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Course summary

Our Foundation degree in Applied Sports Coaching and Physical Education is an ideal first step into a career working within the sports coaching, development, and physical education industry. as a sports coach or specialist. The programme is designed to prepare you for future study or employment within the coaching and physical education sector, combining up-to-date theory with innovative practice and vocational experience. It will take you on a two-year journey, from discovering and exploring your own personal learning philosophy, to learning how to apply your theoretical understanding to a range of practical settings including schools, professional teams and recognised athletic institutions. Important strands in the programme include understanding human anatomy, sport and exercise psychology; and how to teach physical education, including the entire coaching cycle, from curriculum design and planning to delivering and reflecting on your practice. You will have opportunities throughout the programme to develop your professional practice in applied coaching contexts. You’ll learn key academic skills such as essay writing, presentation skills, critical thinking, independent study and researching. You will record your progress in a portfolio documenting your professional development, including reflective practice, communities of practice and the development of your professional knowledge and expertise. You will be offered learning experiences that are both varied and challenging, encouraging you to develop problem-solving skills and innovative approaches. Another strength of the programme is the range of work-related learning you will experience, both in college and university facilities and within Bristol Academy of Sport, as well as external work and industry-related contexts with local sports coaching, physical activity and local education providers and fitness providers. You will experience a range of working environments integrated into your study programme, which will enable you to work independently with individuals and groups. This Foundation degree will give you future career opportunities in sports coaching, teaching, sports development, and related fields. If you decide you want to go on to a full Bachelor’s degree, you can “top up” to our level 6 BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Conditioning and Exercise. You will be based at our new University Centre on the WISE campus in Bristol, which has superb, professional standard sports facilities, including three standard football pitches, two 4G outdoor pitches, an artificial football/rugby pitch, twelve 5-a-side pitches, a 40-station gym, weights room, Sports Science Lab and Performance Lab, an American Football Gridiron, fully licensed sports bar, sports hall and Physiotherapists. The training regime and timetable for the FdSc Applied Sports Coaching and Physical Education are designed to enable you to train and study at the same time. If you love playing sport, you could continue to play at an elite level whilst studying. Our well-structured Sports Academy programmes delivered by professional coaches providing training, strength and conditioning, sports therapy and some of the best sporting facilities in the South West of England, at our WISE campus in Bristol. To apply please copy and paste the link below into a browser and complete the application form: Part time routes are available. For more information, please email [email protected] GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES: • Sports Coach • Sports Development • Primary School Sports Specialist • Commercial Sports Role


Level 4 Modules Foundations of the Knowledge: Professional Practice The Human Body: Explore the Fundamentals and Application of Anatomy Power of the Mind: Sport and Exercise Psychology Learning to Learn: The Foundations of Pedagogy Physical Education Curriculum Design Introduction to Applied Practice Level 5 Modules Application of the Knowledge: Professional Practice and Research Applied PRACademic Skills The Evolution of Lifelong Participation: An Exploration of Physical Literacy for Life Psych-Social Influences in Physical Education and Coaching Classroom to Pitch: Learning Design The Complex Development Landscape

Assessment method

Coursework, Practical assignments and presentations

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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University Centre WISE (UCWISE)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Please submit a transcript of modules to be considered for year 2

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications. You will need to take the following English qualification as part of the Visa process: IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country and to arrange all your funding for your tuition fees and your living costs. Please follow this link for more details about your visa requirements:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. SGS welcomes interest from mature applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. If English isn't your first language you will need to undertake an IELTS qualification achieving an overall grade of 6 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent) GSCE requirements: GCSE English and Maths grade C or 4.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7995 Year 1
Channel Islands £7995 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7995 Year 1
England £7995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7995 Year 1
Scotland £7995 Year 1
Wales £7995 Year 1

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Applied Sports Coaching and Physical Education at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS