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FdSc Sports Development & Coaching

For 2017 start

Bicton College | Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Sports & Fitness

This programme has been designed with the UK Coaching Certificate guidelines at its core, so you will be engaged in the advancement of your coaching ability, while gaining the foundation degree. You will develop your knowledge of the science behind coaching, which involves modules in Human Exercise Science, Sports Psychology and Conditioning for Performance.
This programme is designed in conjunction with industry experts. It equips you with a range of skills and knowledge to allow you to find employment in a range of jobs within the sport and leisure sector, as well as the rapidly growing health and fitness industry.

During the programme you will be assessed working on real-life projects, such as coaching sport in local primary and secondary schools or developing sport and physical activity in the wider community. You may also carry out fitness testing on athletes from local sports clubs.
All lecturing staff are qualified to degree level and many to postgraduate level, as well as being involved in research and professional development in the areas of sports science and injuries, and coaching and sports psychology.
A range of additional qualifications to help make you more employable may also be available to study, alongside the programme should you choose to do so.
Cornwall College offers a wide variety of facilities; fully equipped gyms, 3G all-weather pitch, sports hall, indoor climbing wall, fitness testing facilities; Watt bike, blood lactate sampling, VO2 max and many more*. With the Cornish coastline only minutes down the road, it offers us a stunning natural environment in which to deliver session.

You are of course University of Plymouth students and have access to all they have to offer.

*campus dependant but as you will be part of the Cornwall College group you will have access to all sites and venues if required

Trips to venues, other educational providers and institutions are built into the programme where applicable. You also have the opportunity to organise your own trips.
Possible careers available with this qualification:

  • Sports Coach (local authority or freelance)
  • Sports Development Officer
  • PE Teacher

Year 1
Personal & Employability Skills Development (20 credits)
This module is designed to assist you in achieving the level of professional skills demanded by your programme and your potential employers, and also in the development of a Personal Development Plan (PDP).

Business for Sport (10 credits)
Providing you with a basic introduction to the main topics that are relevant to the running of modern day businesses.

Long Term Athlete Development (10 credits)
Designed to give a fundamental understanding of the concept of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) which has become recognised by a number of leading sports organisations and National Governing Bodies as the foremost method for developing participation in sport at all levels

Performance Analysis (10 credits)
An insight into the various ways in which sports performance can be analysed and, subsequently, developed, Particular attention will be paid to improving technical and tactical skills within the athlete.

Health Promotion (20 credits)
Giving you the background information and strategies necessary to tackle the issues of health and fitness in relation to a best practice model. This module includes the psychological issues surrounding exercise participation and adherence.

Human Exercise Science (20 credits)
In this module you will develop a detailed knowledge of the body systems during exercise. This will include energy production, expenditure and resynthesis. You will also investigate the fuelling of the performer and strategies of such fuelling.

Sports Coaching (20 credits)
Designed to give you the background information and strategies necessary to tackle the issues of health and fitness in relation to a best practice model. The module includes the psychological issues surrounding exercise participation and adherence.

Research Skills (10 credits)
This module aims to enable you to develop your understanding of the research process. It will also enable you to recognise the importance of the experimental planning and the use of research skills and investigation techniques in relation to your academic programme of study.

Year 2

Research Project (20 credits)
Within this module you will select a topic for investigation, undertake a review of the literature on the subject and carry out a detailed original investigation.

Nutrition (20 credits)
The sources, types and roles of the major constituents of foods are examined alongside nutritional disorders, optimal nutrition for sport/exercise and fitness performance.  Learners will also evaluate the physiological processes of digestion and nutrient storage.

Sport Psychology (20 credits)
Introducing the world of the sports psychologist and how they can affect the performance of grass roots to top flight sports competitors. The module provides a further insight into the most common strategies employed by the sports psychologist in order to improve physical and mental performance.

Applied Sports Development (20 credits)
This module will help you to understand event management principles. You will examine the external agencies involved with local sports development and have the opportunity to organise and run an event for the local community. You will also evaluate your performance within the group.

Advanced Sports Coaching (20 credits)
Designed to develop your coaching ability further this module includes the mentoring process and the periodisation of sessions. You will be required to create and evaluate a series of coaching practices.

Conditioning for Performance (20 credits)
This module allows you to explore a range of fitness training and testing methods which you can then formulate into a structured programme of training that meets the requirements of the athlete.

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 6C10
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.


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Course Documents

FdSc Sports Development & Coaching


Indicative Modules Year 1

- Human Exercise Science

- Business for Sport

- Health Promotion

- Sports Coaching

- Research Skills

- Personal & Employability Skills Development

- Long-term Athlete Development

- Performance Analysis

Indicative Modules Year 2

- Conditioning for Performance

- Sport Psychology

- Advanced Sports Coaching

- Nutrition

- Applied Sports Development

- Research Project

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Sports Development & Coaching

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2 years full–time

FdSc Sports Development & Coaching

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4 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

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If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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