FdSc Sport, Physical Education and Coaching

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On this 2-year Foundation Degree you will study a range of modules covering different sport, physical education, exercise, coaching and health related topics.

The programme has a focus on physical education and sports coaching to support lifelong learning and development. The programme recognises the synergy between the disciplines of physical education and sports coaching by providing a variety of exciting and creative learning opportunities for learners to gain knowledge and experience of how they complement one another in practice.

You will study a range of modules covering different themes related to physical education and sport coaching. - For example, pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning, understanding the athlete, performance assessment and reflection. Throughout the programme you will be given the opportunity to research your chosen areas of interest relating to physical education and sport coaching.

During the second year of the programme a work-based placement opportunity will be incorporated in to one of the modules and will be linked to assessment. The work-based placement will give the students the opportunity to experience a real working environment related to their studies (physical education and sport coaching) and to enable them to develop a range of skills required within their chosen field. This will include communication, organisation, time management teamwork and collaboration within an authentic work setting.
Once you’ve successfully completed the degree you’ll have a clear understanding of the industry, relevant practical skills, as well as the academic understanding that will allow you to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Health Sciences (Top Up), or into employment.

What will I study?

Level 4 – Year 1 (Certificate Stage)
In your first year, you will build a solid base of practical skills and theory, which will help underpin all your studies.


  • Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise 1
  • Principles of Teaching and Coaching
  • Understanding Sporting Performance
  • Practical Skill Development for Sport Coaching and Physical Education

Level 5 – Year 2 (Foundation Degree Stage)
In your second year, you will expand your knowledge and skills, ensuring that you are ready to enter employment or continue to a third year top up.


  • Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise 2
  • Physical Education and the School Sport Curriculum
  • Applied Teaching and Coaching
  • Research and Project Development 


How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods, including individual and group work will be a key feature of the programme. The selected assessment methods will be appropriate to the demands of each module and will allow the students to demonstrate their abilities in different ways. An essential part of the programme is the integration of assessments which are grounded in real life experience and industry expectations.

Learners can expect to be assessed utilising Essays, Presentations (in a variety of formats), Literature reviews, Reports, Group projects, Examinations and Practical assessments.

How will the course be delivered?

The teaching and learning methods on the programme will allow the students to encounter and practice the range of different ways of studying such as independent research, group projects and using appropriate resources. All approaches will relate to those commonly used within the sport, coaching and teaching. This will include new technologies such as health and fitness apps, wearable technology (GPS and heart rate monitors) and video analyse software.

Modules will be designed to embed key themes which link and develop to synthesise learning experiences in a connected and applied way.
The teaching and learning approach for the programme will focus on student-centred lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions.

Students are encouraged to engage in reflective practice throughout their programmes. Supported by relevant academic literature on reflective learning, students are guided towards appropriate techniques in reflective learning during one to one tutorials and within relevant lectures.

Students should expect to be in classes at least two days a week, with the remainder of their time split between professional practice, and working on their own assignments.

Entry requirements

Standard offer
Standard entry requirement for the degree will be 48 UCAS points from Advanced Level studies, Access to HE or other relevant Level 3 qualification.

Non-standard offer
The TEC Partnership will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work (entry assignment) and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (RPcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (RPeL) - refer to East Riding College Admissions Policy.

What next?

Students progressing from this foundation degree are likely to become employed in roles such as:

Physical Education (PE) Teaching

  • Sports Coaching (including independent support roles such as; performance analyst, nutritionist, physiologist or strength and conditioning)
  • Sport Development officers
  • Physical Activity and Health Promotion

Past students that have completed the existing foundation degree have gone on to gain the following employment within the sport, exercise and health industry:
NHS Health Trainer (Top Up completed at East Riding College)
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Community Sports Coach - Healthy Lifestyle
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Duty Manager Beverley Leisure Centre (Top Up completed at East Riding College)
Sports Lecturer at Selby College (Top Up completed at Doncaster College and University Centre and PGCE completed at Selby College)
Sports Lecturer at East Riding College (Top Up completed at Doncaster College and University Centre and PGCE completed at East Riding College)
Assistant Manager at Rock Fitness Goole

Additional information

The course information above is for guidance and is subject to change. Please check the college’s website or speak to a Programme Leader for the approved course content.

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