Sports (Coaching) Foundation Degree

Sports (Coaching) Foundation Degree

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This course is validated by The Open University.


The new Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching has been developed by sport coaching practitioners to ensure that you cover a broad range of modules, which will equip you for employment within the sports coaching industry.

The programme offers modules which combine a range of theoretical and practical elements, designed to provide you with the experience, knowledge and skills required in the sport coaching sector. Furthermore, the course provides the academic rigour appropriate to a Higher Education programme.

You are provided with the underpinning knowledge and expertise to progress either into the employment market or to continue your studies at a Further or Higher Education Institution offering an appropriate top-up degree.

You will be required to complete a work placement as part of the work related learning module, as well as for required elements for all of the Coaching and Inclusive Recreation modules. You may also gain the opportunity to take part in the fantastic work placement overseas with our partners in Finland, Austria and Sweden. This will provide valuable experience, networking opportunities and a chance to apply academic study in a working environment.

In addition, you will receive encouragement from the course team to gain experience, knowledge and skills in areas such as; community coaching, sport club coaching, sport development, coaching specific populations, assistant teaching and schools sport coaching.

Duration 2 Years
Study mode Full Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72284-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What you learn

In the first year you will gain an overall understanding of the Sport sector:

  • Coaching Practice
  • Fundamentals of Training and Fitness
  • Professional Development
  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Sociology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Sports Analysis

In the second year you will gain the following Coaching specific modules:

  • Applied Training and Fitness in Coaching
  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Independent Study
  • Work Related Learning
  • Inclusive Recreation
  • Coaching Programme

Benefits / Skills you will develop

During the course you will develop the skills and academic understanding of Sports Coaching. 

You will also develop a wide range of transferable skills desired by employers such as: effective communication, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and effective use of IT software. As well as a range of academic skills such as: presenting, referencing, academic writing and independent research.

During the course you may have the chance to undertake a work placement abroad, work closely with local clubs, achieve industry recognised qualifications and gain employment leading coaching sessions at schools, sports clubs and local authority centres.

Our team are currently working towards achievement of the TASS Dual Accreditation Scheme TASS - Working Towards Dual Accreditation Logo

How you will be assessed

The assessment strategy of the course consists mainly of coursework, work based placements and practical assessments as these will offer you the closest real-life experience to secure future employment. Examples of assessment methods used within the course are: Practical session with reflective essays, coaching resource, written reports, Industry simulations, presentations and portfolios.

The course lecturers will clearly explain the course content, interlinking the assessment methods and each assessment's requirements. However, all of the information on assessments are provided within the course handbook, programme specification and each individual module handbook available to students after enrolment.

Formative feedback is integral to the teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the course.

Assessment methods used within the course include:

  • Case Study
  • Interview Process
  • Portfolio
  • Practical
  • Presentation
  • Reflective Career Plan
  • Report
  • Written Assignment

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.



The Higher Education Sports department works in partnership with Firehouse Fitness gymnasium. All students enrolled onto the Sports Foundation Degree/Top-Up automatically receives gym membership to Firehouse Fitness for the academic year. This gives student fantastic access to some of the best facilities in Leeds.



Programme Specifications

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please see the following link:

Entry requirements

A typical offer is likely to be based on 2 x D grades at A level or a Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma.

It is expected that students will have at least 4 GCSE grades at C or above including English or equivalent. Students who do not have GCSE grade Cs in Maths and English may need these to progress to Top Up degree programmes and will be given the opportunity to gain these alongside their study.

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification

Students will be subject to the DBS (Disclosure of Barring Services) process in which a clean DBS will be required. 

Offers will be made to applicants who can evidence a significant amount of practical experience within voluntary or paid positions. We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field.

The course structure actively supports those students who can evidence sufficient employment or voluntary experience to claim for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).


Additional Costs

Optional expenses whilst on the course may include:

  • £13 for subscription to the DBS Update Service 
  • £180 – £250 National Governing Body Qualification
  • Any additional resources individual to your own projects
  • £100 Sports Kit Bundle

The professionally branded sport kit will include the main items that will set you up for practical sessions, gym workouts and work placements undertaken whilst you are on the programme. This will include:

  • Training T-Shirt
  • Training Pants
  • Hoodie
  • ¼ Zip Jumper

All items that are included in the kit will be branded with the University Centre/HE Sport logo and it is an anticipated that all students purchase the sports kit to facilitate practical lessons and maintain a professional image when on work placements in the UK or in the EU.

Students will need to undergo an enhanced DBS check due to the work placement element of this course, which will be funded by the department. However, you may wish to pay for a yearly subscription to the DBS Update Service which will allow you to keep your DBS certificate up to date and allow employers to check online that the document is still current or if any additional information has been added since its issue.


How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is CX61 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you can apply to progress onto the BA (Hons) in Sports Coaching Degree Course at Leeds City College, as well as other Colleges and Universities, to do a top-up degree or progress onto a related career pathway.

Previous graduates have progressed into employment and fulfilled posts within community sports coaching for council and privately run organisations, sport development, coaching specific populations and assistant teaching, however the majority of graduates continue onto further study.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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