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Level: 5

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Weeks: 30

Hours: 15.00

Start: 13/09/2021

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Tuition (£): 6500.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

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.

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 2020-21 we enrolled 12 students on this programme. 

This course is regulated by the OfS and the qualification is 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: 

Year 1

  • The Apprentice: Understanding your coaching profile
  • Assistant Coach: Preparation and planning
  • Club Coach: Coaching practice

Year 2

  • The Apprentice: Developing your coaching profile
  • 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.

The course design allows students to pick themes of interest to them, allowing those topics to be the basis of their assessments. This makes the course specific to them and their career pathway.

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.

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.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed through a variety of assignments including laboratory based work, reports, presentations, coaching analysis, essays and practical work. There are no formal exams set for this qualification. External examiners have commented on how innovative our range of assessments is.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Course fees are £6500 per year.

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.


What can I do after this course?

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

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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Apprenticeship leads to leisure centre personal trainer job for Jess

As someone who has always been sporty, working as a personal trainer at Matlock’s Arc Leisure Centre is the ideal job for 18-year-old Jess Guest. Jess, who first worked at Arc on a casual basis, has been taken on full-time after completing a leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council.
While an apprentice, she gained her level two personal training qualifications with Derby College and she is currently working towards level three. Jess, who is from Morton, took PE at GCSE and has been involved in competitive sport since a young age. She used to swim for City Of Derby Swimming Club and trained with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who is also a former Derby College student. As part of her apprenticeship,
Jess gained experience across a range of areas including lifeguarding, swimming teaching and Reception, as well as fitness instruction. In her role as personal trainer, she now helps people to achieve their fitness goals, as well as showing them healthy new ways to shed excess pounds and build muscle tone. Since taking up her full-time role Jess has introduced Pound – a cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks.
Arc is among only a handful of centres to offer Pound in Derbyshire and Jess’s classes are very popular. Working with people of all ages and abilities, she teaches a whole range of activities, including swimming and aerobics. Jess said Derby College had been very supportive throughout her apprenticeship and beyond it.


Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. Working hours vary in this job and I work shifts and weekends.



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