Bradford College

Sports Coaching Bradford College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Bolton


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Bradford College University Centre offers a range of sport related programmes of study, choose from; the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching, the Foundation Degree in Physical Activity, Health & Well-Being, and the Top-Up Degree in Sport & Physical Activity. The School of Sport, Physical Activity and Health offers subject specialist guidance from an experienced and qualified academic staff, excellent facilities and a commitment to the student experience and outcome. Choose the School of Sport, Physical Activity and Health, Bradford College University Centre. This course is designed to meet the demand for qualified sports coaches and development officers in the emerging job market. It has been designed in consultation with some of the industry's leading professional bodies and employers including SkillsActive, Sports Coach UK, David Lloyd Leisure, Bradford Bulls and Leeds United Football Club. The course reflects the appropriate National Occupational Standards and Key Skills for the sector and is designed to foster life-long learning. Preparing you for a successful and enjoyable future in sport whilst offering flexibility and choice are the key features of a degree at Bradford College University Centre. Whether you see yourself as a physical education teacher, sports coach or health professional we are here to help you realise your potential. The FdSc Sports Coaching programme will introduce you to a range of skills necessary for you to progress as a sports coach or P.E. teacher. You will explore the theory behind teaching and learning, the psychology of sports coaching and the pedagogy associated with the delivery of coaching and teaching sessions. The FdSc Physical Activity, Health & Well-Being programme is a great way for you to realise your aspirations of leisure management, client support and care or a move in to teaching. You will cover a range of physiological, nutritional and client based modules focusing on physical activity, leisure and healthy living. As a Foundation degree graduate in the field of sports coaching there are a number of job opportunities available to you including sports development and administration, sports coaching, teaching and instruction within a specific discipline, and sports management. Having completed your Foundation Degree you will be in a position to Top-Up your degree to a full BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity qualification and/or potential entry to a two-year Top-up programme within Initial Teacher Education. The BSc programme will allow you to further explore your interest and conduct research in to your specialism and produce a final year dissertation. Students find this to be a great experience and opportunity to explore a specific subject with sport. Studying for a sport degree at Bradford College University Centre will allow you to participate in a work based placement of your choice, examine your teaching / coaching behaviours and reach your career aspirations. The UK sports industry is a multi-million pound industry with a wide range of opportunities to develop a career in teaching, coaching and /or instruction and we want to open the door for you. We look forward to welcoming you to the School of Sport, Physical Activity and Health.

Course details


Full time study is approximately 2.5 days per week over two years. Total 240 credits. Flexible study may be available by agreement with the Course Leader. Modules covered include - Level 4: Coaching Performance; Introduction to Coaching; Psychology for Sports Coaching; Coaching Preparation; Practical Coaching Experience; Human Performance Assessment. Level 5: Refining Coaching Styles; Performance Physiology in Sports Coaching; Nutrition for Sports Performance; Research Methods Investigative Project; Psychological Interventions in Sports Coaching; Developing Sport. The work placement element takes place during both years of the course. The placements are set up with the approval of the organisation and the course tutor. The aim is for the you to gain an invaluable insight into the industry and to apply various modules of the course in a practical setting. Work experience/placement expectations: 80 hours at level 4; 120 hours at level 5.

Assessment method

Teaching and learning methods include: lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions, individual, small and large groupwork, discussions, student-centred and distance learning. Work experience is a central part of the course. Our methods include: home study, workshops, lectures, seminars, practicals and work-based learning. The Professional Development modules allow you to identify claims for prior learning and experience (APL/APEL), develop key skills and to gain some essential study skills. During the course, you will have the opportunity to attend a recruitment event for the New York Red Bulls Soccer team. A variety of assessment methods are used including reports, exams, work-based projects, case studies, home study tasks, practical coaching assessments within a teaching & learning environment and presentations. Some assessment methods are undertaken individually, others in small groups.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 36 - 64 points Tariff points from the following qualifications: GCE/VCE Advanced Level/ National Certificate/Diploma or suitable bridging course in a Sport and/or Fitness related subject; SQA Highers and Advanced Highers; Irish Leaving Certificate; Access to HE Diploma. The following qualifications are welcomed and will be taken into consideration by the Admissions Team, but may enable entry to the scheme only in conjunction with other qualifications: GNVQs/NVQs or other Level 3 vocational qualifications within the relevant QCA framework; City & Guilds qualifications at Level 3 or above; Advanced Modern Apprenticeships with Level 3 qualifications.
A level DE - DDE Sport and/or Fitness related subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP - MPP Sport and/or Fitness related subject.
Scottish Higher D - B Sport and/or Fitness related subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Grade C/4 minimum in Mathematics and English plus Physical Education or a Science based topic. Level 2 qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy accepted as equivalent.

Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer qualifications are desirable although not essential.
Non Standard applicants are not expected necessarily to have formal qualifications. Applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience (including work in a voluntary capacity) and they may be admitted to the Scheme on the basis of non-certificated experiential learning. The Scheme actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Bradford College has a well-established APEL and other credit policies with clear criteria offering both generic and specific APEL. These arrangements have been developed to meet the particular needs of foundation degree and mature students with no formal qualifications. The APEL process may facilitate fast tracking on to awards.
We require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced certificate for admission to this course.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Enhanced DBS certificate required for the Child and Adult Workforce.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,750 Year 1
Scotland £8,750 Year 1
Wales £8,750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.

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