Female coaching womens futsal team in hartpury sports hall
BSc (Hons)

Sports Coaching (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: CF00

Typical offer: 32-48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent

Duration: 4 years full-time

Awarding body: Hartpury University

Accreditation: CIMSPA

Apply for this course here: https://www.hartpury.ac.uk/university/courses/undergraduate/bsc-hons-sports-coaching-with-foundation-year/bsc-hons-sports-coaching-with-foundation-year-2022/


Course overview

Master your trade as a sports coach. Put practical learning first, developing your own coaching style through regular opportunities with school children, and young athletes, as well as performance sports men and women on campus.

We are a partner of CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity). That means, everything you’ll learn is taught in line with nationally recognised coaching standards. Graduate industry-ready with the skills you need to be a successful coach.

This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BSc Sports Coaching qualification.

Throughout your degree you’ll be encouraged to gain real-world experience. Build a diverse portfolio that you can use to evidence your coaching expertise, experience and philosophy to employers when you graduate.

We’ve got strong links across the sports industry, including with the Football Association and the Rugby Football Union, giving you access to a wide range of coaching opportunities.

With 10 sports academies on site, you won’t be short of opportunities to put what you’re learning into practice. You could also find yourself gaining experience with local sports clubs, and physical activity organisations.

We’ll support you to discover and progress your own coaching philosophy and style. A diverse range of modules will introduce you to differing coaching theories, concepts and practices, aimed at giving you a personal skillset to become an accomplished coach.


As a partner of CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity), our curriculum is underpinned by professional coaching standards.

How to Apply Contact us: +44 (0)1452 702244

What you'll study

What you'll study

This course covers a broad range of fundamental sports topics through core modules, from teaching and coaching, to sports science, and psychology. In addition to these core topics, you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from, allowing you to specialise to suit your interests and career goals.

Level three foundation year (year one)

Your foundation year will provide you with the foundation knowledge and skills in sport, academic skills and general science.

Compulsory modules

Gain key skills, including understanding the scientific method, teamwork, research, and effective time management.

Develop skills ready for level 4 study through an internship at Hartpury, linked to your.

Develop an understanding and knowledge of literature reviews.

Cover fundamental biological aspects, including how organisms function and operate for survival and performance.

An introduction to central human anatomy and physiology, its adaption to sport training, and factors that impact the performance of athletes.

Optional modules

There are no optional modules during this year. Your learning is focused on compulsory modules to ensure you have a thorough understanding of key topics to prepare you for module choices in your subsequent years.

Level four (year two)

Your first year will focus on introducing you to a broad range of topics, providing you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to begin developing your own coaching identity. Alongside your core coaching module, you’ll study physiology, psychology, and sociology topics, as well as developing your academic and professional skills.

Compulsory modules

Apply coaching theory to evaluate your own abilities, illustrating your personal development.

Learn academic and research skills through work with other sports science disciplines.

Understand athlete behaviour through key theories in sport exercise psychology.

Investigate how participation is influenced by the structure, leadership and organisation of sport.

This module covers the biological systems used during exercise.

Study how historical and political influences have shaped practices in a chosen sport.

Optional modules

There are no optional modules during this year. Your learning is focused on compulsory modules to ensure you have a thorough understanding of key topics to prepare you for module choices in your subsequent years.

Level five (year three)

Alongside your core coaching and academic skills modules, in your second year, you’ll start to choose your own path with a choice of optional modules. You could focus on sports business management, sports science, health topics, inclusion, and youth development.


This module focuses on developing learning strategies and evaluating your ability to educate others.

Use study methods and theories of practice to identify their appropriateness for coaching children.

Understand how multidisciplinary teams work together in sport and exercise. An introduction to research methods and analysis required for future projects.

Optional modules

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands.

Recent modules have included leadership and sports theories. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study. 

Level six (year four)

Your final year allows you to concentrate the topics that interest you most and will support you best in your future career. One module is dissertation, a substantial research project that enables you to experience being responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on a specialist topic. In addition, you’ll be exposed to contemporary challenges in the subject area, as well as gaining an insight into where current research and coaching practice is focusing.

Compulsory modules

Independent research and analysis in a related area of your choice.

Critically reflect on your coaching abilities and how you’ve developed throughout the programme.

Evaluate the leadership and management of sport science support within the performance environment.

Optional modules

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands.

Recent subjects have included performance, inclusivity, and contemporary issues in sport. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study. 

Please visit our document library for more module information.

Further module information

How you'll study

How you'll study

We're committed to supporting you to fulfil your unique potential, which is why you'll receive a minimum of 15 hours of scheduled teaching time per week in your first year - this is 25% above the UK average.

Your support network

You'll benefit from a strong support network from day one to be the best you can be. This will range from your personal tutor and specialist academic support team (our Achievement and Success Centre) to dedicated wellbeing and employability (Innovation, Careers and Enterprise) centres.

Your learning experiences

You'll experience a range of teaching methods to strengthen your digestion of topics, including lectures, workshops and practical sessions, as well as supported work placement learning as part of many courses.

Your career

Each year of your course will be made up of two semesters, within which you’ll study compulsory and optional modules on different industry-focused topics, enabling you to develop your own unique portfolio of knowledge, skills and experience, ready for your career. The course is taught in English.

