Course Overview

The FdSc Sports Coaching and Fitness is designed to introduce and underpin the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB’s) needed to successfully work in the sports and fitness industry. While studying for a FdSc Sports Coaching and Fitness award, students will come to appreciate that coaching and fitness is best understood by adopting an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to developing individuals biopsychosocially in sport coaching and fitness. The programme is dynamic, examining a range of theories, issues and subjects relating to the practice within the sports coaching and fitness industries.

The overarching plan during year one is the development of student’s knowledge, skills and behaviours in the design and implementation of progressive programmes to develop individuals or groups. This is achieved through exploring the underpinning theories of coaching, anatomy and physiology, motor behaviour, fitness and nutrition. Studying with experienced and passionate lecturers, students will begin to bridge theory and practice and applying this to their developing professional practice.

In year two, students build on their knowledge base with a focus is on their ability to implement and evaluate the impact of approaches designed to improve individuals or groups. Students will explore how their professional practice is shaped and apply practical skills and knowledges learnt within the foundation degree through workplace learning. The college has links with a variety of employers in the local area and beyond which students could utilise when finding work placement

There is a focus on providing skills in realistic working environments through professional practice opportunities, and the College has a range of specialist facilities that support both your academic and practical development. These include 3G football facilities, a modern fitness suite, a physiology lab and a sports massage and rehabilitation suite. Students can also access analysis equipment such as the I Sport Analysis Coaching Behaviour software for coach observation and the Inplaysports analysis software which allows students to analyse individual and team performance.

On completion of the foundation degree, you can progress onto the top-up BSc (Hons) Coaching (Sports Performance and Development).

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Foundation Degree
Awarded by
South Devon College
2 years (full-time) 3 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2023 - June 2025 (full-time) September 2023 - June 2026 (part-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2022-23 are:

BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)

Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)

Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

For tuition fees for part-time courses commencing in September 2022, please contact the team on [email protected]

(Please note, some fees may differ depending on programme)

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There were many memorable moments on the course, my favourite being when a course mate and I organised a trip to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Sports Science Conference at Portsmouth University, which was really valuable. The course provides both theoretical and practical knowledge, making it excellent preparation for a career, whether that’s in sports or in any other field.

Alec Phillips