FdA Sports Coaching and Physical Education De Montfort University


The world of sports coaching is ever-evolving and with it, the evolution of the sports coaching professional. No longer is it enough to simply have a passion for sport. Today’s coach also needs industry recognised qualifications and relevant experience.
The Foundation Degree (FdA) in Sports Coaching with Physical Education, delivered by SCL and validated by De Montfort University, delivers on all of these.

Why choose this course
De Montfort University and SCL’s FdA in Sports Coaching with Physical Education is specially designed to create the next generation of professional sports coaches.
This employer-led foundation degree aligns learning outcomes with the needs of sport and leisure employers, as identified by one of the country's leading employers of sports coaches and children's activity professionals, SCL.
SCL is both an education provider and an employer of over 2,000 sports coaches and teachers, providing them with an invaluable insight into the skills and experience required when recruiting staff into the sector.

The course is made up of three core components:

Academic Studies
Work Experience
Vocational Studies

SCL provide opportunities for all students to gain additional vocational qualifications to support their success and transition into the workplace. Students can achieve:

1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Multi Skills Development in Sport
1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate in supporting the delivery of PE and School Sport
Level 3 Award in Education and Training

No other foundation degree offers you a high quality education programme, combined with an employer-led syllabus, guaranteed work placements with SCL and excellent progression opportunities at great value for money.
The course is ideal for those wanting to live at home during their time as a student, within a daily commuting distance of Surrey Heath.

After the course
Upon successful completion of the course, students can:

Complete a third year full honours degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) before progressing to teaching.
Assist with the teaching of PE and school sports in further education institutions, or go into community sports management roles such as; activity coaches within the community, children’s holiday activity leader, self-employed sports coach etc.
Complete additional sports coaching qualifications (available through SCL's network of partnerships with sports academies, at additional cost to the learner) and progress into a career in coaching & management, i.e. as a coach at a professional sports club.

The course is located at Tomlinscote Vocational Centre in Surrey

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Study mode


  • Location

    SCL Education Group

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


In Year 1, students can expect their course to comprise of the following academic modules:
Anatomy & Physiology, Coaching, Teaching & Learning, Acquisition of Skill, Fundamentals of Sports Coaching, Initial Research Project, Sports Development, Fitness & Fitness Testing and Fundamentals of Physical Education.
This is alongside in-the-field work experience and the additional opportunity to achieve a Level 3 certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education & School Sport, available to all students, delivered by SCL at no extra cost.

Year 2 is similarly structured. Students’ academic studies will consist of:
Practical Research Project, Sports Psychology for Coaches, Nutrition for Sports & Exercise, Management & Organisation of Sport, Sport in Society, Health & Wellbeing and Curriculum & Course Development.
This is aligned to further work experience and the additional opportunity to achieve a Level 2 certificate in Multi-Skills Development in Sport and a Level 3 award in Education & Training, available to all students, delivered by SCL at no extra cost.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2018.

If you already have a 2018 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

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

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C610
Institution code D26
Campus name SCL Education Group
Campus code T

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
A level 48 UCAS tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP

Please contact for further information

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records check (DBS)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

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