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Sports Coaching and Fitness

University Centre South Devon – South Devon College

UCAS Code: SPOC | Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

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48

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

The foundation degree in Sports, Coaching and Fitness will help you to develop the specialist skills and knowledge necessary to excel within the dynamic sport coaching and fitness sector. This will enable you to grow and adapt to the public, sport and fitness demand within the industry.

The course considers a broad range of relevant disciplines, preparing you for future employment in the sector. You will build a strong understanding of the physiological theory of sport and fitness, as well as health psychology, nutrition and various other topics. You will also develop your analytical and research techniques, which will support your practical skills and experience.

You will explore sports coaching and leadership theories and apply this to practice. The course will also give the opportunity to reflect on your new skills and knowledge, bridging theory to practice.

There is a focus on providing vocational 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.

You will be learning the correct processes and procedures involved in running a number of health and fitness assessments, including methods such as Wingate, Astrand, Cooper and Bruce testing.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a number of industry-recognised qualifications during your studies, such as YMCA Gym Instructor and Sports Massage qualifications, and the Exercise Referral Consultants Certificate (a small fee will be required).

If you are looking for a chance to combine a passion football with studying for a degree, UCSD is pleased to offer the Torquay United Football Development programme. For more information please contact Ben Roper, programme coordinator at [email protected]

You will have the opportunity to complete a number of industry-recognised qualifications during your studies, such as CYQ Gym Instructor and Sports Massage qualifications, and the GP Referral Consultants Certificate, all of which are included in the course fee.

Modules

Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory (and if available optional modules) enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. For full time students a total of 120 credits will be studied in each academic year. In the majority of cases this will consist of 6 modules. For part time students it will depend on the intensity of your studies.

Year One:

Human Anatomy and Physiology - 20 credits
Fundamentals of Training and Fitness - 20 credits
Current Issues in Coaching, Health and Fitness - 20 credits
Principles of Coaching and Skill Acquisition - 20 credits
Nutrition for Sports Performance - 20 credits
Academic Skills and Practice - 20 credits

Year Two:

Coaching and Leadership - 20 credits
Analysis of Sports Performance - 20 credits
Exercise Physiology - 20 credits
Sport and Exercise Psychology - 20 credits
Professional Practice in Sport and Fitness - 20 credits
Research and Statistics - 20 credits

Assessment methods

There are two formal or summative assessed pieces of work for each module. Assessment methods can include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and projects. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. In addition to formal assessments throughout modules of study there will be developmental (formative) assessments to support you with developing greater understanding of your progress.

The balance of assessment by examination/test, coursework and practical depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1 - 92% coursework 8% exams/test
Year 2 - 100% coursework

Tuition fees

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England
£8,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,400
per year
Scotland
£8,400
per year
Wales
£8,400
per year

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UCSD

Department:

Science

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