Coaching: Sport and Fitness at Wrexham University - UCAS

Wrexham University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Wrexham University (Prifysgol Wrecsam)

Coaching: Sport and Fitness

Course summary

Why choose this course? Our FdSc sports coaching degree has been designed to offer our students a hands-on approach to learning coaching skills and approaches whilst incorporating our outstanding geographical location within North Wales. The course: -provides you with all the necessary skills and insight required to work within the sports and fitness industry -involves collaboration with external partners to help ensure you leave us with a CV bursting with number of recognised awards and qualifications -helps you to get that first foot on the employment ladder. -*is part of a subject area rated 2nd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching in the Sports Science subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.

  • leads onto the enrolment of 1-year top-up if you choose to continue, which will provide you with a full BSc (Hons) qualification.
Key Course Features:
  • The programme has additional, free of charge, integrated qualifications embedded within it: Level 2 Gym Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Hudl Sportscode - Scripting Levels 1 & 2, Leaders Awards and Level 1 qualifications in numerous sports and activities as well as basic operating qualifications.
  • The programme offers real-world opportunities to experience the workplace
  • The programme is taught by lecturers from a wide range of backgrounds who are experienced, applied practitioners (from sports coaches to analysts, psychologists, and physiologists) and researchers within the fields of sport and exercise.
Study in a British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited laboratory.
  • Field trips to explore the sport and fitness challenges within North Wales.
Cutting-edge technology including our strength & conditioning suite and human performance lab to support your understanding and enjoyment of the topics covered.
  • We have an excellent support and personal tutor system to ensure students are supported throughout their studies.
  • Collaboration with external partners ensures students can leave us with a CV bursting number of recognised awards and qualifications, helping to get that first foot on the employment ladder.
  • Our partnership with Rugby League’s Widnes Vikings will provide you with the opportunity to access real-world learning experiences within an elite sporting environment and benefit from a wealth of professional knowledge.


What you will study The FdSc degree is initially made up of a two-year study programme, with the option after the FdSc is completed to enrol on a 1-year top-up. Completion of the top-up year will provide students with a full BSc (Hons) qualification. LEVEL 4 (YEAR 1) In this year students are introduced to all the elements associated with sport and fitness. Students gain an understanding of the link from theory to practice across a range of disciplines including Coaching, Strength and Conditioning, performance analysis and aspects of psychology and physiology. You will have 36 hours of contact time per module. MODULES

  • Fitness and Conditioning for Sport (20 credits) This module aims to provide you with an overview of strength and conditioning training methods. You will also develop your knowledge and coaching skills during practical sessions.
  • Analysing Performance: Making a Difference (20 credits) This module aims to provide you with an overview of performance analysis and how the use of it can utilise time and talent more effectively.
  • Understanding the Coaching Process (20 credits) This module aims to help you understand the elements that go into making a good coach and considers how the coaching profession has been driven forward through innovative research into the discipline around how people learn and communicate.
  • Outdoor Pursuits (20 credits) This module aims to provide opportunities to experience outdoor pursuits and how they are organised and delivered.
  • Fundamental Skills in Sport (20 credits) This module aims to provide opportunities for students to assess a range of sport/fitness environments, to examine the characteristics that sport requires of its participants, regardless of level.
  • Academic Discovery within the Sports Sciences (20 credits) This module investigates qualitative and quantitative approaches to researching sport science disciplines
  • Fitness and Conditioning Methods in Practice. (20 credits) This is an applied module with embedded industry qualifications. Taking a holistic approach to fitness and conditioning, you will explore a range of training methods from the position of both participant and fitness/strength & conditioning coach.
  • Analysing Performance: Technique Impacting Tactics (20 credits) This module provides students with an opportunity to explore the use of performance analysis techniques within sport and fitness to promote tactical and planning development, through improving baseline technical qualities.
  • Becoming a Coach (20 credits) This module encourages the student to examine the pedagogical issues faced by sports/fitness coaches whilst reflecting and evaluating their own practice.
  • Delivering Outdoor Pursuits (20 credits) This module offers the experience of delivering non-traditional sports, identifying similarities and unique features that outdoor activities present.
  • Coaching Environments (20 credits) This is a negotiated module that requires the student to identify a sport of their choice. The student will then immerse themselves within the environment to understand how things operate and the systems that support this operation.
  • Academic Discovery - Building Strong Research Ideas (20 credits) This module aims to educate students on carrying out research from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective. Students will gain insight into different research methods and analyses whilst also starting to create an idea for final year dissertations should they choose to move on to Level 6.
There is an option to stay with us for an extra year to graduate with a BSc (Hons) undergraduate qualification. The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

Teaching & Assessment Teaching and Learning Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential and the introduction of our Active Learning Framework (ALF) helps deliver this commitment. Grounded in the University’s values of being accessible, supportive, innovative, and ambitious, ALF will support flexible learning that makes the best use of spaces on Campus together with digitally enabled learning opportunities designed to be accessed anytime, anywhere as appropriate. In addition, ALF embodies ways of teaching and learning that create and support a sense of belonging for students – critically important for us as a university that prides itself on being a supportive community. Incorporating everything mentioned above, our teaching will use a combination of face-to-face and online techniques. There are practical elements across all years that may include off-campus trips to environments that facilitate the learning experience. On average, students will receive 16 hours of taught content through the delivery of ALF per week. In addition, the university offers workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available. In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference. Assessment A wide range of assessment methods will be used to test your knowledge and understanding. This includes essays, portfolios, practical sessions, reports, presentations, online discussions, and case study evaluations. You will be assessed on your ability to describe, explain, and analyse sport / fitness coaching concepts. This will be achieved through the investigation of previously published research, individually collected field-based data and specialist computer software and equipment. If Level 6 study is taken, your time with us culminates in the submission of an independent Learning opportunity (dissertation project), in an area that supports your future aspirations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Wrexham University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Coaching: Sport and Fitness at Wrexham University - UCAS