Hartpury College

Sports Coaching



Course Overview

The 2006-2016 UK action plan for coaching strives to make the UK coaching system the envy of the world. At Hartpury, our Sports Coaching degree supports this by providing you with the skills and understanding required of professional sports coaches whilst allowing you to specialise in a choice of disciplines suited to your own strengths and interests. Certainly, whilst this is a course for aspiring coaches, it also includes aspects of sports training and testing, sport development and sport psychology, making it a suitable choice for students interested in pursuing careers in those areas of the industry.

Our students will have access to a wide range of excellent sporting facilities including our sports rehabilitation suite, cross-training gym, spa baths, physiotherapy room, 3G sports pitches and Human Performance Laboratory. Students also have access to The Sports Academy Centre – a facility designed as an elite training environment which supports the programmes of Gloucester Rugby Club, Cheltenham Town FC and all seven of Hartpury’s sports academies. These facilities will not only enhance your academic studies but provide you with valuable experience ahead of a successful career in coaching.

This Foundation degree is a vocationally-focused programme that enables you to engage in work-based learning throughout the two years. Upon successful completion, students can apply to the BSc (Hons) which will take an additional one to two years of study.

The programme can be completed full time in two years; part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager.

To help you make the most of your degree at Hartpury we have decided to provide professional related accreditation for exceptional students starting at Hartpury this September.  Having a DBS check is mandatory before you can undertake your school placement. Hartpury will facilitate and pay for your DBS check prior to your placement taking place.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 

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Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

One A2 to include a biological science/PE/Sports Studies subject

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

MPP in Science subject

International Baccalaureate

24 Points




For the most up to date information on your programme, you can find your course information sheet here

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07 Jan 2017 University Open Day Saturday 7th January 2017

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In Brief


2 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

The fees you pay at registration will cover the costs associated with the learning outcomes of the programme.  Compulsory work placements will often require a Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) check which is to be paid by the student or placement provider. There are a number of opportunities to enhance your programme experience and employability through nationally recognised qualifications and Continual Professional Development events. The College aims to keep any additional costs to the minimum and will frequently support student in accessing funding routes for these optional activities where possible.

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 entry now.  Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22.

If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1452 702244 or email admissions@hartpury.ac.uk  to request a part-time university application form.

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    • Sport Coaching (Work Placement)
    • Sport Development & Leadership
    • Sport & Exercise Psychology
    • Skill Acquisition
    • Sport Coaching (Work Placement)
    • Sport Leadership
    • Coaching Pedagogy
    • Coaching Children

Career Opportunities

Graduate Profile: Jason Poole,  Performance Coach, Oxstalls Tennis Centre.

What I do

I work full-time at Oxstalls Tennis Centre in Gloucester as a performance coach.  Before I came to Hartpury I was a keen tennis player. I knew I wouldn’t make it as a player, but giving others the opportunity through coaching is exactly what I wanted to do.   Oxstalls has recently been made a ‘Performance Centre’ by the Lawn Tennis Association (the national governing body) and my role here is working with the under-10’s.

I enjoy coaching the younger age groups. I love getting on court and seeing the reactions of players as they develop their skills.  It’s great to be in an environment where everyone cares about what they do.

Why I chose Hartpury

I chose Hartpury College as it had good links with the Oxstalls Tennis Centre and I liked that it was a sports campus.  Having the passion for so many different sports in one place was a key factor.

In my first year at Hartpury I started doing voluntary work at Oxstalls on a Wednesday and Saturday, first as a Level 1 coach and I then progressing up to Level 2. Because I was at Hartpury I was able to work at Oxstalls every year and work my way up to the role I have today. It was fantastic to have the facilities and coaches right on my door step. My university experience was fantastic. You develop really strong relationships with the lecturers, people like Dean Clark.  His enthusiasm as a coach and lecturer was very inspiring. The academic staff really supported me, particularly with my dissertation.  Being in a sports environment all the time allowed me to develop for the future.

The Future

I see my job as an opportunity to give something back – getting the kids the inspired in the same way that I was.   I want to develop my coaching career and I definitely see myself working in a high performance centre. My next step is to take my level 4 coaching qualification and I am also working towards a PhD

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