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 just to have a passion for sport. Today’s coach also needs industry recognised qualifications and relevant work experience & professional practice. The Foundation Degree (FdA) in Sports Coaching & Physical Education, delivered by SCL and validated by De Montfort University, delivers on all of these.

Why choose this course
De Montfort University & SCL’s FdA in Sports Coaching and Physical Education is specially designed to create the next generation of professional sports coaches. This employer-designed foundation degree aligns learning outcomes with the needs of the employer in the sports and leisure sectors, as identified by one of the country's leading employers of sports coaches and children's activity professionals, SCL.

The course is made up of three core components: Academic Studies, Work Experience & Professional Practice and Vocational Studies. Throughout the programme students will receive bespoke guidance to support them through their own goals & targets giving them the best possible chance of moving onto their desired career upon completion of the course. This course is ideal for those who want to live at home during their time as a student and live within a daily commuting distance of Surrey Heath.

SCL is both an education provider and an employer of over 2,000 sports coaches and teachers which gives SCL valuable insight into what skills and experience are currently in demand when employing staff.

No other foundation degree offers you: a high quality education programme, an employer-led syllabus, delivered in partnership with De Montfort University, guaranteed work placements with SCL, excellent progression opportunities and great value for money. In addition to this SCL is paying for all their students to gain additional vocational qualifications to support their success and transition into the work place. Students will be able to achieve 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Multi Skills Development in Sport, 1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate in supporting the delivery of PE and School Sport and a Level 3 Award in Education & Training which is an initial teaching qualification to enable you to begin to teach in further education.

After the course
Students can explore the following career progression routes; stay within education and complete a third year full honours degree, then a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and go on to become a teacher. Or, on completion of the FdA, students can go into assisting the teaching of PE & school sports in further education institutions or go into community sports management roles like activity coaches within the community, a children’s holiday activity leader, self-employed sports coach etc. Finally, students may opt to complete additional, single sport coaching qualifications (available through SCL's network of partnerships with sports academies, at additional cost to the learner*) and move towards a career in performance coaching & management, for example as a coach at a professional sports club.

  • 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 & 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 consists 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

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 PPP

Please contact highereducation@wearescl.co.uk 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.