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FDSc Sports Coaching Science

TARIFF: 56 - 80
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021 and February 2022
Do you dream of working in the sport sector as a coach? This two-year foundation degree gives you the right mix of academic theory and workplace experience to help you get ahead in your career.
Using our state-of-the-art Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre, you can learn through a hands-on and practical way. This facility brings together teaching, research and enterprise across health, sport, exercise and wellbeing.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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Application guide

For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Students’ Union

At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

Coaches are the backbone to every successful player and athlete in any sport. They improve technique. Guide through psychological barriers. Rehabilitate after injury. Provide moral support. Study the science behind what makes a successful coach and you’ll learn lifelong skills to help you get the best from people.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

When studying at Buckinghamshire New University you will gain a qualification that will demonstrate your skills. Our course also allows you to really understand the theory behind the physiology, psychology and biomechanics of coaching.

Our programme is more than just academic, you can get playing sports or work experience throughout the course either with your current role, a performance pathway or organisations such as Sport for Kids. At Buckinghamshire New University we also have great links with sports organisations – for example, we’re a Swim England National Performance Centre.

What facilities can I use?

Whilst studying with us you can take advantage of our extensive sports facilities and activities. A wide range of sports and fitness classes take place in our large, versatile sports space on our High Wycombe Campus. Stretch and relax at Fitness Pilates, work your muscles with Reps and Sets, or squeeze in a quick H.I.I.T workout.

The sports hall has a sprung floor that reduces the impact on ankle, knee and hip joints, and the space can be split so that several activities can take place at once. Specialist matting is available for activities such as judo and cheerleading.

We offer a wide variety of sporting activities. The most popular are:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Martial arts
  • Indoor football
  • Table tennis
  • Netball

What will I study?

Throughout the course, you’ll learn the theory behind key aspects of sport coaching. Then you’ll put that knowledge to use in practical work.

We’ve developed a range of modules to cover topics across every aspect of coaching. Learn about energy and nutrition, biomechanics, even psychology.

You’ll study core topics across the two years. Then in your second year, you’ll have the choice between child development and learning and applied strength and conditioning. This will help you to specialise further, depending on what sort of career you’re interested in.

How will I be taught and assessed?

We’ve kept the course varied, with a mixture of practical and academic work. Some classes might need you to build up a portfolio, while others will involve essays or group presentations. You can submit work online, so the course is ideal if you want to work or focus on your performance while finishing off your studies.



Useful Information

FDSC Foundation Degree Sport Coaching Science Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 56 - 80

A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Human Science for Physical Education

Functional Anatomy and Kinathropometry

Professional and Academic Skills

Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice

Games for Sport and Physical Education

Sports Psychology: Individual Differences and Group Dynamics

Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning

Professional Development & Practice

Year 2 Modules

Foundations of Biomechanics

Energy & Nutrition

Fitness Assessment

Working In Sports Coaching

Performance Analysis

Coaching and Athlete Development

Child Development and Learning (optional)

Applied Strength and Conditioning (optional)

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

Course leader

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Dr Mark Homer
  • Senior Lecturer
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Dr Fiona McCormack
  • Associate Professor
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Jade Hewitt
  • Graduate Teaching Associate
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