Course Overview

This course is designed to meet the demands of an ever-growing sports industry with a particular focus on sports coaching and sports development. It has been designed in line with various National Governing Bodies of sport, SkillsActive and sports coach UK guidance and recommendations for the sector. The course reflects the appropriate National Occupational Standards and Key Skills for the sector and is designed to foster and promote life-long learning.

Course Structure

Full time study is approximately 2.5 days per week over two years. Total 240 credits.

Flexible study may be available by agreement with the Course Leader.


Modules Covered

Level 4 Modules
Level 4 - Introduction to Academic Studies
Level 4 - Learning through Work in Sport and Physical Activity
Level 4 – Nutrition for Health and Exercise
Level 4 - Human Movement
Level 4 - Foundations of Sports Coaching 
Level 4 - Sports Development 
Level 5 Modules
Level 5 - Applied Practice in Community or Educational Settings
Level 5 - Developing professional practice in sport and physical activity
Level 5 - Psychology of physical activity and sport coaching
Level 5 - Research methods in sport and physical activity
Level 5 - Sports Coaching Planning and Development
Level 5 - Sports Performance Analysis

Learning Methods

Teaching and learning methods include: lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions, individual, small and large groupwork, discussions, student-centred and distance learning.  Work experience is a central part of the course.

Teaching Methods

Our methods include: home study, workshops, lectures, seminars, practicals and work-based learning. The Professional Development modules allow you to identify claims for prior learning and experience (APL/APEL), develop key skills and to gain some essential study skills.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to attend a recruitment event for the New York Red Bulls Soccer team.


A variety of assessment methods are used including reports, exams, work-based projects, case studies, home study tasks, practical coaching assessments within a teaching & learning environment and presentations. Some assessment methods are undertaken individually, others in small groups.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

The work placement element takes place during both years of the course. The placements are set up with the approval of the organisation and the course tutor.  The aim is for the you to gain an invaluable insight into the industry and to apply various Modules of the course in a practical setting.

Work experience/placement expectations:-

80 hours at level 4

120 hours at level 5

What's Next?

This Foundation degree will prepare you for continued progression to a one-year Top-up course to gain an Honours degree in Sport and Physical Activity  and/or potential entry to a two-year Top-up programme within Initial Teacher Education. As a Foundation degree graduate in the field of sports coaching there are a number of job opportunities available to you including sports development and administration, sports coaching, teaching and instruction within a specific discipline, and sports management.

Additional Costs

As part of a Professional Team delivering sport and physical activity you will need to dress appropriately. this will require you to have sports clothing and footwear which is suitable for the many different roles you will be asked to undertake. Throughout the programme there are a number of sports leaders and level one coaching awards delivered that incur a small cost to the student.

Entry Requirements

36-64 UCAS tariff points.

For UCAS tariff points grade combinations click:

Standard applicants seeking admission at Level 4 are required to have GCSE Grade C/4-5 or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics and one of the following:

  • GCE/VCE Advanced Level/ National Certificate/Diploma or suitable bridging course in a qualification relevant to the course.
  • SQA Advanced Highers. One band C Advanced Higher Pass plus three other subjects at standard grade (grade 3) or above.
  • International Baccalaureate. Award of the Certificate with a minimum of 20 points.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate. Three higher/Honours passes at Grade C
  • Access courses

The following qualifications are welcomed and will be taken into consideration by the Admissions Team, but may enable entry to the Scheme only in conjunction with other qualifications.

  • GNVQs/NVQs or other Level 3 vocational qualifications within the relevant QCA framework
  • City & Guilds qualifications at Level 3 or above
  • Advanced Modern Apprenticeships with Level 3 qualifications

Overseas applicants will be required to achieve a minimum of IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550, or equivalent.

Non Standard applicants are not expected necessarily to have formal qualifications. Applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience (including work in a voluntary capacity) and they may be admitted to the Scheme on the basis of non-certificated experiential learning. The Scheme actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Bradford College has a well-established APEL and other credit policies with clear criteria offering both generic and specific APEL. These arrangements have been developed to meet the particular needs of foundation degree and mature students with no formal qualifications. The APEL process may facilitate fast tracking on to awards.

We require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for admission to this course.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification