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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

64-96 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

CX61

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

FdA

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Set the pace for a successful future in sport coaching with our inspiring Foundation Degree.  

Balancing academic and work-related study, our FdA aims to meet the growing demand – regionally and nationally – for sports coaches with strong practical experience and recognised qualifications.

Fostering personal and sporting potential

Our theory-into-practice philosophy will enhance your coaching knowledge, skills and behaviours  This will provide you with the underpinning principles and practical skills needed to plan, deliver, analyse and evaluate athlete performance. By engaging with such activities you will be prepared to enhance individual and sporting potential.

Engaging opportunities

Work-related experience is included at every stage of your studies and is an essential component required to hone professional skills. This includes the chance to engage with professional environments including sports clubs and local communities. Opportunities may also be developed in the context of education. Work related experience will enable students to develop progressive coaching practices while working with ‘athletes’ of different ages and abilities.

Our students have, for instance, run Football Fun Days for children with special needs and introduced local guides and brownies to the sport of fencing. Many of these projects involve promoting teamwork, decision-making and citizenship.

Our approach to teaching and learning is innovative and challenging. For one module, our second year students took on the role of mentors and managers – planning, delivering, evaluating and reflecting upon practical and theory sessions for first year undergraduate students.

A highly experienced team

Our teaching team has a wealth of coaching experience, along with extensive contacts across the industry. They work with a range of sports professionals and organisations as consultants and advisors, which keeps their teaching up to date and relevant.

They also have strong links with professional bodies at regional and national levels, such as the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences, the Institute for Sports, Parks and Leisure and key sports governing bodies like British Cycling and The Football Association.

Such partnerships add an extra dimension to your studies, including inspirational masterclasses from experts in both participation and performance sports. Notable guests have included representatives from Chelsea, Fulham and Liverpool Football Clubs, British Cycling, Sale Sharks, Cheshire East Sport Development Unit and the English Institute of Sport.

The ideal learning environment

Our Derby campus is the perfect setting for a stimulating learning experience in sport. Our new £10.8m Sports Centre includes a main hall, fitness gym with strength and conditioning area, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a café. It complements our existing facilities such as floodlit all-weather pitches and tennis courts. 

 

A female sports player focused on the match

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What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • Assistant Coach: Preparation and Planning
  • The Apprentice....Coach
  • Club Coach: Coaching practice
  • Senior Coach: Analysing and Performance
  • The Apprentice....Coach II
  • Head Coach: Managing the Coaching Environment

How you will learn

We have a practical-based approach to teaching and you’ll learn through a range of laboratory work, lectures and practical work. There are also employment opportunities offering a chance to gain experience in a real world working environment.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of assignments, including the analysis of coaching, written essays, exams, laboratory-based work, practical work, presentations, and reports.

Work placements

You'll have the chance to undertake work placements as part of your course; this is a great way to develop your skills and gain the experience employers are looking for. You'll get to choose the type of business you do your placement in, to make sure you get the experience you need for your career.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points64-96 (up to 8 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEN/A
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

Our Foundation Degree equips you with the knowledge and skills which allow you to work in a variety of environments. Specific sport coaching knowledge and skills will prepare you for employment within local communities’ incuding working for schools, sports clubs and local authorities. In addition, knowledge and transferable skills gained will enable you to work in a variety of related disciplines.

You could also ‘top up’ your qualification to a full honours degree with just another year of study – by progressing straight to the final year of our BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development. This may, in turn, open up further career opportunities for you within professional or elite sport as well as the national governing bodies of specific sports.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: David Canham (Programme Leader) D.Canham@derby.ac.uk +44(0)1298 330693 
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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