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FdSc Sport Performance and 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.

Join an industry focused and hands-on sports degree. Explore a range of subjects including sport and exercise psychology, sports coaching and exercise physiology. Think creatively and examine new concepts in the world of performance sport.

This programme balances practical experience in industry with academic study to give you the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. You’ll develop expertise in sports leadership, science and coaching to prepare you for the competitive sports industry.

You’ll learn with industry-standard facilities and have opportunities to work with athletes and teams from our Sports Academies. Your first year will provide you with a thorough understanding of the sporting industry. Specialist modules on topics such as exercise psychology, sports coaching and exercise physiology will give you insights into a range of areas, after which you can tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals.

In your first year, specialist modules on sport psychology, sports coaching and exercise physiology, for example, will give you insights into different areas, after which you can tailor your studies.

Across both years you’ll complete over 220 hours of experience in industry. This will give you insights into different career pathways as well as valuable experience for your CV. On completion of the degree you should be ready to move into employment or top-up your qualification to a full BSc (Hons) degree, by progressing onto one of our one-year level 6 programmes.

Industry opportunities

You’ll complete 220 hours of industry experience, to ensure you’re ready for your next step. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our Sports Academy athletes and teams on campus. Our students take on coaching and development roles within a range of sports organisations across the UK. From professional and amateur sports clubs to schools and colleges, you could be applying your skills in industry to make a difference. These are just a few of the opportunities you’ll have at Hartpury.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are passionate about sport and want to undertake an industry-focused qualification before progressing into employment or further study.


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.

Graduate destinations

Our sport graduates work in a range of sport, exercise, health and wellbeing areas at both performance, school and community sports sectors. Studying sport also develops the skills needed for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Talent Identification Scout, Huddersfield Football Club
  • Professional Footballer, Östersunds FK
  • Performance Analyst, Birmingham FC
  • Football and Futsal Coach, Bristol Rovers FC
  • Assistant Housemaster and Sports Coach, Royal Hospital School
  • Cover Supervisor, Marlborough Church of England School
  • Sport Development Lead, Young Gloucestershire
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

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?

Our students go on to change the lives of professional athletes, as well as the people involved in community and school sports. They also graduate with valuable skills to succeed in a range of different careers.

You'll learn from lecturers who are also experienced industry professionals. Many have even been at the top their game in their specialist sporting areas. Find your Hartpury sports degree.

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre.

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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