Further details

You’ll have your own personal tutor while you’re here who will support you to succeed in your studies. You’ll also have access to our academic and wellbeing support teams who run regular workshops and one-to-one sessions on campus and online.

Alongside this, we have a comprehensive bank of online study skills resources to help you make the most of your qualification.

On successful completion of your modules you’ll gain academic credit that accumulates towards your award. The marks you gain in your second and third years may contribute towards your final degree classification.

The modules contain a mixture of scheduled learning – lectures, workshops and practical sessions – alongside independent learning. Students are expected to dedicate at least two to three hours of independent study per contact hour. Your course may also include work placement learning as part of some modules.

The Foundation Year includes an internship using Hartpury’s on-site facilities and industry links.

YearContact learningIndependent learningPlacement  learning
Level three (year one)30%70%0%
Level four (year two)30%70%0%
Level five (year three)24%76%0%
Level six (year four)18%82%0%

You’ll receive a minimum of 15 hours scheduled contact time per week in your first year. In subsequent years, scheduled contact will vary depending on the modules you select but is typically around 12 hours per week.

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and written assignments. 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. Feedback will be given on-line (electronic and oral), and in some cases face-to-face.

YearWritten examPractical examCoursework
Level three (year one)16%40%44%
Level four (year two)19%50%31%
Level five (year three)0%72%28%
Level six (year four)13%25%62%

Each year of this course is taught over two semesters, normally consisting of 12 weeks of scheduled teaching and then assessment weeks, with an overview below:

  • Scheduled teaching takes place between 8:30 to 20:30 Monday to Friday
  • Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities
  • Part-time students may need to attend learning activities five days each week, depending on modules selected
  • Timetables are available during enrolment week


Your career

Our course is strongly linked with the local sporting community, providing you with a broad range of opportunities to develop your coaching skills, gain valuable experiences, and developing connections needed for your graduate career.

Work experience

Our performance sports teams offer opportunities for students to gain industry experience ready for their careers. You could get involved with performance analysis, and coaching, as well as management roles. There are also opportunities for you to work with some of our partner sports clubs, schools and organisations. Many students go on to graduate roles with these employers.

Graduate destinations

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

  • Football Coach, Paris Saint Germain
  • Rugby coach, Play Rugby USA
  • Rowing coach, Canterbury Christchurch College
  • Head of Sport, private school
  • Sport Development lead, Young Gloucestershire
  • Performance Analyst, Gloucester Rugby
  • Lecturer, Hartpury College


World-class facilities

You’ll have access to a diverse range of facilities while you’re here, many of which are newly built and world-class. Alongside lecture halls and workshop spaces, these include:

Sports facilities

Our new sports hall and 3G football pitch are equipped with state-of-the-art video analysis cameras for live capture of coaching sessions and gameplay. Our £8.8million Sports Academy includes fully equipped Human Performance and Biomechanics Laboratories, as well as an altitude chamber. You’ll also have access to grass pitches, and a golf driving range. We also have indoor and outdoor equine arenas, and a cross country track on campus.


Our human performance laboratories, biomechanics laboratory, and rehabilitation suite all boast state-of-the-art sports and exercise technology. Students will be encouraged to get hands on using some of the same equipment that is used by professional sports clubs, including Gloucester Rugby, as well as teams in the Premiership and NFL.

Study spaces

Our University Learning Centre has books, journals, ebooks, computers and breakout study spaces. In addition, we have a Study Lounge – an informal space with sports equipment, study booths and chill-out spaces to support both studying and relaxation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • UCAS tariff points | Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent including a Biological Science, Sports Studies or PE subject.

  • GCSE | A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9 to 4, (or A* to C grades if relevant) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics.

  • A-level | Typical offer is EE-DD or equivalent. This must include a minimum of one A-level.

  • Vocational award | Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent.

  • Access | Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in an Access to Higher Education Diploma to include a minimum of a pass in a Biological Science, Sports Studies or PE module at Level 3 module at Level 3.

  • Scottish Highers | Typical offer is 32-48 UCAS tariff points in Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of two Highers, including one in a Biological Science, Sports Studies or PE subject.

  • We welcome students with equivalent qualifications. Please contact us to discuss.

  • We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

  • Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course.

  • Please contact us for further information:

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees and financial support

Please visit our finance page for information on tuition fees and student loans, as well as non-repayable grants, bursaries and scholarships, eligible to different groups, to support with study costs.

Below, you'll find extra costs associated with studying this course.

Clothing and footwear

Students have an option to purchase sports kits which can be bought as a bundle via Hartpury’s website for approximately £150.00. Students are encouraged to engage in various trips and visits as part of the programme. A comprehensive package of non-repayable financial support is available to facilitate engagement with placements and study tours / trips where additional costs are involved.


Performance Sports Academy membership

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Hartpury gym

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Accommodation and living costs

Please visit our student accommodation page for details.

World-class sports facilities

Our £8.8 million sports facility contains kit that you won't find in many other places in the UK. You could get hands-on access to technology including altitude chambers, anti-gravity treadmills, 3D cameras and digital body-mapping mirrors. 

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Important information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are reviewed and developed regularly. Changes or cancellation of courses may be necessary to ensure alignment with emerging employment areas, to comply with accrediting body requirements, revisions to subject benchmark statements or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make necessary changes and will notify all offer-holders of changes as and when they occur.

*Reflects activities after 15 months for those who graduated in 2019.