Overview top

The content of this course reflects guidelines set by SkillsActive, the relevant Sector Skills Council, which works to develop qualifications that enable people to be competent in a specific area of work or type of role.

This Foundation Degree is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland. You can then 'top-up' to a full honours degree at the University of Sunderland.

Foundation Degrees differ from honours degrees because they are designed with the help of employers to reflect the needs of industry and commerce. They usually take two years to complete, compared to the three or four years of most honours degrees.

Foundation degrees combine academic study with work-based learning and you have the opportunity to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom.

Teaching methods include practical sessions, lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops. We also encourage you to develop independent study skills.

During your course you will be required to undertake some form of voluntary work so that you can practice the skills that you are learning on the course.

Examples include:

  • Grassroots Coaching
  • Performance Coaching
  • Fitness Instructing
  • Performance Analyst
  • Sports Psychologist


Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Physiology of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
  • Performance Analysis (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
  • Anatomy for Exercise and Sport (20 credits)
  • Coaching Practice (20 credits)
  • Personal Development and Study Skills (20 credits)

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Fitness Testing and Assessment (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Sport (20 credits)
  • Coaching Theory (20 credits)
  • Coaching Practice (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Personal Training (20 credits)

Entry Requirements top

  • 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCSEs / A Levels or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.

  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Offers will take into account any relevant employment experience. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of evidence

Assessment top

Assessment methods include evaluation of work experience, reports, presentations and practical tests.

Professional Opportunities top

Potential employers include sports and exercise clubs, recreation services, local authorities, and schools and colleges.

Job roles include the following (some require further training):

  • Sports coach/instructor
  • Sports management
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Teacher of PE
  • Sport Development

You will undertake placements in both years of the course. These are mainly provided through regional sports organisations and schools. They are good opportunities to make connections with potential employers and build up your CV.

Further Information top

The staff are busy making preparations for the start of your FD programme in September 2020.

Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of professional programmes across the college but we have developed an effective approach to your programme of study, blending face-to-face and online teaching. Our experience has shown that this new method of teaching opens new learning opportunities for all, enabling you to develop graduate skills such as time management, workload prioritisation and effective research skills.

This academic year you will have an induction as part of your welcome to the college and the University, this will allow you to get to know your peers and the staff.  This year some of the experience will be delivered online using Microsoft Teams but there will be a chance to meet up with fellow students and teaching staff.  We will ensure that we will maintain your health and safety through meeting social distancing guidelines.

We will be taken a hybrid approach to your learning where we will blend learning on campus with online learning and assessment resources. In classrooms for small group teaching and online for some lectures, interactive activities and discussion groups. You will have access to all the support and guidance you need both on and off campus.  Our priority is to offer a supportive and safe learning environment that enables all learners to progress successfully with their studies. 

For any further questions please see the contact details below;

FdSC Sports Coaching

Reece Chapman


This programme is offered by Tyne Coast College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland. https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/study/sport-and-exercise-sciences/undergraduate-foundation-sports-coaching/

Dates and fees

Start date: 14th September 2020

End date: 27th May 2022

Cost: £8,750 (annual fee)