Sports Coaching with Performance Sport with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

This course includes an additional year as a foundation year. This begins at the start of the course and will help prepare you for full time undergraduate study. The foundation year is intended for those who didn't meet the entry requirements for the course or want to take an additional year to prepare for study. At the end you will still receive the BSc award. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? By studying this course with us, you’ll have the opportunity to look at athlete development and analysis when spending time in our state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory. As well as the degree qualification, you’ll also have the opportunity to take UKCC coaching certifications and Sports Coach UK awards. Here at BNU, we always encourage our students to get as much industry experience as possible. Our strong links with industry partners will enable you to seek volunteering and paid work opportunities. This, along with our practical approach to the course, will give you a deeper understanding of the professional environment and type of career that awaits you beyond graduation. We also pride ourselves on the amazing opportunities we offer our students to start forming their own networks within industry. This means not only will you have access to first-hand accounts from those on the ‘front-line’ while you study, but you’ll also make priceless connections for when the time comes to jump into your first job. We work with some incredible partners like the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey which is home to several governing bodies in sport, Leap (County Sports Partnership), Stoke Mandeville Hospital (the famous birthplace of the Paralympics), Reading Ladies Football Club and the National League basketball team, London United, to name just a few. What will I study? Our pathway combines both a theoretical and practical approach to teaching to suit your needs and objectives. We will learn how to engage with the community sport and coaching industries in a variety of capacities both in the community and in the teaching environment. This pathway introduces focus on the PE curriculum and pedagogies, which will offer a route towards Qualified Teacher Status via a full-time Postgraduate Certificate of Education or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training. Career prospects Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more. Many of our graduates go on to have careers as a PE Teacher, work in education or sports coaching and contribute greatly to society using the skills they gained on this pathway. Some students also enter community work or pursue other sports-related careers after graduation, and your career prospects are exciting. Our pathway will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • sports coach
  • teaching
  • sports teacher
  • nutritionist
  • sports management
  • marketing
  • corporate position within sport
You can also choose to study for a postgraduate pathway, such as our MSc Sports Performance. In addition, our programme is structured in such a way that you will gain core skills that are transferable to a wide range of different teaching careers.


Foundation Year Core Human Behaviour Research Matters Human Science – Dissecting the details Human Communication Exploring Intersections Knowledge Unleashed Year one Core Introduction to Coaching Introduction to Research in Sport Sport in Society Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology Human Systems and Movement Opportunity Modules 2x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Coaching and Pedagogy in Practice Inclusive Practice in Sport and Physical Activity Performance Analysis Research Methods Performance Monitoring and Testing Approaches to Applied Sport and Performance Psychology Year three Core Coaching Leadership Extended Independent Work (40 credits) Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education (20 credits) Training, Recovery & Nutrition in Sports Performance Option Modules Skills Acquisition Skills in Leadership, Enterprise and Small Business

Assessment method

Our pathway combines both a theoretical and practical approach to teaching to suit your needs and learning objectives. We will learn how to engage with the community sport and coaching industries in a variety of capacities both at the elite performance level and the teaching environment. The programme focuses on the operational challenges facing the sport industry with the aim to develop you into someone who engages with individuals, communities and organisations to promote participation opportunities, develop athletes, and contribute to the betterment of people’s lives through sport. Assessment tasks are used as far as possible to link theory with practice, assessing knowledge and understanding alongside subject-specific skills as your modules are completed. Team working is incorporated into the pathway to help you engage in more complex projects, getting you familiar with how you’ll work with colleagues in your future career. Assessments are often coursework based but some modules are also assessed in the following ways: essays reports case study analysis presentations reflective writing and portfolios team projects lab sessions production and delivery of coaching plans

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Sponsorship information

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Sports Coaching with Performance Sport with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS