undertaken as described in each units learning outcomes and will be both formative (e.g. computer based exercises, non-assessed presentations and class exercises) and summative (e.g. unseen and seen examinations, computer-based assessments, essays, practical reports, presentations and project reports). Staff will provide you with qualitative and quantitative feedback on the work that you do that will be constructive and identify areas for improved performance and development.
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Our students say our courses, teaching and support are a winning combination, that’s why we are 51st out of 122 for Sport in the Guardian University Guide 2022.

We’re 12th for employability because our courses get you a degree-level job.

We have more one-to-one time for you which is why we are in the top 10 for staff/student ratio.

Entry Requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


Graduates of this course can find employment as a sports coach, exercise/fitness instructor, sports development officer or GP referral co-ordinator.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student