Sports Coaching

Derby College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Derby
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Course summary

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This two-year course will develop your knowledge and skills for a career in sports coaching. You'll be taught by highly qualified staff who have excellent academic and practical backgrounds in coaching - from elite level England basketball coaches to grassroots local league coaches. The course will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of sports coaching in a specified context. It also allows you to analyse scientific data and convert it into coaching and training regimes. Our theory-into-practice philosophy will enhance your coaching knowledge and develop your vocational skills. You will be engaged in the process of encouraging athlete potential (whatever the level of participation) and preparing athletes for competition. Whether your sport of interest is cycling, golf, football, basketball or athletics, you can focus your studies to enhance your knowledge and develop your coaching skills. There is also a superb opportunity for golfers to link this Foundation Degree with our Performance Golf Academy which will integrate the components of personal performance development with your own coaching practice. You will be given the opportunity to work with sports clubs in the local community, and you will develop progressive practices and coach specific skills that will help you prepare athletes at all levels for competitive environments. This unique blend of knowledge and skills is an integral part of the programme and opportunities around sports coaching at all levels will be incorporated into your studies, including working at elite levels. The course will serve as an advanced coaching programme for you if you wish to undertake coaching opportunities with sports clubs and National Governing Bodies. The programme is delivered at the Broomfield Hall Campus and includes approximately three days a week contact time to allow time for independent study and coaching placements. The programme will run with a minimum of eight students. In 2016-17 we enrolled 11 students on this programme. This course is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by the University of Derby.

Course details


Modules include: •Coaching and Skill Acquisition •Introduction to Sport Psychology •Fundamentals of Human Performance •Sports Coaching: Work-based Project •Sports Coaching and Leadership •Research and Academic Skills •Sports Performance Analysis •Principles and Practices of Training •Community Sport and Physical Activity Development •Sports Coaching: Work-based Management and Leadership •The Learning Coach: The Learning Approach •Research Methods These modules are offered subject to programme revalidation for September 2017. How you'll learn You'll learn through a wide range of lectures, practical work, laboratory work, hands-on experience, and work in sports centres. Our practical based approach to teaching means you will gain lots of skills you can use in your career to cement your theoretical knowledge. Fieldtrips You'll have the opportunity to go on fieldtrips so you can put your learning into practice. Fieldtrips in the past have included visits to a Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, a Biomechanics Lab and professional sports clubs to observe coaching in the natural environment and to look at the analysis methods used. These trips and activities will cost around £80-£100 in total. Golfers will be actively involved in the opportunities for coaching and development provided by Performance Golf at Morley Hayes golf course. Work placements You'll have the chance to do work experience as part of your course by delivering coaching sessions in a further education setting. This is a great way to develop your skills and gain the experience employers are looking for. On this course you'll have a double placement module, where you can apply your practical learning to your studies. You'll get to choose the type of business in which you do your placement, to make sure you get the experience you need for your career. We have links with schools and sports clubs in the local community to develop your coaching experience and enhance your CV. Work placements are provided for students participating in the Performance Golf pathway within the golf industry. Performance Golf Academy Students have the opportunity to link the Performance Golf Academy to their programme of study. This is delivered through Performance Golf and is a player performance programme tailored to the individual. This Academy opportunity runs alongside your timetable of study and allows golfers to link their academic study and work placements with a comprehensive performance development package. Bespoke prices are available on application to a maximum of £3,000, dependent on player availability. For more details, visit

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a variety of assignments including laboratory based work, reports, presentations, coaching analysis, essays, exams and practical work. External examiners have commented on how innovative our range of assessments is.

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 codeC610
Institution code D38
Campus nameBroomfield Hall
Campus codeB

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff You will need: •64 UCAS points •GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above 64 points equates to MPP on a Level 3 Extended Diploma or MM on a Level 3 Diploma. You will require DDE on three A-levels or CC from two A-levels. We'll accept up to 20 points towards the total from Level 3 qualifications such as AS Levels (where those AS Levels are not taken on to A2 Level), the Extended Project or Music qualifications. We also accept the Access to HE Diploma. We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to the College. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team. You will be interviewed to ensure the course is suitable for you. This will most likely be carried out via telephone or at an open day event on campus. We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience. International students will need to demonstrate the minimum IELTS score identified for this course in English and will need to have a successful interview. Please contact the College for more information.

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6250 Year 1
England £6250 Year 1
Scotland £6250 Year 1
Wales £6250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6250 Year 1
EU £6250 Year 1
International £12000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to amendment
Sports Coaching at Derby College - UCAS