Sports Coaching (with Foundation Year)

Hartpury University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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This undergraduate degree puts practical learning first to ensure that you have the skills and experience to meet industry standards. You’ll master your trade with weekly practical opportunities to coach school children and youth athletes. This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BSc qualification. You’ll focus on developing your skills, learning from real-life experiences designed to give you the expertise to be a sports coach. Our near-professional sports campus is the perfect place for you to build your expertise, ready for your career. Right from day one, you’ll focus on excellence in sports coaching and meeting industry demands. In your first year, a wide range of modules will give you a good understanding of what’s required to be a successful sports coach. Subjects such as sport and exercise psychology, and sport development and leadership, will help to prepare you for industry. Your second year will see you focus your studies in the direction you want to take your coaching career. You’ll become a coaching mentor to a first year student and have the opportunity to gain valuable experience with young athletes and/or children at primary schools. In your final year you’ll plan and deliver a 12-week coaching programme to apply everything you’ve learnt in a practical setting. Your dissertation will enable you to focus your academic learning on a specialist topic that you want to learn more about. This will strengthen your expertise in your chosen area, which you can use to strengthen your coaching practice. You’ll build a diverse portfolio of experience, which you can use to evidence your coaching expertise, experience and philosophy to employers when you graduate. We're an associate partner of CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) - our curriculum is underpinned by professional coaching standards.

Course details


You will study a range of subjects, with optional modules allowing you to tailor your degree to your own interests. Year 1 modules include Coaching and Teaching Portfolio (Theory), The Sport and Exercise Professional, Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology, Introduction to the Sport Industry, Introduction to Sport Exercise Physiology and Comparative Sports Study.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeCF00
Institution code H22
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

Our international office will support students and their families to make their way through the application process smoothly, from deciding on the course, making visa applications, the cost of tuition fees and accommodation to enrolling at the University ready to start their course. When you decide to study with us, you’ll be in good company, joining students from across the UK, the EU and around the world all studying courses in either animal, agriculture, equine or sport on our specialist campus and as an international student you are also guaranteed on-site accommodation during your first year. We are committed to continued investment and development of Hartpury University ensuring an outstanding learning environment for all international students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 - 48 points
A level EE - DD Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must include a minimum of one A Level.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Access to HE Diploma Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in an Access to Higher Education Diploma.
Scottish Higher Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of one Higher.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in an IB Diploma, to include a minimum of one Highers at H3 or above. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Standard Level S3 if equivalent GCSE's have not been obtained.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in the Irish Leaving Certificate. This must include a minimum of one Highers. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Ordinary Level.

In addition to the above Level 3 qualifications, a minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4), or equivalent, to include English Language, Mathematics and a science are required. We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications. Each application is considered on its own merits and we will consider combinations of the above mentioned qualifications or equivalent. If you don't meet our tariff points requirement we will still consider your application. In some cases we can consider students with a lower tariff providing this is combined with relevant practical experience or we may be able to offer you a place on an alternative programme. Please see our website for more details.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please look at the Course Information Sheet found on our website ( for a full breakdown of all course-related costs.

Sponsorship information

Hartpury offers a range of bursaries that can provide financial support to eligible students applying for degree courses, including: Support Bursary, Care Leavers Bursary, Full time Carers Bursary, Local Outreach Bursary, Local Bursary and Progression Bursary. For more information, please visit our website:

Sports Coaching (with Foundation Year) at Hartpury University - UCAS