Foundation Degree Sports Science with Sports Coaching Education

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    Oxford Brookes University
  • Cost
    £ 7350.00 per year
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    This course is designed to provide students with a conceptual understanding of both the Sports Science and Sports Coaching industries. Students will gain the knowledge and experiences underpinning the various disciplines of Sports Science; sport psychology, biomechanics and exercise physiology, whilst developing their appreciation and understanding of the complex and diverse nature of the coaching environment. This provides a holistic experience and interdisciplinary approach where students gain a breadth of knowledge and experiences of both disciplines which they can utilise to negotiate the challenges within these industries.

    Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to undertake various work placements, providing them with the vital experience and skills required in this sector and the opportunity to apply the knowledge and understanding gained within the course in a practical environment.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    Providing students with an exceptional teaching, learning and assessment experience is at the heart of the programme and underpins all learning outcomes within our modules. Teaching and learning experiences may take a variety of forms from lectures, workshops, tutorials or practical environments.  Lectures allow for main theories to be introduced, while workshops and practical environments allow for the contextual application of these theories to practice. Tutorials and one-to-ones provide students with the opportunity to access regular academic/personal support from the programme leader, ensuring the health and wellbeing of all our students is facilitated throughout the duration of their programme.

    Should students require additional learning support, this can be facilitated and supported through the University Centre’s learning support team, allowing appropriate learning strategies to be implemented and academic support arrangements to be made.

    Students are expected to engage with independent learning through our Virtual Learning Environment, which provides additional support and information on their academic programme and personal development. 

    Ensuring students develop the skills required within industry, assessments on the programme adopt many forms, encouraging a diverse and contemporary approach. These assessment methods include traditional essays, laboratory reports, presentations, screencasts, podcasts and practical deliveries. Students will have opportunities to receive formative feedback from academic staff on their assignment submissions, should they adhere to the University Centre’s policy on formative submissions. Typically each module has two summative assessments, this can vary between modules, however these are clearly identified in the module handbooks which are available for students to access upon their enrolment.  

    Throughout the duration of the course students will study 12 compulsory (c) and 4 elective (e) modules from the following;

    Year 1

    • Academic & Research Enhancement (c)
    • Exercise Physiology & Anatomy (c)
    • The Sport and Exercise Practitioner (c)
    • Skill in Sport: Learning & Mechanics (c)
    • Sociology of Sport (c)
    • Coaching: Theory to Practice 1 (c)
    • Nutrition (e)
    • Measurement & Meaning (e)
    • Effective Coaching Practice (e)

    Year 2

    • Principles of Training (c)
    • Applied Sport & Exercise Physiology (c)
    • Research Methods (c)
    • Sports Development (c)
    • Sports Psychology (c)
    • Coaching: Theory to Practice 2 (c)
    • Motivating Health Behaviour (e)
    • Global & Cultural Studies (e)
    • Sports Biomechanics (e)

    Students will typically receive their course timetable at enrolment, however they may receive this during their first week.

    Residential Opportunities – St Lucia *

    Students may have the opportunity to attend a unique residential in the Caribbean working alongside the charity ‘United through Sport’. This residential provides an opportunity to work in under-privileged communities, delivering sports coaching in a variety of disciplines within local schools. Students may also have the opportunity to complete sport science support for the St. Lucia national sports teams. This will provide a unique opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained on the course within a different cultural environment, and continue to develop graduate attributes and employability skills vital in this sector. (*Please note this is subject to student numbers and comes at an additional charge to course fees)

  • Progression Opportunities

    If you would like to continue your education on completion of this course, you can continue onto the BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science and Coaching Top Up at University Centre Somerset (*subject to validation).

    Alternatively you can choose to continue at Oxford Brookes University to study BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, or BSc (Hons) Sport, Coaching and Physical Education, or apply to another university of your choice.

  • Career Progression

    Through the various experiences provided on the programme, students will not only gain industry specific skills but develop specific graduate attributes throughout their duration; academic & research literacy, critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship.

    Students can progress in to a variety of careers within the sport industry including sports development or coaching, PE teaching, sports science support, leisure and recreation management or working for county sports partnerships, to name but a few. 

    We may also be able to offer the opportunity of internships with Yeovil Town Ladies FC and Taunton Town FC. These will enable you to contextualize your learning, gain valuable experiences and to stand out from other graduates due to bespoke opportunities this elite environment provides.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will require a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and at least four GCSEs at grades A*-C or grades 9-4 including maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent. Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply. 

  • Costs

  • Who to contact with your questions

    For course specific enquiries please contact Programme Leader Ashley Kempson on

    For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 01278 441234 or
  • Meet your lecturers

    Ashley Kempson – FdSc Programme Leader

    • Doctorate in Sport Coaching (Currently studying)
    • MSc Sport Coaching & Pedagogy
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • PGC in Teaching Higher Education
    • PGC in Physical Education (secondary)
    • BSc(Hons) Sport and Physical Education

    Max Sauter – FdSc Programme Leader

    • MSc Applied Sports and Exercise Science (Currently studying)
    • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • PGCE (Post Compulsory Education)
    • BA(Hons) Leisure Studies with Sports Studies

    Julie Williams

    • Doctorate in Sport Coaching (Currently studying)
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • PGC in Teaching Higher Education
    • MA Sports Management and Leadership
    • LTA L4 Senior Performance Coach

    Alex Leach

    • MSc Performance Analysis
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • PGC in Teaching Higher Education
    • PGCE (Post Compulsory Education)
    • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science