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FdSc Community Sport Coaching

The Community Sport Coaching degree offers you the opportunity to develop both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to develop a successful coaching career in community sport.

At the heart of the programme is a commitment to focus on coaching practice, while also facilitating your understanding of the psychological, sociological, and business and management underpinnings required to excel as a community sports coach.

To facilitate this, we provide opportunities for you to deliver a number of coaching sessions to your peer group in the first year.

Furthermore, in year two, this coaching practice is developed through a supported coaching placement within the local community.

For those completing the foundation degree, there is also the opportunity to ‘top up’ to a full honours degree by applying to the final year of the B.Sc. (Hons) Community Sport Coaching programme. 

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Course content

The programme aims to provide an academically rigorous and vocationally relevant education within the context of sport coaching, and perhaps more specifically, within the areas of youth and participation coaching.

The programme is designed so that students gain the necessary experience, knowledge, and expertise within what may be termed the ‘art’ of coaching in order to become better ‘coaches’, whilst also allowing students to explore some of the elements of performance coaching (i.e. psychology) so that they gain a wide appreciation of different coaching roles.

These aims reflect the nature and philosophy of foundation degrees, and in this programme there is an emphasis on work based learning (through an extended coaching placement module) and the completion of a work related research project at Level 5 (year 2).

Broadly then, the programme focuses (with an emphasis on multi-sport and multi-skills coaching) on the relationship between the coaching process and the development of opportunities to take part in sport at a local level.  

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Our redeveloped campuses offer you the some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the university. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room, and a fitness centre.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and a grass rugby pitch.

Where this can take you

Given its emphasis on combining both vocational and academic expertise within coaching through a range of different areas, this programme serves as an excellent platform for a number of jobs or further opportunities within the worlds of sport, recreation, and community.

Possible careers paths include:

  • Community sport coaches (both sport specific and multi-sport)
  • Teaching (subject to completing a full degree and meeting the requirements for teaching)
  • Sport development
  • Sport  management
  • Coaching within the private schools sector
  • Sport event management

A significant percentage of previous students have gone on to complete a full honours degree with the University. There is the opportunity to pursue an additional year of study that leads to the award of an Honours degree in Community Sport Coaching. This requires the satisfactory completion of the Foundation Degree and a reference from the programme coordinator.

Previous students who have exited with the foundation degree only have gone on to work within areas such as sport development, football community schemes, and education (teaching support).

Extension to and completion of the full honours programme has led to previous students entering the fields of teaching (with further training), sport marketing, event management, academy and professional level coaching, coaching abroad, and Masters Level study.

Indicative modules

Year 1

  • Analysing Sport (double module)
  • Principles and Practice of Sport (double module)
  • Introduction to Sport Business and Management
  • Psychology in the Coaching Process
  • Fundamentals of Human Movement 
  • Acquiring Skilled Performance

Year 2

  • Researching Sport (double module)
  • Coaching Placement (triple module – incorporating a work based research project)
  • Coaching Psychology 
  • Children and Youth Sport
  • Health Promotion, Lifestyle and Exercise

Year 3 – see the third year for the BSc Community Sport Coaching Programme

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

We are committed to learning and teaching. Our team of principal lecturers ensure the techniques and technology used at Chichester position us as a leading authority in this critical part of your education.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Independent Learning

Central learning facilities are available to complement and support the learning activities you will experience in your taught modules, and will help to foster your confidence in learning independently and managing and presenting information – skills that will be of lasting benefit beyond your time at the University.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions. Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Places still available

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Codes

UCAS code: 
CX61
College Code: 
C58

Course length

2 years
Full Time