Sports Coaching and Physical Education

at Riverside College

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This course will provide in depth professional theory with the opportunity to progress to employment within the Sport, Leisure and Educational industry in a wide range of roles.

The Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education is distinctive in its focus upon the applied aspects of sports teaching and coaching with 50% of Level 4 being of an applied nature covering a wide range of sport and physical education activities in preparation for placement at Level 5. The programme design has been informed by local and regional employers, support agencies and national governing bodies of Sport and aligned with QAA Higher Education benchmark statements for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism. These organisations provided valuable curriculum and delivery consultation to ensure the award incorporates the knowledge, skills and learning opportunities essential for graduates who wish to become competent and confident professional sports teachers, lecturers and coaches.

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

Course content

The Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education (FdSc) is a two-year full-time programme of study.

It aims to provide a stimulating learning environment where students will develop a sound understanding of professional, legal and ethical issues. Increasing self-awareness and personal development are also an integral part of the course.

Entry requirements

This course is awarded by Staffordshire University. You must have obtained a UCAS score of between 120 - 140 points in a subject appropriate to the course. This may include the Edexcel Level 3 (Extended)/Diploma in Sport or Health Studies, 'A' Levels in PE or Biology, or other vocationally relevant qualification such as GNVQs. Accreditation may be given for prior learning or relevant work experience for mature learners. You should also have GCSE or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English at Grade C or above.

Applicants with industry/professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis. All applicants will be interviewed.


Students graduating from the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education may be eligible to progress onto a relevant top-up degree such as the BSc (Hons) PE and Youth Sports Coaching programme which is the designated degree top-up award with Staffordshire University or the BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development.

You will also have the opportunity to progress into a wide range of sport and non-sport related careers, most commonly teaching, coaching, fitness instruction and sport development

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.



Iain Douglas - Course Leader.


For fee information, visit the Riverside College website.


To apply, visit the Riverside College website.

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