Sports Coaching and Development (Foundation Degree)

Sports coaching student

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2 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Check out our plans for a new sports park at our Oxstalls campus. These breathtaking facilities will include two all-weather pitches, dedicated pitches for rugby, hockey and football, a cricket pavilion and sports hall.

If you're looking to understand and be innovative in sport at community and national level then this foundation course is for you. Develop the skills to deliver high-class coaching and development programmes, helping adults and children enjoy and improve their sporting abilities. Benefit from our close links to professional sports organisations such as Gloucester Rugby, England and Wales Cricket Board, Cheltenham Town FC as well as Sport England.

Work in the local sports community to develop your employability and gain skills in a range of coaching and development disciplines. We have close links with local sports clubs and partnerships, providing you with excellent opportunities to gain hands-on, industry experience. This course has been rated 100% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017).   Supported by staff you’ll develop a strong evidence-based approach to coaching. Built upon scientific and sociological principles, you’ll develop your technical, as well as practical, understanding of sports coaching and development.

Graduates from this programme will be well placed to pursue a career in community coaching, sport and physical activity development as well as working for a national governing body of sport. You will also develop highly employable skills such as communication, organisation and leadership.

Study style

Your course will be assessed by written, oral and practical tasks designed to develop the broad range of knowledge and skills underpinning sports coaching and development practice.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

72 tariff points

Typical offers

Or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Foundation Degree - 2 years full-timeNVT3


  • Community coach
  • Sports development officer
  • Coach educator
  • Sports officer for local authorities

Industry links

We have close links with organisations such as Gloucester RFC,  The Football Association, England and Wales Cricket Board, Active Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Town FC and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

Develop the skills to make a difference

Work with adults and young people while building your understanding of the influence of sport within the community.

Opportunities to work with professional sports organisations

We have close links with local and national sports clubs and partners, providing excellent opportunites to become involved with sports development and coaching, in particular within community settings.

Develop your employability through practical experience

Extensive practical experiences will enable you to develop skills in a range of disciplines while also focusing on a specialism within the fields of coaching and development.

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