Sport and Exercise Science

Sport Coaching

Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Leaflet Code: CR40231FT


Sports Coaching is the leading employment role in sports, with over 3 million active coaches at various levels within the UK (Careers in Sports, 2021). This ranges from community coaching and in schools to increase physical activity levels and for fun, up to elite level coaching working with international and world class athletes. Sport coaching therefore has a career pathway, whereby a sports coach can progress within industry, working for example within academies to then progress into first team coaching. This programme aims to help develop the knowledge and skills required for a career within this industry. The programme also focuses on areas surrounding the coaching role, allowing flexibility in future career development and aspirations.
As the course is sport coaching, there is more of an emphasis on practical skills and assessments. Practical units focus on the development of coaching pedagogy and applying this within sessions. The programme has links to professional football academies and schools, with potential opportunities for students to engage with these for their development.
Performance Analysis also forms part of the programme, where students are able to analyse real-match data using modern technology such as tracking devices and analysis software. Fitness testing and underpinning scientific principles are also part of the programme to help support technical and physical development. State of the art sports lab testing equipment such as Cortex Metalyser are used as part of the programme to conduct fitness testing, which is used within professional sports. Sports Policy also is included to support knowledge of the industry structure and funding streams, as well as a Sport Enterprise unit which focuses on self-employment and sport business development, as many coaches run their own coaching schools for example.

  • Openshaw Campus
  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • September 2024

Awarding Partner:

Manchester Metropolitan University

You will be taught by a team of experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the sport sector including dieticians, physiologists, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches. All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s qualifications. Our staff maintain strong links with Manchester Metropolitan University and regularly update their knowledge and skills.

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points

• Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a related subject for example Public Services, Health and Social care, A Levels etc (Contact the course tutor for further details).

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

• Applicants should possess two A levels (an A level in PE would be an advantage), or a BTEC Level 3 in a related area

• Applicants are welcome with vocational qualifications such as the Certificate/ Diploma in Personal Training alongside relevant work experience.

• Recognition of prior learning/experience will be accepted in line with University policy and procedures.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Introduction to Sport Delivery and Coaching Diverse Populations (30 credits)

Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)

Scientific Aspects of Human Performance (30 credits)

Sports Development (30 credits)

Level 4
25% practical
38% portfolio/ assignment
25% presentation
12% examination
Level 5
63% assignment
25% presentation
12% practical

All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.