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FdA in Sports Coaching and Physical Education with SCL

2 Years
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The world of sports coaching is ever-evolving and with it the evolution of the sports coaching professional. No longer is it enough just to have a passion for sport. Today's coach also needs industry recognised qualifications and relevant work experience & professional practice. The Foundation Degree (FdA) in Sports Coaching & Physical Education, delivered by SCL and validated by De Montfort University, delivers on all of these.
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Why study this course

De Montfort University and SCL's FdA in Sports Coaching and Physical Education is specially designed to create the next generation of professional sports coaches. This brand new, employer-led foundation degree aligns learning outcomes with the needs of the employer in the sports and leisure sectors as identified by one of the country's leading sports coaches and children's activity professionals, SCL. The course is made up of three core components: Academic Studies, Work Experience & Professional Practice and Vocational Studies. Throughout the programme students will receive bespoke guidance to support them through their own goals & targets giving the best possible chance of moving into their desired career upon completion of the course. This course is ideal for those who want to live at home during their time as a student and live within daily commuting distance of Surrey Heath.


Tomlinscote Vocational Centre

Tomlinscote Way



GU16 8PY

United Kingdom

Who’s this course for?

This course is for highly motivated, passionate and dedicated students with the desire to work as sports coaches, instructors or physical education teachers, who also want to be able to continue with their own sports development in tandem with their academic and vocational study.

Modular structure

In Year 1 the course will comprise the following academic modules: Anatomy & Physiology, Coaching, Teaching & Learning, Acquisition of Skill, Fundamentals of Sports Coaching, Initial Research Project, Sports Development, Fitness & Fitness Testing & Fundamentals of Physical Education. This is alongside in the field work experience and achieving a Level 3 certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education & School Sport. Year 2 is similarly structured. Academic studies consists of: Practical Research Project, Sports Psychology for Coaches, Nutrition for Sports & Exercise, Management & Organisation of Sport, Sport in Society, Health & Wellbeing and Curriculum & Course Development. This is aligned to further work experience and the opportunity to achieve a Level 2 certificate in Multi-Skills Development in Sport and a Level 3 award in Education & Training.

Equipment needed

Students will need to have full personal sports kit, appropriate to their sport of choice, for use when coaching/teaching in the work place. Students will also need to travel to and from their work placement so will need to budget for this. Further details can be obtained from SLC via the Programme Handbook.

Skills and experience gained

The course develops technical knowledge and skill, awareness of context and experience of the workplace. Key areas of study include the principles of teaching and learning, coaching (including sports psychology) and physical education, including curriculum/programme design. Other modules explore the acquisition of skill, the factors which impact on physical and athletic development, the nature of fitness and fitness testing (to inform the development of fitness programmes), as well as looking in depth at personal health and wellbeing and nutrition. A wider context is explored through analysis of how sport affects society, at micro- and at policy-making levels, how athletes and teams are managed, and the role of sports development on developing a healthier nation. A huge emphasis is placed on learning in the workplace. In nearly twenty years, SCL has trained over 15,000 sports coaches and has direct links with over a hundred employers, sports clubs and academies nationwide, including Premier League football clubs and Premiership rugby clubs. These partnerships mean SCL is able to offer students relevant and meaningful work experience throughout their time on the course. Academically, the larger research module is specifically linked to direct experience of professional roles relevant to students’ individual goals. Students analyse key factors which influence those roles and how those factors impact on themselves, on education and training in sport, the sports industry and on society more broadly, whilst gaining first hand experience of work in an area directly relevant to their own career aims.

After the course

Students can explore the following career progression routes; stay within education and complete a third year full honours degree, then a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and go on to become a teacher. Or, on completion of the FdA, students can go into assisting the teaching of PE & school sports in further education institutions or go into community sports management roles like activity coaches within the community, a children’s holiday activity leader, self-employed sports coach etc. Finally, students may opt to complete additional, single sport coaching qualifications (available through SCL's network of partnerships with sports academies, at additional cost to the learner*) and move towards a career in performance coaching & management, for example as a coach at a professional sports club. *Cost varies. Details available from SCL Education & Training Ltd
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