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Level: 5

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Weeks: 32

Hours: 15.00

Start: 09/09/2019

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Tuition (£): 6250.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This two-year course will develop your knowledge and skills for a career in sports coaching. You'll be taught by highly qualified staff who have excellent academic and practical backgrounds in coaching - from elite level England basketball coaches to grassroots local league coaches.

The course will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of sports coaching in a specified context. It also allows you to analyse scientific data and convert it into coaching and training regimes.

Our theory-into-practice philosophy will enhance your coaching knowledge and develop your vocational skills. You will be engaged in the process of encouraging athlete potential (whatever the level of participation) and preparing athletes for competition.

Whether your sport of interest is cycling, golf, football, basketball or athletics, you can focus your studies to enhance your knowledge and develop your coaching skills. There is also a superb opportunity for golfers to link this Foundation Degree with our Performance Golf Academy which will integrate the components of personal performance development with your own coaching practice.

You will be given the opportunity to work with sports clubs in the local community, and you will develop progressive practices and coach specific skills that will help you prepare athletes at all levels for competitive environments. This unique blend of knowledge and skills is an integral part of the programme and opportunities around sports coaching at all levels will be incorporated into your studies, including working at elite levels.

The course will serve as an advanced coaching programme for you if you wish to undertake coaching opportunities with sports clubs and National Governing Bodies.

The programme is delivered at the Broomfield Hall Campus and includes approximately three days a week contact time to allow time for independent study and coaching placements.

The programme will run with a minimum of eight students.  In 2016-17 we enrolled 11 students on this programme. 

This course is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by the University of Derby.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 64 UCAS points
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C (4) or above

64 points equates to MPP on a Level 3 Extended Diploma or MM on a Level 3 Diploma. You will require DDE on three A-levels or CC from two A-levels.

We'll accept up to 20 points towards the total from Level 3 qualifications such as AS Levels (where those AS Levels are not taken on to A2 Level), the Extended Project or Music qualifications. We also accept the Access to HE Diploma. We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3.

The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to the College. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.

You will be interviewed to ensure the course is suitable for you. This will most likely be carried out via telephone or at an open day event on campus.

We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

International students will need to demonstrate the minimum IELTS score identified for this course in English and will need to have a successful interview.  Please contact the College for more information.


Course Content

Modules include: 

  • The Apprentice: Coach I
  • Assistant coach: Preparation and planning
  • Club coach: Coaching practice
  • The Apprentice: Coach II
  • Senior coach: Analysing and performance
  • Head coach: Managing the coaching environment 

How you'll learn

You'll learn through a wide range of lectures, practical work, laboratory work, hands-on experience, and work in sports centres. Our practical based approach to teaching means you will gain lots of skills you can use in your career to cement your theoretical knowledge.

Field Trips

You'll have the opportunity to go on field trips so you can put your learning into practice. Field trips in the past have included visits to a Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, a Biomechanics Lab and professional sports clubs to observe coaching in the natural environment and to look at the analysis methods used. These trips and activities will cost around £80-£100 in total. Golfers will be actively involved in the opportunities for coaching and development provided by Performance Golf at Morley Hayes golf course.  

Work placements

You'll have the chance to do work experience as part of your course by delivering coaching sessions in a further education setting. This is a great way to develop your skills and gain the experience employers are looking for. On this course you'll have a double placement module, where you can apply your practical learning to your studies. You'll get to choose the type of business in which you do your placement, to make sure you get the experience you need for your career. We have links with schools and sports clubs in the local community to develop your coaching experience and enhance your CV. Work placements are provided for students participating in the Performance Golf pathway within the golf industry.

Performance Golf Academy

Students have the opportunity to link the Performance Golf Academy to their programme of study. This is delivered through Performance Golf and is a player performance programme tailored to the individual. This Academy opportunity runs alongside your timetable of study and allows golfers to link their academic study and work placements with a comprehensive performance development package. Bespoke prices are available on application to a maximum of £3,000, dependent on player availability. For more details, visit www.performance-golf.co.uk

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed through a variety of assignments including laboratory based work, reports, presentations, coaching analysis, essays, exams and practical work. External examiners have commented on how innovative our range of assessments is.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Although it is not a prerequisite, it is helpful for students to have their own laptop/tablet to enable them to meet the required independent study demands. Practical sports attire is required in some sessions and it is expected that the student will provide their own. Students also have the opportunity to purchase a departmental uniform to wear during their coaching sessions. This is not mandatory.

In previous years, the two-day leadership and adventurous activity programme cost learners £80. This was a mandatory element of the unit content.

There are additional costs involved for students joining the Performance Golf Academy. These are available upon request and are tailored to the individual’s requirements. Prices range between £2,000 and £3,000 dependent on player availability. For more details, email admin@performance-golf.co.uk

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion of the two-year Foundation Degree programme at Derby College, you will have the opportunity to complete a final year top-up and achieve a full BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development degree.

Candidates could also consider further study within teaching - particularly primary education - or could review the opportunities available to them to set up their own coaching company. Coaches are needed at every level of sport participation. Jobs are available in schools, national governing bodies, councils and sports clubs.

This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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Having secured a full-time job as an instructor at Bakewell Swimming Pool, Katy particularly enjoys helping people to reach their goals – whether it be weight loss or training for a particular sporting event.

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