Sport: Coaching, Physical Education and Sports Development Foundation Degree (FSPT)

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC337
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 5


This pathway is for students wishing to pursue a career within the sports coaching and development industries. Some example careers you may wish to progress into include a Sports Coach, Sports Development Officer, PE Teacher or Sports Lecturer (among others). Individualised and regular work experience is an important part of the course and something of which all students will be required to undertake. The course tutors and class sizes offer a more personalised learning and university experience.


Classes will be made up of a mixture of lectures, taught and theory seminars and discussion groups as well as practical, reflection and private study. You will be required to work in whole and small group teams and independently. You will be required to plan, deliver and evaluate in a range of practical settings and environments as well as prepare for classes by research and reading as directed by teachers (otherwise known as directed activities).

Students will be encouraged throughout the curriculum to be fully active in their skills-development and may well be involved in the wider work of the Sports Academy or sports development or coaching community. Students will have the opportunity to work in local organisations and other relevant agencies where and if appropriate.


1. Physical Education and School Sport

2. Foundations of Sports Development

3. Fundamentals of Teaching and Coaching

4. Psychology of Physical Activity

5. Introduction to Academic Research Skills

6. Principles and Practice of Self-development


1. Physical Education and Curriculum Studies

2. Social and Contemporary Issues in Sport

3. Practical Skills in Sports Development

4. Sports Coaching Pedagogy

5. Advanced Academic and Research Skills

6. Employability, Enterprise and Creativity

How will it be delivered?

Assessment will be varied and devised by teachers to best meet the needs of students and the course with most units assessed via coursework. Coursework assessments could take any form but are likely to include essay, reports, presentations, professional discussions, research, group activities as well as practical assessment, evaluation and reflection.

Entry requirements

All students will need to be 18 years of age or over and will complete a formal application and will be invited to attend an informal discussion interview to ensure that the course meets the applicant’s needs and interests; this may be on the telephone or face-to-face. All applications are considered individually. Students must be able to demonstrate a commitment to either coaching, physical education or the sports-related development sectors. Students should be committed to their own personal, professional and academic development.

  • Students should have completed a suitable Level 3 qualification and be able to demonstrate an ability to work independently, in groups and be able to work with tutor support and guidance in both practical and academic settings .
  • Students will need GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 (or an alternative equivalent) .
  • Students without such formal applications are very much encouraged to apply, particularly from applicants who can demonstrate commitment and ‘work-related’ experience that is appropriate .

As your course may involve you working with and delivering activities to a range of age groups, you may be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Your next steps...

It is anticipated that some students may progress on to undertake sports-related degrees such as our BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Sport, Physical Education and Health and other similar qualifications, or to related employment. The skills developed through the course are transferable into a range of employment scenarios and students will be given support in aiding smooth progression.