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FdSc Sports Coaching

Study in a professional sports club-style environment. Work with elite athletes as part of our Sports Academy. Benefit from our connections with major sports clubs and governing bodies.

Gain the knowledge and industry experience you need to be an effective sports coach. You’ll be supported to develop your own professional portfolio of coaching experiences, ready for your career.

The focus of this qualification is on practical learning experiences, which will give you the expertise you need to be a successful sports coach. 220 hours of work experience, which could be in a school, with a professional sports club or another setting, will boost your job prospects and help you make important industry contacts for your future career.

From day one, you’ll focus on coaching excellence and meeting industry standards and demands. In your first year different modules will give you a strong understanding of effective sports coaching. You’ll learn about sports development and sports leadership, as well as undertaking your first coaching work placement. Your second year will see you focus your studies in the direction you want to take your coaching career. You’ll complete your second placement in industry, choose modules to suit your interests and learn about industry research and innovation.  

Throughout your degree you’ll be supported to develop your own professional portfolio of coaching experiences. This means that when you graduate you’ll have something to impress employers with, as you showcase your coaching expertise and philosophy.

On successful completion of the course, you could choose to progress into employment or top-up your qualification to a full BSc honours degree through a one-year top-up qualification.

Industry opportunities

You’ll undertake 220 hours of work experience in industry during your course. This could include making the most of opportunities on campus, working with our professional teams and athletes from our Sports Academy programmes. We have great partnerships with local schools, the Football Association and the Rugby Football Union, as well as with Active Gloucestershire and Gloucester Athletics. All students can attend our annual Club Night to meet professionals from local sports clubs and explore opportunities.

This course is ideal for those who...

Enjoy getting the best out of people and want to develop their coaching knowledge and practice to the next level.


This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study.

Learning and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

Career options include working as a coach in the professional or amateur sports sectors, coaching or teaching in primary or secondary education, working in sport development roles. Graduates have recently progressed into:

  • Football Coach, Paris Saint Germain
  • Rugby coach, Play Rugby USA
  • Rowing coach, Canterbury Christchurch College
  • Head of Sport, Private School sector
  • Sport Development Lead, Young Gloucestershire
  • Performance Analyst, Gloucester Rugby
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics.

A Level | Typical offer is CC-CDD or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of one A Level preferably in a Biological Science, Sports Studies or PE subject.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a MPP-MMP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Sport at Hartpury University Centre?

Choosing Hartpury for your sport degree means studying in a unique environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional sports club with access to outstanding facilities on a 360-hectare specialist campus.

You’ll have countless opportunities to take insights from the classroom and apply them on site, working with elite athletes across Hartpury’s 10 sports academies, and to gain work and real world experience thanks to our long-standing partnerships and network of contacts with major sports clubs, organisations and governing bodies.

Every aspect of our specialist campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career, while providing exceptional opportunities to develop as an athlete and to enjoy a wide range of recreational sports and activities.

Our sport graduates will use their qualifications in many ways; using the experience they gain at Hartpury to move into jobs in sport coaching, teaching, performance, therapy, strength and conditioning, business and media throughout the UK and internationally

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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