Sports Coaching and Physical Education

at Burton and South Derbyshire College

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Burton and South Derbyshire College
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Based at Burton College, you will utilise a range of sporting facilities and activities and will examine sport, teaching and coaching from both an academic and practical perspective.

On this course you will learn via units including – Teaching and Coaching PE (Curriculum Activities and Invasion Games), Skill Acquisition, Physiology, Biomechanics and Nutrition, Research Skills, Sport Psychology, and Youth Sport theory, practice and placement. You will plan and deliver a range of teaching and coaching sessions, examine curriculum, analyse performance and skill learning and develop the academic and employability skills needed in this varied and competitive field. You will be involved with college team sport and enrichment and will work with organisations such as Shrewsbury Football Club.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: FdSc Sports Coaching and Physical Education

Course content

This two year programme runs as a Foundation Degree at level four and five and also offers the opportunity to progress directly into level 6 at degree level within the University. The main focus of the course is around the teaching and coaching of sport and related science and theories required to do so.

The course has been devised from well established and recognised units surrounding the coaching and teaching of a wide range of sports and activities. You will learn both the theoretical and practical sides of sports coaching, teaching and related sports science including psychology, skill learning, and physiology. The Foundation Degree is designed to be vocational, giving you real-life experience and involving you in the sports industry

Entry requirements

Experience and related qualifications in sport is preferred, but we welcome applications from a range of backgrounds with a range of experience, knowledge and qualifications. Applicants are individually assessed. However, typically an offer would also be based around the attainment of 80 UCAS points.


Upon successful completion of the Foundation degree you can choose to progress directly into level 6 at Staffordshire University to top-up to a full degree. Alternatively, the Foundation Degree will have prepared you for working within the sports industry as a whole and gives you the foundations from which to launch your coaching or teaching career in sport.

Teaching and assessment


We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


Leanne Roe - Course Leader

Year 1

22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

16% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
84% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

5% practical assessments
64% coursework
31% written exams

Year 2

25% practical assessments
62% coursework
13% written exams


UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.


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